2022 has been filled with many changes for most of us spinning around on this planet. The year had its challenges and its gifts, as most years do. Some of us lost loved ones and, along with the sorrow and pain, comes the knowing that every breath counts. Every breath we take is one we are alive to.
It's helpful if we can remind ourselves every day, sometimes every hour, that we get to DO this - we get to be in a body, a body that houses our Spirit. One of the most amazing things I learned in Massage school was that the breath is both voluntary and involuntary. We can activate our breath on our own, maybe while doing yoga or breath work, but our breath also "breathes" itself, involuntarily, whether we want it to or not. Over and over again, throughout our lives, the breath keeps us alive.
I'm sitting next to a cat right now who purrs and contemplates his existence. How often do we do that? Even a moment or two to contemplate the miracle of our breath, or a tree, or a cat, has the ability to take us into a state of grace, a state of stillness.
Reiki helps. Reiki helps us to move into stillness, into that present moment awareness where everything is already alright. I practice voluntary breathing with Reiki to help bring that awareness through every cell, to bring myself more fully into the perfect present moment.
The present moment is the place where we can experience true gratitude, the fact that we get to do this, to create, to explore, to live in these human bodies.
Just for today do not worry, do not anger, be Grateful for your body, be kind to yourself, work hard at spiritual practice. (adapted from the Reiki Ideals)
And (tongue in cheek) I'll add my own: Just for today, put down your phone and take a few moments to contemplate, to BE.
You're special. You count.
With love, Rose
After several decades on this dear Earth of ours, I can no longer deny that one of the ways I can best communicate is through the written word. So my pledge here to you and to myself is to sing my song of words as they come through me in the hopes of creating a vision for us all. Happy trails.