What is Reiki?

Although the name Reiki is Japanese, it is a relative new name to the ancient, God-given life force which by any name we energy channeled through the person of those who have been attuned to channel the energy:  Rei meaning universal (as in universal consciousness) and Ki as being the infinite life force.

As a form of alternative energy medicine, Reiki allows access to an unlimited supply of Qi or “life energy”, with the use of energy released from the hands to promote the balance of chakra energies and overall health.   When one’s life energy is low, s/he is more susceptible to illness.  Reiki is a powerful way of increasing a person’s life energy as it heals the physical body, cleanses the mind of emotional problems and elevates one’s spiritual awareness.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

There is much debate over when modern “Western” medicine was truly founded.  What we do know is that the American Medical Association (AMA) was founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897.   At some point, Western medicine began to stray from the concept that we have a soul and body to primarily studying just the physical body.  Eastern Medicine has continued to practice within a framework predicated in mind, body & spirit (or soul) balance for thousands of years.

As the result of unprecedented chronic disease prevalence, stress levels and obesity within the United States, many Americans have looked to alternative methods of improving health, reducing stress and managing chronic pain.  Awareness in alternative health and mind/body modalities has been increasing as the result of increased global travel and the ability to seek information comfortably from one’s home using the internet and a variety of social networks.  Marrying integrative holistic practices (i.e. Reiki, Meditation, Chakra Cleansing with Gems, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, etc) and conventional therapies with the goal for mind, body & spirit balance results in the birth of Integrative Medicine.

People from all backgrounds are enjoying Reiki energy healing treatments and classes.  Since there is not a singular organization (such as the AMA) who sets forth requirements for Board-Certified licensed physicians, statistics are typically based on varied methodology surveys.

  • Dr. David M. Eisenburg’s research of Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital found that “ 80 million people in the United States used one or more forms of complementary health care including Reiki…[spending] more than $14 billion out-of-pocket for this care” (Rand); However, other studies estimate that “Americans spent more than $28 billion on these therapies in 1998, exceeding out-of-pocket spending for all USA hospitalizations” (“The future of,” ).
  • According to the National Health Interview Survey “1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year (“The center for,”).
  •  “A 1994 published survey revealed that more than 60% of doctors from a wide range of specialties recommended alternative modalities to patients at least once. The same study also reported that 48% of those doctors use alternative modalities themselves” (“The future of,”).
  • “Courses teach the role of religious devotion and prayer in healing in approximately 50 U.S. medical schools…[and] nearly 85% of USA medical schools offer elective courses in alternative and complementary medicine or include it in required courses.  This is a historic development, a stunning reversal of the exclusion of these factors from medical education for most of the twentieth century. In addition, conventional medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), are increasingly willing to publish studies involving unconventional therapies.  JAMA’s issue of November 11, 1998, was devoted exclusively to the field of alternative medicine” (“The future of,”).

REIKI IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

“The focus of offering Reiki in (our) hospital (is) to bring compassion and humanity back in the patient’s experience. Additionally, at a time when patients can feel passive in their care, Reiki offers a sense of (self-healing) empowerment. By choosing (to receive) Reiki, patients may actively participate in their healing process [quote of Patricia Alandydi at Portsmouth hospital program]” (Rand, 2011).

  • Reiki is used (in partnership with conventional therapy) to reduce a patient’s time. In the hospital and the need for medication. Reiki is being introduced into hospital-based clinical programs in three primary venues:
  1. Medical personnel are learning First degree Reiki, using it for self-care, and integrating comforting touch into routine medical care;
  2. Reiki practitioners are offering treatment to patients and staff;
  3. Hospital-based education programs are training patients, family members and caregivers in First Degree Reiki (Miles & True, 2003, p. 67).

It is invigorating to see the growth in acceptance of Reiki within prestigious hospitals and clinics. Top U.S. hospitals provide Reiki inpatient and/or outpatient services. The following sampling includes website links with relevant information:

Integrative medicine (including Reiki) is being offered and promoted at a number of Top Hospitals, including University of Penn & Thomas Jefferson Hospital. Local hospitals, such as Penn State Milton S. Hershey Hospital, have nurses and physicians who participate in Reiki attunements and education.

