Even though the name we gave to our species on this planet was Human-Being, I sometimes wonder if we should update the name to Human-Doing. In our current, commerce compelled digital age of "uber-doing", its easy to feel like we are not doing enough, don't measure up, and are in need of constant improvement. To combat this unhealthy mentality, I have decided to call the spring 2017 teaching theme White Hot Well-Being. At each class, I will present a well-being concept that is "hot" enough to burn through the fallacy of the human-doing state and "white" enough to bring light and awareness to the state of well-being.
YOUR NAME IS WHITE HOT
I opened the season with the suggestion that we all review our personal / work calendars and scan for our own names' appearance within the schedules. For example, you may discover that the names of your children, or partner, or clients etc. have been inputted / written into your calendar, but curiously, your own name never marks the pages! For many of us, honouring our well-being may very well begin with choosing to value our own identity. For example, putting into the calendar that Monday night is "yoga night" is a wonderful step in a positive direction.. And yet there is something lukewarm about leaving this well-being activity unpersonalized. Try adding your own name as the title and the well-being activity as the subtitle such as "Jane: Yoga Class". Seeing your own name on the calendar may just be the white hot well-being visual that not only increases your commitment & appearance at class, but also signals to yourself and everyone else in your family / work system that you too are a human being whose self-care matters.