Burnout and How to Complete the Stress Cycle

Wow! This podcast, Unlocking Us with Brene Brown, featuring Emily & Amelia Nagoski is tremendously heartwarming and uplifting. I just love it when research backs up what my intuition and immersion in holistic health and healing for 20 years have shown me. A few years ago, I blogged about Preventing Burnout, and I’m pleased to notice that there is some overlap.

What I think you’ll love about this podcast is learning that we needn’t be free of external stressors to complete the physiological stress cycle. If you need a quick fix, the list of ways to manage this are totally doable and simple, yet immensely powerful. Physical activity, breathing, positive social interactions, laughter, affection, “a big ole cry”, and creative expression are the remedies they share.

These activities are already on my self-care to-do list, but as the sisters point out, “The cure for burnout is ALL of us caring for each other.” I wholeheartedly recommend having a listen, or reading the book if you’re more of a visual learner. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but am so very eager to devour it!

Copied from the Goodreads website: “This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.”

Yes, please!

Reiki for the Election, the Follow Up

You might have heard about the recent US presidential election. 😉 And that Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular, were spotlighted while the country waited for the results. It felt like we were in one big pressure cooker!

This post isn’t about politics per se, but about the spirit of community and how taking action in ways that align with values can feel empowering. That spirituality and everyday life need not be compartmentalized, but can be integrated for greater purpose and well-being.

You might have also heard that Philadelphia’s mail-in ballot count was highly contentious! The media mentioned it once or twice. 😉

Here’s the insider scoop. This year, Pennsylvanians were allowed to register to vote by mail without needing to provide a reason such as poor health or travel. Unsure of the course of the pandemic and utterly devoted to democracy, many of us did so. After hints of the postal service not being able to handle the volume of this unprecedented event, many made a plan to hand them over directly at official drop-off points.

Well in advance of election day, two of my friends and I donned our masks, and walked to the neighborhood location. We were surprised to see a line of people waiting to vote early at the polls as well as a steady stream of folks dropping off their mail-in ballots.

It was AWESOME!!!

Reports from other neighborhoods and on other days made it clear that this was the norm. Signs continued to pop up all over the place, encouraging people to VOTE, make a plan to VOTE, to reach out to all our contacts and encourage them to VOTE. The neighborhood was already plastered with “Hate has no home here”, “Black Lives Matter”, and “Biden/Harris” signs, so it was pretty crowded out there.

The community as a whole was enthused and engaged in a way I’ve never seen. One of my clients told me that she and her husband were so committed to voting in person on election day that they bought hazmat suits. As people of color, they felt strongly about their votes being counted.

I continue to get teary when I recall the collective fierce determination that was so heartening it was palpable.

What’s this got to do with Reiki? Fair question! Back in September, some of my students and I offered Reiki with the intention for justice to prevail during the entire election process. You can read about that here. We were excited to be able to contribute our efforts to creating a more harmonious and equitable future for our country.

No, Reiki did not win the election for the Democratic party. The people had already made their choice overwhelming clear. You could not have visited this city without knowing which way the cards would fall. Reiki couldn’t have overridden the obvious choice of the vast majority, but I do believe it supported the process of counting those ballots.

I don’t know why, but state law says mail-in ballots could not begin to be counted until election day itself. There were HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of them! It took days to count them all, as you probably know. The whole world was watching us.

It was INTENSE!

And Reiki was helping to hold the space, ensuring that every vote was counted. Now I’m certainly not claiming credit for turning the tide of the election. I know other spiritual groups were actively engaged in flooding the election, the country, and the swing states with white light to support the highest good of all. Grassroots campaigns had been laboring industriously for months and it would be impossible to list everyone who made great strides behind the scenes. It was most definitely a collaborative effort.

Holding the vision for justice, peace, equality and harmony helped each of us to be doing something proactive while so many were feeling utterly helpless. I can think of nothing more just that ensuring that every vote was counted. Which is exactly what happened.

When the results were finally reported, it triggered hooting and hollering and corks popping on my quiet little block and a massive dance party in the streets downtown. Relief flooded through my body like a wave.

We have a lot more work to do to see the changes through, but we all rest a bit easier here in the City of Brotherly Love. Won’t you consider joining us in whatever way you can to to keep the scales of justice moving towards balance?

Safer at Home

Once again, we are being strongly advised to remain at home to protect our health and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. I’m hearing from all sorts of people that stress levels are skyrocketing, along with fears for self, family, and the future of this planet. Tragically, this combination of feeling restricted, isolated, worried, and anxious is a drain on the immune system.

It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it were temporary. Clearly it is not. This pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. If only we knew that back in March, maybe we could have prepared ourselves mentally and emotionally. But we didn’t.

Moving forward, let’s do the best we can to stay healthy and sane through this challenging time. For me, it begins with acceptance of that which is beyond my control. Fighting against reality is a constant drain of my life-force energy and weakens my body’s ability to defend itself from foreign invaders, including.

