Positive Health

One step further towards the reality of greater health

Inside and outside at the HoBB, I strive to grow projects through good experiences. I happily jump into areas of work with a positive sense of fun and balance.

In the surrounding fields, I regularly roll up my sleeves, feel the grit under my finger nails and can sometimes get blown off my feet by a strong Souwesterley gust.

Through each year, volunteers and friends arrive at the HoBB to help projects along.

Inside the farmhouse we use our grey cells to think positively, build health for ourselves and friends, and stay on our feet – facing up to those mind-blowing experiences that ‘living’ can summon up from all four points of the compass at times.

Online too, in this digital computer environment, there are galloping trojan horses trying to blow computers off their footings and designer worms and viruses out to stop progress if they can.  Trolls and bullies are no longer hiding under bridges waiting for strangers to pass, they are now actively employed by business and political groups to find, scare, shame and damage the well-being of others. This makes the going tough for many. This slows down the progress of many more. This halts the progress of some. This negative energy sometimes causes the death of lively spirits.

Maintaining a healthy life ‘system’
The full health ‘system’ includes the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of self. It also includes your environment which covers those around you in your environment. Ideally, everyone would be able to maintain a healthy life but to do this, each individual would need total control over themselves and every influence around them.  That’s a rare thing.

For full radiant health, all round, we spend time focusing on the well-being of loved-ones, friends globally, no matter how we communicate with them, whether by deed, in person, by email or through thought.

Positive Health
The main driving health force here is ‘Positive Health’ which is associated with the positive attitude we try to keep towards everything in life – this is not easy at all times! As I like the idea of enjoying all life, I continually work at learning how to withstand all that life throws and I have worked with a lot of good friends sorting out which facets of life to catch and which to drop. But it’s often a tough task to work it out without good friends around! A good group of friends means a good pool of experiences that you can tap into when needed.

Physical Health
In a perfect sense this means absence of disease, ailment and disability and the energy to accomplish daily works and active leisure without undue fatigue. We keep mid-term ailments at bay but we occasionally fail to keep away short term hiccups – who doesn’t – some ailments catch up with us but generally we eat well and avoid people who sneeze, so, please wait till after your flu before visiting us at HoBB .. thank you.

Emotional Health
Some say that if you can face most daily challenges and social interactions without undue mental, emotional, or behavioural upset then you are cold, a control freak or well-balanced [ I think the ‘well balanced’ title is kinder]. There are some things that should hit hard as they are important and you are cold if you don’t let them penetrate and hit you where it hurts.
Generally, most things at the HoBB are well-stomached but in reality we plan it in part. We say things like ‘no smoking‘ and ‘no children‘ at the HoBB because we try to control the physical environment we live inside. However, online, we can be far more open. For example, I can chat online to someone who has a highly infectious disease for hours without side effects. That’s not quite true because there’s one terrific side effect and that’s the increased well-being of the person with the disease who may find it impossible to get out socially and mix.

Social Health
Global social health needs to be positively grown. As another example, I might have a very useful bulletin board conversation with someone about web design that I would not dream of having if I knew of some of their prejudices.

By doing this, I may step outside my regular social environment and get to know the views and thoughts of those I would never approach normally. The distinct differences between Peoples will be eroded by regular global communications. We all realise that languages are being forced into fusion through global business and politics so one day, we will all be a bit closer to one another or maybe ‘as one’ with each other. At this moment however, I am here and you are distinctly ‘there’.  Hello. (I smile)

Spiritual Health
This is a wide open subject for debate but it’s closing in. I think that everyone feels that Spiritual health comes when you experience your own peace of mind and realise your role in the experience of life.

I have a good friend in the UK who occasionally pops across to the HoBB to do some meditation and Qi gong and he would most probably add that spiritual health is when your behaviour is in tune with your spiritual essence and you are in communication with your inner-self. He works hard to help very many individuals simply find and tune in to their inner-self and if you are out of tune in any way, let me know and I’ll send you his contact details.

