Sometimes the holidays can be a real Beech
So, here we are, coming down to the final days before the big show.
Well, then you’re in the right place!
For the last three weeks I’ve been using my little corner of the internet to provide recommendations for Bach flower essences to help you thrive during the holiday season. We’ve covered depression, irritability, overwhelm, nostalgia and more.
In case you’ve missed any, here’s a quick recap:
– Feeling depressed for no discernible reason? Try Mustard.
– Overwhelmed by your to do list? Elm has you covered.
– Feeling like you’re everyone’s personal doormat and slave this winter? Give Centaury a try.
– Having trouble making decisions, or trusting your gut? Scleranthus or Cerato can help you clarify.
– Can’t locate your patience? Sip on some Impatiens.
– Feel as if you’re going to explode at any minute? Cherry Plum is your friend.
– Memories of the past have you feeling overly nostalgic? Honeysuckle will help bring you back to the present.
– Endless thoughts spinning around and around in your head? Give White Chestnut a whirl.
– Find yourself zoning out or staring off into space, perhaps fantasizing about some magical time in the future? Clematis will bring you back to Earth.
This week, I’ve got one final flower to share with you. It’s a personal favorite (I might, ahem, takeiteveryday, ahem) and is one I’d have pumped into the world’s water supply if I could.
It’s called Beech and its main key word is intolerance.
How many of us know people who can be a wee bit intolerant of others, particularly at this time of year? (Raises hand.)
How many of us can be a wee bit intolerant of others, particularly at this time of year? (Raising hand once again, albeit slowly.)
And how many of us think of ourselves as openminded and progressive, EXCEPT when it comes to people that we disagree with, particularly at this time of year? (Yep, raising that hand one last time.)
It’s so easy to be tolerant of people and situations that are in alignment with our own beliefs and value systems. But what about when someone comes along who challenges everything we believe? How tolerant can we be then? How willing are we to allow that person a voice, even when everything inside us is screaming, “How can you be so stupid???”
It’s my belief that a more peaceful world will be born out of our collective ability to be more accepting of each other, realizing that we are all part of the same Universe and come from the same Source/God/Goddess etc… In Kundalini yoga there’s a sutra that says, “Recognize that the other person is you.” When we as a society can get our heads around that one, I think we’ll be well on our way to living in a world where violence, hatred and division are not he sad norm; a world a little closer to what I think this season represents. One of brotherhood/sisterhood, acceptance, tolerance, love and peace for all.
To help us get there, Dr. Bach gave us the flower essence Beech.
From everyday little things that annoy us, to not being able to see past our strong beliefs to let someone else in, Beech can help soften the edges around what we think is the “right way” and make room for other points of view. Whether the way your husband bites his nails drives you batty or you can’t handle your liberal tree hugging neighbor always going on about her veganism, Beech can help you to relax a little and find a state of being that is a bit more accepting of all.
So, in the upcoming days, if you find yourself on edge, take a moment and reflect on why that is. If it’s because you’re annoyed at what someone else is doing, then realize you’re having a Beech-y moment, add the flower to some eggnog and chill. I believe that life is truly too short to be spent nitpicking about and stressing over what other people are doing, when we could be engaging in and enjoying every precious moment of our own lives instead.
With that, I wish you all a beautiful holiday, whatever you celebrate. May you know happiness, joy and peace not only this week, but always.
I’ll be taking a break from writing until the new year, so I’ll see y’all back here in 2014!