Ayenda Lambert is a professional Second degree Reiki practitioner in Philadelphia. I met Ayenda when she attended Reiki and Medicine in Columbia, MD, and asked her to share her wellness story as a GUEST BLOGGER.
Reiki and ADD
by Ayenda Lambert
I remember the Spring of 2001. My daughter was just a few months old, and I was struggling with being a new mother and full-time homemaker. Basic everyday responsibilities — feeding and changing the baby, cleaning up, and making dinner — were nearly impossible to complete. I felt like something was wrong with me. Friends said, “Be patient, you’re in uncharted waters,” but I feared there was more to it.
Things got worse. I missed appointments and family events. My apartment filled with incomplete projects. I became more and more withdrawn. I was grief stricken when my father died at age 48. I knew I needed help. Although happy with the results, I felt increasingly disheartened by the prospect of taking meds for the rest of my life.
I became Mom-on-a-Mission, sleeping 4-5 hours a night, and scouring the internet until I discovered that my low self-esteem, extreme distractibility, self-judgment without mercy, outbursts of anger, anxiety, and defensiveness were all common to ADD.
I continued researching, and felt a flood of emotions – anger, defeat, confusion, and sadness. In the Spring of 2002, a local psychologist gave me a formal diagnosis: ADD, Panic Disorder, and Depression.
I took the prescribed medications diligently. A heavy, wet blanket lifted from my mind. I started completing thoughts and executing tasks, and felt so empowered. Life was manageable, and I was proud that I had taken responsibility, and made the changes needed to change my life.
Fast forward four years.
I was seeing a therapist, and had returned to the workforce, but was still taking meds. Although happy with the results, I felt increasingly disheartened by the prospect of taking meds for the rest of my life. Whenever I expressed those concerns to my psychologist, he offered no options, and urged me to continue the medications.
The sudden death of my step-father at age 52 added grief to my mounting frustration. A friend suggested a Reiki Practitioner might help me cope.
I went to my first Reiki appointment with walls of fear and doubt—which melted quickly into love and trust.
I continued receiving Reiki treatments, and was rewarded with unexpected insights that carried my self-recognition far beyond ADD. I saw where my decision-making process was faulty, and began proactively confronting challenges with new confidence, and only occasional ADD moments. When I felt myself reverting back to old habits, I practiced breathing exercises to regain focus and clarity.
On April 27, 2008, after months of Reiki treatments, I took another step towards my personal wellness and growth: I was initiated as a Usui Reiki I Practitioner.
This was a momentous occasion for me, as if I had climbed Mt. Everest. I looked back proudly at all the tears and frustration that I had turned into learning blocks and stepping stones toward a healthier, stronger me. This feeling of perseverance and triumph was too good to keep to myself, so I began sharing Reiki treatments with family and friends.
Months later, against my psychologist’s recommendation, I stopped taking the medication.
It’s been two years since I made that decision, and I’ve not thought about the medications again. Now I manage my life with daily Reiki self-treatment, time management skills, and to-do lists. I’ve never felt happier or more fulfilled.
Related Reading: ADHD Without Drugs by Sanford Newmark, MD
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