In my efforts to maintain a balance, I am learning to take advantage of every spiritually enlightening opportunity I come across; today it was Reiki. According to the NIH branch, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing (Reiki.org). Reiki facilitates a persons own healing response through having a trained Reiki practitioner lay their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment.
Today, while volunteering at the first annual Be Healthy Boston event, and with my new mantra to take advantage of all spiritually enlightening opportunities, I decided to book myself a Reiki appointment with experts from the Dana Farber Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies who were visiting the conference.
I’m not sure if it was the calm demeanor of the practitioner, or my few moments of quiet, but following the 7 minutes of Reiki I experienced during which the practicioner gently layed her hands on my head back and arms, I felt calmer. I could feel the internal warmth and relaxation that was generated through my few moments of interaction with the Reiki professional. Her warm hands helped me to focus on breathing and enlightened my inner-awareness. It was an internally-cleansing, and spiritually enlightening experience that helped me to end my weekend on a high note (and one that I would absolutely recommend to anyone who asks!).
As I blogged about in my most recent blog about finding balance, it is important to note that finding balance involves trying new things and opening your eyes to new experiences. That few moments of calm helped to bring clarity to my day and allowed me to take a deep breath. My only regret about today is that I was not brave enough to take part in the accupuncture that was available through the Zakim center. As with everything else, one step at a time!
Remember to keep trying to find things that help you find a balance- one of these days you’ll find exactly what it is that works for you.