Gardening Angels

OK admit it, who likes gardening and who couldn’t tell a daffodil from a dandelion? I will admit that I am able to tell the difference from those 2 plants, but there is where my gardening knowledge just about ends. I wish I did know more about gardening, but I am seriously lacking.

Looking out on the garden where my clinic is, has been an embarassment in the past. I have a double layer of net curtains, mainly to keep prying eyes out, but it has helped to keep the view of the garden hidden from people who come to me for treatment from seeing the state that the garden is in. My husband keeps the grass mown, but apart from that, no gardening has been done for almost ten years. So when he came back one day from cutting the grass to say that the neighbour had offered to get the garden sorted out, it was an answer to a pray, my garden angel had come forward, with rippling muscles where others have wings. He had been furloughed from work, and like all good angels he likes to do good deeds.

Trees were taken down, chopped up, bits were burnt, bits were scavaged for wood burners and some bits went to the tip, once it opened.

During all of this I was spending a lot of time at home, away from the clinic, and thinking about where my business was going. I blogged about the redesign of my business image in Design and Rebrand and there was a lot of cross referencing in the words that I was using, both in the garden and in my business. It seemed like 2 parallel worlds were being created at the same time. Phrases such as “planting ideas” “sowing seeds” and in the whole lockdown fiasco I often found myself “digging deep” to find levels in my soul that I did not know existed. A sense of calm came over me as I learnt to let go of the whole process of life, and surrender to whatever it was that God had in store for me. Just as he had created the Garden of Eden, so he would create a life for me.

During this period of time, I also met in a virtual space, called the Sacred Garden, where I came together with my friends to pray, meditate, contemplate and generally support each other through unprecendented times. The Sacred Garden is a place I go to frequently in my mind when I am looking for inner peace or confirmation.

The garden looks heaps better than it did in March. My angelic neighbour has been called back to work, but I for one will be forever grateful for what he managed to achieve in the weeks that he was furloughed.

This is one of 26 posts entitled Finding Joy in Lockdown.

Did you find an angel coming to your rescue in 2020. I would love to hear your stories of people who went over and above board to help you.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

F is for Frozen Shoulder

Have you ever had a frozen shoulder? I can assure you they do not bring an awful lot of joy. They cause a lot of restriction in the affected shoulder, and the slightest movement can have you screaming out with the pain. The odd thing about them is that once you have triggered that pain, you know it will only get worse reaching a crescendo, before it subsides. Sleeping is a problem as getting into a comfortable position is not easy, they tend to be uncomfortable to lie on, leaving only the alternate side and the back as sleeping positions. Even getting dressed takes a lot of thought, as it is very painful to raise your arm above your head, so it’s blouses and shirts that button down the front. Raising both arms like this is only a memory with one.

Frozen Shoulders Restrict Movement Over the Head.

I had a frozen shoulder in my right one about 10 years ago, so when the early warning signs happened on the left side, I had a heads up as to what to expect. I saw a physiotherapist for my right shoulder, and remember her saying that you need to catch them early and stretch them, which is painful. If you catch them in the first six weeks, then you can stop them becoming a full blown frozen shoulder, and I was determined to nip this one in the bud.

Staying at home on my enforced Spring Retreat @ Home, enabled me to get into a good routine of meditating and stretching first thing in the morning. I discovered the lovely Adrienne on youtube and her Yoga with Adrienne channel. It helped me enormously to get into a daily routine. For years I have told anyone that came to me for treatment that an exercise regime is just something you had to do each day. Include it in with your early morning routine, shower, clean teeth, drink coffee, eat breakfast and

s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

With lockdown I was unable to get out and have any treatment on it. Luckily I have a very caring husband who would massage my shoulder everyday after I had done my stretches. The old adage of “no pain, no gain” is very true where frozen shoulders are concerned.

I am now well on the road to recovery. It is my joy to report that I can now chose any item that I wish from my wardrobe, as I can get my arm over my head to put sweaters and t-shirts on.

