In order to understand temperaments, we have to understand the context they arose from. The temperaments correlate to the elements of earth, air, fire and water, and these elements give rise to humours and the energetic principles of heat and cold, dampness and dryness, tension and laxity. Understanding these patterns, and how temperaments and energetics work together gives an important framework for using the temperaments in a practical manner. We'll also look at how historical and social themes affected our understanding of temperaments, adapting, refining and misrepresenting them over time.
We'll go on to explore each of the four temperaments in depth, looking at how they incline one towards physical, behavioral and emotional predispositions. How do these inclinations present in a balanced state? When in excess or deficiency? When overtly blocked? How do these inclinations manifest in the body, and what herbs can be used to exacerbate and balance them?
Running on empty: a workshop on burnout, exhaustion and stress, with jim mcdonald (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
In this 2 (and a half) day class, jim mcdonald and I will be discussing the many facets of adrenal exhaustion and burnout. From the physiology of the nervous system, to what is actually happening when you have 'adrenal exhaustion'. We'll discuss herbs extensively.
Grief and depression quite frankly, suck. There's no way to put a 'positive' spin on the fact that they are simply terrible feelings that we want to escape. But, that most of us spend our time trying to escape them actually makes them linger much, much longer than they need to. The fact of the matter is that most of us do not have a complete picture when it comes to emotional pain— we see it as something that’s ‘broken’ that needs to be ‘fixed’ so that we can ‘lighten up’ and get back on with our lives again, without seeing that they have something very important to teach us. Not only are they often guide posts for us to tell whether we are content with our lives or not, but they teach us so much about the deeper aspects of being human. And while I don’t think any of us are ever going to enjoy depression, I do think that tools can be taught to learn from it, and grow from it, and use it as a mechanism to help us connect more deeply to ourselves and the world around us. And that, in turn, actually transforms it into something new.