The Integral Learning diagram divides the process of learning into four quadrants – mental, physical, senses, and inspiration. Naturally, the quadrants overlap, but this conceptualization of learning can be very useful in assessing children’s development.
When you touch something, it activates the neural receptors in the fingerpads. These neural receptors provide detailed information to the brain about the environment they are touching. Educational thought leader Dr Maria Montessori said: “The hands are the instrument of human intelligence.”
“Playing by heart” is not just memorization. It is not physically being able to play the notes without looking at the music. It has to do with what is going on inside when a person is playing.
Core awareness is the point where thought, feeling, action, and inspiration all become one and the same. Integral learning is the process of developing the ability to be at the center of these four quadrants. Therefore the thought and the doing become one. This is present moment awareness, and the state of total concentration.