What is comprehensive, integral practice?

In the post with which I launched this series of posts about practice, I wrote that my approach to practice is comprehensive and integral. It is "mine" in the sense that it is the one I have adopted, not in the sense that I invented such an approach. On the contrary, teachers across continents and time have pointed in this direction. 

My primary influences in this regard have been the Zen study I engaged in a couple of decades ago and the works of Ken Wilber and other writers in the integral world. The late abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, John Daido Loori Roshi, in his book, The Eight Gates of Zen, outlined eight domains of Zen practice. As my spiritual orientation includes but is not limited to Zen, I've stripped out the Zen-specific references and tweaked them a bit for who I am (e.g., more of a musician than a painter) and am left with this:

  • Contemplation
  • Study with Teachers
  • Study of Spirituality and Philosophy
  • Ritual
  • Ethics
  • Music/Art
  • Body Practice
  • Work Practice

Years later, Ken Wilber and his colleagues wrote Integral Life Practice in which they outlined these nine domains:

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Spirit
  • Shadow
  • Ethics
  • Sex
  • Work
  • Emotions
  • Relationships

You'll notice some overlapping areas, and some equivalents, so when I put the two systems together, they map like this:

  • Body (including Sex)
  • Ethics
  • Spirit (Contemplation and Ritual)
  • Mind (Study of Spirituality and Philosophy; Shadow; Teachers)
  • Work
  • Study with Teachers
  • Relationships

Wilber et al's category "Emotions" finds its way across several of these categories, including Mind, Spirit, and Relationships, so I've left it out as its own category.

As I review this list, one thing seems missing: Leisure, or Play. Sure, one could weave Play into a couple of these categories (Body, Relationships), but I think it's worth its own, else I forget about it and become a dull boy. So, here are the categories around which I'll be organizing my thoughts around practice:

  • Body
  • Mind 
  • Spirit
  • Work
  • Ethics
  • Relationships
  • Music/Art
  • Play

What have I left out? Let me know in the comments box for this blog post!