A spokesperson from Columbia Integrative Medicine Program at the New York Presbyterian Hospital (CIMP) perhaps expresses it best, saying, “I find the practice of Reiki very rewarding, as a practitioner. Patients have reported deep relaxation and a sense of profound healing, after one session. I feel that Reiki is a huge asset for any hospital setting, because patients sense that they are in a truly caring environment.”…As Reiki continues to become “a huge asset” for the hospital setting, analytical reporting such as The Touchstone Process continues to add to the much needed pool of evidence that Reiki is indeed a worthy, effective method for facilitating the healing process; one that can contribute to the betterment of patients everywhere and to the betterment of our health care systems (Lotus).

Other signs of a growing public interest and support in Reiki includes prominent leaders and influential celebrities being showcased in news programs and with media spotlight. As Oprah Winfrey continues to develop her spiritual following on the path to serve others, she has introduced and explored discussions regarding Reiki, and energy medicine in a number of public forums (television, website, blog). Interviews with recognized medical professionals and prominent physicians such as Dr. Oz, is increasing support and credibility of what Western medicine views as unorthodox treatment.  In addition to interviewing other physicians on the topic of energy medicine, “Dr. Oz offered his take on energy healing so his viewers could make their own decision about what might work for them. He said that he can speak to Dr. Eric Pearl’s specific approach, but he has experienced other forms of energy healing in his life. He believes that it has an important role in medicine and helping our through stressful times so he said to keep your eyes and mind open (“Dr oz energy,”).

SCIENTIFIC VALIDATION

“There are many well established uses of measurable [veritable] energy fields in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Some of these include: magnetic resonance imaging, laser eye correction surgery, cardiac pacemakers, radiation therapy and UV light therapies for psoriasis and seasonal affective disorder” (Olivo, 2006). Typically, however, energy medicine is based in the putative energy fields, which are not yet able to be measured with current technologies.   There is a rapidly growing body of research on the effectiveness of Reiki and mind, body & spirit approaches. Research is being conducted at a variety of levels from Reiki organizations, hospital systems to the government. Reiki continues to test favorably in treating —

  • Post operative pain after tooth extraction
  • Cognition in elderly, related to dementia/Alzheimers
  • Pre-operative relaxation and post-op pain
  • Pain in chronically ill patients
  • Depression and stress
  • Well-being in Reiki practitioners

(Lotus)

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This “blind, random study” included a Reiki treatment group, a “sham” treatment group and a “control” group. The testing began with all participants at “baseline” autonomic nervous systems levels. The results within the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment (Lotus).
  • Of the 25 studies that underwent review through the stringent Touchstone process and appeared in peer-review journals with rigorous controls, “83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality. Only one study proved solidly negative and that was for the treatment of fibromyalgia-associated pain levels. As is the case with conventional drug treatments, not all therapies prove to be effective” (Lotus).
  • NCCAM: Although subtle energies are not yet able to be measured by current technology, outcomes of mind and body approaches are another way to holistically analyze energy medicine outcomes. In May of 2013, the NCCAM reviewed evidence of how mind and body approaches impact chronic pain. Their research “suggests that chronic pain affects the anatomy of the brain and impairs certain nerve pathways, leading to a ‘negative feedback loop’ that results in more pain and accompanying emotional and reasoning problems….[they] found growing evidence that mind and body practice may reduce acute and chronic pain…and suggest that [they] could help reverse chronic-pain-associated brain changes and may have protective effects” (Bushnell, 2013).

“We are in a renewed era of energy medicine. We are embracing a renewed belief in holism and spiritually as part of medicine thus re-embracing ancient healing wisdom. The future of Holistic/Energy Medicine is in the education of compassionate, humanistic practitioners” (McCartney, 2002). And in the words of Dr. Oz, Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals” (Lotus).   I anticipate continued rapid growth acceptance of Reiki and energy healing modalities, as well as, in the understanding in the mind, body, spirit connections. I am excited for the continued elevation of our collective vibrational frequencies, expanding energy of love and peace.

