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How’s your January going?

Did you set goals or resolutions for the New Year?

If you did have you managed to stick to them?

Or have you given up?

It’s hard isn’t? The weather is cold, you’re working, looking after children or parents or both. There are only so many hours in the day and you don’t have time to exercise or cook properly. So you leave it to another day.

And you keep getting told that you just need to change your mindset and everything will magically fall in to place.

But you don’t know how to do that, you’ve tried affirmations but you really sure your were doing it right.

The thing is that yes, you do need to change your mindset but the changes need to start in your body.

The body stores all your memories, hurts and traumas, the emotions you haven’t processed because you’re too scared to feel them again. This causes energy blockages and prevents the body functioning as well as it can so it sends you signals to get you to process the emotions you’ve stored.

We ignore these signals or squash down the emotions with food, alcohol, nicotine or drugs. 

The body doesn’t give up it keeps sending signals and you end up with a physical illness or anxiety and depression or all three.

So how do we solve this?

We do it by getting back in touch with the body. Learning to love and respect it. 

When we respect the body we will listen to it, we will process those emotions and we won’t be reaching for whatever junk we were using to supress them.

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Why do I need to change my relationship with my body?

Why do I need to change my relationship with my body?

A lot of us don’t have the greatest relationship with our bodies.

We eat too much or eat the wrong foods, we drink alcohol, coffee and tea in quantities that harm us. We don’t take enough exercise or we drive ourselves to the brink doing too much. We stay up late at night scrolling social media looking for the answers to our problems.

Of course we don’t do this to punish ourselves or because we intrinsically hate ourselves or because we want to create future health problems.

We do it because we are trying to not to feel, to acknowledge the pain we are in.  We don’t want it to resurface, it hurt us and we don’t want experience that hurt again.
   

Our bodies store the memories and the trauma we have suffered. 

And the body wants to release the hurt, the trauma, so it triggers an emotion or feeling and even sometimes actual pain in the body.

Most of us don’t want to go through that hurt again so we we stuff it down by distracting ourselves with food, drink, exercise, social media, and so on.

This is  not a conscious decision, we have developed patterns and habits that have just become automatic. Feel sad? Chocolate will cure it!

Some of us were brought up with food seen as a reward or a special treat or a way to avoid dealing with a problem. Instead teaching us how to deal with our emotions we were taught to avoid them and feed the body.

In time, the body begins to rebel. It really wants you to acknowledge those stored memories and traumas and deal with them. It tries to catch your attention by creating feelings. And we wonder why we can’t shift this feeling, why it keeps coming up? What is wrong with me?

When we think these thoughts often enough they become part of our subconscious, we create negative,  anxious and depressive thoughts and we feed them with food, alcohol or drugs because that is what we have been taught.

So how do we change this?

We change it connecting with the body. By quietening the mind and allowing the body to speak. Listening to the body, feeling where those traumas and memories are stored and releasing them.

We reconnect with the body by learning to appreciate it and respect it for the marvellous miracle that it is. 

We practice gratitude for all that it brings us, and accept its limitations and respect its needs.

We acknowledge that the body knows itself. 

When we have reconnected with the body on a physical level and learnt to love, accept and respect it, we will find that our habits change. We are no longer reaching for food or drink to quell our feelings, the body trusts us to listen and deal with the emotions it triggers.

We step into our true power when we have linked the body, the mind and the spirit. When we can listen to our body and know intuitively what we need. 

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Is your body a temple?

Do you treat your body as a temple, to be honoured and revered?

Or is it your home, the space where you are comfortable, you keep it clean, well fed and give it enough sleep and exercise, but when the going gets tough you often let things slide?

Or do you see it as just a container, that doesn’t deserve your care or respect? You feed it rubbish, treat it badly and then feel bad about that but get stuck in a cycle of drowning out those feelings with bad food, alcohol or drugs?

Most of us are not in the body as a temple category. Modern life doesn’t really, in my view, allow for that. 