This post is part of the A to Z challenge “Finding Joy in Lockdown”.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will read the other posts in this category.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

Design and Re-brand

in 2017, when I decided to come off the General Chiropractic Register, I was no longer allowed to refer to myself as a Chiropractor, as it is a protected title in the UK. Up until then my business name was “A Joy of Chiropractic, the McTimoney Way” but I had to rebrand, and so I became “A Joy of Health”, but that name never really sat joyfully with me.

2020 for many people, was a time of contemplation and reflection, and I took a good hard look at where my business was and where I would like it to go. Like many people I have often thought about writing a book, or two. I don’t want a block-busting bestseller, but I do have a wealth of experience that I want to share with others. 2020 gave me time to seriously look at this as an option.

In the book that I am in the process of writing, I describe my own experience of coming through trials and tribulations and learning to listen to my body and what it is saying to me. Along with that, it includes stories that I have collected from my 40 years of working in the health professions, and listening to the words that people use, and the physical symptoms that they are exhibiting. Since 1998, when I qualified from the McTimoney College of Chiropratic I have been physically aligning people, and using the words that they use to address the psychsocial issues that may be underlying their problems, and therefore helpng them to bring joy into their lives.

Aligned with Joy seemed like a perfect rebrand. It incorporates both the physical and emotional aspect of all branches of my work, both now and in the future.

I was very lucky to be able to work with a wonderful graphic designer who worked with me to design a logo which I am extremely happy with.

It all started back in June when the BLM protests were happening, and the world looked like it was turning into a very dark place. I sat meditating one day, and thought that the only thing I can do is be a tiny flicker of a flame in the dark. I also wanted to incorporate the infinity symbol. Many times in life I found myself coming back to the same point, before going off in what would seem like another direction, only to find myself back in the same place, wondering if I’d learnt anything at all from my experiences as they seemed to be repeating themselves. My tag line ” from my heart to yours” I also wanted to be shown.

My first attempt, (which was my own) had people tellling me that it looked very phallic, which is when a graphic designer offered to help me out. This is the result. We have 2 logos, very similar. One is for my physical work, and the second is for when I write the book and it gets published.

What do you think?

Thank you for reading this post.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

C is for Clinic Chaos

A Joy of Health Clinic

With over 20 years experience working as a qualified McTimoney Consultant Practitioner, I have never had so much chaos in the clinic as I did in March 2020. When the news hit the UK of a mystery virus hitting our shores, people started to get nervous, and in the first third of March, bookings were being cancelled at an alarming rate. Initially I was concerned but once we had sat down and worked out the finances, it turned out that I could sit back and enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine and not worry too much about a vastly reduced income coming in. After all, we had finances set aside to go on an Alaskan cruise as mentioned yesterday in Broken plans, that were now put back into the coffers. With restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, retail all closed too, there really wasn’t much we could spend our money on, as long as I stayed off the M&S online shop.

I contacted peole to say that I was here for them, if they needed me, but most preferred to stay at home, and once the “Stay at Home” orders were given on the 23rd March, then that was it.

It took several months before there was a trickle of enquiries from desperate people, who were now in such immense pain, it broke my heart to hear how they had been suffering the whole time. It appeared that I was the only therapist of any modality working for several miles around. How dare the government play with the health of the nation for a virus which for a lot of people, it is a positive test after being tracked and traced, they have no symptoms.

The chaos that the stay at home orders enforced, made me re-evaluate where I was in life as I tried to make order out of the chaos. Tomorrow you can read what steps I took and how my business has changed.

Thank you for reading this post which is part of an AtoZ Challenge. You can join the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

A is for Attitude

The way you approach things will have a tremendous effect on how they affect you. Take the most recent issue, that has virtually had the whole world staying at home under orders from their government, all for a silent invisible enemy, SARS-Cov-2, to give it it’s proper title.

When the UK government finally decreed that we must stay at home, on 23rd March 2020, the writing was already on the wall as far as my health business was concerned. My clients had already contacted me in their droves to tell me that they were staying at home, as they had been scared by the main stream media into not leaving their homes.

How many times have you said to yourself “I wish I had more time, then I would do x y or z” Now was the time to do all those things I had promised myself when I had more time.

