Do you begin each day with an uplifting daily practice?
What is a daily practice? A daily practice is a routine that you do each day that makes you feel calmer and happier. It has a positive effect on your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well being.
If possible, a daily practice is best done at the beginning of each day. It sets a positive tone for the rest of your day. There are different practices you may enjoy: yoga, stretching, drawing, singing, walking. I imagine that you have already guessed what mine is.
Hands on self Reiki.
For those of you who have enjoyed a Restore Naturally Reiki course you know that I begin each day with hands on Reiki practice and have done since I learnt how to in 2002.
There are different ways you may enjoy self Reiki. How you wish to practice is up to you.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Set aside 15 or more minutes to begin your practice. 30 is ideal.
Enjoy self Reiki:
- In your lounge room on a mat or couch
- Before you get out of bed
- In your backyard or a nearby park
Choose somewhere that’s comfortable. It’s okay if you can’t find a quiet area. Use sounds to help bring your mind back to the present moment.
Decided where to place your hands
Your hara (lower abdomen), your head, your shoulders, your heart energy centre (located in the centre of your chest) or the complete sequence you learnt in Reiki Level One are ideal areas for self Reiki.
Change hand positions when you feel that it’s time to move to the next position or Reiki the same area for the entire practice.
Notice where your mind wanders to as you enjoy self Reiki.
- Do you begin thinking about what happened yesterday or what may happen during the day?
- Do you notice certain feelings arise?
- Do you notice reoccuring thought patterns?
- Are you thoughts inspiring? Are they love based (hope, peace, joy, gratitude e.t.c.) or fear based (worry, doubt, anger e.t.c).
Whatever they are, practice noticing them without judgement and then letting them go.
The more you do hands on Reiki practice the more your thoughts and feelings will be focused on peace & gratitude and less on fear and worry.
Notice any sensations that take place in your hands
- Do your hands feel warm as you do Reiki?
- Do they remain the same temperature?
- Do you feel that they need to stay in one position longer than another?
If they don’t change in temperature it’s no cause for concern. Instead notice how you feel before and after your Reiki practice. Do you feel more peaceful and happier?
Breathe deeply into your hara
During your Reiki practice breathe deeply into your hara (lower abdomen). Feel your lower belly rise as you inhale and soften as you exhale.
Deep breathing helps to relax your central nervous system and bring your mind to the present moment.
Enjoying a daily hands on Reiki practice helps connect you with greater feelings of gratitude & peace.
Hands on Reiki aligns you with these mental and emotional states so you are able to cope more effectively with life’s challenges. A daily self Reiki practice is excellent self-care.
If you have learnt Reiki Level One you also that The Reiki Principles, when practised, help to increase your health and wellbeing. Each day presents many opportunities to practise being kind, being grateful, being honest and letting go of worry and anger.