Years ago when I was suffering a bout of anxiety, I saw a counselor that advised me to close my eyes and think of a place that I feel most at peace, This technique was to help me feel calm. This is also a relaxation tool in yoga used to calm the mind and body. I have always come up with the same place, a park called the Park of Roses. When I close my eyes, I can see all the gorgeous colors of roses, I can smell roses and feel the warm sun on my skin. My family and I have walked and played in this park together for years. Recently one evening, my mother, daughter and I went for a walk through this beautiful park. I shared with my daughter how this was my peaceful place, when I felt stressed, I would close my eyes and see the roses and trees and would feel a sense of calm.
Do you have a favorite peaceful place real or imagined? A place that when you think of it, you feel safe, calm and relaxed? The next time you are feeling overwhelmed, close your eyes and “see” your peaceful place, take a few deep breaths, and notice if you feel a little calmer. Enjoy!
<Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy".
To be honest I have had my doubts in the power of Reiki and if this “laying on hands”, really works! I received my Level 1 Attunement in Reiki several years ago and have done Reiki on myself and my children. My daughter says that it feels good. I have practiced Reiki on students in Restorative Workshops and havep>According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki is made up of two Japanese words, Rei-“God’s wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki- ‘life force energy” Therefore had some of them comment to me that it helped them to feel better. Sometimes I think touch is what we all long for and maybe, that the touch along with the compassion I am offering them is what they are feeling and is helping them to feel better.
During a recent class I offered Reiki to everyone. I am always setting the intention to allow energy to flow through me from God, or the Higher Power to the receiver. At the conclusion of this class a student who, was one of the last to receive the Reiki, commented that when I started she could feel the energy in the room come to a calm, restful state. I’ve had others comment that they have felt an amazing feeling come over there body and that afterwards they feel wonderful.
I will continue to practice Reiki with my family and my students even if I have some slight doubts for the pure joy of offering loving kindness to others and maybe there is some wonderful God or Higher Power Energy flowing.
Something new and wonderful happened to me this year, I learned to enjoy my alone time! I love to be with people and truly enjoy talking with people, this is how I get energy. I have previously found it difficult to be alone, always making phone calls to connect with people when I found myself alone at home. I personally felt a little rejected when I was alone. This year marked the first year that both my children were in school all day which left me with 6 hours in which no one was home. I am teaching yoga quite a bit so I am with people during these times, however, when I would come home for lunch or have time in the morning I truly savored the quiet. I never turned on the television and would sit at the kitchen window while eating and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding me. During these quiet times I could become aware of my breath and feel grounded and content. Now that summer vacation is upon me, I am a little mournful that I will have a lot less of this blissful alone time. I know that in order for me to stay grounded and calm I will need to increase my meditation practice and who knows, maybe I can get my children to enjoy some quiet, contemplative time.
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh