We are going through challenging times – the news has been tenuous and overwhelming. How do we keep shining while continuously illuminate and help heal the ills of the world? As energy workers and likely empaths, we feel the suffering and pain around us. We have been blessed with the loving energy of Reiki, and we give treatments, on and off the clock, paid and unpaid.
It is a noble privilege.
It is also vital that we sustain ourselves so that we can keep contributing and lift each other.
Adequate rest and staying inspired energize me to give. Without either, I can sink and stew in complaining, resenting, or even despair. We are humans and have feelings. As healers and lightworkers we get to have dark moments and hurting hearts. The key is not to stay there for long.
Good self-care includes knowing our own rhythms, acting upon our needs, relaxation and sleep, connecting to our inner world, growing from experiences, and nurturing our mind and heart. Commit to keep yourself well and it will pay off.
Here are 8 tips to tend to the mind, body, and spirit. Pick 2 that resonate and dedicate some attention to them:
1. Develop a regular body routine
Our body grounds us and helps us stay present. Stretch, do yoga poses, perform grounding. Ask for protection from Archangel (AA) Michael, healing from AA Raphael, spread of light from AA Gabriel, and Reiki to clear all chakras. Lastly, observe yourself with non-judgment and affirmation. “Right now, I feel [emotional state] and it’s okay. I love myself. I am safe and well.”
2. Hydrate and cleanse with lemon/ACV first thing in the morning
Replenish the body with fluids after sleep. This drink contains vitamin C, helps to balance our pH, and flushes out the toxins. (Great for the skin too.) Mix juice from half of a freshly squeezed lemon, ½ to 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV), and 28 oz. water. On cold days mix the lemon and ACV with 16 oz of room temperature water first, then 16 oz. of hot water to make the drink warm and soothing for the body. Reiki the water with healthy affirmations before drinking it.
3. Daily walks and being with nature
Just going outside counts! Take at least 10 minutes for a walk – barefoot on grass, feel the breeze, observe leaves dance in the wind, smell the flowers, and listen to the birds. Use Reiki to send appreciation to all beings.
4. Relaxation and detox
Take weekly Epsom salt bubble bath with lavender or rose oil. Soak for at least 40 minutes for toxins to exit the body. The magnesium in the Epsom salt relaxes the muscles. After the bath, exfoliate dead skin cells in the shower. As you do that, invoke Reiki and intend to let go of what no longer serves you.
5. Remind yourself what fulfills you
In a quiet place, recall one positive impact you have had on someone. How does it make you feel? What made it positive? Meditate with Reiki and connect to your heart chakra – hold the person you were kind to and you in green light and notice sensations in your body.
6. Inspiration from a role model
Read a memoir or an article about someone you admire. What qualities does this person embody? What quality would you like to be more of? Call upon Reiki to amplify this intention in the solar plexus, the third chakra of will power.
7. Release and forgive
All of us need to do our part of getting lighter as we elevate each other. What are you called to release from your life and soul? Who, including yourself, do you need to forgive so you are free? Use Reiki symbols Sei Hei Ki and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to balance the mental and emotional, and clear energy and cords in the past, present, and future.
8. Visualize a healthy and thriving world
Ground, ask for protection, and meditate with Reiki. Ask angels, guides, and helpers to show you a peaceful Earth where all beings are safe and happy. What does it look like? What expressions are on human faces? What kind of trees, flower, animals are present? What do the sky, land, and ocean look like?
When we are rested and hopeful, we have more reserve for triggers and can bounce back quicker from adversities. We are in a key time in history, and as healers, we want to be present.
Pick two things from the above, or come up with your own, and show your mind, body, and spirit that you matter. We are bestowed with goodwill, Reiki, and love. Let’s stay well so we can keep on giving. Often people say they do not have time for self-care; it is easy to skip over ourselves for the sake of others. This practice is not sustainable.
We too, are role models.
Article by Sue Wang
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Sue Wang is a Reiki Master, ICF-certified Professional Coach, a psychological astrologer, and an author. She helps creatives, empaths, and seekers to step into power by nurturing self-relationship via the mind, body, and spirit. Sue became a Reiki teacher after experiencing a miracle at her Level I attunement, of reconnecting with her newborn who passed. She integrates intuition and spiritual guidance in her Reiki practice. Before fully delving into healing and coaching, Sue worked at top U.S. universities as a senior career counselor. In addition to MESSAGES from the Black Recliner: A Memoir of Healing Body & Spirit, Sue wrote Assert & Thrive in a Busy World: Self-Care with Reiki e-book and created Career Success Using Reiki online course.
She lives in the lush hills of Vermont. Visit her at www.Connect2Self.com.