I’m firmly in the body is my home category. I endeavour to eat well, get plenty of exercise and sleep well. My body occasionally fights me on the sleep issue. Naturally, I am a night owl but the day  job requires me to be a lark, and sometimes come bedtime by body is not ready for rest. When this happens I meditate or give myself a Reiki treatment, that way I’m relaxing and my brain gets a much needed rest.

This wasn’t always the case though. There have been times when I treated my body appallingly. Usually when I was depressed, anxious or struggling in my relationship or job. Instead of acknowledging and processing those emotions, I either ate to subdue them or tried to exercise them away.

Now I try and catch myself before I let things slide, because I know it’s a slippery slope. I’ve learnt that how I treat my body, my physical form, effects how I feel emotionally and mentally and spiritually.

Because everything is ultimately connected to the body.

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𝙄 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙞𝙠𝙞!🙄🤷‍♀️

Was what one young lady who came to me suffering from anxiety announced as she lay on the treatment couch.

𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙡 𝙖 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩:

“When her hands were on my head I could see colours that I’d never seen before, really vividly. They were beautiful bright pinks and purples. I felt really intensely happy, so much so that I was trying not to smile. I could see the silhouette of a pair of hands making calming rocking motions. I thought maybe they were Niamh’s hands, and I could see them through my eyelids but when I opened my eyes to check I realised they weren’t hers. I felt very at peace and was overcome by a feeling of pure contentment. When they went away, I felt kind of sad, and wanted them back as their presence was really comforting. I then became very aware of my body and could feel parts of it that I don’t think I’ve ever felt before. There were strange, tingly pulses in my legs. I was super aware of my position and felt like my spine was misaligned with my legs, to the extent that I had to adjust to feel “straight.” I began to feel sad, but in an intense way and it felt almost good? Sort of cathartic, like it was good to feel it and everything was just right. I became a bit overwhelmed and scared for a bit as what I was feeling was really weird and intense and I’ve never felt anything like it. 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗸𝗶 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗻𝗼 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲.Towards the end I was beginning to see the happy colours again, but they were dimmer and a bit fuzzy.” 🌈🌈

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𝙄𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙍𝙚𝙞𝙠𝙞 𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝?

Maybe!

 

But probably not!

 

While some people may experience deep healing with their first Reiki treatment most do not.

 

Reiki promotes, or in some cases starts the self-healing process, and more sessions are required to keep your energy balanced and the healing process working.

 

If you think of a problem you’ve had for a while, say a particularly knotty muscle, you know one massage isn’t going be enough to deal with it.

 

It is the same with Reiki although it works on an energetic level some of the blocks we experience may have been in place for a long time, and some of our ingrained thought processes cause those blockages so it takes a while and a few treatments to work through them.

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I do not feel any different, so Reiki doesn’t work!!!

I have heard this a few times. People get up off the treatment couch saying they feel quite relaxed but nothing else.

They were expecting fireworks or at the very least their ailment to be immediately cured. Reiki does not work like that. It is more subtle. It works quietly away in the background. It activates the body’s self-healing.

We are more than the body, we are our thoughts, our emotions, and our spiritual side too – Reiki works on all these levels.

When I was suffering from panic attacks Reiki brought me peace in the moment, but it was a while before I was able to track down what was causing the anxiety and deal with the external problems and then my thoughts around it. Reiki gave me the calmness, the clarity to be able to seek out the causes for the anxiety both external and internal. The panic attacks became less intense and less frequent and then faded out altogether as I dealt with the issues in my life that were the root cause of the stress and anxiety I felt that led to the overthinking which led to panic attacks.

But it is only looking back that I can fully see the process I went through at the time it was far from comfortable. I kept going with the daily self-treatments and monthly Reiki shares, and the occasional treatment from another Reiki practitioners. A few years ago panic attacks were ruling my life, now I could not tell you when I last had one.

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Can Reiki connect us?

A few years ago during a Reiki course we were split up into random groups to give each other Reiki.

One of the members of my group had mentioned earlier in the day that she was struggling with a knee injury. She volunteered to receive Reiki first and lay on the treatment couch. As I prepared myself to give her Reiki I noticed the other members of the group make a beeline for her knees. I decided to hang back for a moment to see where I was guided to.

