Article by Sierra Koch
It’s bedtime and you just realized that in the hustle and bustle of the day you forgot to take time out and do your self-Reiki practice. Your eyes are droopy and you chastise yourself for your forgetfulness. So many things had to get done today and you are exhausted. So what do you do when you forget your daily self-Reiki practice? Here are some tips to get you back to Reiki in no time whether it’s just a day or it’s been years.
As soon as you realize you forgot Reiki, do it. You don’t have to schedule out 3 hours. You don’t have to be reattuned. You don’t have to go into deep meditation. Take a deep breath and intend Reiki flows. If it is at a time where you can take advantage of giving yourself a full treatment, then do so, but do not beat yourself up if you can’t. Start with a couple of minutes if you need to until you have the time for a full treatment. If it’s right before bed just place your hands where you feel they need to go and go to sleep. You can intend that Reiki flows for your highest good for as long as it is needed while you sleep. If you are not in the position that you can lay or sit for a treatment or even place your hands on yourself, ask that Reiki surrounds you and continue doing what it is you need to.
Next, I suggest reviewing the Reiki principles. Place your hands in gassho and recite the principles. Remember that everything is just for today, this minute, this second, this moment. Don’t talk down to yourself because you forgot Reiki. You 10 minutes ago is not You now. Give thanks that you did finally remember. Give thanks that you have Reiki. Give thanks for the principles. Give thanks for this moment.
If you have problems remembering to take time for your self-Reiki practice I suggest scheduling the time in every day. Set an alarm on your phone, watch, clock, or computer for the time scheduled if you need to. Have an accountability partner to report to. Find music you really like and can’t wait to listen to. Find the comfiest spot that you can’t wait to melt into. Put notes around your house where you’ll see them to remind you to take time out for your self-care, your Reiki practice.
Lastly, examine the reason you forgot or let go of your daily self-Reiki practice. If it’s only been a couple of days did you stop only because you have a busy schedule and you didn’t factor Reiki into it? Don’t forget to start practicing again! If it’s been months or years did Reiki lose its luster for you? What made you stop and what made you come back?
Nobody is perfect and everyone is going to forget once in awhile. Don’t beat yourself up if it happens. Just Reiki and move on. If you came back to Reiki after a break I’d love for you to share what brought you back in the comments!
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Sierra Koch is a Reiki Master Teacher whose passion in life is spreading the joy of Reiki. She shares her cheeky Reiki wisdom at her sacred spaces on the web Reiki Playground (reikiplayground.com) and Ignite Your Reiki Passion (igniteyourreikipassion.com). She invites you to learn how to play with your Reiki practice.