Hello Reiki, talk to me

Reiki Japanese text

Today I had my first ever experience with Reiki. I took my youngest son for a body talk appointment and I was really impressed with the whole session. It was a non-invasive, genuinely relaxing healing process.

A Reiki practitioner locates and relieves problems of energy flow in the body. The word Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words – Rei which translates to “God’s Wisdom or Higher Power” and Ki which means “life force energy”.

The synchronicity of the appointment with my son was obvious straight away. He is learning Japanese and this week Japanese students came to his school, and as the practitioner walked us to the room she told us she had been a bit busier today as she had a Japanese student staying with her. If you don’t think that is enough and you are rolling your eyes right now (like my husband did) she also explained she was getting ready for her grandson’s visit this afternoon, and his name was the same as my son’s name. You nodding yet?

So I won’t go on too much about it but I really felt the session was fantastic. It involved gentle touches on my son’s arms, feet, abdomen and head; combined with simple questions and answers from the body itself. The two pearls of wisdom from the wonderful practitioner I would like to share were:

“Feel the energy running down your body, like a feeling of water maybe running through it.”

“Imagine a plunger at the top of your head, pushing all the bad energy down through your body into your feet and out into the Earth.”

Made me feel so good, sitting there and imagining the energy running through my body, and it wasn’t my appointment!

creek-water flow

霊気 by ケリー

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Wanna be happy?

If you’re pushed for time and want a quick response to the title question, all you need to read is this first paragraph! Do one thing a day that makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to cost a thing. It just has to be something that puts a smile on your face.

My one thing today is my coffee. You choose what is right for you but if coffee is on the list try ordering something completely different maybe, variety is good. Be there with the coffee (okay, that sounds creepy but I just mean really taste it, smell it, etc.). Enjoy and if the mood strikes you, share below what your one thing will be today.

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This time I’ll listen

Gut feeling? Intuition? Guides? Instinct? Are they all the same or are there differences? If I tell you I’m trying to “listen to my guides” do you think I’m crazy but it’s okay to say I’m “going with my gut feeling?”.

I don’t have the answers, today I just want to get it out there that I am listening, I’m trying to get off this merry-go-round with my occupation and find something that gives me a sense of fulfillment, of contribution. To see more beauty in every day.

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The only lesson you need

Have you ever had the same argument with (maybe) the same person year after year? Feel like you’re on a merry-go-round that never stops? I have. After having this same argument again today I decided to take time out and check my email, and I had a free mindfulness lesson waiting for me from the website http://peacethroughmindfulness.com.au/

Many times I don’t take the lessons straight away as it may not be an appropriate time however today I dove (is that a word?) straight in. It was a great lesson with a simple message to pay attention to your breath, I enjoyed the lesson so I decided to check the website and see if I could post a link here but instead found the great pic below. Sorry you’ll have to check the website yourself if you are interested in the lesson that I referred to, however I think the pic below sums it up nicely.

And what I took from today’s argument and lesson was that I can only control myself, and my breath is a great place to start. So if the same argument occurs again fingers crossed I tackle it differently. My breath will definitely be there anyway 😉

It gets easier every day.

Mindfulness alters the mind, what a thought

A blog post I read the other day reminded me that mindfulness is not just something hipsters (or hippies maybe?) do, it is a scientifically proven way to alter your mind (if you are interested the link to the blog post that inspired me is at the end of this post).

I remember when reading ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ (by Mark Williams and Danny Penman) that its references to cold hard scientific research showing how the patterns of the brain can be altered by practicing mindfulness gave me comfort. This wasn’t just some ‘mumbo jumbo’, this was a practice with proven benefits.

There are many studies that show similar findings, the brain is physically changed by a regular mindfulness practice.  And it doesn’t take long if you want to try it out. Studies have shown 8 week programs are enough to show a change in brain activity.  You don’t need to spend a cent either, there are plenty of free online resources showing how to get started.

Scientific studies or not, I know mindfulness has helped me.

It gets easier every day.

Thank you WordPress bloggers for bringing me different news, ideas, information and plain old ramblings every day.  See the blog post that inspired me here: Endless Light and Love