How do you live a life that is complete and whole as possible? This is a wonderful quote by the philosopher Ken Wilber describing what “integral” means.
“It simply means whole, complete, full, all inclusive. It is both a theory and the basis of a life practice. It demonstrates how to integrate and include body, mind, and spirit in self, culture, and nature. This means … a life that “makes room for everything,” from wild rock star to devoted family man, from bodily pursuits to spiritual practice, from nature worship to meditation, from business practices to play and fun.
Experience the wholeness of the world and your relation to it and as it—that is, ﬁnd your True (and Unique) Self, the union of inﬁnite and ﬁnite, Emptiness and Form, this moment and your Awareness of it—let them all be one, and rest in that ongoing Oneness.
Integrate the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, even in the smallest gestures. Help others until it hurts. Leave the world a little more whole than you found it, and thus join evolution in its Divine destiny, awakening your Unique Self as well.” – Ken Wilber
I would add that there are two important skills that can help us understand and get to more integral wholeness in our lives…listening with an open mind and asking questions that illuminate connections or as I sometimes call them, access points. I truly believe that no one is 100% wrong 100% percent of the time. My best aspiration for myself is to live as holistically as I can…that is the good life.
This post also appeared on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pulse/integral-how-do-you-live-good-life-neil-richardson.