Integrative inquiry is the process of integrating the knowledge gained from research, course learning, and book learning with the wisdom gained from intuition, sensing, and the mindful experiencing of emotions with the ability to embrace the unknown. With the ability to integrate multiple sources of information through generative questions and other training methodologies, participants of integrative inquiry are able to manage stress and creatively problem solve while experiencing ambiguity. This all leads to the promotion of peace and compassion through their conscious-choice making.
The Integrative Inquiry Curriculum was developed by Dr. Marilee Bresciani with a great deal of assistance and wisdom from Stanford University's cognitive neuro-scientist Phillipe Goldin, Google's Search Inside Yourself Curriculum and teachings from the Chopra Center for Well-Being, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses, as well as teachings from the Baron Baptiste's Power Yoga Institue. Adding in Marcia Baxter-Magolda's Self-authorship principles via Dr. Emily Marx, the integrative inquiry curriculum is designed to reduce stress, and increase attention, focus, creative thinking, critical thinking, self-inquiry, conscious-choice making and overall well-being. 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 curriculum is designed for adults older than 19-years of age. The team of curriculum designers is able to make modifications in the Curriculum and in the curriculum project designs for specific audiences and their needs.
Components of Integrative-inquiry Curriculum:
Focused movement such as Asana (Yoga), Qigong, Tai Chi, or related movement activity
Focused breathing such as Mindfulness-based meditation, primordial sound meditation, or practice of silence
Creative engagement and expression through music, chanting, art, or theatre
Required readings and in-person or on-line lectures
Self-Inquiry via journaling
One-on-one facilitated/coached reflection
Assigned group activities
Assigned individual activities
Seek Union with Yourself
I may not be my thoughts. I don’t know yet; I have to think about that some more.
Outcomes of The Integrative-inquiry Curriculum:
Participants who have successfully completed the 16-32 week Integrative inquiry Curriculum will be able to:
Demonstrate a decrease in perceived stress as measured by Beck's Anxiety inventory.
Explain what it means to demonstrate self-compassion and compassion for others.
Explain their role in promoting peace in every situation within which they find themselves.
Define strategies to empower themselves to nurture and release the unique expressions of their creativity while empowering those around them to do the same.
Explain their role in authentically and freely contributing to the Greater Good within their community or organization.
Describe practical ways in which their overall well-being has been improved.
Cognitive outcomes of The Integrative Inquiry Curriculum also include successful participants’ ability to identify steps and strategies to:
Demonstrate high quality attention and focus.
Creatively solve problems while including the varying perspectives and opinions of others.
Think critically about consequences of proposed solutions to problems as well as the possibilities from creative proposals.
Resolve inner conflict peacefully.
Explain how personal beliefs and values may expand or decrease collective organization or community beliefs.
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