Next step? How do I make the most out of the situation? Creating maximum comfort at home, connecting with friends in any way available, sharing resources with my community, and taking extra super- good care of my health continues to be my strategy.

There are many ways to boost your immune system from home by cultivating life-force energy and managing stress. Guided meditations are a great starting point for beginners. Insight timer is a free app for sleep, anxiety and stress. There are countless yoga, tai chi, and qi gong videos available online that are suitable for all levels of experience.

Watching funny or heartfelt movies is a surefire way to take a break from doomscrolling and lift your vibration. Dancing and singing always shift my mood when I’m in a funk. Music is a powerful healing tool for whatever ails. Creative projects (the fun kind, not the pull-out-your-hair kind!) can do wonders for the soul.

If you feel like you need support from the outside, long-distance Reiki treatments fit the bill. Recipients relax at home while the provider transmits powerful healing energy from afar. Reiki has been shown to boost relaxation, and reduce stress and pain. In turn, this allows the body to move towards balance and enables the immune system to have the energy it needs to keep us well- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

It’s a service that I especially enjoy providing as it’s so effective at getting to the root cause of symptoms and is so easy for clients to absorb. During this time of social distancing, I’m not accepting new clients for in-person sessions, but everyone is welcome for a remote treatment. If you’re sick or immuno-compromised, unable to get in to see your usual provider, or simply playing it safe, I’m here to offer support.

Please contact me if you’d like to make an appointment or schedule a free 10 minute phone consultation. Or if you have any recommendations for funny movies. 😉

Wishing You Peace

Here we are at the beginning of another holiday season. These can be rough times for some of us. All the faux merriment imposed from the media can feel like a lot of pressure and make isolation or loneliness seem even darker. The competition to post the shiniest selfies on social media can weigh down even the most cheerful folk.

I’m here to remind us all that however we’re feeling is ok. Judging ourselves harshly for the way we feel just increases our suffering needlessly. Please be kind to yourself especially today! If you’re able to find one small thing to feel grateful for, no matter how simple or mundane, it could really help shift your mood.

If that’s just not happening, I offer this video of laughing quadruplet babies. It’s just darling. Cracks me up every time.

Wherever you are and however you’re doing, I wish you the peace that comes from within and allows us to accept ourselves exactly as we are. Laughter and gratitude are simply two of the many portals to get there. May you find your own way when the time is right.

Change Me Prayers

“Change me, Divine Beloved, into One who honors my emotions. Let me have my feelings without judgment, and then release them. May I feel deserving to say no when needed. Show me how to be kind and loving to the child inside who needs care.”

This little gem comes from Tosha Silver’s book Change Me Prayers. It resonated with me deeply this morning and intuition tells me that others can benefit from these wise words as well, so I’m sharing them here.

My emotions are all over the place these days, and I hear the same from people of all walks of life. I’ve observed that the simple practice of noticing and accepting whatever comes up without attachment, denial, or aversion contributes tremendously to my ability to return to peace with greater ease.

Witnessing all the parts of myself is essential for reclaiming wholeness. I cannot be whole if I’m rejecting any aspect of myself, including inconvenient or uncomfortable emotions. I’ve spent decades and loads of money and energy avoiding grief and anger only to discover it controlling my behavior from the shadows. Now I’m choosing to face it head on and allowing it to flow through me.

It is my hope for all of us to cultivate and enjoy inner calm despite the turmoil of the outer world. Tosha’s book, and this prayer in particular, are simple tools for spending maximum time feeling as serene as possible. Why not give it whirl and see what happens?

Repeat Numbers, Signs and Manifestation

This super-helpful article came across my radar today. I’ve heard from a lot of clients lately who are seeking guidance via a sign from the Universe. Repeated numbers can be a potent message from a higher power, and these are some great tips for how to interpret the message. I especially love the accompanying affirmations!

Laura Bruno's Blog

So many clients book sessions after seeing number sequences, signs and other synchronicities. They want to know if they’re “crazy” for believing in things not yet seen based on repeat numbers, dreams or coincidences. I usually say something like, “No, you’re not crazy, but interpretation is key. Let’s explore.” I include here the most frequent number “meanings” I encounter, based on 17 years as a medical intuitive and synchronicity guide. Individual results can vary, as the whole picture remains important, but this list will give you a good start:

Repeating 1’s tell you to watch your thoughts because you’re in a manifestation gateway. If you like your thoughts, great! If the 111’s occur with negative thoughts, explore your fears to see if making adjustments now will troubleshoot and strengthen the overall feeling of your intention. If you seek liberation, joy, or success, lean into those feelings as primary rather than…

View original post 963 more words

Reiki for the Election

Last night in my Reiki Master Teacher certification class, we had a lively discussion about how to offer Reiki to the upcoming election. This was the final class in a 6 month program that just happened to coincide with unprecedented global turmoil. These students have had an education in how to manage stress and build resilience that I never could have offered without the challenges presented by such intense external circumstances.

