Glossary

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Equanimity:  A profound quality of mindfulness that cultivates the ability to let go and acknowledge that things are as they are, a sense of non reactivity or evenness of mind especially when challenged with difficult emotions. Not overvaluing one experience over another but also not indifference.

Inquiry:  A process of profound reflection for the purpose of examining the underlying components of experience and an understanding of the nature of reality.  Specifically, it is a method described by Ramana Maharshi in which the subject pursues a continual process of asking the question:  "Who am I?"

Insight:  The direct experience of understanding that is beyond rational understanding, though the rational may prepare for the direct experience.

Integral:  An approach to understanding one's self, community and culture that honestly includes all facets of experience in context and perspective.  Ken Wilber, in Integral Psychology,  says:  "…an approach that equally honors first-person phenomenal accounts, second-person intersubjective structures, and third-person scientific/objective systems: the 1-2-3 of consciousness studies."

Meditation:  Any practice that works to quiet the mind, focus attention and increase awareness.

Mind-Body Holism:  Related to the mind body connection, recognition that the body responds to the mind's representation of the world mediated by ideas and beliefs.  Changing ideas and beliefs through mindfulness practice, cognitive analysis, can be a profound step toward healing and recovery

Mysticism:  The pursuit of the experience of unity.  Evelyn Underhill, in Mysticism, says:  "Mysticism is seen to be a highly specialized form of that search for reality, for heightened and completed life, which we have found to be a constant characteristic of human consciousness."

Philosophical Inquiry: The process of inquiry using philosophical methods and              approaches

Radical Acceptance:  Complete acceptance from deep within, acceptance of reality as it is even though we might wish it to be otherwise. Commitment to and immersion in the deepest process of life from horror to joy.

Shamanism:  A pan-cultural wisdom tradition that offers direct spiritual insight and experience.  It is personal and a-religious in the sense of providing a technology for insight and healing through the exploration of altered states of consciousness. 

Spiritual Inquiry: The process of inquiry as it relates to the spiritual level of experience.

Transformation:  The inner process of going beyond the level of understanding or experience one has previously attained and its behavioral expression.  An example might be experiencing self acceptance by understanding one's experience in a larger perspective.  In philosophical terms it involves making what is subject into object and attaining a new level of subjectivity in a dialectic process.

Yoga: Historically yoga was a comprehensive system of practice addressing all levels of development.  Popularly it is used to refer to hatha yoga which is the branch of yoga using physical postures to focus attention.