A few years ago while I was living and working on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua I had the opportunity to teach a group of Nicaraguan helping professionals Usui Reiki 1. Before we even began to discuss Reiki, I focused on how energy can be kept in the body after stressful situations if it’s not able to release after the initial fight or flight response. The blocked energy can lead to chronic physical health conditions within the body, such as pain, diabetes, heart conditions, back pain, etc or emotional/mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, worry, overwhelm or stress.
The participants groaned as soon as I mentioned the word stress. One woman burst out stating she wished she could divorce herself from stress. We all burst into laughter.
Returning to all seriousness, I informed them that stress is an essential part of our survival protocol as it protects us from danger and it’s a blessing we have it. However, if we continue to go from one stressful event to another this creates a problems that grows with time.
It’s a reality for all of us as we live in a world that’s constantly demanding our attention from current events in our hometown or in other countries to our families demands and expectations of all the roles we fill on a daily basis.
One of the best tools yet most challenging one for people to achieve is finding within ourselves a sense of stillness. Through engaging in a daily practice that assists in releasing blocked energy it then helps the body return to its relaxed and healthy state.
One of the ways I achieve stillness on a daily basis is through a daily mantra pracitce that I teach in my Usui Reiki 1 classes. Sensei Mikao Usui’s (founder of Usui Reiki) established 5 principles which he taught to his Reiki students as a foundation to begin and end the day. Within my daily practice they help me ground and when I find myself in a stress situations, I’m able to calm myself by that by stating each one. This helps me regain my sense of control of how I react to situations and people.
I’ve written below the principles as he stated them along with a brief explanation of what it means. If you feel called to apply these principles in your own life then feel free to choose words that resonate with you so it’s easier to incorporate.
Sensei Mikao Usui stated
“The secret art of inviting happiness, the miraculous medicine of all diseases. Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer position, pray these words to your heart, and chant these words with your mouth.”
Just for today, (All you know is this moment)
Do not be angry, (Anger is a negative force that consumes reason)
Do not worry, (Worry is fear that’s not real because it’s based in the future, what you don’t know)
Be filled with gratitude, (Gratitude, is a positive force that embraces reasoning)
Devote yourself to your work honestly, (Working on yourself and your purpose is a daily process)
Be kind to people.” (Be kind to yourself and others, for you’re perfect just the way you are)
Peace and tranquility begin with you.
What’s your favorite technique or saying that helps your mind, body, and soul find calm within chaos?
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Love and hugs,