Posted on 5th July 2018 at 17:40
From time to time I have weeks when everyone seems to have concerns about the same thing. I'm not talking about people coming along for treatment of the same complaint but rather about a theme that emerges in different guises confirming that 'we are all in it together'.
These periods of 'collective consciousness' highlight our underlying worries and concerns and allow us pause for thought.
So what does that have to do with cucumber?
I’ve had a very interesting week in my practice including several new cases and of course regular follow-ups with existing patients. What never ceases to amaze me however, is the concept of collective consciousness. Clients come to see me with a view to improving their health so of course there is a shared goal amongst them, but on a repeated basis, year in and year out, I am confronted with issues that emerge at certain times which appear common to all. Such issues are usually fuelled by media, (social, mass or entertainment), and a constant drip, drip, drip of information on varying subjects that eventually finds it’s way into our collective subconscious.
Yesterday evening I was watching TV coverage of the Hampton Court Flower Show. They featured a piece on healing gardens, health and mindfulness. All interesting stuff, with stunning visuals and lots of food for thought. Mindfulness is one of the current big things that, we are told, will help us all live better, healthier, less stressed, more meaningful lives. There is good evidence to back this up but, what started for me as 30 minutes of relaxing entertainment to help unwind at the end of the day, very quickly turned into ‘something else to worry about’. ‘Am I ever truly mindful? Am I doing it right? Am I making the most of the relaxing colour green in my garden – after all, if I’m stressed I just have to look for that colour for its instantly calming effect’. So much information, so many ideas of what I should be doing and when I should be doing it, too much…at the end of the programme my brain is practically yelling at me ‘make it stop’, and all I wanted to do was to relax and look at some beautiful gardens for half an hour.
The collective consciousness that is currently emerging (amongst my clients anyway) is a loss of confidence in what they are eating. Should they be vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, eating coconut brownies, drinking coconut milk -everything these days seems to include coconut, are they having too much!, juicing, fasting, not juicing, not fasting? Should they be getting their blood sugar levels tested, what about vitamin D – surely they’re deficient (everyone else is!). The ‘chatter’ and overwhelm goes on and on, and in response we all have a little ‘make it stop’ moment of our own which is quickly followed by ‘but I want to be healthy so what do I do now?’
As far as overall good health is concerned, my overriding opinion is to keep it simple. Just because there is another new super-food on the market, another new relaxation technique to try, another new piece of advice to follow, doesn’t mean that we have to be led down that garden path. This morning I was about to finish catching up on the remaining podcasts I missed while I was on holiday and add more ‘useful’ research information to my knowledge base. I got as far as pressing play then switched it off. Instead I decided to look back at information I published a year ago to see if it was still relevant. On my Rather Lovely blog I’d written an article about cucumber – good, old fashioned, been-around-for ages, healthy food/skincare product, cucumber. Was the information still relevant?... yes. Do you absolutely need to know it and will you miss out if you don’t? – well, no not really although hopefully you may find it interesting in passing (click here to read).
In my mind, keeping in good health shouldn’t be a worry and we shouldn’t be anxious about it. We shouldn’t fear missing out (there’s an acronym for that – FOMO, of course there is) on the latest fads. We already have the answers – ‘eat food, just enough, mainly plants’, ‘early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’, ‘after dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile’. Yes, the latest research is all very interesting but its also very conflicting and keeping things simple is probably the only thing we really do need to do. We already know what a healthy diet is, we just need to consistently follow it.
So for the rest of July I’m going to commit to making use of the information that I already know to be true and to look on it with fresh eyes rather than allowing myself to become overwhelmed by what is the latest, newest and most ‘trending’ advice. ‘Trending’ information will find its way into our collective consciousness whether we want it to or not but there is absolutely nothing to say that it will actually stand any true test of time.
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