We may often times feel guilty to indulge, pamper or have some “me” time. But deep down we know that if we just take some time to shut off all external responsibility (e.g. mobiles, family, work). If only we designated an hour a day to inner peace imagine how much more relaxed or more efficient for our loved ones or even our work we can be.
Living in a Buddhist society, in times of trendy spiritual seeking and Facebook posts we are reminded all of the time of a need to be more compassionate. What does this really mean and how can we incorporate it into our daily lives? Dalai Lama XIV quotes, “Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering,” and that it, “…naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.” Quite too often we absorb the emotions of those closest to us, or even strangers, confusing this as compassion. Buddhism teaches to observe with our hearts without judgment, or ego. We cry, we get angry for those we love, for mankind…we feel the suffering they feel. In fact when we react with emotion to emotion we are more than likely taking/creating these emotions in our own body. This absorption can over time build up in our cells, in our organs, which in turn can affect our hormonal, or endocrine, system. As with food, emotions are meant to be digested and left unprocessed can create illness in our physical, mental and/or emotional body, such as body tension/aches, anxiety and depression.
A very effective way to avoid absorbing others emotions is to have less judgment on situations as good or bad. Would we willingly choose to take others emotions knowing full well that it can have adverse effects on our health? Of course we care and we are not cold, heartless robots but maybe with awareness we can plant the seed of self-love. “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” Buddha (563 - 483 BC)
Reiki, or divine source energy, is a great tool to create more awareness. Through this healing modality one can protect from lower frequency energy by increasing inner frequency and digesting long-held emotions or limiting mental beliefs. This energy healing employs lying hands on the body to create more physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. To avoid sounding like a hippie tree-hugging fairy, with knowledge of basic science, energy is everywhere and in every form from physical to space including such things as emotions and thoughts. Maybe one cannot see electricity but we know it exists because we see the result. The same with a Reiki treatment, one has to experience to feel and see the benefits. When our bodies or organs are weak, the specific cells will vibrate at a lower frequency. The therapist properly attuned to Reiki will be able to channel higher frequency energy in which your body will draw like a magnet where it needs. This is the beauty of our body; we all have the innate ability to heal our selves! Sometimes we may need a little help along the path to unclog the spiritual pipes. Learning Reiki is an even greater tool to heal your self further as you learn self-treatment, as well as for others.
During a treatment, the cells will begin to vibrate at a higher frequency and a detoxification process can occur. Detoxification symptoms can range from letting go of unpleasant memories to crying. After a treatment most people experience more peace and calm. I believe most of us can use a bit more tranquility in our lives. By treating your self to a Reiki treatment, one is doing something good for the universe because inner peace contributes to world peace. Self-care IS self-love and self-love leads to more compassion for others.