Talking Wellness with Dr. Peter Borten: The Wood Element (video)

Talking Wellness with Dr. Peter Borten: The Wood Element (video)


“The place of wood is to grow upward towards the fire element. It’s always trying to reach the sun.”

How will you grow and move past the obstacles in your way? Leave a comment below and let us know.

  • Leslie
    Posted at 01:18h, 03 May Reply

    Loved this. Was just what I needed today.

    • ErinMarie
      Posted at 12:25h, 03 May Reply

      Thank you!

    • Rachel Hart
      Posted at 17:09h, 03 May Reply

      Thank you for your work. It is exactly the refreshments and reminders I need as I continue on my journey.

      • Peter Borten
        Posted at 17:40h, 03 May Reply

        You’re welcome, Rachel. I’m glad these words are helpful.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:39h, 03 May Reply

      Thanks, Leslie!

  • Annie
    Posted at 01:28h, 03 May Reply

    Thank you.. simply said and so much easier for me to integrate!!

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:41h, 03 May Reply

      You’re welcome, Annie. Happy you’re able to integrate it.

  • Annmaria
    Posted at 03:58h, 03 May Reply

    I’m not going to find the cheese in the way I thought I was…not sure how I’m going to find it now but I believe it was moved so I could find a better way, and trust that I will still find it. Great video, thank you!

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:43h, 03 May Reply

      None of us are going to find the cheese the way we thought. We’ll probably also discover that the cheese isn’t what we expected – nor that it’s outside of us at all. You’ll find it, though, I’m sure of it.

  • Craig
    Posted at 05:09h, 03 May Reply

    Timing of this was perfect for where I am in my personal journey

  • Shealagh Kate King
    Posted at 05:35h, 03 May Reply

    I let myself receive all the support I need as I face the reality of my Mum’s death. With nature as my greatest ally, I process what life brings, steadied through the shaky moments by my connection with all life.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:53h, 03 May Reply

      Hang in there, Shealagh. Yes, you absolutely are connected and held.

  • Mary Sara
    Posted at 11:14h, 03 May Reply

    This was very mind-opening, thank you! When you said “obstacles are not injustices” the proverbial scales fell from my eyes. I need to step back and look at my obstacles from the perspective of the Big Picture and see how I can grow around them. I figured they were insurmountable, but maybe they aren’t.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:56h, 03 May Reply

      I believe they are always surmountable. Though from a big enough step back, “surmounting” them may take on new meaning.

  • Heather
    Posted at 12:00h, 03 May Reply

    Loving the way you explain the Five Elements! Thank you for your wonderful insight. Keep ’em coming!

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:57h, 03 May Reply

      You’re welcome! I did record 5 of these, though I think we’re going to spread out publishing them, so the next one may not be for a month or so.

  • Sherry
    Posted at 12:58h, 03 May Reply

    Thank you for this insight. I’ve had the cheese moved on my path many times in this life. Each time, the new path has led to greater things. My path now is not clear, so this reminder in a beautifully stated way was perfect information to ingest! In gratitude!

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:58h, 03 May Reply

      Glad to hear it, Sherry. Yes, it seems when the cheese moves, we’re presented with ever higher grades of “cheese.”

  • Judi Llapitan
    Posted at 13:01h, 03 May Reply

    Great video. I will continue to practice my breathing and taking yoga, tap dance and jazz dance classes. I take 4-1/2 hours of yoga weekly. These classes help me stay strong and they help with the muscle and joint pain too. Your muscle melt plays a big roll in my pain management too. The tap dance and jazz classes also keep me moving and are super fun to take. I’m about to turn 71, so being able to move and enjoy life is important to me.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:59h, 03 May Reply

      I’m inspired by your commitment to your fitness, Judi. Especially later in life, it’s so essential.

  • Susan
    Posted at 13:50h, 03 May Reply

    I love and look forward to each of your teachings. Kind of you to do a video! Special to learn “face-to-face” or face-to-screen, seems the same on this end :-). I read the small book you reviewed and forgot about the “getting angry/upset” portion. Your reminder gave me more personal gain than reading the popular book did.
    I am working this year on growing with “The Well Life” you and Brianna signed when in PDX. One happy gal here.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:00h, 03 May Reply

      Hi Susan, thanks for supporting our work. I’m glad to hear it’s been helpful for you. Be well.

  • Alecia
    Posted at 15:41h, 03 May Reply

    Thank you, and speaking of Who Moved my Cheese, you may be interested in this book: I Moved Your Cheese …for those who refuse to live as mice in someone else’s maze…by Deepak Malhotra.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:13h, 03 May Reply

      Thanks, Alecia. I love the title “I Moved Your Cheese”! In truth, I’ve only browsed “Who Moved My Cheese” – I mostly appreciate the core concept regarding how humans respond to unexpected change. From what I can garner from reviews, it seems that Malhotra’s book stems from a criticism that “Who Moved My Cheese” encourages people to to be slaves to the maze and chase the “cheese.” He seems to be offering a way to transcend the maze altogether. I can’t tell whether that’s an accurate characterization of the first book, nor am I sure that any of us need to read either one. The key, to me, is to continuously inquire as to WHAT, REALLY is the ultimate “cheese,” – is it actually outside of us at all? And what are we willing to let go in order to experience “cheese consciousness”? ūüėČ

      • Julia
        Posted at 08:35h, 23 May Reply

        This is my 1st look into “The Dragontree”. Your analogy on “Who Moved My Cheese”, is quite insightful. However, I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t even know “What My Cheese Is”, let alone “Who Moved My Cheese”. I’m at a time in my life that is physically, medically & emotionally draining. The thought of another maze in life, along with going around more obstacles, seems paralyzing to me. I know I need a new mindset and probably a different book to peruse.
        I’m going to delve deeper into “The Dragontree” in hopes of acquiring a better outlook and direction.
        Many thanks,

        • Peter Borten
          Posted at 18:55h, 24 May Reply

          thanks, Julia. I’m sorry to hear life’s not feeling fun at the moment. You might get some insight into what your “cheese” is through the book I wrote with my wife – The Well Life. Perhaps your library has a copy. Maybe consider starting with what kinds of *qualities* would your ideal life have, rather than the material specifics.
          Be well,

  • Diane C. Mueller
    Posted at 18:16h, 03 May Reply

    Great analogies made the points so simple to understand and envision. Thank you!

  • Dori
    Posted at 19:23h, 03 May Reply

    Thank you for the insightful teaching today. It will be especially helpful for me as I head into a meeting at work where I will be making suggestions and requesting some changes regarding our policies and procedures. This helps me to remember that I don’t have to right and that the obstacles encourage growth in new ways.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:53h, 24 May Reply

      You’re welcome, Dori! I hope those conversations went smoothly!

  • Jen Rodgers
    Posted at 20:16h, 04 May Reply

    I enjoyed this and look forward to hearing about the other elements. Thank you for posting it!

  • Lilah Wallach
    Posted at 18:56h, 05 May Reply

    “Our obstacles aren’t injustices” beautifully stated Peter. I’m going to let this one percolate in my soul all weekend. Thank you for your teachings.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 21:59h, 08 May Reply

      You’re welcome, Lilah. I hope you’ve been well.

  • Sue
    Posted at 13:48h, 06 May Reply

    The tree -especially one that is narled and twisted is a good visual for me. Its canopy will receive sun and still experience being a tree but those are, for me, the most interesting trees

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 21:59h, 08 May Reply

      They’re interesting trees to me, too!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 19:42h, 09 May Reply

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us! I enjoy learning as I travel along this path of life.

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