States of Consciousness Part 2
Waking Up to our True Nature
What does it mean to “wake up”? Have you ever thought about it?
For those in recovery, the more pressing question is usually: “How does insight into the true nature of “the self” and “the kosmos” help keep me sober?”
It’s a fair question. The answer lies in the second part of our exploration of states of consciousness.
We’re all familiar with the states of conscious that commonly appear in our day to day lives. These states of joy, sadness, energy, fatigue, anger, gratitude, and more, both affect and are affected by our brains and our bodies. The interactions of electrical firing of neurons, hormones, neurotransmitters – not to mention the incoming data from our senses and its interaction with our memories and our habitual thoughts patterns – profoundly shapes our experience of the world. And as any addict (or any human with a pulse) will tell you, it’s not always a pretty picture.
The Integral Recovery practice of meditation gives us a tool to observe our experiences with mindful awareness. This simple act of nonjudgmental observation shifts our perspective, allowing us to look “at” our thoughts, emotions, memories, and traumas, instead of “through” them. This “witnessing” perspective is a shifted state of consciousness – a step on the path to awakening. And in a very real and immediate way, this witnessing perspective, cultivated through meditation, helps relieve our suffering. It helps us make better choices. It helps us prevent relapse into addiction and depression. It helps us create better lives for ourselves, our people, and our world.
Daily meditation confers countless benefits to the recovering addict: on a physical level, it lowers our blood pressure, strengthens our immune systems, and improves our heartrate variability. Meditation allows us to work skillfully with our difficult emotions, traumas, and shadow material, as we move toward healing and growth.
But most importantly, meditation is the practice that leads to waking up. Through meditative states of awareness, we transcend the “controlling I” of the “small self” or “addict self” and accelerate our growth through the developmental stages of spiral dynamics. (The complex relationship between states and stages would take a book to explain. Fortunately, Ken Wilber wrote one.)
The good news is that we don’t need to fully grok “enlightenment” for meditation to be effective in recovery and in life. We must, however continue to practice. As long as we continue to show up daily, practicing with proper guidance and strong intention, we are on the path. Every step changes our understanding of what came before, and we continue to evolve, grow, and live in the infinite possibility of our expanding potential.
Stealing Flow: Complete Brainwave Suite for Flow State Mastery (by iAwake Technologies and Douglas Prater)
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions-More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Seth Godin – When Does the Water Get Hot?
Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction (SUNY series in Integral Theory)
Deep Recovery – a guided meditation from iAwake Technologies
In this episode:[1:35] Is there a relationship between stages, states, and structural development theory?
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06/16/2017, 49.20, 33.88 mb (Audio)
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