Half-Empty Healers

Even if you practice daily Reiki self-treatment, glass-half-empty thinking dribbles your well-being here and there, frustrating your efforts to fill your glass. How can you tell if you’re a half-empty gal or guy?

How full is your glass?

Glass-half-empty means you’re prone to what-might-have-been/what-can-never-be thinking.

If you are glass-half-empty, you’re not feeling nearly as content and steady as you might be. Even if you practice daily Reiki self-treatment, glass-half-empty thinking dribbles your well-being here and there, frustrating your efforts to fill your glass.

Clearly, this is not good for you. It also doesn’t help the people you care most about — your family, friends, and clients.

Glass-half-empty thinkers wind up isolated and running on empty. After all, as the Chinese proverb warns, if we don’t change direction, we will end up where we are heading.

2 simple steps to change your perspective

There will never be a better — or easier — time to redirect than the present. If you’re not happy with the ride you’re on, you can start turning your wheel right now with these two simple explorations:

  • Start listening to yourself talk…and think. How often are your words critical and focused outward, spotlighting what others are doing wrong, or what they should be doing?
    Each time you notice your mind going down that road, redirect by looking for a detail that’s working well, acknowledging it, and brainstorming ideas how to build on that foundation.
  • List the ways you are kind to yourself, anything you do to support and encourage yourself. Notice how you feel as you contemplate each one. (You may want to do this during hands-on Reiki self-treatment.)
    Look for more opportunities to be kind to yourself, and factor your well-being into every choice you make. This practice will help you develop the discipline of kindness, and make it easier to offer kindness to others.

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10 thoughts on “Half-Empty Healers”

  1. Pamela Miles

    Great anecdote, Sharon, and good example of using a multi-leveled approach to remedy a specific problem.

    I’m confused about one point you made. When you say that you schedule Reiki or other treatments at least once a month, do you mean a Reiki treatment from someone else? Is this on top of your daily self-treatment? Please clarify.

  2. My solution for half empty is to schedule energy treatments for myself at least once a month-acupuncture, Reiki or massage. It fills me up. Last year I had internal eye bleeding(retinopathy) and got energy treatments and took a Chinese Herb(Celosia 10). The retina specialist at Crittenton Hospital was flabbergasted last week-my retina has completely healed and he never sees that. He now feels laser and general medicine are secondary to what I am doing! Smiling, I am full up!

  3. Elizabeth Camargo

    Gostei muito desta materia. Nos nao temos o costume de focar em nos mesmo. Portanto ficamos a a criticar e observar as outras pessoas. Acho que eh uma forma que encontramos para nao nos decepcionar com nos mesmo. Obrigada!

  4. Methinks our outlook is not so rigid at all times. Glass half empty or glass half full….it seems to me that it is is a floating barometer. Sometimes….what we have is never enough and nothing fills the void, the desire is bottomless and other times all we want is a taste and we are abundantly satisfied.
    Reiki is a gift of pure healing to be shared whether our glass is half empty or half full….in all humility i say this, we simply channel the energies using the symbols and techniques we teach, somehow it always seems to be energising and uplifting for the practitioner as well.

  5. Well said, Susan. We can think of it as practical, enlightened selfishness. If we don’t take care of ourselves first, we will quickly lose the ability to care for others. It’s a matter of feeding the roots.

  6. I recently came across a Louise Hays affirmation, “I am the most important person in my life. I appreciate all that I do.” At first it did not sit well, seemed a bit self-centered, but then I remembered the bible saying, “love other’s as you love yourself”. The glass half full makes room to share and receive. The glass half empty focuses on lack. The two suggestions are great, as we all swerve off track sometimes, thank you.

  7. Gianluca De Gennaro

    I liked the ‘glass half full’ post, I tend to follow that philosophy, but every now and then suddenly get hit by the other half, thank you for the 2-steps, that’ll bring me back on track!

  8. lately, i’ve been following one of sonia chocquette’s suggestions: every night i list up 10 things about my day that i love and appreciate.

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