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 Integral Life Practices in Any Age? – A Conversation with Monika Frühwirth

Integral Life Practice is a book that brings into practice what was  outlined in Integral Theory, created by the most translated – and most ignored – philosopher, Ken Wilber.

Integral Theory opens  minds to how reality is structured and how can we be in the world in the best possible way, approaching everything from as many perspectives as possible – and from all 4 quadrants.

Any integral life practice needs to include practices of all four quadrants of reality. We need to look inside ourselves, with meditation, shadow work and similar practices. Then we need to find our place and contribution to the culture we are in and which we are co-creating. We need to be intellectually active, learn new things, read books in human wisdom areas – and we need to take part and co-create in institutions and communities.

Think about your life: where are you most interested? And which quadrants do you try to avoid? “Classically” women were more interested in the inner work and in creating connection – the left hand quadrants, while men were more concerned about knowing things, technology, science and so on. And they were  engaged in organisations, the church, the business, politics: all a men-dominated place.

What do we need to do to engage in an INTEGRAL life practice? Not only meditation, not only technology! What can we chose from all areas, and is there a time in life, a certain age, where we would do one version and not another?

Click on the links below to find the book and the Practice Kit on Amazon

Integral Life Practice by Ken Wilber and Terry Patten


Starter Kit to begin with your Integral Life Practice

Integral Life Practice STARTER KIT on AMAZON

About Monika Frühwirt:

Monika is speaking out of the experience of 7 decades of an intense life which was dedicated to the evolution of consciousness in herself and others.


Monika is a true leader. Thanks to her constant efforts the philosophy of Ken Wilber was introduced and spread in Germany. Her way of adopting leadership was – and is –  translating innumerable amounts of  texts, publishing articles, editing print media and creating the German Integral Association together with some like minded people.


Monika was one of the first women in the German-speaking Integral scene –  which at first was very “head biased” – the enthusiasm about a brilliant theory. She introduced into the Integral Community the “Feminine Integral Consciousness Field”, a self-organized group of women who tried to translate the theory into their everyday life practice. My friendship with her began with being part of this group of women and their attempt to find a FEMININE WAY of bringing the Integral WORLDVIEW out into the WORLD.

Portrait of Monika Frühwirth

The live broadcast was streamed on Friday December 2nd 2016

Here a list of books which Monika recommends with the following words:

Trigger Warning: When you finish these books, you may not be the same person who started them.

Carlo Suares: The Cipher of Genesis

Lex Hixon: Coming Home

Tony Schwarz: What Really Matters

Stephen Batchelor: Nagarjuna – Verses From the Center

Ram Dass: Grist for the Mill

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan: The Call Of The Dervish

Ramana Maharshi: Be As You Are.

Ken Wilber: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality

Ken Wilber: No Boundary

Chögyam Trungpa: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

All Books by Aya Khema, Jack Kornfield (Buddhism)

Sogyal Rinpoche: The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying

All Books on Tantra by Daniel Odier

Roberto Assagioli: The Act Of Will

Karen Horney: Neurosis and Human Growth; The Struggle Towards Self-Realisation

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Women Who Run With The Wolves

Debbie Ford: The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

Available only in GERMAN

Vivian Dittmar: Gefühle & Emotionen 

 Heinrich Zimmer: Der Weg zum Selbst – Shri Ramana Maharshi (Diederichs Gelbe Reihe)

Integral Life Practices in Any Age?

TIMESTAMPS of the conversation 

00:00 How to watch and listen…and introductions

05:10 Presenting Monika and how she became interested in Integral Theory (and what is that?) The early days…founding salons…loneliness…ongoing development

08:24 what does integrally competent mean? A brief description of quadrants…and Heidi adds some details

14:11 An Integral Life Practice for body, mind and spirit, being in the Now, especially as you age

16:05 What do you rely on? Mark’s response and Monika’s experience

19:30 Balancing distance and closeness, books! And feelings among (male) intellectuals..and eros, love

22:54 More about Eros, compassion, empathy…and feelings!  Even intuition!

27:13  How practice has changed for Monika over the years: shadow work and how we influence people without noticing it.  How Monika teases demons out

30:59  Witches and Feminism. Political correctness and how hard it is to become a man

35:18 “Sex in the Three Bodies” by Wilber

36:26 Sex as we get older, “Not a must but a can.” Tantra is not just about sex!

38:11 So tell us more about tantra!  It makes you dangerous, and alive!

40:04 How older people are “supposed” to be, becoming invisible at about age 80. So how can we be “seen” as we get older?  Breathing is key! Singing helps!

45:20 “How do you age, Monika?” I don’t!  (Humor helps.)  And Heidi asks what we two are doing and some shameless, yet appropriate, self promotion follows.

48:14 Monika: I have the privilege of finally being a private person…so you can hardly find me.  “My goal is my Self.

”52:07 Heidi: We’re lòooking for people who would like to come and live here in Paradiso Integrale

54:23 Cats and thank you’s and good bye’s

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  1. Ulrike December 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you Heidi, Monika and Mark for letting the following question emerge:
    + “What do you rely on?” – ultimately, when crucial parts of your life perish.

    • Heidi December 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you Ulrike for you deeply felt comment. Where can we hold ourselves in times of severe challenge? The existential question unfolds and we have to face it. I wish you all the energy needed!

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