I don’t want to speak too soon, but hello spring!! I’m loving all the signs that new life is on its way!
Anyone that knows me well, knows I adore nature. My degree at University (before I retrained to do healing work) was in Environmental Biology and I spent 6 years from 2003 onwards working as a Farm Conservation Adviser.
The rationale behind any conservation work is that to look after the environment is to look after ourselves (a lot like healing work really) and back in 2005 the ability to hear birdsong was one of the government’s indicators of a healthy environment for living in.
So it is no surprise that with all the healing work I do, one of the things I am particularly passionate about is time in nature. Even before I retrained I was committed to the idea that therapy sessions would be so much better if they took place in a nature setting rather than a stuffy, clinical and sterile room. This is because simply being out in nature is healing in itself and can often help people to relax.
Birdsong is one of the most divine sounds on earth, soil and plants have a wonderful smell if you stop to notice and the ability to feel the weather – whatever sort – upon your skin is such a gift. And that’s not including beautiful scenery, the good bacteria that live in an outdoor setting (particularly in biodiverse woodland) and the connection to a wide open space – where it is easy to let things go and is a great space for limitless thinking.
I currently live on a farm because I simply can’t imagine living anywhere else and have a threshold of about 1 1/2 days indoors before I go stir crazy and have to be outside for a while. Thankfully, I have three horses to look after, so being stuck indoors is rarely an option for me – but then that’s part of the reason I have them – they make me reconnect to nature a lot!
I mention all this because, nature, like us has seasons and its own fluctuations and rhythms. In winter in the UK, the majority of plants and trees draw their energy inwards and conserve their efforts through the more difficult months. One of the reasons I love the first growth of spring so much is the reminder that abundance is on its way and the toughness of winter is over. It’s like being 3 weeks into your fitness regime and realising you’re not in complete agony all the time anymore – you’re beginning to build up some strength and resilience.
Spring also signifies new beginnings. After the contemplation period of winter, spring is a great time to put into effect new behaviours and action plans to create the life you would like to experience in 2015. It is the perfect time to lay the foundations for things like a healthier body, more time for exercise, a cleaner mindset or saying no to the things that no longer serve.
Nature has other cunning behaviours we would also be wise to take notice of. Have you noticed that not all plants shut down in winter? I have a winter flowering jasmine by my back door and holly and ivy flower in late autumn and fruit in winter. This is because nature knows if you can change to adapt your environment, you can thrive where there is less competition.
I will never forget on a training exercise in the Peak District a local and very knowledgeable ecologist pointed out a lichen that lived on the rock surface. There was no space for this plant to grow in the soil – competition was too fierce, but on the rock edge it had the whole environment to itself so long as it could live off the tiniest amount of nutrients possible and take its water from the rain.
Adaption is a means to survival. I took a very strong lesson from that small bit of lichen – I don’t have to be like everyone else – I can carve out a path for myself and I can have anything if I put my mind to it.
I love the fact a bit of lichen taught me to be limitless in my thinking and gave me the perspective if I can’t do the obvious, what can I do? When it comes to the no small matter of our lives, focusing on what we can, rather than what we can’t is essential in order to keep ourselves moving. Ultimately, we are in essence like water – always looking for the easiest way to flow downhill.
The Mind Detox connection
What has all this to do with Mind Detox? Well the mind is always looking for the easiest route to survive. In our formative years, when presented with a challenging experience we acted and behaved on what we new, thus laying down a pattern on how similar events would be reacted to later on in life. However, nature has a real sense of humour here, because the first 7 years of our life – when we are making up the framework from which we see all subsequent experiences through, is when we have the least amount of life wisdom and experience to draw our conclusions on.
This means we can come to some very odd conclusions indeed, such as parents divorcing is ‘our fault’, we were ignored because ‘we deserved it’ and that to see the world differently is to be ‘wrong and bad’.
One of the things we do when we do a Mind Detox session, is provide the mind with the easiest possible route to come to a new conclusion. We ask that this new conclusion helps and supports us and brings into account all the wisdom we have acquired in our adult years. This might be things such as:
- divorce is rarely as a result of the children, but of the two adults involved
- being ignored isn’t normal and loving behaviour but one of a person unaware of the implications or in immense pain and/or difficulty themselves
- we are all unique and have our own gifts to bring.
Can you see how the later statements bear much less emotion and as a result would have a neutral or even positive impact on the body? We then install new statements such as these into the body-mind with new emotions such as kindness and compassion and simply overwrite the old unhelpful programming, permanently.
To help you spring into spring and make 2015 the year you remember for as the year you took charge of your destiny, I am offering 10% off a block of 3 Mind Detox sessions when booked before 20th March.
In addition, I am giving away a limited number of free 1hr Initial Consultations (normally £30) where you can discuss your health goals, learn more about Mind Detox and take away a relaxation technique you to start using straight away (available in Mark Cross and via Skype).
Please feel free to share this offer with your friends and family, particularly with anyone you know is struggling right now and ready to make a change but isn’t sure yet how to do it.
After a fantastic Ascension meditation course in February, I am extra looking forward to this months meditation groups. As always our full set of Meditation Dates are up on the Mind Detox Tunbridge Wells Facebook event page. Please either sign up there or drop me a reply email to confirm your place. Remember, you are welcome to join us from afar – simply sit down at the same time with the intention to connect to you inner stillness and that will be enough.
- Tues 3rd Mar, 10.30-11.30am, The Old Farmhouse, Forest Farm, Mark Cross
- Tues 3rd Mar, 8-9.15pm – The Salt Cave, Vale Road, T Wells
- Sat 7th Mar, 9.30-4pm Detox Day, The Old Farmhouse, Forest Farm, Mark Cross (see below)
- Tues 10th Mar, 10.30-11.30am, The Old Farmhouse, Forest Farm, Mark Cross
- Tues 10th Mar, 8-9.15pm – The Salt Cave, Vale Road, T Wells
- Tues 17th Mar, 10.30-11.30am, The Old Farmhouse, Forest Farm, Mark Cross
- Tues 24th Mar, 8-9.15pm – The Salt Cave, Vale Road, T Wells
- Tues 31st Mar, 10.30-11.30am, The Old Farmhouse, Forest Farm, Mark Cross
- Tues 31st Mar, 8-9.15pm – The Salt Cave, Vale Road, T Wells
I’m very excited to be co-leading a Detox Day with Nutrition guru Hannah Howard on Saturday this week. Looking at both physical and emotional detoxing, the day promises to be full of helpful information, fun, food and detoxing experiences to inspire you, time in nature and good habits to put into practice. There are a couple of spaces left, so click on the image below to go to the booking page to find out more and book your slot, for what is shaping up to be a brilliant day!
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I couldn’t help but share an image my gorgeous cat Daisy hanging out with me this morning as I wrote this. She’s a great example of a lady that knows and asks for what she wants and needs. This morning, it was to be with me, in a sunbeam. What is it for you?
Have a wonderful March!