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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mohandas Ghandi

Perhaps ironically after the last post “I am living my life fully thanks to my health” – I have been recovering from an appendectomy for the last while. Living life to the full, I went off to Germany with Puff Uproar and the Shimmering Sound Affair despite having been in hospital only a few days before. My body was screaming at me to rest and recover, yet I listened to the GP’s advice that I’d probably feel better and regret not going if I missed the trip. It was what I wanted to hear so I listened to him and ignored my body. And I saw only a few hours of the Fusion festival before I was carted off to the Krankenhaus – brilliant word for hospital if you ask me! House of the kranks eh?

So I was kranky and wondering how I ended up there. The term “dis-ease” has been said before and it put me in mind of the Lousie L Hay book: You can heal your body. I actually had the app on my ipod which was slightly odd considering I never use my ipod for anything other than listening to music, still I’d obviously downloaded it at some point so was curious to see what it said:

Appendicitis: Fear. Fear of life. Blocking the flow of good. It suggests a new thought pattern of: I am safe. I relax and let life flow joyously.

Hmm, certainly was blocking the flow of good that weekend! Fusion looked like an amazing festival and there I was lying in the Krankenhaus instead – mind you, I did miss the thunder and lightening which I can’t imagine I would have enjoyed in a tent. The band had a ball, but I do believe it took them about a week to dry out after it (in more ways than one 😉

I want to share a story about a friend of mine today. I’ve actually been really struggling with this as his story makes me feel incredibly guilty, I don’t see him often enough and when I do see him, I don’t want to share my stuff because he’s struggling just to breathe.

Everytime I go to see him, I think that I’ll give him hypnosis and help him out, and in the end I just sit and chat, feel helpless, and go away thinking there’s nothing I can do. Then I won’t see him for another few months because I’ll allow myself to get distracted by my life. A life I’m living fully thanks to my health.

My Friend, Paul, is waiting for a lung transplant. He’s 33 and spends most of his time in bed, connected to an oxygen concentrator. This visit, he explained that he’s not even on the active transplant list yet – he’s not even at the stage where he could get that call at any minute. Right now he’s just waiting  to be called for the tests to see if he can be placed on that list. It make me really angry to think that this could go on for him for months yet. He’s already been there for over a year, and no end in sight. Yet each time I go see him, he’s positive and talks about it so matter of factly.

Truth is, I talk about trying to live with integrity and passion, yet with Paul, I don’t know how to. The thing that I noticed recently was that I was bothered that two of my friends got ill while we were on holiday, there was a part of me that was annoyed because I thought we’re in Marrakech for god’s sake – make the most of being here…it’s just a silly little stomach bug! Not entirely the best and most compassionate way for a pharmacist to be thinking!

The thing that bothers me most is that I’ve been so sure that Paul will get the call any day now, so hearing that he’s not at that stage makes me want to cry. But I also feel like I have no right to feel like that. He’s so strong, that I feel awkward and shallow in his company now. I feel guilty for having full health, which I know is silly too – surely I owe it to him to be living life to the full?

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
—Mary Pickford

Conscious Healthcare has been a germ of an idea since 2006. Not of the e-coli variety though, thankfully. (Ah look at me…topical!) This germ I want to incubate. I’ve even had a go at blogging before but stopped when I’ve hit an obstacle, or it’s brought up “stuff” – life phlegm that needed coughed up and cleared – best for all that is done in private, it’s just common decency, no-one likes being coughed on do they? Especially with all these mammalian, avian flu’s springing up everywhere, gets people twitchy I find.  So mucus gone, why not create a new start for Conscious Healthcare on new platform?

I’ve had my own personal fresh start recently having called off my wedding, which would have been on the 21st June this year. It was a step that I didn’t take lightly, although I am now looking forward to a frivolous day at Alton Towers on that date. Found out recently it’s also national kissing day, can’t decide whether I think that’s funny or slightly cruel fate! Actually I’m single now, I can kiss as many people as I want can’t I? Maybe it is just fate!

Conscious Healthcare, to me, is about recognising that everything you do has an impact on your health. It includes every aspect of your life, and means if you are not being authentic in one area, or feel that something is out of balance, then it is likely that your health is out of balance too.

While I don’t want to go into detail about my relationship, out of respect for my ex-fiance, I will say that the wrong relationship has a large impact on your health. In the run up to the wedding, instead of feeling excitement, energy and a flowing sense of being on the right path, I was feeling nauseous, anxious and even depressed sometimes as I looked at a future that I couldn’t align with my picture of my ideal life.

I do want children, and I’m not getting any younger(!) but I also believe it is an incredible responsibility, that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Children will look up to me to teach them about life and love, and I feel that it is my duty to ensure I am teaching them about the importance of integrity, authenticity and being true to yourself and your core values. These are things I wasn’t honouring in that relationship, so how could I teach it if I wasn’t living it myself?

I do believe the first step on a journey into conscious health is identifying your core values – how can you live them if you don’t know what they are? This is where the hypnotherapy came in for me. It helped me to engage the unconscious mind, and get really clear on what was important to me.

Identifying values can be a key part in the hypnotherapy process, whether it be for smoking, weight loss, confidence, or any of the multitude of things that hypnotherapy can help with. It is something I suggest all my clients look at and find that those who really embrace the process get the most out of their sessions with me. I’ll write more on this in the weeks to come.

Let’s take this journey to conscious health together.

Looking forward to meeting you along the way,

Live, Love, Laugh and do it consciously,

Lynn x