Article by Eve Sengkeo
Whether you are a Reiki practitioner or any type of healer, do you sometimes feel depleted and fulfilled at the same time?
The other night I was having dinner with my friend, a physical therapist who integrates Reiki into her private practice. She mentioned that some of her clients coming from trauma were against talking to a therapist because they viewed doing so as a weakness.
At times, she enjoys being able to be there to support her clients on not only the physical but also the emotional level. Nevertheless, it can be quite exhausting to wear too many hats at once.
Whether I’m in the midst of a series of Reiki sessions of teaching back-to-back yoga classes, it’s easy to get caught up in “over-serving.” As healers, we sometimes forget to recharge with self-care. If you’ve been feeling “off”, recognize your dominant thoughts and feelings throughout the day.
Keep this awareness in mind in order to cultivate positive thoughts. Our thoughts create our reality. So when we have positive thoughts or are simply expressing gratitude throughout the day, our thoughts influence how we feel, our health, and energy level.
Whenever we find ourselves wrapped up in or surrounded by stress or negativity, it’s suggested to increase the amount of time and energy directed toward positive behavior.
One of the best ways to give yourself a break is to exercise self-compassion. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in feeling guilty for taking time for yourself.
At the same time, it’s easy to forget to have compassion for ourselves too. Practicing self-compassion is something a lot of healers seem to struggle with, especially when it comes to finding that balance of nurturing others and taking time to personally recharge.
Consider one way you can practice self-compassion. Maybe it’s allowing yourself to feel all your emotions rather than tucking it away. Maybe it’s being less judgement of yourself for having those emotions.
Overall, practicing mindfulness around our thoughts is key. Ultimately, our thoughts create our emotional, physical, and energetic reality.
What are ways that you can exercise self-kindness today?
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Eve Sengkeo loves helping others achieve mind, body and spiritual wellness. As a Reiki Master, she inspires people through writing about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between.