Having just returned from a great and much-needed vacation, I’m extra-aware of the importance of the deep sense rest and and renewal created by having some time away. There’s something about removing ourselves from our daily responsibilities and from continuous calls to action issued during these turbulent times.
Giving ourselves the grace to step away for a while from these compelling demands allows us to maintain the resilience needed to meet them.
I realize that can’t constantly take vacations, though! They’re great, but we are part of a community, and a world that needs what we can offer. There are things we want to do, and things we need to do. Having the resilience, strength and hope to continue in bringing our gifts to the world requires that we have daily practices that help us maintain our well-being.
I haven’t always been so good at that. Even now, with the perspective that comes with age and experience, I sometimes I backslide into overcommitment and overwhelm.
What Has Helped
Practicing self-Reiki twice daily, as I have learned to do from mentor and Reiki Master Michal Spiegelman has taken me on a previously unavailable healing path. Self-Reiki is now an important daily practice for me.
I was drawn Reiki for my own self-care, curious to see if it would help me manage the background dread that’s all too common to cancer survivors — the fear of a recurrence.
It’s a bit of a conundrum. As a breast cancer survivor, I know that it’s important to keep stress levels low. But what is one to do with the stress of being told that you’re never considered cured; that your cancer can return at any time?
Self-Reiki has let me find my way to a calm center. It has helped me to minimize ineffective worries about an unknown future, and to maximize gratitude and joy for each day in the present.
Adding Reiki to My Work
I’ve been so impressed with the power of Reiki’s energy healing that I’m now offering it to others. Maybe this is what “feeling called” is about. This wasn’t exactly a decision to become a Reiki practitioner. It was more a clear certainty that I should add Reiki to what I offer through my work.
I’m grateful to be able to do so, and for the strong responses I’ve received. Those coming to me for Reiki are saying things like:
I’ve had Reiki before, but I have to say that I’ve never experienced such a feeling of compassion and love during a session!
The headache hadfor the past few days is gone! Just gone! And now, a week later, it hasn’t come back.*
I feel deeply, incredibly relaxed.
As a Level 1 practitioner, I am now offering Reiki in person to those in the Baltimore/Catonsville area. In mid-November, I’ll complete Level 2 training. That will allow me to offer distant Reiki to those living elsewhere. I’m excited about that and look forward to continuing to expand my Reiki offerings.
Get in touch if you’d like to see if Reiki is right for you. Perhaps you too will find Reiki incredibly useful as one part of your regular self-care practices.
*Reiki is an energy healing practice that can help promote stress reduction and relaxation. It is not a substitute for medical care for mental or physical health conditions. Please contact a health care professional to treat such problems.