REFERENCES

Bushnell MC, Čeko M, Low LA. Cognitive and emotional control of pain and its disruption in chronic pain. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. May 30, 2013. Epub ahead of print.

Dr. Oz energy healing recommendation. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-special-features/dr-oz-how-to-balance-your-body-reduce-stress-with-energy-healing/

Lotus, G. (n.d.). Reiki really works: A groundbreaking scientific study. Retrieved from http://rehab.ucla.edu/workfiles/Urban Zen/Research Articles/Reiki_Really_

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McCartney, Francesca. (2002). Paper: “A Brief History of Energy Medicine.”

Miles, P., & True, G. (2003). Reiki–review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research . ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES, 9(2), 62,67. Retrieved

from http://reikifrank.abmp.com/alt_therapies_reiki.pdf

Olivo, D. E. (2006, January 15). Energy medicine. Retrieved from http://www.oprah.com/health/Energy-Medicine

Rand, W. (2011, May 11). Integrating reiki into hospitals: Emerging trends and future possibilities. Retrieved from http://www.reikiwebstore.com/SearchResult.cfm

Rand, W. (n.d.). Reiki news articles: The international center for reiki training. Retrieved from  http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/reiki_in_hospitals.html

Reiki results: Clinical trials. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.triadlighttouch.com/reiki-results-clinical-trials

The center for reiki research: Including reiki in hospitals. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org

The future of energy medicine in holistic health. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://energymedicineuniversity.org/futureem.html

 

JACQUI & COMPANY

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”  ~ Buddha

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“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” ~ Stephen Covey

Life’s most important lessons are to love unconditionally (including ourselves) and to live fearlessly. As we awaken to our true self, we begin to understand our soul’s purpose, availing us the opportunity to achieve a path of balance and harmony in all facets of life. The following services provide for guidance along this journey of self-discovery and optimal health….

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The Ancient Science of Meditation

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I am still feeling quite refreshed and energized from the Kriya Yoga retreat last month!  This Ancient Science of Meditation simultaneously cultivates the mind, body and spirit by using powerful meditation and yogic disciplines. The guiding principle if Kriya Yoga is that each of us are a microscosm of the larger cosmos macroscosm…and that true divinity is within each of us. Kri (all activity) is done by the power of the indwelling Creator or soul (“ya”).

Kriya Yoga is not a religion, rather a spiritual discipline that teaches meditation techniques and calmness; however, it also places significant importance on breath control.  It aids in the purification of negative energy and the bondage related to ego. Breath is the manifestation of life through union of body and soul.  “Mind is master of the senses, breath is the master of the mind” (Paramahamsa Prajnanananda).

Kriya Yoga is also referred to as a science based on the specific protocol that has been used for thousands of years. Yogic science consists of anatomy, physiology, pathology, psychology, psychiatry, nutrition, herbology, hygiene, philosophy and human bio-energic systems.  The science of Kriya Yoga is that knowledge which (when applied within us) allows us to awaken and raise our level of consciousness by experiencing divine light, divine sound and divine vibration ~ the sensation of the living power of God/Universe/Higher Self.

We are born to a life of lessons that move us along our journey toward self-realization and in fulfilling our dharma. The highly protected Kriya Yoga technique is one path for many to advance along in this journey: http://www.kriya.org.

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Namaste (XO)

Living Perfect Health

“We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness 
and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, 
whatever happens we will have no regrets.” 


—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

I always love these meditative journeys! We each gain new perspectives on our role as co-creator of our wellbeing. We now have all the tools for perfect health. Throughout our time together, we’ve come to understand how to make conscious choices, find balance, form strong social bonds and live agelessly…among many other things.

