This was a short piece on Farming Today on BBC Radio 4 ‘Can homeopathy on farms make happy herds?’ Two Wiltshire-based organic farmers explain that in their experience homeopathy’s holistic approach leads to all round healthier herds.
In the piece they mention Homeopathy at Wellie Level who do courses aimed at farmers and smallholders. I wrote a blog about them a long time ago which you can find here.. and if you are interested in the use of homeopathy for farm animals can find out more about thier work and download this pdf of ‘This is Farm Homeopathy’ a 16 page magazine with stories and interviews with HAWL trainers and farmers.
I first heard of Sir Harry Burns when he was interviewed talking about health and inequality as part of the U.Lab course I mentioned in my new stuffjolikes blog.
He was Chief Medical Officer of Scotland for many years and is now Professor of Global Heath Promotion at the University of Strathclyde.
When he retired from his post as Chief Medical Officer this article about him appeared in The Guardian ‘We need compassion, not judgments about poor people’
There are a lot of sound ideas in Harry’s TED talk and it’s very refreshing to hear such a senior doctor talk about these issues. He ends with a quote from a Los Angeles priest which sums it all up..
What we need in this world is a compassion that is in awe at the burdens the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment at the way they carry them.
The new www.stuffjolikes.com is really a place for me to post things I come across that don’t fit with the other blogs I do. I read and travel a lot and often find interesting articles, photos, blogs, books and documentaries that I’d like to share.. so the new blog is just an eclectic mix of stuff I like!
As well as blog posts there is a page of book group suggestions. This links to an Amazon bookstore of many books we have read in our book group over the last 8 years and other favourites of ours or ones that have been suggested to us.
The blog also contains a Girl Power daily paper – this is just a random selection of tweets and blog posts from women I follow on twitter. I am not saying there is anything wrong with men who tweet but I think some of these women post great stories, articles or blogs and this paper may help you discover something you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
So.. pop over to stuffjolikes.com and have a look.. I hope you like it 🙂
I am now offering some techy support for therapists and anyone else who is interested by skype. I have helped several friends set up email newsletters, get started with twitter, set up blogs, Amazon bookstores, online appointments systems, business for facebook and many other things so have decided to offer this now a bit more publicly.
Technology has moved on rapidly in recent years and so most things are much more straightforward to set up than they used to be. However, I quite understand if you have been completely baffled by something like twitter or email newsletters in the past you may be very reluctant to try again.
Social media is a fantastic free marketing tool but trying to get your head round facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and more may make your head hurt. You may not need to be on all of them but there are some great free tools like Buffer and Hootsuite which make social media a lot easier to manage and you really don’t have to be online all the time!
I am very aware that many therapists are unclear about what they can and cannot say due to ASA guidelines. If that sounds like you, then I can talk you through some excellent sources of information such as websites, facebook pages or tweeters who post relevent news that you can repost yourself.
I am certainly no expert, but I can explain the stuff I do understand in simple terms and give you confidence to use these tools. A one hour session is £30 but if you prefer to book two sessions a few weeks apart then that will be £50. Sometimes two sessions is best for accountability and to check you really have done what you said you planned to do!
I offer a free ‘virtual coffee’ which is a free 15 minute chat by phone or skype (or in person if you can get to me in the clinic in Settle). If I don’t think I can help then I will be honest and direct you to someone who can. Have a look at my availability for ‘virtual coffees’ and other sessions on 10to8 or click on the booking button below. Any problems booking this way just email me.
If you would like to book some time with me you can pay with PayPal buttons below or I can invoice you with BACS details
The new Settle Library is in the building at Limestone View but there is also now a free health library too. See here for Settle Library info and opening hours.
In the lobby area of the Meadowsweet Rooms at Limestone View in Settle the local complementary therapists have started a free library of healthy eating and natural health books, CDs and DVDs. Pop along and have a browse and feel free to borrow anything that takes your fancy. If you have some items you would like to donate that would be much appreciated.
After many years working at Gateway to Health in Settle the clinic closed at the end of December 2014. Paul the acupuncturist is still working from home so if you want to contact him see the Gateway to Health website.
In January I started working at the therapy rooms at Limestone View on Lower Greenfoot in Settle. This is where the old Greenfoot Care Home used to be right by the rugby club. As well as retirement flats, the new library is in the building as well as a hairdressers, cafe and Meadowsweet therapy rooms. I am generally in on Mondays and doing more consultations at other times by skype now we have the fibre broadband at home.
A bit of info and map here the address is officially Lower Greenfoot, Settle, BD24 9RB. Limestone View is very close to the Greenfoot pay and display car park and the rugby club and but there is some parking at the entrance and also free parking on the road alongside the library. If you come into Settle from the big roundabout on the A65, turn right immediately after the Falcon Manor and Limestone View is at the bottom where the road bends round.
