Integrally Researching the Integral Researcher
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Drawing on Integral Theory as a framework for mixed methods research, this article explores a meditation practice known as Holding Loving Space. Holding Loving Space is a foundational practice of an emerging approach to psychological growth and transformation called Psychosophy. As the first-person phase of a larger three phase Integral Research project, the methodologies of phenomenology and structuralism are used to explore the potential of Holding Loving Space practice to support individual transformation and vertical intrapsychic integration in the self-identity line. The value of integrally researching the researcher through first-person inquiry (inside and outside) in preparation for subsequent second- and third-person methodologies is then highlighted and a specific research design framework for conducting Integral Research—the iterative-reflective approach—is presented.