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!
Not so much Final Frontiers, Space races, trips to the moon or any of that. More allowing ourselves space. Having space. Not merely bowling, one thing to the next. Space for daydreaming. Space to slow. Space to breathe.
What is it, what isn't it, and why do we need it? And how can we benefit from some space?
For me what is making sense is a stopping, a slowing, engaging in activities that take us into a flow state, where time isn't pressured, a relaxing of our nervous system. It strikes me many of us live in the ON position. Until we can't. Whether dis-ease emerges to stop us, another incident or we run ourselves into a wall (thinking more metaphorically), I ponder whether some space could enable us to take a clearer look at how we live our lives.
I don't want to get all 'conspiracy theorist' here, but bear with me for a moment; a system that uses its people like machines isn't really going to encourage daydreaming. a system that is preparing children for factory life (we're going back a few years here) could use bells to train them, short breaks, organised activities, feeding them into factory life all primed and ready to respond to cues. A system that wants you to over consume isn't going to want you to stop and think whether you really need that next bigger TV, shinier car, next, next, next. A system that wants you not to think could even advertise mind numbing chemicals that are entirely legal (yup I experimented with alcohol again and that was intriging for me!).
Of course I may be way off track and I'm open to that too, but I'm curious how much space we give ourselves, and whilst I'm pondering that, how much space we give nature. I'm curious too about the messages of doom, the lack of hope. In my opinion the planet will likely be fine without us, may start to breathe and recover. We however, are somewhat dependent on this beautiful home we inhabit, and live as if we forget that. Sometimes we even forget to fall in love with it every day.
Space probably isn't a constant binge on Netflix (though I can be found enjoying that too and write without judgement, just a tinge of awareness). It certainly isn't wandering around shopping centres - have you ever done that and really looked at people's faces? I have recently in our back to school quest and it looks like people are tolerating it, not enjoying or gaining happiness from it. Compare it to the faces of people out in nature and I think we soon recognise where we might find some space for ourselves.
Why do we need space? Why can't we just be ON all the time? We do have amazing bodies and minds that tolerate so much, but this world surrounded by technology can have its price. Electric lighting is simply incredible but when we burn the candle at both ends, just because we can; does that lead to greater health or harm?
I simply don't believe we're ready for this. So we have to take charge, investigate a way we can be without breaking - both ourselves and our planet. Our world needs some space too. In much the same way as we do. Clean air, clean water, space to breathe. Space to fall in love with life, ourselves and the world around us.
There's something I'm musing over at the moment about the spaces in between too. In my work, I remain silent at times in cases, and valuable information often comes from that space. The spaces in between fields and the areas outside are often fertile with wildflowers, insects (perhaps in a more ideal farming system than a giant monoculture that we're becoming more used to) and creatures. The spaces between different opinions fascinate me. Those conversations with others who have opposing views, taking the time and space to sit and listen and not need to be right. Space. Good for us and for our beautiful planet.
Perhaps. Or maybe that's just me.
I'd love to know what you think,
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 Homeopath
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