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Integral Ethics for a Better You

In this article, I will provide a brief introduction to the practice of integral ethics. One way to define the word “integral” is as “comprehensive.” Therefore, the benefit of taking an integral approach to the ethical dilemmas we may face is that an integral approach allows us to honor the complexity of these situations. When we make decisions that embrace and honor complexity, we are more likely to experience positive outcomes for both us and the other people in our world. The integral ethical-decision making model and process that Dr. Tim Black and I developed, with guidance from Ken Wilber, facilitates the wise embrace of complexity by parsing ethics into four key domains that correlate to the interior and exterior of reality, as well as its individual and collective aspects. Analyzing ethics in this way gives us ethics itself, as well as morals, behaviors and laws. The relationship between these four domains is perhaps best understood with the assistance of visuals, as follows:
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Voice Dialogue for Healing Our Narcissistic Wounds into Wholeness

A.H. Almaas identifies 18 "I-states" or "ego-states" associated with healing narcissistic wounds. This is the kind of work we need to do in order to take care of the shadow aspects, projected outward, that result in, for example, authoritarian political characters appearing on the global scene in leadership positions. We can use "voice dialogue" to enact whichever of these I-states seem most relevant to our experience at the moment, giving us a kind of map of the territory and a way to navigate it towards wholeness. Here are the 18 I-states: "fake self"; "hard self"; "wounded self"; Betrayed self; raging self; pointless self; lost self; shameful self; rejected self; spacious self; self-active self; depressed self; helpless self; trusting self; ideal self; loving self; essential self or unique self. In voice dialogue what we do is "speak" TO that self and then AS that self, which helps us to fully accept it. Once fully accepted, a difficult sub-personality will usually "let go" on it's own. With self-states that are "true" and healthy, we don't need to let go of them. “That which is true can never be lost”. References: A.H. Almaas,
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Integral Meditation in Holoscendence: Accessing Primordial Awareness for Waking Up, Cleaning Up, Growing Up, and Showing Up

In this revolutionary breakthrough process, already tested with virtually thousands of people of different professional and cultural backgrounds, you will experientially learn how to use multiple dimensions of consciousness (including that of pristine primordial awareness) to foster Waking Up, Growing Up, Cleaning Up, and Showing Up in a profoundly integral and viscerally-felt fashion. Integral Meditation is a set of powerful (and virtually unknown, though sometimes treasured in secret inner traditions) contemplative techniques which allows you to discern, objectify, and unify numerous processes within: • your
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Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. In addition to talk therapy, somatic therapy practitioners use mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.

It’s NOT All In Your Brain! What YOU Can Do About Feeling Depressed…

You might be feeling “down in the dumps” lately, even like you have “lost your old self”. You may have noticed that you are sleeping quite a bit less than you used to, or are sleeping a fair bit more. Your eating patterns might have changed. You might be finding it harder to concentrate at work, or that you are more irritable with loved ones. You might even have noticed that you have lost your sense of hope for the future, or are feeling helpless about your present circumstances. When you are experiencing a group of symptoms like this, you might be dealing with depression. In addition to consulting with your trusted primary care physician, you can benefit from educating yourself about behavioral, psychological and interpersonal changes you can make in order to feel better again. Change is possible. You can feel well. I can help. Where Does Depression Come From and What Can You Do About It?
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What is Integral Psychology?

Integral Psychology—and Integral Psychotherapy, being interrelated fields of inquiry and practice—aim at integrating, healing and deepening our connection with body, emotions, mind, spirit as they present themselves in self, culture, and nature, utilizing a diverse yet profoundly unified set of methods, tools, and practices. The term “Integral” here means “comprehensive,” “holistic,” “wholeness-based.” The most known version of both Integral Psychology and Integral Psychotherapy nowadays is outlined in the works of Ken Wilber, the founder of Integral Metatheory (such as in his book Integral Psychology as well as various chapters and articles), and his colleagues (see, e.g., Elliott Ingersoll and David Zeitler’s book
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What is Holoscendence?

Holoscendence is an Integral meta-practice of therapy, shadow work, psychological and contemplative development, spirituality, and multidimensional communication. It was developed by Sergey Kupriyanov, MD, Ph.D. in Medicine, a Helsinki-based therapist with 40 years of professional experience, and is taught to students in Finland and Russia (where it is co-taught by Eugene Pustoshkin, a clinical psychologist from St. Petersburg). Holoscendence is based on seamlessly uniting nonordinary (nonlocal and timeless) dimensions of consciousness, being and communication with more ordinary (local and temporal) states and ways of interaction. It fully enacts body, mind, spirit, and their subtle dimensions in self, intersubjective relationships, and nature. It is a way to practice heightened states of consciousness dialogically, during daily mundane activities, which brings forth radical transformations to one's self-sense, personal and professional relationships, and a general way of life.
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What is Integral Meditation?

