The Procrastinators

For those of you who have read my book One Person's Journey, you will know that I say the Bach flower remedy Hornbeam is one of the easiest to describe when teaching the remedies. Just ask how people feel when they (at last) face having to do the yearly tax declaration ... or how they feel looking at the full ironing basket. 'Click' - everyone recognizes what is emotionally involved in the Hornbeam state. Quiet moans can be heard among course participants and people grin wryly or even pityingly at each other, vaguely nodding in recognition.

We all do it: procrastination. 'Hornbeam' is a dragging, nagging, dissatisfying state to be in. Above all, it blocks our system and creates a subtle state of mild paralysis that we often only realise after we have got over it. Then we feel free, empowered and suddenly have more energy. We are relieved.Hornbeam Bachblüten

Along with taking the Hornbeam remedy, which means we are acknowledging the state, asking a few questions and reflecting is also helpful: why am I not doing this task? What is the first simple and small tangible step to get it moving? How would I feel if it were done? I often ask myself these questions when I am 'hornbeamy' and they have arisen from many years of doing David Allen's Getting Things Done methodology, which I unreservedly recommend. 

Often we are not aware of how many things we are procrastinating. As many of you know, I am also a teacher of the Alexander Technique. The founder of this self-management method, F.M. Alexander, (1869 - 1955) had something succinct to say about this kind of situation: "The things that don't exist are the most difficult to get rid of."

I guess, in the end, it all comes down to our own awareness. And that is where I continue to greatly appreciate the Bach flower remedies. Why? Because you cannot use the system without increasing your own awareness. Becoming more aware has a unique healing quality, all on its own.

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It’s funny I should read this tonight. I have a blend on hand which contains Hornbeam that I had put in the tea this morning. I meant to give this blend to the family & I had some tea as well- all the while forgetting that I had a dose of hornbeam as well . Tonight as I reflected on how productive I had been today. I had organized drawers that I had meant to organize for months now. I wondered what got into me. I read your post & realized it was the hornbeam :)

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Nicola Hanefeld 15My name is Nicola Hanefeld, I am English but I've lived in the Black Forest area in Freiburg, Germany, since 1981. I was a biology teacher before I left England. I have been a BFRP since 1997 and am also a trainer for Bach Centre approved courses. I have three wonderful children, all grown up now. I'm a member of Greenpeace and am also a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Alongside the Bach flowers, photography is one of my passions. Another passion is writing and you will find many stories relating my journey with Edward Bach's amazing remedies in my book One Person's Journey.





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