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As you look back on this journey and recapitulate all that you learned, certain things may stand out for you? Which topics have helped you tune into your body and mind? Where do you notice shifts? Where are you finding greater peace joy and vitality in your life? Gratitude is an important apart of living perfect health. When we are grateful for everything we have in our lives, the ego steps out of the way and we are open to the dynamic exchange of the universe. If you’re not doing this already, maintain a gratitude journey daily. Take stock in how these prefect health steps manifest in your life and make a note, keep a journal.

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Thank yourself for all the changes you’ve made (large and small) and appreciate how they benefit you. Remember too that we thrive in communion with others. Share your knowledge. Reach out to help others on their journey and ask for support on yours. As you meditate each day, remember that you are part of the collective unconscious…a bubbling wave in the vast ocean. Acknowledge and celebrate your sacred connections. As we prepare to meditate, let’s consider today’s centering thought: I create my perfect health.

Let’s begin. Sitting quietly, let’s take a few conscious breaths…inhaling and exhaling slowly. Introduce today’s mantra, silently to yourself: Sat Chit Ananda. Existence, Consciousness, Bliss.

Please continue meditating for 10-15+ minutes…

When you’re ready, please release the mantra and take several deep breaths  – inhale and exhale. After a rest, open your eyes slowly. Throughout your day, considering the centering thought: I create my perfect health. I create my perfect health.  Namaste.

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MINDFUL MOMENT: Sustain the habit of writing in your gratitude journal and continue writing all the things for which you’re thankful every day. Take time each week to review what you’ve written to truly appreciate the gifts your life offers you.

Living Agelessly

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Owning our age helps us to truly step into the fullness of our lives. Don’t deny one single moment of your life and existence. There is so much to be gained by those who live with vibrancy and with vigor.  What does it mean to live agelessly and shift our perception to more deeply engage in our lives?  We are ageless and perfect beings.

What is aging? If you are truly engaged in present moment awareness, age is nothing but a construct. How can we age if in pure consciousness if there is no time? Yet, we mark years on the calendar or watch with worry as our bodies begin to change. By focusing on these external milestones, we are missing the true point of our lives ~~ That we are alive to love and be loved. Live our highest calling and to seek enlightenment.

Still, we live in a world that constantly bombards us with images of youth and beauty and the outer trappings of seemingly good health. In fact over time, many of heartbegin to associate good health with youth and that once we hit a part age good health becomes elusive or completely out of our reach. What can we do about this? Change our minds so that we are impervious to false illusions of external messaging and false beliefs. Throughout our challenge we’ve regularly practiced meditation (which as we know) connects us to the true reality of who we really are. Continuing with this practice is an important way to live…free from any calendar or clock. We can also change the way we talk to ourselves, and altering the feedback loops originating in the brain so that positive messages resonate with intelligent cells within our bodies. Equally important is to engage in activities that ignite our passion, our fire for life; therefore pursue your interests with a magnum. Spend time with people and interests you really love. Give generously of yourself to people in need and causes that excite you.

Celebrate every moment in your life by living with limitless joy. When we do all these things, time stands still. In this unbounded state of awareness, time and age are no longer our concern and we find ourselves (without effort) living agelessly. As we prepare to meditate, lets consider our centering thought: I am ageless and timeless. 

 Let’s begin. Have a seat and close your eyes. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply. Do this two more times. Start to silently repeat todays mantra:
 Aham Brahmasmi 
The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.

If you find you’re having thoughts, hearing noises or feeling sensations, just repeat the mantra: Aham Brahmasmi. Continue with your meditation 10-15+ minutes.

When you’re ready, please release the mantra and take several deep breaths  – inhale and exhale. After a rest, open your eyes slowly. Throughout your day, considering the centering thought: I am ageless and timeless. I am ageless and timeless.  Namaste.

Living Optimism

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You do not become what you want. You don’t’ become what you wish for in life. You become what you believe. Truly living in optimism (embodying positivity), we manifest that which we project into the world. We come to learn that our bodies just do that. As the result of the messages we send ourselves, our bodies intelligently reflect back our current state of health and wellbeing. In every moment our bodies are clear examples of what we truly believe. Our bodies react to our thoughts and thrive through affirmative beliefs.