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How to get the most of your wearable device data

Our well-being depends on a variety of factors. We all have to deal with challenges, and it is important to ask for help when we are struggling. If you are experiencing issues with nutrition, stress, or sleep, working with a professional guide can be a life-changing experience. Innovative data-driven coaching is the new frontier.
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Mental Health Awareness Month - Join the movement!

Mental health is essential to our wellbeing. At some point, we all have to deal with challenges and fears that can affect our mental health. In addition, stress, anxiety, and burnout are common issues in our society. They impact our quality of life and may also affect our physical health in the long-term. Mental Awareness Month is an important occasion to stop and think about your mental health and the mental health of people around you. Unfortunately, our society is not kind to people who struggle with mental health—prejudice and discrimination still affect the way we talk and deal with this topic. This is why today, and every day, we need to get involved to move the conversation forward and fight the stigma. So, how can you help? Stay informed and educate others.
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How do high achievers in Silicon Valley deal with stress and anxiety?

Many of our clients, at awarenow, are businessmen and entrepreneurs who deal with a great amount of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. We have been interested in talking to successful tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to know how they manage difficult emotions. Our CEO Alina met with Rostislav Shorgin, a tech entrepreneur, who runs his own hedge fund. They had an interesting conversation that touched many different subjects, from the concept of fulfillment to effective routines and mindfulness. About fulfillment
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Meta-trends to take notice of for 2020

1. Soft is the New Hard/Rest is the New Activation.
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The need for lifestyle changes: grim statistics and actionable steps

According to the
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How to evaluate your environmental impact

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool that is used to evaluate the environmental impact of a product or service, taking into account the entire life cycle and it consists of four stages: The first phase defines the objective of the evaluation, which parts of the product life cycle to analyze and the specific times and criteria.
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Mind-body approaches that help with sleep

Sleep is much more than a way to recharge yourself—it is an essential component of a healthy and happy life. Sleep ensures that your body and mind work properly. Unfortunately, people are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased. Insomnia is common in the United States: About 60 million Americans have this disorder. Sleep deprivation affects both your physical and mental health, and people with mental health issues are more likely to have sleep disorders. Traditionally, healthcare professionals saw insomnia as a symptom of psychiatric disorders, but studies show that insomnia may raise the risk of developing mental health issues because it impairs thinking and emotional regulation. Insomnia is not just a factor that contributes to psychiatric disorders—it can also affect physical health. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep, in the long term, makes you more likely to die of heart disease or develop a stroke, and sleep deprivation weakens your immune system. If you suffer from insomnia, you can try these mind-body approaches:
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Understanding and achieving sexual health

How would you define sexual health? For many people, sexual health is considered simply as a sexual life without violence, diseases or unplanned pregnancies — but from a holistic point of view, sexual health is much more than that. The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) extends the definition to additional layers including the ability to embrace and enjoy sexuality, the respect of sexual rights, access to sexual health education and care, and the ability to talk freely about sexual health. The definition of the World Health Organization includes a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality, a positive and respectful approach to sexuality, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, and the respect of sexual rights.
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awarenow bookshelf | The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku is a physicist, a charismatic popularizer of science and its future potentials and a leading figure in the string theory. In the previous years, I have enjoyed his numerous videos, especially where he described what an 11th dimension means.
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awarenow bookshelf | review of Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U”

Otto Scharmer’s
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What is holistic health & wellness about?

In a time when we’re so busy, and there’s so much pressure on us, it’s more critical than ever to calm our mind, increase our self-awareness, and prioritize our wellbeing. These days you probably hear a lot about mental health, that, of course, affect both men and women. However, men may be less likely to talk about their feelings and seek help. Recognizing the five signs below is the first step towards getting treatment and living a better life: 1. An extreme change in personality 2. Uncharacteristic anxiety, anger, or moodiness 3. Social withdrawal and isolation 4. Lack of self-care or risky behaviors 5. A sense of hopelessness or feeling overwhelmed If you recognize any of these warning signs or see these behaviors in the people in your life, please contact us or a trusted certified psychotherapist. We can match you with guides who can help by personalizing a treatment based on evidence-based holistic health & wellness approaches. Why are we aiming to provide people with easy access to holistic health and wellness professionals?
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Exercise your attention with mindfulness

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Take Mindful Awareness Breaks from Your Story

Authored by Daron Larson, mindfulness awareness coach.
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Male personal development — resources

Most of our customers are tech executives in their 25s-40s, who are interested in incorporating a more holistic approach to their lives and businesses. Many of them believe that exploring their feminine side is part of their spiritual growth. Our awarenow guides work with them to support them in their self-discovery and self-mastering journey.
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Spirituality meets business. Lessons learned by Bryant Gallindo.

