Well, I am writing this while sitting at the renowned Esalen Institute (don’t tell them I’m using the internet right now, I should be in the hot tubs!).
But you know as well as I do that more harmony and wholeness isn’t merely idealistic. Growth and development for more goodness, truth, and beauty in the world isn’t just real–it’s a responsibility for those of us with the luxury and resources to even consider it.
So where do we start then?
In my recent recording with MetaIntegral’s Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Sean gave me an Integral Ecology practice that demonstrates just how powerful our attention can be in deepening our relationship with our surroundings, our selves, and yes… having a positive impact on the world.
It’s simple practices like these that have enabled me to continue doing the work I’m already doing with more understanding, presence, and efficacy. That truly makes all the difference!
(Photo credit: Forest Linden)
Listen to the clip from our interview here:
Use the diagram to the right to follow the aspects of awareness that Sean is referring to. If you haven’t studied Integral Theory before, this quadrant model is foundational and though it may not seem so on the surface, I personally assert that its span and depth of application has the power to make sense of history’s greatest conflicts and beyond. I’ll leave it there for now, but if you want to explore further, I enjoy this tasteful tour from our friend Steve Self, and this more in-depth treatment from Sean at IntegraLife.com.
Below is the full interview where Sean and I discuss the important synergies happening at MetaIntegral and the biennial Integral Theory Conference. Sean Esbjorn-Hargens and his associates at MetaIntegral have been developing and applying these evolving meta-theories to assist practitioners, organizations, researchers, and change-makers optimize their impact effectively. Read below for more information about the upcoming Integral Theory Conference and the reasons you should consider joining us this year.
Do integral approaches really have more impact than conventional approaches? Intuitively we believe that they do but how do we know? Integral Theory has been applied in more than 35 disciplines for over the past two decades, but do integrative approaches produce better results? This theme is central to this year’s Integral Theory Conference (ITC). We are creating a container where together we can deeply explore the relationship between Integral and Impact.
MetaIntegral Foundation and Sonoma State University’s The HUB, have co-produced and completely redesigned an ITC that has a plethora of provocative reasons why every integral enthusiast will surely want to attend!
Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2015 Integral Theory Conference in Beautiful Northern California:
- Say it with me, “Beautiful Northern California.” Sonoma State University — our conference host — is one of the most beautiful college campuses in America.
- The radiant pomegranate. Our symbol for the conference — we are confident you will taste it, because we redesigned the conference from the ground up, with COMMUNITY at the core, to make it more fertile. Expect a bountiful harvest.
- You can set up a mini-community with your friends. Housing on the SSU campus features 4-bedroom suites that offer you private sleeping quarters connected by a living room and kitchen.
- Cooperage, Cooperage, Cooperage. The Cooperage room in the center of our village-style lodging is where you will want to be for seriously awesome non-academic experiences in the mornings and the evenings.
- Meditation. Yoga. We-space. Recreation center. Rise and shine, these morning activities will await you.
- DJ dance party. Live band. Poetry slam. A one-man play (being made into a feature film). You can dance the night away, and you will be treated to a killer lineup of live performances.
- It’s more than a delicious four-day retreat with all your best friends — ITC is a full-course meal for the academic in you. Once again, we are pleased to host the world’s best and brightest integral scholars and practitioners for enlightening presentations and (very affordable and two free) pre-conference workshops.
- Speaking of meals, they’re all paid for. The same goes for your lodging, parking, Wi-Fi, on-site recreation center, and entry into the first-ever Integral Art Exhibition;it’s all included in your registration price (along with all of the conference programming mentioned above).
- Did we mention the keynote speakers, or the special video event with Ken Wilber? Karen O’Brien, Bill Torbert, Elza Maalouf, Ken Wilber. These integral leaders will inspire you with their experience and insight into some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity: climate change and sustainability; the practice of inquiry, love, and mutually transforming power; Middle Eastern politics and corporate practice; and geopolitics in the Ukraine.
- Help refine the fidelity, accessibility, and applicability of Integral Theory. This, after all, is what draws us to these conferences every year — our mutual appreciation of the Integral model, and our desire to see Integral approaches to our most wicked problems begin to flourish in the world.