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What we think, do and say influences our bodies. With each action, the brain sends messages to all the cells of our bodies, creating critical feedback loops that carry info for wellness or disease. Living through a lens of optimism allows us to bring our life into balance and maintain optimal health. When we operate from a positive perspective, we are motivated to the life the live we envision and take steps confidently to make that happen. Being grateful for who we are and what have right now allows us to take stock in all the goodness in our lives. We understand we are always learning lessons; therefore we forgive ourselves and others because this moment is just a blink on our evolutionary path. Living optimism invites us to reach higher and become the fullest expression of our intentions. We can also make other positive changes to support our healthy goals. Eating whole nutritious foods, exercising regularly and managing stress all enhances our lives. Additionally, building a sustained meditation practice may affect the production of the enzyme telomerase (which in term builds telomeres), builds the endpoints of each chromosome. The fraying of telemores is associated with aging and keeping them intact is associated with health and youthfulness of our genes.

It’s important to maintain a positive, internal dialogue that supports the visions we hold for our lives and we act in alignment with those messages. In this way, we can establish a nourishing lifestyle that enables to maintain healthy vibrant and strong for the rest of our lives. Before we meditate, let’s contemplate our centering thought: My life unfolds in divine order.

Let’s have a seat and close our eyes. Inhale and exhale deeply several times. Then silently repeat the following mantra: Om Daksham Namah. My actions achieve maximal benefit with minimal effort. If you have thoughts, hear noises or feeling sensations in your body, repeat the mantra: Om Daksham Namah. Meditate 10-15+ minutes… Release the mantra. Allow yourself some time to rest. When you feel ready, please open your eyes.  Throughout your day, consider our centering thought: My life unfolds in divine order. My life unfolds in divine order. Namaste. 69882_420643518027643_1299809069_n MINDFUL MOMENT:  If you are not doing so already, begin to keep a gratitude journal. Each morning or evening, take stock of your life and write down those things for which you are truly thankful.

Living Passion

images-4We all want to live our lives with more enthusiasm and passion.  Being excited about what we do every day and sharing our gifts with the world cultivates more energy.  Passion is energy. It’s the power that comes from focusing on what really excites you and is natural as breathing. We each have a calling and that calling for everyone is as unique as a fingerprint. This calling (or dharma) is what leads you to your passion. Discover what ignites your passion. That’s your real job here on earth. Let it light you up and then find a way to share this energy with others. Honor your calling (living your life’s true purpose) and you find will happiness and success.

Everyone has a special purpose in life, which is also called dharma. We each possess a unique talent with a unique way of expressing it. For every unique talent and expression of that gift, there are unique needs just awaiting us to fulfill them. When we offer our minds and service to others, we experience the ecstacy and exaltation of our Spirit. By asking ourselves, how can I help? How can I serve using my unique talents? We are able to move beyond the ego into the realm of True Spirit, that part of awareness in which we experience our connection with the whole universe. Connecting with our dharma makes our hearts sing, and time fly. We live our lives with passion and great enthusiasm. A life lived with passion brings with it many benefits ~ A brain that builds new pathways toward better habits; A mind that remains sharp and active; Relationships that are rich and deeply rewarding.

When you are passionate about something, we have a positive attitude and embrace each day with a new outlook. Finding our dharma and taking a passionate interesting enable the who mind/body system to be dynamic and rejuvenating. This level of self-awareness allows us to be spontaneous and free, open to surprise and more in step with the rhythm of the cosmos. As we get ready to begin our meditation, let’s contemplate our centering thought: I live my life with passion and enthusiasm.

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Let’s begin. Have a seat and close your eyes. Inhale…and exhale…slowly and deeply. Start to repeat today’s mantra silently to yourself: 
Om Varunam Namah. 
My life is in harmony with cosmic law. Continue repeating the mantra mentally. If you have thoughts, hear noises or feel sensations in your body, just repeat the mantra.

Meditate for 10-15+ minutes.

Inhale and exhale several times – deeply and slowly. Please open your eyes slowly. Throughout the day consider the centering thought:  I live my life with passion and enthusiasm.  I live my life with passion and enthusiasm….Namaste.

