I offer Reiki energy to dogs at a local shelter every Friday. I have been doing this for about two months. I am finding the energy differences interesting. Some days the energy flows freely and I am lifted by it, other days I totally need nap after even though I feel fine. Some days have been frustrating and I feel like I am not reaching any of them. Sometimes this is because the dramatic and recent influx of new dogs. They are stressed, scared and loud. I am honored though to be working with a shelter that has the capability to take dogs and find them homes so efficiently. They often take dogs from other states, counties and even from disaster zones. They do an awesome job. The opportunity to work with so many ever rotating dogs is challenging and rewarding. It is so fun to see all the dogs and be able to offer Reiki and sit with them. I go in with the intention of offering them comfort and peace. I love to see the dogs who basically ask for it. I will see there head pop up over the top of the kennel wall and they will bark directly to me or they will see me go by and draw me in. Sometimes another volunteer will ask if I been to see ‘so and so’ and that I should. They are the dogs that may be super anxious or coming from hard circumstances. When I have been in with a dog and offered them Reiki usually they are much calmer, brighter and overall seem more relaxed. It is awesome to see. I also love to be in the kennel with a dog when potential adopters come by. They get to see the dog calm, relaxed and happy. [...]
...then something will always be missing. When you live from a place of ‘having’ instead of ‘wanting’, ‘needing’, ‘lacking’ or ‘worrying’ -you are not living in the NOW and from a place of knowing that you really have all you need. Changing the way you think about things can shift your whole outlook to be one of contentment in the moment and being grateful for what is. This takes practice, but it is an exercise I have recently been experimenting with and it has been truly powerful. I feel less burdened. I feel like I have more time since I am not thinking about the past or what it is I have to do or go buy or need to do to fill in that moment. I drop inside often and discover that, “Wait, I don’t really need to go buy that I have this I can use.” Or I might realize it is not even something I really want. What do you like to practice to keep you in the ‘now’?
Accessing the Power of Gratitude The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time. That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list? Some Ways to Practice Gratitude • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater [...]
It might be issues with your throat chakra! Want to learn how to be in your body!? How to feel like you are connected and grounded? Then my new workbook is for YOU!!! “Your Energy System Activity Workbook” It is coming soon! I am having so much fun creating this workbook. I think it will be super easy to dive right in for anyone and everyone. I know you will have great results and an impact on how you feel, act and relate to the world and to yourself. This workbook will guide you through exercises, visualizations and reflection to really become aware of how your energy system and you are in relationship. When you are powered up and all your energy systems are glowing and connected and you are able to send and receive energy to power and heal your body, mind and soul —you will feel AMAZING! So if you are intrigued by this workbook or just curious about what I am up to…go to my current website and sign up in the newsletter box. When I am ready to release this baby I will drop you a note and you can grab your copy.