5 Principles of Reiki
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to all living things
Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings
I’ve been listening to psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher, Tara Brach’s Radical Self-Compassion series on Calm.
Her words truly speak to me, especially the part of those who consistently try to improve on themselves because they feel they are deficient in some way – always trying to fix themselves to be better – seeking perfection.
I identify with that. Feeling I am deficient in some way, and the more I try to improve myself – to be “perfect” according to all the spiritual laws out there, then I am “walking the walk” as well as “talking the talk.”
I also know my struggles with anxiety and alcohol addiction leave me feeling deficient – because I struggle with them; a wild woman walking a spiritual path.
Pausing between stimulus and reaction is a commonly suggested strategy in many healing modalities. How it is presented may vary, but the premise is the same – stop, and pay attention to your now.
Pause and Embrace the Struggle
I’m into month four of living an alcohol free life and taking better care of my body with running and healthy eating habits.
I’m taking cannabidiol, also known as CBD, for anxiety and now have the space – the ability – to pause – and implement anxiety strategies I struggled using without the support of this medicinal prescription.
As a result, the Pause strategy is much more effective for me now, to embrace my struggles when they arise.
And just that it is – a pause. A pause and a breath. A noticing. A warm embrace. It’s not a struggle. It is a Yes to who I am.
A Yes to the imperfect and messy me; Joyful Stephanie!
Just for today…I am grateful for The Pause…
I hope today, you take some time for The Pause, and say Yes to your imperfect and messy life, filling your heart with radical self-compassion and joy!
About me: Stephanie Wells
I’m a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui Shiki Ryoho – the Usui System of Natural Healing. I was attuned in Levels I, II & IIIA in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During a 6 week stay in Mararikulam North, Kerala, India I was reattuned in Levels I, II, & IIIA as well as acquiring my Level IIIB Master Teacher attunement.