Integral Transformative Practice

The idea behind the Integral Transformative Practice (ITP) is that to achieve higher levels of well-being in a person's physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of living, he/she has to consciously and regularly practice. Living well is a skill that can be acquired through practice. Thus, practicing one's living skills is analogous to the way that a musician must continually practice in order to achieve higher levels of performance on his/her instrument. Furthermore, practice in each aspect of living must support and nourish the other aspects which--when all are practiced together--can transform the life of an individual--and through individuals, humanity, and the environment.

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1. Introduction

          We (albeit erratically) follow the practice pioneered by George Leonard and Michael Murphy, which is described in their book "The Life We Are Given." Below are summarized the key elements of the ITP, a long-term program for realizing the potential of body, mind, heart and soul. Aside from achieving life goals, there are many benefits to be enjoyed simply from engaging in the practice--in much the same way that a musician enjoys practicing his/her instrument.

          Bill and his friend, Jean Matlack, started an ITP group in January, 1999, with 8 participants, including Pat. The group met weekly for 1½ hours for 6 months. (These meetings began at 5:30am every Monday morning in one participant's living room.) It was this process that resulted in Pat's completing a marathon as her first road race, at the age of 60. Anyone who wishes to engage in this ITP practice should read "The Life We Are Given" first. The eight ITP commitments that each participant in an ITP group is asked to make are described below. While it is possible to work on an ITP alone, it is much more powerful with a group component.

ITP Commitments

The ITP Kata

This is a session of stretches and exercises lasting from 30-50 minutes. These exercises are primarily taken from Yoga and Tai Chi. Pat has developed a daily routine she's done consistently since October, 2005. She does this on rising every Monday through Friday and almost never misses. She's taken the Kata, added a bit more Yoga, some pushups, and excercise from Brain Gym and Touch For Health. It takes her about 30 minutes to do this routine. She dropped the Kata's meditation and imaging component since her goal for this morning routine is primarily to maintain body flexibility and comfort.


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