Spring Retreat @ Home

And so began my Spring Retreat @ Home. That is how I chose to look at it, I was not locked-down, locked-up or locked-in. I made a conscious decision to call it a retreat and treat it as such. Over the coming month I will share with you how I discovered joy and myself in that time. During the month of September, I am going to write a post a day under the AtoZ challenge. This is A is for Attitude.

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Have a blessed, joyful day.

Joy

Finding Joy in a Sea of Masks

For only the second time, I travelled up to Glasgow to take part in the gatherings on Glasgow Green to speak about the recent goings on, from my perspective. The first time, I didn’t speak up, but this time I did. I received a very warm welcome from the people of Glasgow who were very receptive to my 5 minute talk.

I met an amazing lady by the name of Christine, who is a homeopath, and as luck would have it, or the synchronicity of the Universe, we both travelled in by train, so we walked back to Glasgow Central Station together, both maskless of course.

GCS was an interesting venture. 99% of people were wearing masks, and those who weren’t walking stoood obediently on the marks on the floor, for social distancing, aka social compliance. I bet if I’d stopped and asked some people who were there, if they knew anybody who a) had tested positive or B) had actually died from this so called deadly disease, the number of affirmatives would be very very low, to either question. I still don’t know anyone personally who has tested positive, let alone died from it. And it’s supposed to be SOOOOOO contagious I would have expected to know someone, wouldn’t you?

Anyway, my new best friend and myself are walking through this sea of masks, and we spot a man walking towards us without one. We have eye contact, and then, by his side, he puts a very quiet, Thumbs up!

Oh how my heart sang at the sight of this little sign of solidarity, against this madness. A little bit of joy, in a very strange world that we find ourselves living in at the moment.

Gathering on Glasgow Green August 2020

Stay at Home, Read a Book

Today I woke to the news that the PM, Boris Johnson is thinking about asking the over 50’s to stay at home, to prevent another national lockdown. As someone who is closer to 60 than 50 it is not as disheartening as it might first seem. When I started work in 1980, I thought I was going to be retiring in January 2021, at the age of 60. The British government then decided, several years ago, that we were all living too long and they couldn’t afford to pay pensions for so may years. They raised the retirement age to 67 for both men and women. They phased it in, very quickly for some, so my pension will now be paid in Oct 2026. So whilst I don’t relish the idea of not being able to go out, eat out to celebrate Big Birthdays, Christmas, play croquet and to shield at home, (or self-imprisonment as I look upon it), it does mean that I may be able to slow down as originally intended and write a book or two.

I have always loved being at home, curling up on the sofa, aromatherapy oils burning, fire on, with curtains closed to shut out the dreich weather outside. Autumn is just around the corner, as we have just invited August in to our lives. Although we will mourn the loss of summer 2020, it is something that I will embrace. Plenty of opportunity to embrace hygge days.

Writing gives us the opportunity to take you on a journey. Where would you like to go?

Are you over 50? What does this news affect you?

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Blessings & Joy, Joy x

Lessons from Lockdown Intro

We have just emerged from a period in history, that hopefully will never be repeated, but somehow I think it will. 4 months of not being able to work and serve my clients, all for the sake of a so called virus. Not matter which side of the hoax, or not to hoax, side of things you are, the truth is that we were confronted with a reality that no-one was really prepared for.

Have you come through it feeling enriched or depressed? Did you gain anything from the time that you were asked to stay at home, not go out, not see your friends and family? Did you obey the rules? What did you do?

In September I will be doing a post a day, in an A to Z challenge, which I will call “Lessons from Lockdown” which will give you a flavour of what I have been doing with my time! Be sure to follow to get a reminder, each time a post gets published. If you can’t wait, here’s a bit of a sneak look now.

This photo was taken a week ago, when I was taking part in the Hay House Publishers 7 day online book writing challenge.

This was taken sitting outside a wonderful place on Skye called The Lambing Shed. It was so peaceful there, and conducive to writing, and got me in the mood to write more for you, my followers.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy x