Weekly thoughts and insights from participants of the “Well-Being” class series.
This week’s contribution is by Andy Rogers:
Tonight I went to Cara’s first class of a series on well-being. As a recent graduate from Traditional Chinese Medicine school, Cara carries a lot of weight on the topic, and she treated us to a fascinating overview of the influences on well-being from the TCM point of view.
How does this relate to dharma or meditation?
Well, if you’re a student of awareness, you’ll be used to looking closely at the body and mind. You’ll be used to looking at your patterns and you’ll be interested in anything that helps shine new light on them.
So if you tend toward confusion, it’s good to know that when your mind feels unclear it could be a reaction to shock – maybe a childhood trauma is being triggered when you freeze or get confused. Or if you’re like me and tend to over-indulge your negative emotions, it’s motivating to hear how they affect your heart, lungs or kidney function. To help keep up good states, you’ll want clues on balancing out your system once you’re aware of what might be going on – how can you tweak your diet or lifestyle to address the effects of over-thinking or worry?
A negative emotion arises right now because I won’t be in Calgary for Cara’s other classes on well-being. But I’m pleased for you if you can be there next week, when Cara offers tools to generate positive mind states that promote overall well-being.
Thanks for offering up your knowledge Cara! May you be well and happy!