Article by Tammy Hatherill, Reiki Master
Who of you enjoy exercise? I must admit never in my life have I been an ‘exercise’ lover. I used to dread the days we had ‘sports’ at school and would try anything and everything to get out of doing any sort of physical movement. I remember begging Mum on ‘sports day,’ to remain at home. Nothing produced fear in me like the thought of spending an entire day surrounded by exercise and sports.
This attitude didn’t really help my weight issues. Or maybe it was because I had weight issues that I didn’t like sport. That’s really neither here nor there. The ultimate result was I avoided exercise completely. I hated it with a passion. No-one in my family was enthusiastic about the need to move the body either and so I grew up with a negative mindset…until now.
Having learned Reiki and understanding its positive and amazing power in improving my life and the lives of so many, I did a little ‘experiment’ to see if it would help me with my attitude and belief about exercise. So weeks before heading on holidays with my husband, I began meditating on the Sei Hei Kei, knowing that my weight issues are an emotional reaction to life. So what better symbol to meditation on then the Sei Hei Kei!
It was whilst I was away that I begin to receive messages and inklings that the solution to my exercise and weight issues was through joining a BOOTcamp. According to Wikipedia:
“The term “boot camp” is currently used in the fitness industry to describe group fitness classes that promote fat loss, camaraderie, and team effort. They are designed to push people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves in the gym alone. Boot Camps are sometimes organized outdoors in parks using bodyweight exercises like push ups, squats, suspension training and burpees, interspersed with running and competitive games. The idea is that everyone involved works at their own pace as they team up and work towards one goal, either in pairs, small teams of three or four, or even two teams head on.”
Holly Molly, me doing Bootcamp – I don’t think so. Why was my mind continually coming back to this idea and concept? I couldn’t seem to shake it, and yet the thought provoked tremendous FEAR in me. Bootcamp!!! You’ve got to be kidding!! “Spirit and Reiki this surely can’t be the answer. I’ve avoided sports for as long as I can remember and now you want me to PAY someone to torture me. Nope this can’t be right.”
Then further confirmation came forth. I am on a facegroup page that promotes healthy eating and living and I must have entered a competition at some point (which I can’t remember doing) and it was announced I was the winner of Personal Training Session. I was so excited and thrilled, and then that same day, a special deal came out, with the same ‘trainer’ for her Bootcamp sessions. It was a superb deal for an entire month of bootcamp for only $50.00. I could attend up to four sessions a week is I chose to, for an entire month for only $50. WOW, spirit and reiki was showing me the way and it couldn’t be clearer. I had won a PT session and now this deal with the same lady. Was it coincidence? I think not. More like my meditations on the Sei Hei Kei was being answered and it was up to me to take the next step.
So I purchased the special deal and made contact with the trainer, explaining I was overseas and would be home in time to start the Bootcamp on the designated day, and that I was thrilled and yet very nervous and scared. She was so lovely and amazing and I felt at ease right away. I had a feeling this trainer was going to become someone very important and special in my life.
Fast forward to 10 minutes before my first session – I was scared and nervous and yet without a doubt I knew this is what I should be doing. So even though I had nerves, there was no way I was backing out of this exciting new chapter of my life. I drove to the designated meeting place and was relieved to see many different ladies (and one man) of all shapes, sizes and ages. Then we began!!!
Ohh lordy, talk about moving the body in ways I have never done before. We did boxing and running and sit ups and all sorts of things… and I LOVED it. YES, ohh yes it was hard work!! And goodness did it hurt… my body has never moved like that in my life.. Muscles in places I didn’t know I had muscles… and what I loved the most was the comradery!! Often it was me lagging in last but everyone cheered and encouraged me the entire time… and you know what? I completed each and every task, regardless of how fast or slow I did it. I was completing things I never thought I could, with the love, compassion and enthusiasm of Sue and girls/guys in the team. WOW, I never knew exercise and movement could be so much fun!!
For the past four weeks I have attended each and every session – not missing one, even attending when I wasn’t feeling well. It would have been easy for me to say “Oh gosh, I am feeling unwell and not 100 per cent, so I’m not going to attend.” However I seem to have a new mind set. Yes I was not well but I wasn’t sick enough not to attend. So in I went and Sue was great. She suggested I just do the easier version and just take it a bit easier than I normally would. So I did this and got a great workout without making myself worse. In the past I would have found ANY excuse not to attend and now I’m finding that I’m attending even if I’m off colour. I love Reiki and the power it has on helping on me (and others) on such a personal and profound level.
Then I came across another deal. There was a ‘free’ introductory Yoga session at a gym close to home. Luck would have it (or was it reiki and spirit ensuring my availability?) that I was free of clients on the day and time it was to be held. I’ve only done Yoga a few times and have always wanted to attend a “proper” session, but never have, because of self-conscious reasons and not believing in myself and being ‘scared’. Well I headed down to the gym and I attended that free introductory session, and I LOVED it. YES of course there were certain poses I couldn’t do and so did the easier version… however I am determined to keep going and I have a goal to touch my toes (without bending my knees) within a few months. A small goal I know, but I am not terribly flexible and I think that’s a great way to determine how I’m going.
I thank Reiki and Spirit for helping me to overcome a lifelong avoidance of exercise. Simply by meditating on the Sei Hei Kei, I received very powerful answers to my dilemma and then was given in abundance all I required to make changes in my life. It was up to me to grab what was offered and ‘run’ with it (pun intended). I could very easily have ignored what Reiki was offering, and said “No” to bootcamp… that would have been very sad because I am thoroughly enjoying my experiences and will continue the bootcamp even though the ‘special’ is over. I don’t mind paying good money for it, especially now I know how much I LOVE it and how much good it’s doing to my body. I am also going to pay good money to continue with Yoga, because that also makes me feel AMAZING.
Thank you so much Reiki for answering my prayers and showing me how great exercise is. Anyone can change their attitude and mindset. Goodness gracious, if I can then anyone can. The bonus is, I’ve met so many amazing people by doing this great thing for my body. It is helping me with mind, body and soul. I love it.
Thank you for reading this article and I hope it helps you in some small way.
With love, light and harmony.
Tammy Hatherill is the owner/operator of Tammy’s Tarot and Healing. She is a well known Tarot and and Reiki Master/Teacher, and shared her love of tarot for over 12 months with a regular radio segment on 104.1 Territory FM. Tammy is the author of two books: Trapped Behind Bars and The Diary of a Fallen Angel, and is a journalist for numerous organisation: Reiki Rays, Tiny Buddha, Personal Growth and Hypnotherapy Journal Australia. You can find her website at www.tammystarotandhealing.com
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