We are making videos!

Bindi are currently taking part in a “30 day visibility challenge” with Michelle Holmes. We have each been making a video each day for the past 24 days and posting it on YouTube. The discipline of doing it each and every day is proving to be a really valuable experience and we are getting much more comfortable with the technology and with talking to camera.

Video Challenge

A New Project

Now that making videos are becoming easy and fun, just yesterday we were discussing that we would like to make a time-lapse video of the way a plant responds when it starts out stressed and then gets its needs (typically water and light) met. Our approach to mental and emotional health is based on the same paradigm – that stress is a natural reaction to one or more needs not being met. And that an easy way, therefore, to reduce stress is to focus on our innate needs and find creative and practical ways to get them met more effectively. A time-lapse video would show this so clearly…

Today, as if by magic, while searching for something totally different I came across this wonderful video by the extremely talented Ronald Jenkees.

Too simplistic? What about trauma?

Some of you are probably saying:- “hold on – that’s far too simplistic! Humans can become traumatised by life events so it isn’t a realistic comparison“. Humans are more complex than plants (the human brain is the most complex single structure we have yet discovered in nature) and even though plants can get traumatised too, they don’t suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or the effects of poor attachment or growing up in a violent family situation. We need to be clear that wherever there are trauma patterns, they need to be dealt with first. The good news is that there are now extremely effective methods to relieve trauma quickly and permanently. If you want to see some simple anecdotal evidence – check this out – but trauma is really another subject. Stress is a precursor to many forms of mental illness including depression – and even low levels of stress over long periods can cause “our leaves to wilt”. Stress can be reduced (as it was for the plant) by finding ways to get our needs met in balance. Knowing this means that we have a really pragmatic way to help people who feel stressed.

But my point is that if you want to help a living thing thrive – the last thing you need to do is to keep digging up the roots. Much psychotherapy has now moved on from that model.

If you are interested in a practical and beautiful tool which can help you to reduce the stress in your life or the lives of others, check out the in8 Cards Well-being resource pack published by in8.