A Healthy Mindset… in Difficult Times

2020 and now 2021 have been difficult years for all of us but in different ways.

The pandemic has kept us inside and away from people and places we used to go to regularly. Even if it’s only the gym or a favourite breakfast restaurant, we have lost our freedom to move and do what we want. Inevitably, this causes stress, but in the end, it is our health and the people at home who live with us that need protecting the most.

And yet, there are other years and times in our lives when we have encountered similar disruptive years. There are those years when we have carried the burden of family illnesses and loss of loved ones after long battles with terminal cancer, degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, or just old age. As painful as these things are to see, they represent just a part of our daily lives.

So, when our lives as a whole are disrupted, can we stay on an even keel? 

The first is to recognize how you feel about what is happening. Difficult times generate difficult emotions and feelings. Do not try to hide them or hide from the senses. Recognize the feelings and how you feel about the feelings that have manifested. Being frustrated and then being frustrated at how you think that way will not benefit you, but you need to understand the two different feelings and why they are there.

Give yourself a break from how you feel. You may not know anyone who feels the same as you but understand you are part of the human condition, as is everyone else, and there will be others like you, handling the same way and perhaps for the same reasons. So, be gentle with yourself and do not let things build up to a point where you cannot tolerate the compounding feelings. By being soft on yourself, you diffuse the negative energy in the feelings you have.

Exercise is good for the body; we all know that. Physical movement, gentle or intense, helps move muscles and blood and sends signals to the brain that reduce anxiety and focus your mind on something repetitive and familiar. Walking is a basic human form of locomotion and a way to get from one place to another. Running is walking speeded up. Working in the garden is not just exercise but being out in nature. Connecting with nature, helping plants grow that bees can pollinate or take nectar from. 

What you do not want to do is become overly competitive in your exercise. Competitiveness is a form of stress, maybe a good one for some, but it can be destructive if they do not have the ability or capability to better themselves on successive days.

If you have loved ones around you, pets count as loved ones. Make sure you spend time with them, listen to them, watch their body language, and become more familiar with them and their feelings and concerns. You will benefit from the more profound knowledge and benefit from expressing themselves and know they are being listened to.

While you are listening to and learning about your loved ones, now is also the time to spend time alone, intentionally to learn about self, your hopes and dreams, your goals and past things in your life that have deep meaning for you. Examine them, and understand why. You may say that the pandemic is forcing you to be by yourself but consider this. What I am saying is purposeful and intentional, and it is voluntary, an excellent voluntary. It is for you and is not imposed on you.

Lastly, if you have a connection to a Reiki professional, ask for a remote or distance Reiki session for yourself. Reiki does not have to be done in person; the remote session is valuable or sometimes more valuable because it happens at home in your space. There are no physical distractions of another person.

Be well, stay safe. Above all, look at this time as a new way to live, interact and be yourself. Use this time to love yourself free from the distractions of having to be somewhere, with someone or for someone other than you.

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

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Keeping your Happiness

Every day we have something to be happy for. We are alive, and our partners, our friends and our pets are alive. We may also get a seat on the bus or the train; we have food and water, we discover a new coffee shop, or the car comes back from the mechanic, and there is less cost than we thought as not so much had to be repaired.

There is all manner of things to be grateful for. 

We need to reinforce the success of things we are grateful for, and to do that; the best thing is to write them down. There is a connection between the physical act of writing and the intention and thoughts that drive our hand to form the letters that make the words and give birth to our ideas on a piece of paper.

The piece of paper should not have a date or time on it. It is not essential when the events you are recording that made you happy occurred. It is that they did, and you are recording it.

Some people will cut the piece of paper into strips or small sections and store them in a shoebox or a jar—something that can be looked at or into. Looking in the shoebox or the jar and taking out a piece of paper and reading it, looking again at the happiness described on it reinforces both the joy expressed on the piece of paper and the gratitude for the happy events you recorded.

