Wednesday, April 30, 2014

{taking a deeper look}

The integral assessment was difficult for me. I have always been an introspective person but trying to figure out what really brings distress to my life is not always as easy as it sounds. We want to think nothing is wrong and a sense of denial is always present, however we know deep inside something is off in one area or another. When I was finally able to realize this and admit it to myself, I could give 100% to this exercise. 

The area I focused on was interpersonal, as I felt this was the issue bringing me the most distress. Relationships of any kind seem to bring me the most anxiety and panic. There could be a bunch of exercises I could implement in order to foster greater wellness in this area, including the loving-kindness practice we did a couple of units back. I think this could help me diminish my anxiety when it comes to friendships and other intimate relationships. Also, exercises that allow practice with healthy communication could be helpful, as that is a major source of my stress. 

Overall, I think it's important to actually take a deeper look into our lives and study what's really going on, both inside and out. Being able to be honest with ourselves can be beneficial beyond compare, as it allows us to see the problems and then be able to fix, solve, or heal them. 



  1. Tayla, I really enjoy your blog post. It took me a bit to grasp the integral assessment myself, because there are so many areas in my life that could use a good "tune up" that it was hard to choose. I'm not really a "people person" either, when it comes to interpersonal relationships. I've just gotten used to it because of my job in retail--I have to talk to customers, and usually I find myself having some very interesting conversations with them, whether it's about my kids, the weather, etc. I find that taking some deep breaths helps a lot to control the anxiety.

  2. Tayla,

    Being able to reflect and be honest with ourselves is one of the most important things to do in my opinion because if you're not honest with yourself how can you expect others to be honest to you or you to be honest to others. After doing the exercises and the loving kindness exercise I think that this will accomplish the honesty factor to ourselves and will only bring benefit to all!

    - David