Bach Flower Remedy For Hope And Purpose
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve watch a BBC documentary programme called Mind over Marathon. The BBC gathered together a group of 10 people who felt hopeless and were suffering for despair, depression and anxiety, who were so desperate that they were willing to undertake the very public BBC Challenge – to run the London Marathon!
Some of the group were really in a poor way. One was so anxious that he hadn’t left his flat for a very long time, as was a mum of young children. Most of group had been so low for so long that they’d contemplated suicide. All had a very poor self-image and no self-esteem.
The training begins
Early in the new year, the group met for the first time and had their first run across crunchy January frost. They shared the same pain – emotionally, and once they started running – physically too – and in their battle to keep going over the next 5 months, they became a closely knit group.
The group were supported by sports coaches, who themselves had run their way out of depression and anxiety, and a nutritionist, who had trod the path so understood how they felt and were sympathetic to their charge’s feelings and fears.
The narrator mentioned that the group had quickly bonded by their common pain and purpose.
Hope and purpose
I see that this project gave the group something much more important than purpose – it gave them all hope!
None had said they felt hopeless. They didn’t need to. Their stories were dripping with despair and hopelessness.
7 of the team ran the Marathon. 2 were injured and couldn’t make it. The man who dropped out because of his anxiety, travelled down to London on the train on his own (something we would never considered 5 months earlier) and even coped with the crowds of London and along the route. He’d achieved his biggest challenge by stepping outside his front door, by himself – such was the strength of the group bonding. Although he was not running, he would not let them down. All 3 were on the route cheering and supporting their team mates.
Crossing the finish line
All 7 cross the finish line with relief and tears – and pride and an a barrow load of self-worth!
The parting shot
The last shot of the documentary was of beautiful rolling hills and the narrator ways saying how important purpose was in our lives.
In the bottom of the screen was a small Gorse bush. Gorse the Bach Flower Remedy that turns hopelessness into hope! I would ask – ‘is that a co-incidence that the programme was about hope and the plant that was showed in the parting shot was the Bach Flower Remedy for hope?’ But we know there is no such thing as co-incidence, don’t we?
Hope is the beginning; is at the beginning of everything we do in life.
As we saw from those who took part in the documentary, they had no hope of ever rising above their despair and anxiety. The supported challenge gave them hope.
Golden Gorse brings Hope.
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