When do you take out a pen and paper to record happy events and the gratitude you feel? Well, it can be anywhere, anytime. You don’t; even have to write it on paper when it first happened. Let’s say you receive a promotion or some form of recognition. You can take out your smartphone, open the Note Taking app, and record your feelings of happiness and gratitude. Later, when you get home, you can write that note out on a piece of paper and put the paper in the shoebox or jar.

Infuse the happiness and gratitude stored in eth shoebox or jar with Reiki. Reiki energy will not only recognize the joy and gratitude in your thoughts when you wrote on your piece of paper. It will help you manifest the happier events to record on pieces of paper and will help you manifest good things to manifest. It will help you recognize and be grateful for what you have, not what you think you need. Because when you manifest good things in your life, change takes place.

That change is within you, it is within your life, and an abundance of good things has a positive impact on you and takes your thoughts away from negative thoughts and unhappiness. 

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This post is taken from our Reiki Level II Student Manual

Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA.

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If You Allow something to continue, it will!

By something, I mean internal anger. Anger within yourself at what you have done or not done or what you have allowed to continue. Continue and anger are the key words here.

Even if a relationship is doing you no god and you end it, or allow it to end. There can be anger within yourself at why you allowed it to continue for so long.

I look back at times when I have decided I will move on from a place, people or things but am left angry at myself and memories of the situation. That anger can last a lifetime, if you will let it. The fact is, when things do not go well, or according to plan, as if often the case, we can still be angry at ourselves for letting it happen in the first place.

Reiki can be a great healer if you will let it. It can help to lighten your spirits and put the things that are bugging you into perspective and eventually to rest. Reiki lets you see the real truth and what you have learned from it but not recognised.

If you are attuned to Reiki, by all means preform self-Reiki for this, it is important to allow the session or sessions proceed as you are guided to. There is no format except to:

  • Give yourself the quiet time necessary to allow Reiki to flow within yourself. This can be in the morning or the evening.
  • I find it best to allow Reiki to heal all that needs to be healed. If I have a physical problem, such as a bad back or a sore ankle include this in the self-Reiki session and ask for the physical to be healed along with the emotional. 
  • Reiki is intelligent energy and will go where it is needed and heal what is ailing you
  • Be patient. Emotional issues may take longer to heal than that sore ankle. Emotional issues can be caught up with the egoic mind, that never ending trouble maker that likes to dwell on problems and churn them over and over again.
  • The cause of your anger may not be immediately apparent. You just seem to be angry at everything and everyone. Et Reiki draw it out so you can see t and work on it. You cannot work on healing something that you do not know is the cause.

One of the most important things in working with your emotional anger is to allow Reiki to take its course. It may not heal your anger immediately; it may take several self-healing sessions. Each session becoming progressively different as differing aspects of your anger surface and need to be dealt with.

One of the aspects that needs to be dealt with is whether you are generating anger at people around you, or, giving them permission to be angry at you for what you are inflicting on them. This external manifestation can be on family members, pets, and relatives. They mirror back the hurt and anger you are pushing out to them, which in turn amplifies your internal anger.

As you are able to deal with your internal anger, so less will be directed outward and reflected back to you. Reducing your overall level of anger. Allow this to progress naturally.

As balance returns and anger diminishes, continue with your self-Reiki sessions!

A reduction in the anger that has been inside of you is not removal of it. You may never remove it entirely, some of it may have gone on for too long or been too hurtful but you can reduce it so that you no longer send out waves of anger and receive it reflected back to you. The point to to achieve balance withing yourself and for anger not to be a part of the balance.

Be relaxed enough to accept a Reiki session from another Reiki professional, a remote Reiki session works well for this. Why, because the connection between you and an in-person session and a remote session differs. The in-person session brings another person physically and emotionally close to you, and if you are still radiating anger, you can generate anger to the person in the room with you. A remote reiki professional will not receive that anger, and they and you will not have to work with their presence. It will be pure Reiki energy.

Let Reiki embrace you and defuse that anger within you. Only if you let it continue will it, take action with Reiki to diffuse it and being anger to an end.

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Mark is a Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner under the Canadian Reiki Association – CRA.

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