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MINDFUL MOMENT: Begin to connect with your true life’s purpose. Before each meditation, ask yourself, “How can I help? How can I serve?” Then, listen to your heart for the answer.

Living Creativity

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In todays world, we’re always tempted to stack more and more stuff, activities in our day…but how many of those are FUN? It goes without saying that we often forget to schedule fun for ourselves! Yet every day brings a chance to draw in our breath and use creative expression and perhaps dance a little (a favorite in our house J). Creative expression (meaning playtime or downtime) are essential to having a vibrant life. And it’s important we make time for moments that create real joy in our lives. Playtime is important in that it opens our hearts and minds to limitless possibilities, to new discoveries, to richness in abundance and love. 

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How many of us really have fun? Every day? Time when we do nothing but relax, enjoy a good book or listen to great music? Think back to when you were a child (perhaps exploring your block or neighborhood) — every bug, plant, rock and song you sang with your childhood friends. All of it was new and each activity brought with it a flood of ideas and creativity. Experiences like these are for glimpses of the soul, rooted firmly in the present, impervious to time.

As adults, such experiences continue to be important. Enjoying activities that have no external goals or milestones to reach enables us to reach deep into our own reservoirs of creativity and connect more deeply with others & ourselves. It is through play and experimentation that some of our best ideas rise to the surface spontaneously. We make a bold discovery, visualize the solution, re-connect with our dharma (our true purpose in life). Try remaining open to be most creative.  Release your fears.  Follow your intuition.  Acknowledge the synchronicities that nudge us to a new path. Entertain diverse perspectives.  Let go of rigid fixed beliefs. Allow the past to die so you can live in this moment today. Just as your body is changing in every moment, give yourself permission to choose a different way. Each new perspective experience and insight, fosters new brain patterns that to support our desires and goals. Such wild transformations can only happen when we allow ourselves the time to create and re-create Every. Single. Day.

Let’s go now to the source of creativity, our Spirit. As we prepare to enter into silence, let’s consider our centering thought: Through rest and play, I open my creative channel.

Now lets prepare to meditate together. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Take a few long slow breaths and just relax. Begin to introduce the mantra silently to yourself: 
Om Anandham Namah 
(My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome.)

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If you have thoughts, hear noises or feel sensations, simply repeat the mantra Om Anandham Namah. Meditate for 10-15+ minutes.

Let go of the mantra and allow yourself some time to rest. Then, when you’d like, please open your eyes. Throughout your day, allow the mind to relax into the centering thought: To rest and play, I open my creative channel. Namaste.

MINDFUL MOMENT: Set aside time today to be totally free to express yourself. Find a quiet space, gather the tools you need, and just enjoy what happens. Notice how you feel after you’ve spent some time doing what you love.

Living Nature

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“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” —Walt Whitman 

Wherever we live, nature is all around just waiting to be explored. Even when we are in a major city, we can visit parks or other green spaces to smell the scent of trees or flower gardens or just lie on our backs gazing up at the stars. Connecting with nature allows us to witness life as at effortlessly thrives. When you do that, you gain a greater understanding of how that same energy that enlivens all of creation & flows with ease through all of us. It’s doing that all the time.  Spending time in nature is such a wonderful way to bring peace into our lives!

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Today we focus on the imp role nature plays in helping us understand our limitless potential as we live the concepts of perfect health.

Through our journey together, we now understand our current state of health is but an impermanent snapshot. A picture we can change or improve at any time with conscious choice making and meditation. We all know that mediation connects us to who we really our, which is pure consciousness and unbounded potential. Our unlimited potential is the field of pure potentiality, the very same field nature uses to create our planet’s countless wonders. Anything is possible in this unified field through Spirit because it’s the source of all power, intelligence and infinite organizing ability. To truly experience pure potentiality, it’s important that we spend time in the splendor of nature. By observing nature we can witness the orchestration of its vibrant elements, the astounding forces of life and the unity of all things.