Well –Being
The western world specializes in creating within its population, ‘lifestyle anxiety’. It’s a stress factor that we are taught to accept by constant commercial message bombardment. The condition of being contented, healthy, and successful has been hijacked by those industries that wish to define it for us in their way and in favour of their goods.

This drives the big machine of commerce and manufactures the World we are getting. We are all contributing to it by accepting it and buying into it.

Maybe one remote Amazon Tribe will avoid this modern way for a few more months but as the tidal wave of progress (?) sweeps through every Earth habitat we will all be swamped. At the HoBB we are realists and we accept progress but we have no time for those who are causing an unbalanced future.

This web site of ours allows us to extend and share our reality and provides many international opportunities to explore scale and visual impact and the practical uses of sharing. We hope you enjoy its pages and contribute to its positive energies.

We always want to offer something different and put forward our perspectives on practically everything. ‘Onto a web site‘ for us is simply ‘into a melting pot‘ in the hope that a mote of this stuff might be of use in some way. But you will never understand anything by merely reading about it, that’s why every science course includes experiments, and every consciousness liberating movement demands practice of yoga, meditations, confrontation techniques, etc., in which ideas are tested in the laboratory of your own nervous system.  Let’s keep testing each other and see how much friendship, good progress and positive energy we can create on this home planet.

I hope you will enjoy exploring this ‘HoBB site’ as it grows with the knowledge that we are busy developing The HoBB Project House and Gardens for those that want to go that extra mile. If that’s you at any time, drop us a line.

Edited by Grant – Host at The HoBB Project House and Gardens


Tales of Personal Development at the HoBB

butthope bunnyTitania at the HoBB

Just when I thought my days as a travelling farmer were behind me, I found myself embarking on a trip to Wales.

The Welsh countryside is lush with verdant vistas where nights are as silent as the beginning of Time and days were quiet enough to hear bumblebees suckling the nectar of a bloom.

By the border of England and Mid-Wales, tucked in a cosy nook behind a maze of single-track lanes, lay the HoBB. It was a place that became my refuge for a short moment in time, a sanctuary from the crowds, noise, and technology that afflict urbanites like myself. I came with no expectations save to do a bit of gardening, construction work, and the usual fare that comes with WWOOF-ing.  And that I did.

Each day presented a new challenge for this city journalist who has barely swung a hammer in her life and who lacks the practicality to deal with any more tools than a pen and paper.

Home to Grant and Helen – never a warmer or more genuine couple will you find – the HoBB provided a space for an individual to find their creative self and discover ways they can etch their own contribution to the world.

These discoveries do not come by chance. Nor do they appear simply by showing up at the gates of the HoBB*. They were spurred on by my hosts, Grant and Helen. He, a constant energetic ball of sparks and popping champagne fizz, while she is of the effervescent laugh and homecooked delicacies. With their background as designers, they have a discerning eye, an unrivalled vocabulary of hues and whimsical natures, yet grounded by their strong connection with and respect for the earth.
[*You have to book your time at the HoBB in advance – They do not accept casual visitors.]

The HoBB is a place of creativity and collaboration between the hosts and their volunteers. Examples of both abound, from the rustic doggie gate I helped finish, that was started by a Spanish volunteer called Sergio, to the home-made bread that we devoured heartily for lunch, from the stone forge that was a feature of the HoBB gardens to the miniature elf houses created out of pebbles, twigs, and empty almond shells.

Grant did not waste a single minute. I was shown the best way to handle and use almost every tool in the garden shed. Learning new things was not always a lengthy procedure. There were tasting sessions, such as the 5 minutes spent learning how to use a lawnmower or the one chainsaw blade I sharpened.

Enlightenment was not reserved for the physical either. I discovered which shade of a Welsh sunset was pale puce and that the intention behind every thing we create as humans, even making something as commonplace as coffee or tea for another person, can make all the difference in the outcome and the product.