Reiki people have a great advantage during crises as we have access to healing energy at our very fingertips. Yet we were all feeling some level of distress, dismay, and overwhelm about the climate in this country that recently reached an all-new low. I wanted to explore how we could take action and restore a sense of empowerment and peace internally and expand it outwards.

Photo by Element5 Digital on Pexels.com

So what does “Reiki’ing the election” do? For starters, it’s not a substitute for voting or any other civil responsibilities you are inspired to take. It’s also not a guarantee that your candidate will win. Reiki works for the highest good of ALL, and while those of us present last night were in agreement of what we thought that should be, we really don’t have access to the full picture.

As with using Reiki for any goal, we came to an agreement that we needed to release attachment to the outcome.

What constitutes the highest good of all is information beyond our clearance level.

That’s a job for a higher power.

Our conversation led us to a list of core principles that we chose to focus on; the contribution we wish to make to the foundation of the country’s future. It was an animated conversation and amazing to watch as they became inspired to participate politically, but on an entirely different plane.

These are the ingredients we added to our Future of America Soup. We did a short practice, intending for these ideals to become inviolate for all inhabitants of this country. The image that came to me was a crop duster, spraying the essence of these ideals from coast to coast.

Truth

Justice

Peace

Courage

Awakening

Unity

Integrity

Liberty

Please won’t you join us? Reiki is fueled by intention. If you haven’t been trained in Reiki, you can still participate by visualizing the future you’d like to experience and sending loving energy from your heart. If you have been attuned, simply add your Reiki intention and any symbols you have.

You don’t need to choose between involvement and serenity. This is one way you can have both. And incredible soul medicine as well!

Using Reiki to Empower Goals: Save the Trees

Some of my favorite messages are from students reporting their successful Reiki endeavors. Often they include the words “you’re not going to believe this, but…”. I have never once doubted the validity of their accounts despite the wild and creative applications they’ve been inspired to try.

Most people think of Reiki as a holistic technique that reduces stress and promotes the body’s innate healing capacity. That’s absolutely true, but is only part of the story! Reiki is a spiritual energy, and as such can be used to align oneself with inner wisdom and power, as well as one’s life purpose and the means to achieve it. It helps to remove resistance, stuck and suppressed emotions, limiting beliefs and outdated coping mechanisms. These blockages prevent us from expressing our Trues Selves and enjoying optimal health, happiness, freedom and creativity.

Today’s edition of the Reiki report comes from a woman in my 6-month Reiki Master Teacher training. A few months ago she was distressed that a developer had bought the neighboring property and was planning to cut down several trees. These weren’t just any trees. They were trees with which she had developed a personal relationship during her healing and spiritual practices.

Photo by Callum Hilton on Pexels.com

I suggested that she Reiki the situation because I’m a Reiki teacher and that’s the kind of thing we say. (I’ve certainly heard my teacher say it to me about a gazillion times! And yes, we use “Reiki” as a verb too.) We can apply Reiki to situations intending for the highest good of all concerned to emerge. Of course it won’t override anyone’s free will or produce an outcome that is detrimental to another.

But come on. Trees! I felt confident that the odds were in her favor.

The story I tell myself is that the developer had never considered the impact the extraction would have on the neighbors, and her consistent efforts had opened his awareness, perhaps his sense of generosity and eco-consciousnesses and inspired him to knock on her door one day.

Now I doubt this precise application is relatable to most people. It’s certainly not something I ever imagined retelling! My goal in doing so is to point out the limitless ways Reiki can be used to enhance maximum collaboration with the universe for wellness on all levels.

If you’re a Reiki practitioner, can you expand your application to be more inclusive of ALL your goals? If you’re not a Reiki practitioner, you can easily become one. I’m planning an online beginners class for the fall. Contact me if you’re interested and we can get some dates on the calendar!

Book Recommendations for Sanity during a Global Crisis

I’ve had a bit of extra time the last several months to indulge in one of my all-time favorite pleasures. Books! I’m dropping the titles of a few that have been significantly meaningful below. Please consider shopping at your local bookstore, perhaps Big Blue Marble if you’re in Mt. Airy. They need your support much more so than the richest man on the planet.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I’d rather spend my time reading them than writing about them, but I will say that these gems have provided me with tools that have contributed greatly to my mental and emotional wellness at a time when the world seems very opposed to such things. Taking a break from the news and social media to attend to your inner landscape can be remarkably empowering.

  • Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Rick Hanson, PhD
  • Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender, Tosha Silver
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael Singer
  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron
  • If Women Rose Rooted: A Journey to Authenticity and Belonging, Sharon Blackie
  • The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination, Robert Moss
  • Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko- pa Turner