Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
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It's been a crazy week! I can't believe it's just 7 days since I woke with a bad dream into an even stranger world. The referendum results were in and it looked likely (I woke at 5am) that we were voting to leave the EU.
I have friends who voted each way, and whichever way people voted, I think, for me, is rapidly becoming irrelevant. What's important now is how we move forwards. What we do next, not how we look back and blame. It seems there are plenty to blame if that is the approach we want to take. I see this too reflected into my work all the time.
I work with people who may blame anyone for their complaints, including, in many cases, themselves. The self blame and guilt, I think could be one of the worst, but really that looking backwards with regret, anger, distaste and venom of whatever kind is one thing that really keeps us stuck. 'If only''...', 'if they hadn't...' and all the rest of the reasons mean we can get out of taking real, honest responsibility for ourselves right now.
And there I see the similarities, and the invitation, the beautiful, subtle invitation of our times, right here, right now. What has gone has indeed happened. That's not to mean we don't study it and learn, discover and create it differently next time. But it does mean that blame, shaming, anger, vitriol and disgust are useless, except for us to carry forwards illness and dis-ease with us.
Right now, here in the UK, and in each of our lives, I believe the invitation is to live as well as we can for ourselves, for those around us, living more in harmony in our communities, regardless of London, Brussels and the rest. Live simply, compassionately, deeply entwined with nature and see how we are part of it all. See how nature has no control, or at least the control is in the constant cycle. Growth, bloom, withering and death. On and on it goes without resistance. Us? We're up in arms about a grey hair, a wrinkle, our skin being slightly less stretchy.
See how connected it all is - how the birds need the worms and the worms decompose the leaves, how the new growth comes through and is here, without needing to be flashy, to shout about it, to prove anything. The simple. The power, I feel is in the simple.
Simple medicines, simple lives, simple pleasures.
I'm following the invitation.
Homeopathy is a system of natural healthcare that has been used worldwide for over 200 years.
Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual's specific symptoms and personal level of health.
I approach each person as an individual, and now I see after 9 years of working (with admittedly, 2 or 3 exceptions), that each person approaching me is stuck somewhere. It could be an emotional complaint - anxiety, depression or anger; or a physical complaint - a cough that won't clear, a pain or IBS. It's the rare person that comes with nothing wrong, just to experience the process or for you to have an awareness of them in case they get ill later on. But sometimes I see that too.
What I'll always try and do is match the symptoms being experienced to those which match a remedy that might help them. I see now that we heal ourselves, the remedy acts as a stimulant, a catalyst to allow that to occur.
I work with people who are going through many different things, experiencing grief, shock, loss, anxiety, OCD, fatigue, people who are struggling with headaches, rheumatism. I support people undergoing treatment for cancer, and homeopathy can work well to alleviate side effects of drugs if needed here, as well as aiming to support the general health of the individual.
I also work with that nebulous, hard to look at with conventional medicine complaint, that 'I just don't feel like 'me' anymore'. Whilst with conventional medicine, this is hard to treat frequently, using holistic medical approaches, such as homeopathy, we can explore this further and frequently, help in a return to 'feeling like 'me' again' - it's always a joy for me to hear those words!
Sometimes we might work with mindfulness techniques which may be useful exercises for you to use at home, or I may recommend books or approaches for you to look at. We might look at what your lifestyle is doing to help or hinder your health. What I always try and do is be there with the client in front of me as an individual, it doesn't matter how many cases I've seen of that named complaint, it's about how you do it that's important right then. So that's what I focus on.
I love to be able to help people move forwards with a spring in their step, healthier and happier.
If you've any questions or would like to know how homeopathy may help you, please get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07734 861297.
With best wishes,
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley MARH, Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition