Just For Today – I Will Be Grateful For My Many Blessings

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

Tara Brach

Tara Brach Quote - Nothing is Wrong

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.

The Pause

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!

S, ❤️

May, 2020 - Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. PRASHANT JAIN says:


    1. Thank you!!! 🌻🌼😃 I hope you have a joyful day!!!

  2. Margie says:

    Wonderful and inspiring post, Stephanie.
    I love your smile! 🙂
    You are so beautiful ~
    <3 <3 <3

    1. As always, thank you for your compliments and kind words, Margie!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Sending you lots of hugs and joy!!!

      1. Margie says:

        It is my pleasure, Stephanie.
        I was having a really bad day and after reading your post and seeing that joyous smile, I could not help feeling better.
        I love to see the joy in others!
        Hugs back to you!!!
        <3 <3 <3

      2. I’m joyful to hear you’re having a better day Margie!!! Continue on, having a wonderful day Margie!!! ❤️❤️❤️

      3. Margie says:

        Thank you dear girl!
        Today is also a good day!
        <3 <3 <3

      4. YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. barrym25909 says:


    1. Thank you Barry!!! 🌻🌻🌻

      1. barrym25909 says:

        Welcome, so how are you doing?

      2. Thank you for asking Barry. Today is another day! A busy one, and a good one! I hope you have a great day!! 🌻🌻🌻

      3. barrym25909 says:


      4. barrym25909 says:

        How are you guys holding it up there in this critical time

      5. It doesn’t feel critical where I’m at in Canada. I’m on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The feel isn’t a panic – it is a calm adjustment to a worldwide pandemic, that feels settled into and respected with social distancing as the new norm.

        Are you in the United States? Lockdown was all across that country, I think? I don’t pay much attention to the news.

      6. barrym25909 says:

        Yes I’m in Pennsylvania

      7. barrym25909 says:

        Try to pay some attention to news

      8. When I feel a need to be informed about any topic happening in the world, I watch Canadian news. But that’s it. To me, there isn’t enough integrity in journalism to believe a majority of what is reported on. Too much propaganda, too much negativity…too much false news. No thanks. I’ve lived overseas and traveled. I’ve lived in and experienced other cultures. I know enough about the world to know, if I want to know more about something, watching the news isn’t always a reliable source.

      9. barrym25909 says:


      10. barrym25909 says:

        Are you in Instagram?

      11. No, I’m not on Instagram. I keep a low social media profile.

      12. barrym25909 says:

        What of WhatsApp?

      13. Are you asking me my opinion of the app, WhatsApp?

      14. barrym25909 says:

        I’m asking if you are in WhatsApp

      15. No, I’m not. Why are you asking if I am on Instagram and WhatsApp?

      16. barrym25909 says:

        Because I love making new friends anywhere I go

  4. CBD was such a game changer for my family and me! I am so glad you are feeling better!

    1. Thank you so much Yvonne!! You’re the reason I stepped into trying CBD!!! You truly have helped Joyful Stephanie with Joyful Change….. with Yvonne!!! 🌻💛🌻

      1. Thank you so much Stephanie! I am thrilled that you have having success with it! :). Stay JOYFUL Stephanie! Congrats on a JOYFUL CHANGE! 💛🌻💛

      2. 💛🌻💛

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