What Corona is doing to us

I was mixing a combination for my partner recently and wondering why I had to do it for him. He wanted some remedies as he was stressed at work. But taking them was not easy for him and I wondered why. Suddenly, I realised that remedy states include reasons for not getting round to mixing them in a water glass. As my partner is (like me) a famous Impatiens person, I cautiously suggested over breakfast one morning that perhaps it‘s not straightforward for him to mix his remedies because he doesn‘t take time to do it. He immediately agreed and then corrected slightly (instantly!) to 'it takes too much time'.

Impatiens Bach flower

My musings continued through the day and I realised that somebody in a Clematis state won‘t take remedies because she‘ll forget. Somebody needing Olive will be too tired to get round to making a mixture. Somebody in a Hornbeam state will ‘do it later‘. A person in a White Chestnut state might not think about mixing a combination because they will be preoccupied with their problems. Somebody in a Vine state won‘t take remedies anyway because they know better. A person in a Scleranthus state will be indecisive and may want to change around the chosen remedies... and somebody in a Gorse state may not make up their combination because they have no hope it will help. But don’t we all need the remedies as the pandemic drags on and on and on?

What is Covid is doing to us? There are more depressive and anxiety disorders as The Lancet has shared. Less liptick is being sold, pretty lips behind a mask are pointless (this is a pretty insignificant impact, but...) And the amount of rubbish we’re producing has increased. There are dozens of other things that COVID is doing with societies but I'll stop there...corona1

There is a group of people to whom my heart goes out particularly during the pandemic: young mothers (and women expecting). This is because I have been sensitised to young mums through doing a PhD these last three years looking at the potentially challenging phase of life we call the postpartum. But also because I become a grandmother in summer 2020 and have experienced first hand how my youngest daughter dealt with having a ‘Corona baby‘ (as she calls my grandson). It is the all-pervading caution and loss of spontaneity that I think has permeated young motherhood and parenthood that gives me heartache. Even if people have been inoculated twice there is no 100% safety from getting SARS COV 2 and babies don‘t wear face masks anyway. I understand the millions of women who are pregnant at the present who hesitate with an inoculation. And they then have to live with a risk that must be an additional burden to carrying a baby anyway. bach flowers corona

I nevertheless sense deep gratitude for the possibility that our modern society has given us to protect ourselves from the virus. In dark moments I sometimes wonder where the world would be without the possibilities of vaccination. I often think of people working in clinics with people on ventilators (and the patients themselves) who are ill with Corona. To me, the carers are brave people and many of them might be ‘Oak‘ personalities… and maybe in the meantime, in this second Corona year, they are feeling very ‘Elm‘ and ‘Olive‘. And of course, I think of the people who have become ill and now have Long-Covid, struggling to recover with an all-pervading Olive state. And then there are the hundreds of thousands who have died...and the bereaved families.

As a sideline

If you’re interested in my work on the postpartum I recommend listening to a podcast I recently did with Sarah Mayhan from ‘Poised and Powerful Parenting‘. Here is the link. We are both teachers of the Alexander Technique, she lives in the USA, I‘m in Germany. I’m also excited to share with you that I’m planning a crowdfunding campaign to write The Mindful Postpartum Handbook, here a the link with further details. I thought this could be of interest as the practitioner community is mostly female and many of you have kids and grandchildren. Happy listening and reading and... keep going with your remedies for yourselves and your loved ones! Exhausted mother sleeping in the sofa whole holding her baby - postpartum depression concepts


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Thank you, Nicole, for this insightful blog. I've been wondering myself lately why I haven't been taking any remedies even though I feel the need to do so. I can relate to the reasoning you offer in your writing. It makes perfect sense. NZ has not experienced anything like what Germany has been going through and yet I feel the sorrow and heartache the world is experiencing as well as the frustration. It is effecting me even though I live in a beautiful place almost unaffected by covid19. I shall get up right now and will make myself a blend. Thank you 🙏

Isabelle De laere
Bonjour, j'ai eu la chance de suivre une de vos conférence avec Véronique, lors de la journée des conseillière en fleurs de Bach en Belgique. Vous étiez invitée en visioconférence et vous étiez passionnante !
J'aimerais lire votre livre, malheureusement je ne parle pas l'anglais. Est-ce qu'un jour, il sera traduit en français ? Vous m'avez mis l'eau à la bouche et maintenant j'ai envie de lire plus sur vos recherches et découverte s. Merci pour ce partage ! :-)

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- 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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