Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
I've just got back from a sunrise walk to, and on the beach. It struck me as I first stepped onto the dry-ish sand how I needed to alter my pace to still be comfortable.
This is something I do realise often, and in particular barefoot walking gifts it to me. With your feet clad in thick soled shoes, it's easy to tramp through all terrain, unfeeling, un-noticing and onward with the same speed. Barefoot however, changes my view. For a start it makes me aware, acutely aware of sensations - the dew on the wet grass, a patch of warmer rock, pebbly bits that need to be taken slower. And so I slow where I need to, run where I want to and appreciate nature in an entirely different way to when I clomp onwards in shoes.
Sitting, watching the sun rise and noticing the seagulls amongst the shells, hearing the wind whistling through the masts in an eerily beautiful morning hymn to nature, I breathed. I stopped doing and was happy being for a time. That slowing feels to have done me the world of good. I think it's easy to get swept away, busy being busy whilst ultimately just being may create more peace of mind - and probably more productivity late.
So I plan to play with it. To try and adapt my pace more, in life as well as barefoot instead of steaming ahead all the time. Where things are tougher, more stony ground, to slow more, to pick my way carefully. And where they're easy, flowing? That's where I'll kick up my heels and run imagining I'm a gazelle*.
With love and peace,
* whilst I imagine I'm a gazelle I have been told I'm more like an ostrich...
I can't seem to get through thinking about this blog without the Kasey Chambers (Australian country singer) song going through my head and so only felt right I should call it this.
Driving back home from a meeting this week, I mused afresh how ultimately we've all got a terminal diagnosis. Yes we may not have a fixed 'enjoy before' date that we've been doled out by a man (or gal of course) in a white coat with a serious expression but we're all heading to the final destination at varying speeds.
I say this not to be negative, a party pooper or kill joy, but instead to think about how you would live given the knowledge that it really isn't forever. What would bother you less? More? What would you want more or less of? For me, I don't think it would be cash in the bank that I'd be seeking (unless to find the essential travel to sort my itchy feet!). I'd like to be less distracted by my phone at times and more right here in the here and now.
Funnily enough (regular readers would know how I love a bit of synchronicity), I got home, still musing away, and my friend came over, telling me how he'd had an interesting conversation a day or two ago around what you'd do if you know you were going to die a year from the day.
So what would you do? What experiences would you seek? Who would you forgive, love, open up to and want to spend more time with? What stuff really wouldn't matter? I'm not saying you need to let that go but how would it be to drop the baggage and just be. To radiate your unique you-ness into the world without fear or judgement. To not care if your naked bottom got seen by the fisherman as you laughed your way out of the river... (Ha just checking I've still got your attention!).
Joking aside, this stuff can take time. Homeopathy and mindfulness can be both amazing tools in helping individuals along the journey. If you've any questions around what I might be able to do to help you, or how you might help yourself with tools and techniques then please get in touch.
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