Mindfulness Part 3 – Reiki & Mindfulness
We touched on the Reiki precepts in the last blog post about self-compassion. When we look at the founding principles in more depth, we realize how much Reiki is built on the foundations of mindfulness. We understand that mindfulness is about living in the present moment and finding a balance while leading a mindful life. A lot of the founding principles of mindfulness are mirrored in the Reiki principles too!
I will highlight that Reiki or Mindfulness are not religions. There is no dogma and there is nothing to believe in order to learn to practise them. They simply instill the importance of living in a way that promotes harmony with yourself and others around you.
The Reiki Principles
The founder of Reiki, Sensei Mikao Usui, emphasized to his students that in order to embark on a journey of self-healing, it was important to follow a guideline as part of their spiritual teachings. In order for his students to practise and transfer healing energy to others, they should be able to take responsibility of their own health and wellbeing first.
I wasn’t very mindful before practising Reiki. In fact, I didn’t know much about it. But over the years it has become a natural state for me. Living in the past or the future seems like an absurd concept when there is so much to offer in the present moment. My first true exposure into the teachings of mindfulness was when I picked up the book The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh.
“Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Mikao Usui’s precepts are all about mindfulness, and I am encouraged by the precepts ‘just for today’ to enjoy and benefit from Reiki during my own treatments. We are in turn being guided to exist in the moment. I love the feeling of being blissed out on the energy when treating someone. I am simply being mindful. Self- and spiritual awareness using Reiki and mindfulness dictate the ease and quality of a session. Not only am I empowering myself, but I am able to empower my clients with encouragement and support for positive personal change.
Just for today, do not be angry Just for today, do not worry Just for today, be grateful Just for today, work hard Just for today, be kind to others.
We can learn to release any attachments to the past and the future and just ‘be’, content and accepting of the moment. Embracing Reiki and mindfulness in my daily life has brought an amazing and powerful energy to my life. I am able to take each day at a time and I am able to appreciate with immense gratitude all the moments – be it little or big. With each passing day, I am able to notice that the pressures of the past and future and the stresses we face daily begin to dissipate.
Why don’t you give it go?
Reiki and Mindfulness Meditation
I have put together a short meditation you could try at the beginning and/or at the end of the day:
Sit or lie in a comfortable position and close your eyes
Repeat one of the ideals* (see above) several times aloud using it as a mantra
Become aware of your breathing – this is the quickest way to become centred and ground yourself
As you become more conscious of your breath and you feel relaxed, take 10 deep breaths
Breathe and release any emotions, worries, thoughts or feelings, accept that they are there, and let them go with each breath
As you inhale peace and calm, and exhale anything that no longer serves you, you will eventually drift into a meditative state
Finish with gratitude, thankful for this moment, thankful for today, thankful for life. Envelope yourself in that gratitude, and feel the peaceful warmth hug you for as long as you wish.
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