Health - balance, integration, wholeness, and oneness
I consider health
the central theme of my website – health in the most
comprehensive sense including physical, emotional, mental,
and spiritual health. I emphasize spiritual
health and mental
thinking) for two
reasons: 1. because I have more knowledge and experience
in this area, and 2. because they can have a great impact
on physical and emotional health.
Although at first sight “Ken Wilber, the AQAL Map, Health and Laughter,” the title of my website, may appear like a hodgepodge of topics, closer inspection reveals an intimate relation. Laughter generates and sustains all aspects of health. Ken Wilber’s AQAL map implies much healthy thinking. Alfred Korzybski's Science and Sanity to which I refer in Korzybski Quotes and in my book manuscript on Healing Thinking and Being (Chapter 4) places great emphasis on health and healing. Other Quotes also involve health and related concepts.
Besides health, balance constitutes another unifying theme of my website. Balance is, of course, closely related to health. It may be considered a crucial aspect of health or even its definition according to Chinese medicine. Ken Wilber’s AQAL map is balanced in many ways: it aims “to cultivate body, mind, and spirit in self, culture, and nature” (Ken Wilber. 2007. The Integral Vision. Boston: Shambhala, p. 217-218). The dynamic mandala that I proposed in Wilber’s AQAL Map and Beyond shows even greater balance because it balances hierarchy (holarchy), the most fundamental ordering principle in Ken Wilber’s AQAL map, with other ordering principles such as Yin/Yang, continuum and network views. Ken Wilber also recognizes these other ordering principles, but not with regard to most basic structure of the Kosmos, which to him is hierarchical (holarchical). Therefore, in this respect his thinking is not balanced.
Healthy thinking and healing thinking is balanced thinking. And laughter also generates balance.
Since balance is not static but rather dynamic, dynamics, flow, fluidity, change, impermanence and related concepts play an important role throughout my website.
Integration and wholeness characterize not only integral medicine, integrative medicine, and holistic medicine but also the integral movement, including integral philosophy, integral spirituality, and other domains of integralism. The idea and experience of oneness (non-duality) reveal our most basic connection with the Kosmos – I refer to them throughout my website.
See also my book
in progress on Materialism,
Holism, and Mysticism - A Mandala