Goodbye 2020

2020 2021For most people reading this, the year 2020 will have been one of the most challenging they have experienced. Normality slipped away, contacts became dramatically reduced, we lived in caution and worry. Jobs were lost. For some, there was illness with a long road to recovery. More tragically, some people experienced loss and death of family members, friends or colleagues.

On the bright side, there was change. Working from home saved time, there was less pollution as humankind's impact on Planet Earth lessened. The process of transforming to a sustainable economy and way of life has accelerated. Here is an article asking if 2020 has re-wired our brains echoing much of what I think and feel.

Trump was voted out, one of the highlights of my year. For people in the know of the Bach flower remedies, he again displayed a stunning range of negative states: denial, arrogance, dishonesty, pettiness, lack of empathy and leadership, ignorance, hurt and wrath, and mindboggling narcissistic self-absorption. The list is long. His campaign got hold of my email via Facebook and spammed me for months with vile emails. I deleted my fb account and I can't say I miss it. The world sighed in relief at Trump's election loss (but over 70 million US voters didn't). The incoming Biden administration is a source of hope.

We learned to connect online. Another highlight of my year was the Bach Centre’s BC-ACE programme which gave me an opportunity to bring fields together that I have been passionate about for many years: photography, the remedies, botany and teaching. I gave a course to show participants where to find and how to recognise the beautiful herbs, bushes and trees that are used to make the remedies. I had a lot of preparation to do as I’d never hosted a large Zoom meeting before. I spent time looking earnestly at my Larch and Mimulus bottles, preparing courageously for technical online glitches and hitches. Happily, everything went well from that side of things. I got to know new colleagues from Argentina, Vietnam, Iceland, Croatia, UK, USA, Switzerland, Malasia, Indonesia, India, Greece, Bulgaria, Brazil, Dubai, France and Germany. What I hadn’t prepared for was the wide-awake, mindful, attentive and heart-warming gathering of Bach remedy-informed people which really touched me. It was an inspiring global encounter with a wealth of interesting questions on the botany of the plants used to make the remedies. The course will be taking place again in March 2021. Details are here.  Another BC-ACE course will be taking place in January. The topic is mindful communication.

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And I fell in love in 2020; with my little new grandson. I was fascinated with experiencing how his awareness gradually opened up. I watched his way of steadily looking at something new (and nearly everything is new when you are only 6 months old). How soft and gentle his touch is when he reaches out. His excitement and openness about living. At the end of the year, it is fair to say that I think I learned the most from him. And then there was my deep admiration for his mum and the millions of women around the world who courageously gave birth during the pandemic.Felix foot

I look forward to 2021. I'll be completing my PhD on maternal health and new possibilities open up and call. I'm excited about the future and trust we'll get the pandemic under control. I wish everyone a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.



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Further training course for practitioners:

Sept. 2024: BC-ACE workshop Mindful communication

Previous blog postings:

- Navalny, Vervain personified

- My phone, my habits!

- Sheer bloodymindesness

- Everything is connected

- Worry

- The evil of 'Vine'

- Finding meaning in life

- Corona - again

- Deadly floods

- A red chestnut discovery

- Impatiens broke my arm

- Goodbye 2020

- Magic

- Coming out of lockdown

- When normality slips away

- Our house is on fire

- The Elm bottle breaks

- When nearly everything changes

- Our social lives and genes

- Two refugees

- A nasty accident

- Friendliness

- Sleep

- Panic

- Someone mad with you?

- Breaking decades of silence (II)

- Who is not socialising and why?

- Breaking decades of silence (I)

- Who gets angry and why?

- Hey, Mr President!

- The saddest day

- Life is full of stories

- At Heathrow

- Building site Guardian Angel

- Letting go

- Specifically Chicory

- The Travellers - a fun piece!

- Emotional baggage

- A wild bird and the rescue remedy

- The garden at Mt.Vernon

- Inside Mt. Vernon

- Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

- Edward Bach's philosophy

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 and am blessed with three grand-children. 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. Follow me on Instagram where I share my photos. Another passion is writing, and you will find many stories relating to my experiences with Edward Bach's amazing remedies in my book One Person's Journey.





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