So let’s take a trip into nature together and experience this feeling for ourselves. Close your eyes and sitting comfortable. Just breathe. See in your mind’s eye a lush forest where it’s very moist under the trees’ shady canopy and you can smell the rich soil.  As you begin walking along the leaf-lined trail, you notice the dense ferns with glistening dew drops and the tree bark is damp with rain water and sap through it’s dark textured ridges. Touch the bark and feel it’s roughness. Smell its pungent scent. Overhead there’s an array of dazzling birds that call to one another and fly with ease. For a moment, imagine yourself among them…soaring gracefully above the trees…feeling the warm breeze rushing over your wings.

Now, re-join the earth beneath the trees and feel the warm rays of the sun as they stream through the upper canopy. Acknowledge the energy –giving source of the son – it’s prana. The source of all life on earth. Quietly thank the sun for shining in our lives each day. Return to the trail and continue walking until you reach a bubbling brook. Dip your hand in the rushing water allowing it to pass through your fingers. The water is fresh, clear and inviting. Take a step if you wish and enjoy the cool refreshing gift the earth offers you.

Near the brook, there is a shade tree with a patch of moss beneath it, just large enough for you to have a seat. Rest there with your back against the tree and focus on this centering thought: I’m an exquisite expression of nature. I’m an exquisite expression of nature.

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As you continue to rest beneath the tree, silently introduce today’s mantra: Om Bhavam Namah. I’m absolute existence. I’m a field of all possibilities. Continue on your own, mentally repeating the mantra. Meditate for 10-15+ minutes…

Take some time to breath and rest. When you’re ready, please open your eyes. Throughout your day, contemplate the centering thought: I am an exquisite expression of nature. I am an exquisite expression of nature.  Namaste.

MINDFUL MOMENT:  Commit to spending some time in nature today. Whether you choose to be active or simply gaze at the stars in the night sky, express your heartfelt gratitude for all that nature offers you and for your place in this beautiful cosmic dance.

Day 15: Living Well

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We are the stewards of our own wellbeing and perfect health is something we all can achieve.  Today we will explore how we can integrate our perfect health concepts into a positive and sustainable lifestyle. As we do that we will experience greater joy, greater vitality and greater love.

An odyssey is a journey that offers new information at every turn. Over the past 2 weeks, we’ve enjoyed a fruitful odyssey together. To create a positive lifestyle, we have to cultivate an environment that makes positive choices easy, natural and fun. Our first step is to stop thinking in terms of discipline and self-control. Instead we need to create a matrix or arrangement for daily living that will support healthy decision-making. Everyone has some type of matrix already in place. Some of us live inside the setup that makes positive choices easier. A bowl of beautiful ripe fruit on the countertop (within arms reach) or a walking date with a friend daily is part of such a matrix.

The real key is to live within an environment where the mind can consciously and freely choose the most beneficial things to restore and maintain balance. A truly sustainable matrix is flexible to our in deeds and celebrates a life well-lived. Most importantly, a sustainable matrix is built by small gradual changes. In our remaining days, we’ll explore new habits and lifestyle changes that you can begin to adopt as you build your own personal matrix. With that in mind, let’s prepare to meditate together and begin by considering today’s centering thought: My little changes amount to big benefits. Expect miracles!

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Now let’s begin. Make sure you’re comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to witness the breath, slowly & deeply. Inhale and exhale. Inhale and exhale. Inhale and exhale even more slowly and introduce the mantra: 
 Ram, Ram, Ram 
(Everything I desire is within me.)

Whenever you find yourself distracted by noises physical sensations or thoughts, simply return your attention to silently repeating the mantra. Continue with your meditation for 10-15+ minutes.

Now release the mantra and allow yourself some time to rest. When you feel ready, open your eyes. Throughout your day, contemplate the centering through:  My little changes amount to big benefits. My little changes amount to big benefits. Namaste.

MINDFUL MOMENT:  Take some time to analyze your current lifestyle. Ask yourself what changes you can make that can support your healthy goals. Then, one by one, begin to make those important changes to create a positive matrix to support your wellbeing.