The Integrative Inquiry Curriculum uses research-proven mindfulness based stress reduction practices, self-compassion practices, and inquiry coaching in order to train attention and emotion regulations skills as well as enhance cognitive regulation skills, which are expected to increase persistence and degree completion via improved critical thinking dispositions, decreased stress and anxiety, and increased self-compassion and resilience. Such outcomes are therefore expected to increase inner peace and self-compassion as well as outward expressions of compassion and creativity within ambiguity which result in the creation of peaceful communities.
The purpose is not to only see what we want to see, but to see what is really there through the lens of our intention. And in seeing what is there, guided by our intention, we can see all of the choices that are possible. This allows us the opportunity to connect to our purpose even in the midst of uncertainty.
Who Am I? What Do I Want? What Is My Life’s Purpose? What Am I grateful for?
Whatare you paying attention to right now? We can’t actually know what we are paying attention to without an awarenessof what we are paying attention to.
How judgmental of yourself are you when your attention wonders away from what you intended, and how kindly do you direct your attention back to where you want it placed?
Knowing that you can become aware of where your attention resides while you are doing anything anywhere is empowering. We invite you to begin training your attention while you are engaged in other day-to-day experiences. Yes, you can train your attention anytime anywhere and as such, you can begin to notice the quality of your attention and make choices with regard to that.
What is the quality of your attention as it shifts from your surroundings in the room and sensations in the body back to breath?
Attention training is leading us to become aware of our emotions. Emotions may first be noticed as bodily sensations. What we train here is your attention to emotions that arise in your body before the public display of behavior associated with those emotions is ever seen. If you become aware of your emotions, then you get to choose whether and how to express your emotions.
How aware of your emotions are you before they are expressed in a way that is visible to others?
Thoughts, just like emotions arise. We can’t stop them from coming. However, through attention training, we can become aware they have arrived and eventually become aware they are arriving, as such we can learn to work collaboratively with them and choose to focus on that which aligns with our intention.