Back to the Basics

Emotions are running high lately. I’m observing various states of distress, confusion, shock, anger, and grief amongst my clients and friends. I’ve experienced all of that myself and have settled mostly into a space of trust, probably because I’ve been treating myself with a steady supply of Reiki. Over the years I have seen what denying, suppressing, identifying with, or numbing emotions can do to a person’s health. I now understand the value of feeling, expressing, and eventually releasing emotions in order to heal. Reiki supports this process. 

I am no good to anyone when I’m reacting from a place of hurt, victimhood, or rage. When I am standing in my power, I am a better advocate for my needs as well as for my clients, my friends and family, my community, and my values. When I am firmly rooted, open-hearted, clear-minded, and connected to Spirit I can best hear the guidance I am offered and able to take action. The most helpful thing I can do for my traumatized country is to first take care of myself- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, to prepare for whatever my next assignment is.

If only I knew a self-care expert who could guide the way. Oh wait, that’s me! In this time of turmoil, this is the medicine I have to share. Now more than ever we must listen to the voice within and take good care of ourselves. This means being healthy and vibrant, emotionally balanced, and level-headed. Getting there is indeed a practice. Every morning I set an intention to shine my light, and 1,000 times I am tested, fail, and recalibrate. It is a journey that requires constant course correction. Acts of self-kindness provide comfort along the way and enable me to keep trudging ahead.

I’ve been reviewing my 40 day Self-Care Journey blogs. What a blessing to have enjoyed that experiment and have the rewards available at a time when I need them. We all have different needs so it’s important to know what fills your tank. I humbly offer some suggestions below.

Spiritual Practice, including practices of meditation, forgiveness, and being of service

Release through dance, kundalini yoga, and rebounding

Limit gadgets and screen time 

Affirmations and Gratitude

Take care of your body: chew, dry brush, yoga , hydrate, limit caffeine, get a massage, savor healthy brownies

Boost your Spirit/ Laugh, celebrate, be in nature

Resttake a break, create spaciousness, downtime, PJ time

These are merely my favorites. What really matters is that you find sustainable comfort (think hot bath, not tequila shots!) that works for you, AND that you do it. Repeatedly. Because the world needs us to be in top shape to move forward from here. 






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