I am in the clinic at Limestone View in Settle on Mondays but am increasingly using Skype or phone for homeopathy and mindfulness consultations. If I feel it is not appropriate for us to have consultations this way then I will try to recommend someone I know who is closer to where you live.
I am now using 10to8.com to manage my appointments https://jo-rhodes-homeopathy.10to8.com/ this shows my availability and you can book a ‘virtual coffee’ for a free 15 minute chat or book consultations. If you have any problems booking this way please email or give me a call.
Payment for skype or phone consultations can be made by PayPal using the button below or if you prefer I can send an invoice with BACS details.
As some of you know, I am a keen forager and I have now set up a Wild Food Woman blog which some of you might be interested in.
My mum was a keen organic gardener and used wild foods in recipes all the time. It is only relatively recently that I have realised how unusual that was. I have done a cookery demo at a food festival, some local wild food walks and handed out my recipes for things like wild food bhajis and lavender scones on many, many occasions so thought it was time to get things ‘out there’ a bit more.
Wild Food Woman is aimed at people completely new to the idea of wild food and I hope the blogs will give you the confidence to find, identify and cook lovely foraged things and introduce you to some simple herbal medicines that you can use at home.
I also tweet as @wildfoodwoman so if you are on twitter pop on over and say hello.
I do a simple wild food newsletter so sign up below if you would like occasional recipes and tips delivered to your mailbox.
What happens when you visit a homeopath? This animation helps to explain what happens when you visit a homeopath and receive individualised treatment from a professional, registered homeopath.
I had started writing a blog about the mindfulness techniques I use and then my dear friend Shirley wrote this about her experience of one of them in a Skype session we had recently… she has said it so simply and so well… I thought I’d use her words rather than mine!
Original was posted by Shirley Harvey on her very brave and very honest blog
I went on a journey deep into my body today. It didn’t take long, a matter of minutes, and the help of my dear friend Jo Rhodes and a quick mindfulness technique.
So quickly I’m inside my body. What is there?
There is restriction in the area of my diaphragm (the solar plexus chakra).
It’s a cage.
I feel myself, in a cage, a prison.
It’s pushing against me.
But that isn’t right, it isn’t pushing against me. I sit with it a little longer. What is it?
It’s me. I’m expanding and pushing against the cage that is too small for me. Too uncomfortable. Too restricting. The area below my chest is tight, restricted, unable to breath fully.
So with Jo’s guidance, I see it.
Then I accept it. Then I surrender to it.
“I see this cage around me.
I accept this cage around me.
I surrender to this cage around me”.
Within a couple of repetitions, the sides and back of the cage fall away.
Suddenly I’m standing there, but I’m still in prison. I’m holding the front bars. No longer am I compressed by them, but they are in front of me, stopping me moving forward and I’m holding them! What am I doing holding them for f**ks sake?! PUT THEM DOWN!!!!!!
But I can’t. I can’t let them go at first. So I see them, accept them and surrender to them again.
And I manage to put them down on the floor to the side of me.
Where am I now?
I’m no longer in prison, but I’m surrounded by complete emptiness.
A big scary void of nothingness, or everything.
Instinctively I know to call this the big empty space of POSSIBILITIES!
But I can’t quite step into it yet. I’m not quite ready yet. I’m still stood where my prison was, surrounded by this huge expanse of space.
Big empty space of possibilities
So that is where I’m at.
I realize the prison of circumstances I am in at present, has been created by me, not quite being ready yet because there is still fear inside me. Still hesitancy.
But I’m free from the cage. There is now nothing between me and the big empty
SPACE OF POSSIBILITIES.
That feels good.
Later Shirley went on to explore that space of possiblilities and blogged about it here – it turned out to be quite fun.
I’ve been meaning to write about mindfulness for a while and this cartoon really sums it all up. It has been shared a lot on facebook and I don’t know who did the original so can’t give them the credit they deserve. I imagine some of you can relate to it!
I have some great meditation tracks of various ‘flavours’ on my computer and try and listen to them regularly but when life gets busy that sort of thing is usually the first to slip. I try and meditate just focussing on my breathing but I’m not always good at doing it on my own.
Thich Nhat Hanh gives a great explanation of mindfulness.
Too often are we preoccupied with silly things that keep us from true mindfulness. Mindfulness, allows us to be in touch with world, the universe, and the present moment. When we become mindful, we can find gratitude and happiness wherever we are. From simple things like admiring the blue sky on a sunny day, watching a bird building a nest, or the simple beauty of the. If we learn to practice mindfulness and gratitude, we won’t need anything else to be happy.
So, check out the beautiful teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh below, learn to stop running and be present with the universe.
There is a growing amount of evidence that people who use mindfulness techniques are calmer, happier and generally more healthy.
I completely accept that most people have no idea where to start with this mindfulness stuff.. so.. I have started another blog. As well as being a homeopath I also run a local business networking group and basic mindfulness tips, free meditations and other useful resources can be found on the North Craven Networking blog.