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This Epic Life is a community of like-minded souls from across the globe. We nerd out on deepening our meditation habits. We reevaluate our relationships with things like alcohol, we catalyze positive change in our organizations, and we inspire one another to pursue Full-Life Integration™.
Our services range from Organizational Culture consulting, to Executive Coaching, and Meditation training. Our flagship event, The Integrated Life™, is 1 of the best retreat experiences available. But don’t take our word for it. 🙂
This Epic Life started as a play on what I call my “EPIC!” nature. My legendary Grandfather had the same gene. I’m either disinterested, or So Completely All The Way Obsessed. In fact, my first post on this site was a 3-part epic recap of my vasectomy.
For Pops, it looked like filling a backyard with 50 hand-made birdhouses, or chartering pirate ships to sail around Long Island.
For me, it looks like pursuing Full-Life Integration. I never handled it well when people told me “you can’t have it all”, or “you need to choose”. I wanted to pelt them in the face with Skittles.
Family or work? Both, and…
Health, or doing something you love? Both, and…
It occurred to me that many of us share this struggle. Balancing our lives seems to be really difficult, if not entirely impossible.
THIS IS ABOUT HOW WE LIVE.
Moderation isn’t my forte, which is why I quit drinking alcohol and helped so many others reevaluate their relationship with booze. Along the way, my spiritual seeking led me to my guru Paramahansa Yogananda, who teaches me daily that our relationship with our Soul is foundational to everything else in our lives.
The ‘everything else’ is what I term our Non-Negotiables. Our sacred life ingredients that cannot be removed, or substituted. (In our individual solar systems, Soul needs to be the sun.)
We do this by removing all non-essentials. We get to the core Non-Negotiables of Soul, Vitality, Family, Art, and Work.
With focus, and practice, they expand and integrate together.
In aligning, and operating from these Non-Negotiables, Full-Life Integration is achieved. We can’t expect “work” as we knew it to sustain all areas of our lives. Our culture places work at the center of our solar system.
The blackhole sun that consumes all we (should) hold most precious.
But when we take the power back to properly sequence our lives, new possibilities emerge.
We can feel we’re rolling quickly through this lifetime, accumulating epic experiences, relationships, and wisdom. The invitation is to integrate all of it into a seamless whole. Move faster, yet, lighter. Create impact.
Integration on the inner level feels like your Soul playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with your epic life. Integration on the outer level feels like stepping into all you’ve been put on this Earth to create.
A joyous nun—Sister Priti— once drilled this into the subconscious of the 4,000 fellow yogis who were present: “God sent help. He sent YOU.”
The upliftment of our planet requires us to approach Work…
With the infinite light of the Soul…
with the crackle and hum of Vitality…
with the limitless LOVE of our human Family…
and with the summoning magic of Art...
As we integrate ourselves, our vibes spill out into the organizations we serve.
Organizations still make the world go around. To meet the challenges of a world in transition, when VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) are more intense than ever before— we must organize.
All of the components of the Full-Life Integration Framework™ are applicable in organizations.
Our retreat guests, coaching clients, and readers play important leadership roles within companies and communities.
Have a look around!
THIS IS ABOUT HOW WE CONTRIBUTE
TO THE WORLD WE DESERVE.
Kristoffer Carter (“KC”) is the Catalyst in Chief of This Epic Life, and the creator of the Full-Life Integration™ Framework. KC is a culture and meditation advisor for companies, and personal transformation coach for leaders. As a meditation teacher, KC has over 33,000 active students on Insight Timer. As a workplace culture consultant, he has designed, or is delivering conscious leadership programs for AT&T, Avery-Dennison, Good Life Project™, Litera Microsystems, and more. “His sweet-spot is in optimizing the employee experience to drive business objectives.” -Deb Josephs (Chief People Officer, IAC Applications). KC’s Mission + Values-centric programs have been featured in Business Insider, onstage at TEDx (“What if change was FUN?”) and Wisdom 2.0, and in countless conferences and podcast interviews.
Kristoffer built his experience with Centro, who won the #1 Best Place to Work in Fortune Magazine, Advertising Age, and for an unprecedented four straight years by Crains’ Business Chicago.
Learn more about KC’s transformative coaching work here.
KC is a devotee of the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. He lives with his wife of 20 years and 3 children in Akron, Ohio— where they dream of 1 day flying in a blimp.
THIS IS OUR FRAMEWORK
I’ve recently been asked to do a flurry of interviews on the topic of Full-Life Integration.
Here are a few of my favorite conversations:
- Business Insider – Interview alongside Centro’s Founder & Chief.
- The Jess Lively Show podcast
- The One You Feed podcast
- Interviewing my friend and mentor Jonathan Fields on Good Life Project – TV
“Through the nurturing of our seemingly
disparate talents and skills, we’re able to
experience Full-Life Integration…
When, (much like the 80s cartoon Voltron),
the whole of us beats alien ass on
a whole other level.
–The Framework Manifesto
MISSION + VALUES.
My life purpose is JOY.
“From joy I came,
for joy I live,
in sacred joy I melt.”
THE MISSION OF THIS EPIC LIFE
is to unleash Organizational Soul for the upliftment of the planet—
one Integrated Leader at a time.
2 – Programs custom to your team’s experience.
3 – Culture Definition: Videos to attract talent, mission + values.
OUR 5 Non-Negotiables
Presence is mandatory for fulfillment.
If our work doesn’t resonate deep in The Feels, we’re not there yet.
We create experiences that crackle and sparkle
with life. Our work must radiate passion.
Our family is our core motivator,
so your family expands when we work together.
We pursue trust, and deep-belly laughs.
Designing our client experiences is our highest expression,
and we serve them up like searing, finger-tapping guitar solos.
We’re going to have fun, but we gotta go deep.
We work harder on ourselves than we allow anyone, or anything to work on us.