What is Integral Meditation?
Integral Meditation is an overall approach to mindfulness and contemplative practice that is based on AQAL Integral Framework as developed by Ken Wilber. (This approach is described, e.g., in his book Integral Meditation.) It is a holistic practice that engages a person in cultivating contemplative awareness of body, mind, spirit in self, interpersonal relationships, society at large, and nature with its ecology.
Integral Meditation combines the paths of Waking Up (towards deeper, transpersonal states of awareness, which may include experiences of boundless peace, calm, joy, etc.), Growing Up (towards greater maturity and personality integration), Cleaning Up (shadow work aimed at reintegration of unconsciously repressed potentials), and Showing Up (manifesting mindful activities in all essential areas of life).
In its advanced and more sophisticated forms, Integral Meditation may involve bioenergetic work, intersubjective meditation, group work, conscious work with peak experiences, and any combination of meditation techniques. One example of such an advanced form of Integral Meditation is when it is practiced as a part of the Integral Awareness Process.
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Eugene Pustoshkin is a clinical psychologist, Integral scholar-practitioner and consultant, group work facilitator, Integral Awareness Meditation teacher/practitioner