My intuition was telling me to put my hearts above the middle tanden, or heart chakra, the place in our physical body that represents love and our connection not just to other humans but also the universe. As I placed my hands over her heart space I was immediately assailed by visions of soldiers. These were young soldiers and they appeared on a break from duties, they were chatting and laughing and passing around photographs.

I kept my hands above her heart space for the duration of the treatment and saw the same young soldier, dressed in full uniform, marching, then running. At one point I saw him run to a young woman and hug her. He appeared to be somewhere with a hot climate.

At the end of the treatment as we discussed what she had felt said that she felt a lot of heat around her knees and that her knee ached less. I asked her if there were any soldiers in her immediate family, she thought about this for a while but couldn’t come up with an answer. I didn’t pursue it and we continued with the treatments.

A few weeks later, we both turned up to a Reiki share and she asked me if I remembered that I had seen soldiers when giving her Reiki. I said that I did

and she then went on to tell me that her much older brother whom she hadn’t heard from in over twenty years had called her from Australia that evening. He had been in the army as a young man, she had been a child at the time so didn’t see much of him and had forgotten this part of his history.

Was it Reiki that had reconnected them?

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Panic attacks…

Ten years ago, I was a depressed anxious mess.

Struggling to get from one moment to the next.

One day I had a panic attack on the bus. I truly thought I was having a heart attack. I didn’t know what to do so I got off the bus and walked the rest of the way, my breathing getting shallower and faster, my chest constricted with pain.

I decided to go the GP. I didn’t get the reassurance I thought I would, instead the GP seemed really concerned and I was sent for a battery of tests. The results trickled in over the next few days, all fine. My heart was in robust health, for my age!

At no time did any medical person suggest a panic attack might have been the cause of my pain, it was only through googling my symptoms that it began to dawn on me that is indeed what it was.

That realisation though seemed only to make matters worse they began to be increasingly frequent, to the point I was afraid to leave the house.

I had the tools to supposedly deal with anxiety, I regularly practised yoga and meditation. But they required concentrating on the breath and trying to focus on and control my breath when I was struggling to breath just increased the feeling of panic, and made my breathing quicker, shallower, I thought I was going to pass out.

Another day on the bus, when I couldn’t get off, I decided to try Reiki. I connected to Reiki and placed my hands lightly on my knees. I began to feel the heat and tingling in my hands that I normally associate with Reiki, concentrating on this and the feel of my of the warmth of my hands on my knees allowed my breathing to return to normal and the panic subsided. I felt a sense of calmness wash over me and almost missed my stop.

Reiki had given me hope, a window into the future.

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Healing hands…

I was very awkward as a child.🧒

Always falling over, constantly scraped knees and bruises. 🤕Even managed to cut the inside of my lower lip on a lawnmower🙄 (that’s a story for another day).

I remember my mother would apply something we called red stuff to the wounds and then a quick cuddle I was mended and on my way.❤️‍🩹

With my children is was a wet paper towel, a kiss and a cuddle. 🥰

As far as I’m aware wet paper towels have no medicinal or healing properties what did work though was the hug.

Isn’t amazing how even the smallest touch can instantly make us feel better physically and emotionally.💖

We all have healing hands 🤲 when it comes to those we love. 💕

When did you last use your healing hands?

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How’s your Saturday going?

After a long busy week, I was hoping for a lie in this morning, my neighbour however had different ideas and had the hammer and power tools out at some godawful hour. 🛠🔨

Been woken by someone hammering right above your head does not really set you up for the best day. 🙄 I got up much earlier and much grumpier than intended and had breakfast but still felt unsettled so…

I put my headphones on with some subtle meditation music to block out the banging and gave my self a Reiki treatment and restarted my day in a calm relaxed mood that will allow me to tackle whatever heads my way. 🏝

I’ve been practising Reiki for several years now and it still surprises me by how quickly it can change my mood, my outlook or make me see something negative or challenging in a different light.

Hoping your Saturday is chilled and peaceful. 🕊