May all individuals gain freedom from suffering.
May all individuals find sustained health, happiness, and wholeness.
May I assist all individuals in gaining freedom from suffering.
May I assist all individuals in finding health, happiness, and wholeness.
The process of performing the integral assessment was very enlightening. The first step, I was looking at the four aspects of my life: psychospiritual, biological, interpersonal, and worldly. Then I determine which one needs flourishing. Next, I decide which development is out of imbalance and essential at this time, what practices I will need to perform, what problems to resolve, new abilities to develop, and how will this contribute to integral health. I explored what areas of my life is ready for growth and is it the same or different area. I then thought about what does the next level of development looks like. I wrote down some notes as I did my assessment. I then looked back at my notes and determined if the assessment is clear and unbiased. This assessment tool can assist someone to think daily about their integral health. I really enjoyed reading a statement in our text.
With time I will no longer think in fragmented ways, speak or act as if I am disconnected from the whole, limit myself to an underdeveloped consciousness, or view my life from the narrow perspective of ordinary health. I will think, feel, speak, and act from an integral perspective (Dacher, E.S., 2006, p. 116)
Practicing the universal loving kindness meditation was very relaxing and helped me open my mind and heart to others and release the negative emotions that I had bottled up inside me. This exercise assisted me in shifting love for myself to others. With the integral assessment, I discovered that there is a lot that need to be flourished and developed within my life. The focus area that is essential is the psychospiritual aspect. I realized most of my motivation comes from instinctual and education. I lack the motivation from wisdom, wholeness, and oneness. I have partially met this goal. I have the universal loving kindness and compassion. I am more reactive than I would like to be and knowledge is predominantly through reasoning. The majority of my emotions come from desires, anger, fear, and reactive emotions. I lack a stable and expanded happiness, wholeness, and oneness. I will continue to implement the subtle mind practice, meditation exercises, physical exercise, relaxation techniques, and unity consciousness; learning to change reaction into intention.