Hello One and All. How are you? No really, how are you?
It’s all too easy to give a glib reply, like ‘OK’, ‘Fine’, ‘Alright’ or ‘Not too bad’. What do any of those mean?
How about if someone says ‘No I’m not alright’? What then?
I can’t speak for anyone but myself here, but to be honest, and that’s what we are doing here, I have had to look outside of my own resources for some possible ideas and certainly help with all that is going on in the world right now.
We are all going through some of the most challenging times in recent history.
Call it Corona Virus, Covid 19 or ‘The Plague’, it IS affecting all of us in one way or another.
So here I would like to talk about alternative therapies, namely Acupuncture and Meditation.
As I have written before, I have been seeing an acupuncturist/holistic healer for some time now, mainly to try to alleviate the pains of arthritis.
Both Barbara and I have been very fortunate in that we found Kam.
Kam (BSC Hons.) is a fully qualified acupuncturist and much more. She practices in our local area and her list of qualifications are many and varied, so please check out her website.
So, what I’m getting to here… is that whilst having regular Acupuncture with Kam has helped my joints and general physical wellbeing, she has also guided me towards meditation and the possible benefits that that practice can bring about. Namely peace of mind.
Where do you find your inner peace?
Is it Papercraft? Sewing? Painting? Music? Sport? Walking? Or for some, through their own beliefs in a God or higher power? This list is of course endless because we are all different, unique.
For me, it has always been walking or just being out in the woods, somehow connecting with the Earth… not always easy when you work inside or are unable to get outside for whatever reason.
Then I always have music too, another source of deep joy, as I believe that music can take you anywhere!!!
Which brings us round to now… You see like many others my mind is not ‘quiet’, in fact sometimes it’s extremely noisy. Constantly bombarded by neurons, it is no wonder that it seems sometimes somewhat chaotic.
This is where meditation comes in, I think?!?!
Here I have started with simple breathing exercises, by sitting alone with my back fairly straight on a chair with my feet firmly rooted to the floor, hands relaxed resting on the legs and breath.
I try to focus on the breath at this time… breath in slowly through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth… repeat this slowly but not too deliberately. It is a wonder how it all works! Continue to focus on the breaths, in and out… and I have found that I am relaxed.
My mind is (for that space of time) ‘quiet’. If thoughts come in, and they will, I try to treat them as if they were traffic, just passing. I continue, focusing on my connection firstly with the feet, instead of thinking from the outside in, I try to focus from the inside out, on how these points connect with the ground… how much weight is borne by them whilst sitting in this way, how much by my seat, spine and torso… all the while I am still breathing as I started.
I try to maintain this for at least 5 to 10 minutes at the moment.
Not always possible of course… I have work to do! But I can tell you from the heart, it is helping.
Now this I realise is just a minuscule part, and although essential to any meditation, it’s a start, and as I am unable to attend any Qigong classes at the moment, this, I find, is very helpful.
Another therapy I find useful is fire or to be more accurate a flame. Candles…
Barbara and I light a candle every night when we sit for dinner… it seems to have a calming effect. Not a big candlelit dinner type of affair, just a single candle… nice.
No TV in our kitchen.
As fire is one of the Five Elements, I guess that it make sense that it should have some healing properties… and whilst fire can destroy, it can also be seen as a transformational element.
So for the time being, at least, I will focus on it’s calming properties.
Stay calm, stay safe, find your inner peace, however you can. Dave xx
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