FAQ

Please note that in addition to general questions about the functioning of the site OstadElahi inPractice, most of the FAQs below concern the 5-phase labs. Some aspects that are specific to the 28 days straight labs should nevertheless be taken into account. A tutorial available after signing up to the labs in question will provide you with the relevant information.

  1. Where can I find detailed information about the different phases of a lab?
  2. Once I have started a lab, can I switch to another?
  3. Can I take a break after I have started a lab?
  4. How long can I pause my lab?
  5. What happens if I forget or am unable to answer a question or complete one of the phases of my lab within the allotted time?
  6. I cannot move on to the next phase—why is that?
  7. My lab is on pause but I have not requested to pause it: what is going on?
  8. My lab has been closed automatically: what has happened?
  9. The Action Phase is 28 days long, but the time-line indicates that I have 31 days left: why is that?
  10. During the Action phase, how can I complete my daily assessment if I haven’t logged in for one or more days?
  11. Can I work on more than one lab at a time?
  12. Can I modify my practical exercise(s) in the middle of a lab?
  13. I am currently in phase 4 and I would like to change the number of exercises in my practice. Is that possible?
  14. I am in phase 4 and I would like to switch one of my exercises from daily assessment to weekly assessment. Is that possible?
  15. I don’t really understand the self-assessment system: what is the difference between the success/failure rating and the quality of my practice?
  16. I am unable to assess my practice in terms of success or failure, it’s too binary.
  17. How can I permanently end a lab?
  18. Will the experiences that I post always be visible to other users?
  19. Is my username visible to other users when I share an experience, a practical exercise or a note?
  20. Certain phases are to be completed in a limited time frame: what time zone should I use as a reference?
  21. Who can access my data (notepad, experiences, exercises, etc.)?
  22. When an “average” grade is displayed, whose average is it?
  23. Can I delete my account?
  24. Will this website be available in other languages?

 


 

ANSWERS

 

1. Where can I find detailed information about the different phases of a lab?

Please refer to the page Find out more about phases.
A link to this page is available at all times on the My current lab page:





















2. Once I have started a lab, can I switch to another?

You may drop out of a lab at any time. All you need to do is go to All Labs, select the lab in progress, and click the Stop button.
Once you have done this, you may start a new lab, or restart the lab you have just terminated.

3. Can I take a break after I have started a lab?

Yes, you may pause your lab at any time by clicking the Pause button, either on the My Current Lab page, or on the All Labs page. To restart your lab, click the Restart button available on the same pages.
Please note that you may only pause your lab once.

 

4. How long can I pause my lab?

After 6 months, if you have not restarted your lab, it will be automatically stopped. You will receive information and reminders via email while your lab is one pause.
 

5. What happens if I forget or am unable to answer a question or complete one of the phases of my lab within the allotted time?

You will receive an email informing you that your lab has been paused automatically. To restart your lab, go to All Labs and click the restart button of the lab in question, or go to My Current Lab.

6. I cannot move on to the next phase—why is that? 

Make sure you have completed all the stages of the current phase.

7. My lab is on pause but I have not requested to pause it: what is going on?

Your lab has been put on pause automatically by the system. You have failed to complete one of the tasks required in your lab within the allotted time. You should have received an informational email alerting you to this. Please note that when a lab is paused automatically by the system, you must restart your lab within 7 days or it will be automatically closed.
To restart your lab, go to the All labs page and click the restart button of the lab in question, or go to My current lab.

8. My lab has been closed automatically: what has happened?

You have failed to timely resume your lab after it was paused—either within 7 days after your lab was automatically paused by the system, or 6 months after you voluntarily paused your lab. Your lab is now permanently closed. You statistics are available on the My previous labs page.
To start a new lab, please go to All labs.

9. The Action Phase is 28 days long, but the time-line indicates that I have 31 days left: why is that?

The Action Phase includes 28 days of practice, but you have an additional optional 3 days (maximum) to review your results and finalize your daily assessments, which will no longer be amendable as soon as the next phase starts.

10. During the Action phase, how can I complete my daily assessment if I haven’t logged in for one or more days?

You can easily enter information concerning your daily assessment retroactively by going to My Current Lab and clicking on the corresponding dates above the graph. You can also modify the information you have already entered for previous days at any time.
Please note that this is not applicable to the “28 days straight” labs consisting of one single 28-day phase with no preparatory stages. In these particularly dynamic labs, your daily assessment cannot be modified after midnight.

11. Can I work on more than one lab at a time?

It is only possible to start and work on one lab at any given time. Each lab is a complete process that includes assessments, reflection, efforts, and self-analysis—it is therefore essential not to be distracted unnecessarily.

12. Can I modify my practical exercise(s) in the middle of a lab?

During the Action phase, it is possible to modify the title of one or more of your exercises. This can be quite useful, as continuous self-analysis will enable you to better understand what you should work on, justifying the need to redefine your practical exercise(s).

