I was recently asked to share my thoughts on mindfulness, specifically from the perspective of a Reiki practitioner...

Mindfulness has always been a central aspect of Reiki, from what I can see. First generation students reported that Mikao Usui included the teaching of mindfulness with his students. To me, this makes perfect sense; I don’t think you can help but develop a degree of mindfulness, consciousness or awareness when you practice any form of meditation and the way we focus and surrender during Reiki practice feels, to me, like a form of meditation.

I was still living my old corporate life when mindfulness became the biggest thing, subject of breakfast news segments, feature articles in fashion magazines, etc. To be honest, that really put me off a bit, but I so loved training stressed colleagues on mindfulness as a Mental Health First Aider. It is one of many small, powerful tools we have in our mental health armoury and one of the different things we can do to enjoy a more enriching and less stressful life.

I often think about the difference between meditation and mindfulness. I think of meditation as a practice or set exercises - it starts here and ends there and in between, we meditate on this or repeat that mantra. My mind is often changing on this, but at the moment, I think of mindfulness as ‘living meditation’ without a mantra; a state of constant openness, maybe, a state we aspire to maintain all the time (aiming high here!).

To help me recognise moments of mindfulness, I came up with a code that I try to live by. I think of it as ‘AA’: to be aware of mindfulness and abstain from opining or meddling when I see it.

And this is one of the reasons I love Reiki so much. There’s something wonderfully natural and freeing about practicing or experiencing Reiki; once we have begun a Reiki session, there is nothing to do but observe and experience it. Yes, we are observant and analytical, we can choose to move our hands here, make a judgement about what needs attention next there, etc., but we don’t actually need to, if we think about it. There is an old adage in Reiki: “Reiki knowns where it needs to go”. And that is practically the dictionary definition of mindfulness.

I particularly like this definition of mindfulness from the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary as it seems to fit perfectly here:

“…a mental state achieved by concentrating on the present moment, while calmly accepting the feelings and thoughts that come to you...”

We all have varying degrees of sensitivity or observations we experience during Reiki - both as practitioners and recipients. One day we might feel absolutely nothing, while another day, we might have striking, tangible experiences more akin to mediumship than what we think Reiki ‘should’ be. And this is why mindfulness is so important to me in my Reiki practice.

I’ve had experiences with clients when I have walked away afterwards and actually said to my wife “that felt more like a psychic reading than a Reiki treatment!”. Yes these ‘extras’ are wonderful and nothing short of miraculous in their own right, often shown to us because they are relevant to ourselves or the person we’re treating. But they don’t actually matter.

Just like it doesn’t matter what music or radio station you listen to in your car; what matters is getting from A to B. Maybe in this analogy, mindfulness would be keeping your focus on the road and not getting lost in a song on the radio!

So what about you? Do you consciously factor mindfulness into your life?

Do you have any practices or techniques that have helped you maintain and improve your mindfulness? Please do share!

Oh and I’ve come across a wonderful looking book “The Miracle Of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation” by Thich Nhat Hanh - have you read it?

And his website looks good too: https://plumvillage.org

Are there any other mindfulness resources you’d recommend? Do you actively practice mindfulness? What advice would you give someone new to the idea?

Love and Light from Sunny Southeast England.

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Wow! What an ‘interesting’ year 2020 has been so far; and we’re not over yet!

Back in March, I was a full-time professional working in the civil service and was looking forward to some well earned time off after organising and successfully running a high profile event in Westminster, London.

Roll on nine months and I find myself on the cusp of a different world...

I am a qualified Reiki Master Practitioner, a professional tarot reader, I've started writing a book and am working towards a counselling qualification. Looking at that incredibly powerful sentence, I'm struck that all my dreams and goals were primed and ready to seize the moment that lockdown (the first one) offered.

But I'm aware that 2020 hasn't been the sun-washed playground of opportunity for all of us. Believe me, it hasn't been all sunshine for me either; I am still working with an incredibly talented counsellor, alongside reiki, tarot and meditation, to clear the blockages of childhood trauma and to live with several 'chronic' health conditions. But I realise these are just a few of the colourful paving stones on my path right now.

What about you? I doubt 2020 has turned out quite like anyone could have imagined a mere nine months ago, but have you taken a moment in all the madness to reflect, to look over your shoulder at the landscape of chaos that was January to September?

I can highly recommend it. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, curl up under a nice warm blanket, maybe with a notebook or just your thoughts, and invest a little time in yourself. Think of it as a pit-stop or pulling into your spiritual petrol station.

How are the tyres looking? Are you losing a bit of traction as we steer into the autumn corner?

If you have a little more time and courage, how about an impromptu MoT? I know my oil could definitely do with a change!

Why not have a look at my current offers and treat yourself to a little soul-pampering with some Reiki?

Or maybe pause and have a tarot reading with me over a cup of tea?

Or even if you're curious about anything here, do drop me a line and I'd love to have a chat about what might be appropriate for you.

Channelling my inner Eva Longoria... you're worth it!

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