“Who am I?” The quintessential question that spirituality helps a person answer. You may think it a simple answer. For me, I could say I am a first-generation Mexican-American that is Ivy-League educated, a Conscious Capitalist, Queer, and from Los Angeles, California. But all of these would simply just be
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Bryant Galindo: Self-awareness and building a strong collaborative culture in your startup

Bryant Galindo is an awarenow coach, conflict resolution expert and co-founder of CollabsHQ.
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Complimentary emotional support for people affected by the fires

California is burning, and unfortunately, the trend doesn’t seem to stop. In the last years, California has been impacted by several deadly wildfires. In the fall of 2017, the Golden State was devastated by two fires: the Nuns fires affected the wine country, and the Thomas fire impacted the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. These fires were considered, respectively, the most destructive and largest wildfires in California’s history. But things got worse in 2018. Unfortunately, the Camp Fire gained the title of the deadliest fire in California’s history. The Camp Fire started on November 8th in Northern California. It killed more than 70 people, and more than 10,000 homes were destroyed. Together with the Woolsey fire, it burned more than 200,000 acres.
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Got affected by the wildfires? Get complimentary emotional support ❤

At awarenow, we understand the importance of emotional and psychological help, especially in difficult times. This is why we’re putting together a
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Feeling safe, connectivity and unresolved trauma

This Q&A blog post features Danny Morris, our dear awarenow guide who has a unique coaching approach and provides a profound help and relief to people with awareness and other custom coaching requests.
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Paths of Waking Up and Growing Up as Vectors of Growth to Greater Wisdom and Joy

There are two foundational vectors of consciousness and self-development: vertical and horizontal. Vertical Development is studied by developmental psychology. The psychology of child development studies stages of consciousness and selfhood formation in children. The study of Adult Development investigates the trajectory of an adult personality through the stages of increasing maturity of meaning-making and self-sense.
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Healthy Shame

Let’s define guilt as feeling bad about something I have done and shame as feeling badly about who I am being (1).
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awarenow bookshelf | Colin Wilson: Collected Essays on Philosophers

In Colin Wilson: Collected Essays on Philosophers, edited by Colin Stanley, with an introduction by John Shand, meaning perception, existential intensity, and overcoming our alienation from power consciousness, Colin Wilson’s optimistic existentialism, an integrally-informed view is explored.
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Dharma Inquiry

The following are questions I find commonly useful in helping people gain greater insight into their unique life path and dharma:
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Towards a Language of Well-Being: A Generative Inquiry

It is commonly recognised that language is a reflection of culture and the reality portrayed by that culture. The reverse of this relationship, despite being less often considered, is no less impactful. The ways language is used serve to create patterns of thought, beliefs, behaviours, cultures, and, ultimately, realities. Wittgenstein claimed that the limits of our language are the limits of our world (68). Though the veracity of this claim continues to be debated, it provides insight into our reliance on language. At the very least, the omissions of a given language make the ideas it fails to address less accessible and communicable; it’s most rehearsed pathways preference certain destinations over others.
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The Most Important Book You’ll Read All Year

Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?
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awarenow bookshelf | Immunity to Change

You will be glad to realize that you already know exactly when to apply the “learning platform” that Kegan and Lahey have presented in this book.
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Positive Peace Conference: Keynote Daniel Brown

Integrative Psychotherapy is one of the most advanced therapy approaches, and it can deliver transformative results in a pretty efficient way, that’s why we represent it on our telewellness platform. We are very passionate about educating about integrative approaches and making them easy to access. Because they work and sometimes they work much faster than more of old-school therapeutic approaches.
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Alternative strategies for panic attacks

A panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of fear or anxiety. Symptoms include a racing heart, sweating, and difficulty breathing. People who experience panic attacks may feel that they are losing control or even dying. Conditions such as stress and anxiety can lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks originate in the amygdala, which is also known as the fear center of the brain. When a panic attack occurs, the sudden increase in adrenaline, the hormone involved in the fight-or-flight response, causes the sensation of immediate danger.
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The power of partnerships

“Nowadays it takes a mindful collaborative effort to serve our dearest community in the best way possible. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Headway to bring their community of coaches and clients into the awarenow family”, said Alina Trigubenko, CEO of awarenow.
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Altered Consciousness, Mysticism, Drugs and Dreaming

As Americans become more and more drawn to traditional and integrative methods of healing as well as in altered consciousness, I believe we are poised to embrace Embodied Imagination (EI) as a healing practice as well.
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8 holistic strategies to cope with burnout

In our society, the word “busy” is considered a badge of honor. Many people keep busy because they want to show others that they have a fulfilling in life, but in many cases, the image they try to convey is far from reality. People with jam-packed schedules who spend long hours at work may experience high levels of stress, exhaustion — and burnout.
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Meditation on demand

There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.
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