The Importance of an Integral Life Practice pt 4 of 6: Mind

The Importance of an Integral Life Practice pt 4 of 6: Mind

The Importance of an Integral Life Practice pt 4 of 6: Mind

 If you missed the posts talking about the Body module of the core practices for Integral Life Practice (ILP), you can read the last of them here: The Importance of an Integral Life Practice pt 3 of 6: Body (b)

One of the most important reasons for having a mind module as part of the core work on ILP is that it helps with our worldview development, which in turn helps us to understand how things fit together more accurately. Just think how life has changed as the mental constructs of knowing the earth is not flat and is not the centre of our universe have been changed. At first thought of heresy for challenging the current worldview and now taken as gospel. As our view of the world has changed from having an evolving perspective and view of the world, fuelled by more information and validated from various sources, it has allowed us to have a'bigger picture' view of life.

To know, to love, to serve our complex world, we must be able to see it from many perspectives. Expanding into a more comprehensive worldview or framework does exactly this. The more we explore ourselves and the world around us and all everything interacts and connects together, it gives us more options, more potential and a deeper understanding of Life and the Kosmos.
This is made immensely easier if you have a thorough and solid theoretical map. We believe that the AQAL Framework of Integral Theory is the most state of the art map of reality in existence. 

As is beautifully put in Ken's own words (and as adorns one of the walls in the toilets at Centre for Integral Health)

"The heart of integral philosophy, as I conceive it, is primarily a mental activity of co-ordinating, elucidating and conceptually integrating all the various modes of knowing and being, so that, even if integral philosophy itself does not deliver the higher modes, it fully acknowledges them, and then allows and invites philosophia to open itself to the practices and modes of contemplatio. Integral philosophy is also, by virtue of its comprehensiveness, a powerful critical theory, critical of all less encompassing approaches – in philosophy, psychology, religion, social theory, and politics. And finally, it is a theoria that is inseparable from praxis (practice), on all levels, in all quadrants."
Ken Wilber, The Eye of Spirit

So it will come as no surprise that for the Mind module of ILP we strongly suggest that you spend a little bit of time on a regular basis studying Integral Theory, the AQAL matrix and its associated topics such as Spiral Dynamics. 

And by study a little bit on a regular basis, we do mean bite sized chunks that engage and activate your brain enough top inspire thought and contemplation of ideas, not enough to feel like a chore or to leave you feeling overwhelmed or drained. Part of my regular practice is to have a book at the dining room table that I read a page or two from each day that I sit there for meals. It never take more than about 5 mins and allows me to think fully into what is being presented and have that little bit on the back burner through the day. Of course you could do more and there are days where I do. But at least if I know that I have done that little bit I have engaged my mind on the right level for at least some time.

This is where the strength of ILP is as a practice because you can scale the modules to fit in to whatever time you have. There is no fixation over how much it must, only the encouragement of do something, whatever it is that you can manage on that day to keep in tough with the regularity of practice in each of the core areas.

Any form of study in any subject that helps you to develop levels of awareness, whether that be a more encompassing spectrum such as AQAL, or looking into deeper levels of more specific subjects, is all good in this module.
The key is that you are spending some time on studying a subject that you have a passion and interest in, which for me personally is a key attribute. I have friends who study botany or anatomy or music theory and cookery. Keep your mind alive and active by seeking out new aspects and new territories. There is literally no end to the possibilities, as long as it is something that fires your engine.

But being an Integral Practitioner who runs and Integral Health Centre, I do suggest that you learn more about the AQAL Framework and develop the ability to skilfully apply it to any and all situations. The Mind module is more significantly expressed when the AQAL Framework is effectively utilised as a means of integrating all forms of knowledge. Then you will develop a greater feel for the many perspectives that enable us to engage and comprehend our multi-dimensional world.

So what is your praxis, how do you experience the Mind module in ILP, how do you find ways to get this part of your ILP core practices covered. I would love to hear your comments on this please.

In the next post in this series we will look at the Spirit module and the ways in which that can be experienced and integrated to daily practice.

But if you are to eager to wait for that to come out you can find more information on Ken and Terry's ILP site or by going to Integral Life and their Integral Life Practice page. As I have done with each of these, I would like to acknowledge that much of the material is drawn from the development on this concept done by Ken Wilber and Terry Pattern. You can learn more by contacting me or seeing their site above.

Stay well, keep practising. 

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