13. I am currently in phase 4 and I would like to change the number of exercises in my practice. Is that possible?

No. You have to decide on 1 to 3 practical exercises in phase 3. It is no longer possible to modify the number of exercises you have chosen to include in your practice once phase 4 has begun. It remains, however, possible to modify the headings of your exercises throughout phase 4.

Tips:
- Take your time in phase 3 to properly plan your practice: number of exercises and specific heading for each exercise.

- If you would still like to increase the level of difficulty of your practice during phase 4: modify the heading of one of your exercises and make it more complex by including two sub-exercises.

14. I am in phase 4 and I would like to switch one of my exercises from daily assessment to weekly assessment. Is that possible?

No, this is impossible for technical reasons. You have to decide how often you would like to assess your practice during phase 3. The assessment frequency is set by default to “daily”.  The option for a weekly assessment appears by clicking on “daily”. You will no longer be able to change these settings once phase 4 has begun.

Tips:
If you still wish to switch from daily assessment to weekly assessment after you have begun phase 4, assess your practice at the end of the week (Were you successful? How would you rate the quality of your practice over the week?) and include the relevant information (success or failure, quality) in your assessment table for all 7 days of that week.

15. I don’t really understand the self-assessment system: what is the difference between the success/failure rating and the quality of my practice?

The result of a practice has to be assessed both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Success and failure ratings are part of the quantitative assessment: I successfully completed my exercise as planned, or I failed to do so. If the heading of the exercise is sufficiently precise, you can determine on your own whether you succeeded or failed and select “success” or “failure” accordingly. But this does not fully reflect the reality of your work: it could be that you failed despite serious efforts, considerable attention paid to your practice, understanding something about yourself, having had the best possible intention, etc. Such a “failure” is clearly different than failure to have remembered or failure due to laziness, etc. Conversely, you may successfully complete your exercise by chance or mechanically, without making an effort or without gaining any insights into yourself. Qualitative criteria, including  effort, attention, intention, as well as self-analysis, involvement, humility, etc., thus contribute to the final result of our practice and should be assessed. This evaluation is personal and will evolve with experience and one’s strategies.

16. I am unable to assess my practice in terms of success or failure, it’s too binary.

It is precisely to avoid limiting your evaluation to mere “success” or “failure” that the possibility to additionally assess your practice in terms of its “quality” is offered. The result of a practice is not strictly limited to its success or failure: it depends greatly on criteria such as one’s level of effort, one’s intention, attention, or one’s humility in the case of success, which is why one cannot simply limit it to success or failure. Someone who failed but put in great effort, probably made more progress than someone who succeeded in completing a simpler exercise. If you did not fully meet your commitment, pay closer attention to the quality of your practice: what efforts are you developing?

Tip:
Make sure that your exercise is not too vague. If, for example, you decide to “fight against backbiting,” it will be difficult to evaluate your success or failure: opportunities to backbite will  abound and you will probably miss some of them. You will need to refine the heading of your exercise to be able to clearly determine if you’ve succeeded or failed. For example, “Today I will try to fight against backbiting at least once,” or “twice,” or “three times,” however many times you want, as long as the exercise is clearly delimited. The exercise should also be doable, of course, so that you can stick to it in the long run. This is not a best performance contest, but rather a work-in-progress on oneself that requires attention, concentration and analysis.

17. How can I permanently end a lab?

In order to end a lab, go to the All labs page, select your current lab, and click the Stop button. Please note: by ending a lab, you will permanently lose all the data related to it.

 

18. Will the experiences that I post always be visible to other users?

No. Your personal data is private. If you decide that one of your experiences or practical exercises, or any question or suggestion you may have, would be enriching for other users, you will have the option to share those anonymously. Please note that all experiences shared at your request will always be moderated before they are published on the site.

19. Is my username visible to other users when I share an experience, a practical exercise or a note?

No. After moderation, only your text will be visible to other users--you will thus remain anonymous.

20. Certain phases are to be completed in a limited time frame: what time zone should I use as a reference?

You indicated your geographical location when you created your account. Your time zone was then automatically saved and will serve as a reference for the various deadlines. You may change your time zone at any time by accessing your profile.

21. Who can access my data (notepad, experiences, exercises, etc.)?

With the exception of what you decide to share (anonymously) with other users, no one except you—not even the administrators of the site—can access your data. The encryption of your password and of your personal data (notepad content, experiences, exercises) guarantees your account security. An encryption key is generated when your create your account. If you forget your password, only the correct answers to the secret questions will allow you to reset your password.

22. When an “average” grade is displayed, whose average is it?

Unless specifically indicated (e.g., “my average”, “my average score”), it refers to the average of all users.

23. Can I delete my account?

Yes, you may delete your account entirely at any time by going to My Profile. All data and records concerning your practice will then be permanently deleted.

24. Will this website be available in other languages?

If you would like to contribute to the development of this website by offering a translation of its content, please let us know by using the contact form.