GUEST BLOGGER Susan Mitchell of Reiki Healing Arts was taught to practice Reiki in 1978 by Hawayo Takata, and brings 30 years’ experience to her work as a Reiki Master —
“It’s almost amusing to think we have to practice being, but if we don’t practice, how can our understanding change our lives?” — Pamela’s 8/25 blog comment
When I think about Reiki as a healing spiritual practice, my attention goes to that third word practice — doing something again and again and again. And that takes discipline. If you’re thinking, “Ugh,” I totally understand. But what if the pay-off of discipline — treating ourselves every day — leads to greater happiness?
In the course of a day, a lot of things can draw us away from feeling happy. We get off- balance: the boss is critical, the kids don’t listen, our partner is demanding. On top of it all, the busy-ness of our days can set our minds in a perpetual buzz. That place of being feels pretty elusive.
What happens around us and to us and our own negative thoughts are potent forces, but they don’t have to determine how we feel. The discipline of daily practice is the antidote, the medicine, for that sense of separation.
When we take time to give ourselves Reiki, we’re able to move into a place of quiet, even silence. The sense of connection with our own being and with all of life that comes from this, nourishes and fills us. When we’re well-fed, we’re better able to respond to whatever life puts on the table — we feel happy, in the deepest sense of the word.
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