The Integral Compassion Institute
The Integral Compassion Institute was created from a need for a structured methodology in approaching and applying compassion to our everyday lives. Directly working from the five pillars--mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational--Integral Compassion employs our mind to work strategically as we begin to open and reconnect with the true wisdom of our hearts.
The Integral Compassion Institute offers a wide array of programs, workshops and classes, all focused on integrating compassion into every aspect of life.
The Five Pillars of Integral Compassion
Our minds need a job. When left to their own devices, they wreak havoc in thinking the most outlandish thoughts possible. Most, if not all of these thoughts, have an effect on how we feel. So why not give our minds something to do productively? Integral Compassion is about steering our minds to work FOR us, not against.
We start this process many times with various types of mindfulness practices. Mindfulness often evokes images of peaceful contemplation, relaxation, stillness or living in a constant state of beatific action. Being mindful is widely assumed as always being calm and in control. That assumption can create a perfect storm for perfectionism and personal failure.
Mindfulness does not impart a magical state of perfection. Life is unendingly unpredictable, and imperfection is the norm. How we live with these facts determines our moment-to-moment well-being. —Dr. Mark Bertin
Practicing mindfulness allows us to live amidst our messy, human lives while still feeling whole, trusting, and in touch with our core self. It's also the foundation for everything I build from: workshops, courses and one on one client guidance. Mindfulness is the bridge to deep, personal understanding. It's what ultimately connects us to our Selves.
"Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of the Soul discerned by the Senses.
The body is the doorway into our inner world. Our memories, experiences, patterns, and entire world-view is held in our cellular memory. In conjunction with mindfulness, the body becomes the gateway--the conduit-- to feeling our world view and ultimately connecting to our higher Self. It's in these moments we can create a new understanding--or scientifically speaking, a new neural pathway--of ourselves, allowing us to create new choices for what once were automatic, triggered behaviors.
It's in connection, in communion, with our bodies we find the parts of ourselves once lost or put away. Here we make contact with these parts, once loved and cherished, and step by step bring them back into the fold of our daily lives.
It's through our feelings that we regain our integrity, our authentic self and expression. Our authenticity—our connection with our Selves—is what will ultimately lead us to our path.
Our thoughts create our feelings, and our feelings create our reality. ―The Dalai Lama
Our feelings are our most powerful barometers for life. They tune us into our integrity, our intuition, our relationships, our bodies, our lives. In Western cultures, we've been trained from a young age to follow a specific protocol. Culturally, feelings have not been something shared, discussed or felt with others. Therefore, blockages around how we are really feeling generally need to be addressed, which can feel the scariest. It's why we're so good at ignoring them! But with the right tools, we can learn to face our feelings head on, see that they are our ally's in life and not something that will harm us.
“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.” ― Eckhart Tolle
Understanding ourselves--the truth of who we really are and our unique gifts--is the first step to coming home. Spirituality has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with heart. How we live, how we want to live (and does this correlate with how we are living now), how we treat ourselves and others, how we ultimately view the world we live in are just a few avenues to explore in this realm. As we begin to live our lives from a more heart-centered, spiritual perspective, we question everything we've known. Rocking our very foundation, we are simply creating space for rebuilding that foundation and our lives in a way that's integrated and aligned with the truth found only in our hearts. Finding—then ultimately allowing ourselves to be who we are—takes courage.
Everything in life is a relationship. ―Unknown
Relationships are a core element to the human experience. We are all here journeying through our lives together. Without clarity of self, heart, and mind, we can get lost amidst the "relating" part of relationships. When we have stepped into our integrity, boundaries and clear communication take precedent in our lives when relating. When we give our power away to others, including--seeking approval from outside sources, acting/being a certain way in order to be accepted and loved, and codependence--we can not act from a place of true integrity. Compassion in this area of our lives, is essential for freeing karmic and behavioral patterns that us from being and feeling our best selves.