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!
Is this virus the enemy? Is any virus the enemy? In the conventional world of thinking, of course it is. I'm seeing reference to 'fight' to 'battle' to 'wipe this out' and of course 'kill it'. And yet they keep on coming. Viruses that is, not patriarchal battle references. Viruses, being clever little beasts, mutate. So every year the flu shot for example, is a best guess, not what the flu virus actually is this year. It's a prediction. And sometimes it's pretty close. Sometimes, according to the gov.uk stats, it has a 15% efficacy rate. So not that near. However, I'm not on a plan to head down that particular rabbit hole right now.
What I'm curious about this morning is where is the talk of 'increase our immunity', 'strengthen our vital force' (that one would likely be unique to homeopaths - others talk of energy in their own terms). Where is that? It's coming - but from the alternative/complementary health sector. Where are the recipes brim packed with nutrients to make you feel great and give your body a boost of much needed vitamins and minerals. They're out there but you need to look. Do look, and take the time you're not commuting to fall in love with creating beautiful, vibrant, life giving dishes. That is if you don't already.
Where are the antidotes to fear? The viral pandemic, as I see it has been overtaken by the fear pandemic, which, as we know, weakens our ability to be able to respond well to external stressors. Maybe look at ways to redress that. Perhaps tap into laughter yoga online if you can. I've been wanting to train in that for some time - maybe helped by the suggestion that at times the laughter from my work room seems to be a part of the therapy. It's not always laughter in there. And I do generally discount it as a part of what I do... But laughter as a whole? I do think it can be so very healing. Where are the comedies streamed into our screens to offset the news? They might be on there - I got rid of our TV licence last year as a cost-cutting and stepping away from media exercise - if so tune into them! Find them in other places and have a good belly laugh.
Chat with friends - we've loved having dinner with friends via video call and has been a great way to connect, laugh and be.We've all found it refreshing.
I'm going with supplements, homeopathy, getting into the sun (whilst walking the dogs or sitting in the garden), going to start online pilates as of tomorrow. Amber, my fabulous friend and brilliant teacher has set up online as a result of the situation. I highly recommend her. You can join her Facebook group here and start changing your life - and body - for the better. I genuinely feel her classes help make me a better person. This break in the rain is making me think that running could be back on the menu (yup, I've been rather fair-weather around that recently). We're eating well, loads of fresh foods, home cooked, whole food, plant based. We're also listening to guidelines and adhering to these. This blog is in now way supposed to replace those. Do be aware of NHS and Gov.uk suggestions too.
Where are the people reassuring us that this one might not be pleasant, might be pretty virulent, but after this time we'll start on things which cause far more deaths/year? Heart disease, diabetes - which I know can be resolved, or at least massively improved with diet and lifestyle changes, even if you aren't a homeopathy fan (which I've seen help in both) there's loads can be done. Climate changes may well kill far more, and yet we drag our heels with that one still.
I've included some suggestions in earlier blogs of things we may do to improve our immune system in terms of homeopathic remedies and supplements. I'd love to see it out there in the mainstream, but I think we may be waiting a while.
I wonder also if there's a personal invitation to many of us to stop living in an unsustainable way. Grounding us certainly feels like an invite to 'make do and mend', to get creative with ideas, and ways of being. To grow our own instead of fighting at the supermarket. It'll be a challenge in a terrace but challenges provide opportunity - right?!
Lastly, to just mention that I'm aware many may struggle over the coming months and where finances are an issue I'm open to offering reduced prices - contact me if you want to discuss this.
With love to all.
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