The transformational power of using Bach Flower Remedies this Easter
Today is Palm Sunday a day widely recognised by Christians all over the world as the day Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. It is the start of holy week culminating in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Easter traditionally is a time of re-birth, renewal, contemplation – a quiet time of reflection, looking inwards, the Bach Flower Remedies can help us to reset and rebalance our emotions and our life at this time of year.
The stages of change
The process of personal change goes through several cycles. One such theory of change is by Prochaska and Di Clemente, the first stage is precontemplation – not quite ready for change yet, contemplation – is the process of getting ready, preparation – ready to take the leap, next is the call to action and the final phase is maintenance or lasting change. However like love the path to real and lasting change never runs as smoothly as the framework suggests.
There will be many false starts, setbacks, meanderings etc before you reach your end goal. This is where the Bach Flower Remedies can help to steer our path and keep us on it. Identify what areas of your life you would like to change. Meaningful change has to be from the inside out, something you really want to achieve or need. Change that is important to you, that really matters to you not anyone else. What do you want to change in your life?
Example of Personal goals
Confidence has been shown to be a high correlator with personal or career success. How you think about yourself has consequences for your self-esteem and finding your own rightful place in the world. Larch Bach Flower Remedy can help with issues of confidence.
Empathy being able to put ourselves in the shoes of others is so important right now in the world. It is about knowing our personal/professional boundaries and those of others. This is where Walnut Bach Flower Remedy can help us to reinforce those boundaries and not transgress them.
Self Understanding includes contemplative questions such as Who am? What do I want from my life? What are my values? What is my purpose? Self understanding encompasses self care and self love that helps us to be more resilient. This is a reflective ongoing piece of work that will change over the course of our lives as we change. It could be helpful to journal ideas, make a mood board etc.
You could learn something different such as a joining a class, start a new creative activity such as writing, painting, drawing, learning code etc. What did you enjoy when you were younger? Could you take up any of those activities again? Look to the past for ideas on how to develop a well rounded future self.
Active listening is about learning to pay attention and listen deeply with your whole being. It is not only listening to what is being said but perhaps more importantly it is about what is not being said. Paying attention to body language, eye contact, tone of voice etc. The only way to develop deep listening skills is to practice as much as possible with family, friends and colleagues. Deep listening is not always as easy as it looks.
Procrastination It is important to be able to have the energy, enthusiasm and motivation for the goals that we want to set in our lives. Here the Hornbeam Bach Flower Remedy can help us to set realistic goals and to stick to them.
What changes would you like to make in your life right now?
We are encouraged to set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. It helps to take 1 step at a time. Focus on small achievable goals. Goals should be positive and about you. We can’t change other people’s behaviour only our own, attitude, way of thinking.
It helps to write down goals, get them out of our heads and down on paper. Goals will inevitably change over time, become more refined etc. How will you know when you have achieved your goal? What will it look like? Smell like, taste like, feel like etc.
Happy Easter everyone. Don’t forget to make time for yourself and your loved ones at this important time of year.
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