Five moms came for treatment yesterday. Four have husbands and young children; one works full time in an office; two are mompreneurs, meaning they work full time while being full time at-home moms.
Where have I seen such a parade of exhaustion?
These women are dedicated caregivers. Their families thrive, and love them. They’re talented, capable women. Some of them are Reiki practitioners. Not one gives herself daily Reiki treatment. (I’m working on that.)
When it was time to leave, Mom #5 burst into tears. Serene a moment before, she was now squeezed by frustration and fear. She pressed me for a change-my-life to-do list.
“For now, just practice self-Reiki as you can, and come back tomorrow,” I said. “Let’s get you feeling better before giving you more things to do.”
She emailed me this morning:
I feel that HOPE you talked about yesterday!
And it calms me.
I feel that change is possible, change WILL happen, in steps.
Feel good first, you are so right.
I have let everything pile on like Atlas holding up the world, and until yesterday, I didn’t know how to get out from under.
And this morning, I remember where I’ve seen such a parade of exhaustion — every time 120 women in treatment for cancer entered the Reiki room at the JCC Spa Day for Women with Cancer. I was honored to organize a bevy of Reiki volunteers for this program that supported women who just didn’t have much support.
Please don’t wait for support to magically appear. Even if you’re exhausted, you can still learn practice self Reiki. You’ll feel improvement from your first session, about an hour after we start class.
Exhaustion is a health risk. Reiki self practice can solve it.
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Reiki Support for Cancer Patients (medical paper)