Each day, I awoke to new challenges, both physical and mental. Out in the field, I found my mind sluggish. After years of using the mental muscle, flexing the physical and understanding the practicalities of nature and physics did not come naturally to me. My attempts at carpentry and woodwork led to a broken gate hinge, a bent drill bit and many a nail hammered in the most unusual angles. But thanks to Grant’s watchful eye and guidance, I was left relatively unscathed by the end of my sojourn, save for a random wasp sting.

Evenings at the HoBB were a return to old-fashioned homeliness, reminiscent of the days where families still sat around the fireplace, put on their favourite raspy vinyl, and talked with each other. Supper was a home-cooked meal that Helen lovingly slaved over all afternoon  in her sunlit kitchen. I recall one evening, after dining to the zestful strains of Bohemian Rhapsody, we supplied our own entertainment by bursting into song, belting out the hits from My Fair Lady. And another, playing a vinyl LP of The City Waites playing Medieval Pub songs – after hearing the band live in concert playing on Medieval instruments in Ludlow.

In the era of technology and television, it seemed other-worldly but there we were, connecting with each other as human beings and not as humans to a machine as is now the norm. What was the norm at the HoBB was laughter. It was akin to being a child again where days were carefree and cheeky giggles ubiquitous.

Time slowed down at the HoBB. But I did not perceive slowing down as a sin as I would have in the city. I allowed myself to slow down and to literally smell the roses. I could walk leisurely enough to spot a snail in my path and put it out of harm’s way or stick my head up in the highest branches of a tree and see the world from the perspective of a pigeon or dove or owl. I could laze and think about what lay in the thoughts of sheep as they bleated and grazed in the nearby field.

There was no pressure from anyone to quicken the pace. All I received from my hosts was patience and an openness and acceptance I find myself wishing every child can receive from their parents or mentors. If a child were a flower, they would bloom at the HoBB.

So as my train chugged back to London and I left my hosts on the platform, I did not feel sad. I felt grateful. Grateful to have met Grant and Helen, for them to have opened their heart and home to me, and imparted their nuggets of wisdom for me to pocket on the rest of my life’s journey.

My momentous moments at the HoBB …

* carved the “Butthope Bunny” totem out of Hawthorne wood for the sheep post (image above)
* uprooted and replanted “underdog” bulbs
* learnt Grant’s special “fisherman’s knot”
* fixed a sheep gate for farmer Colin and his sheep
* mixed cement
* laid down bricks and insulated a potting shed with re-cycled insulation board, staples, nails, hammer and chicken wire
* drew up a blueprint for a dog bod, complete with electricity points, doors and windows
* finished a rustic doggie gate started by another WWOOFer
* trawled the local pubs with Grant and Helen, chugging down Stowford Press Cider from Herefordshire
* stood inside the hollow of a 300-year-old yew tree and caressed one that was 2,700-years-old
* attended a storytelling session at Bishops Castle
* dined with archaeologists specializing in the Roman period
* went on a Sunday excursion to Acton Scott historic working farm and milked a fibre-glass cow
* learnt to sharpen the blade of a chainsaw, mow the garden, and how to use a pick axe properly
* explored the small market town of Knighton, Powys
* spotted a sheep-shaped measuring tape in Knighton’s one wool shop
* did a lightning tour of Ludlow led by rapid-fire guide, Grant
* had tea and cakes at an old-fashioned English tea house in Leominster
* learnt how to use a manual and machine jig saw, and how to drill a hole properly
* learnt when to use a nail and when to use a screw
* visited one of the oldest fortified manor house in England, Stokesay Castle
* assisted Jan Walmsley in creating a Facebook page of her 630 miles Round Wales Coast Walk to help raise funds and support for the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project
* tasted the most delectable and tender Black Welsh Mountain lamb.

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