Thursday, October 27, 2011
Reiki at the simplest level is an amazing relaxation and stress reduction technique but at it's most complex, well, I'm not even sure if I know all of what it is at it's most complex, but at a deeper level, it is an energetic healing modality that helps balance the subtle energies of our body. The healing can be physical, emotional, spiritual, ancestral and karmic. The subtle energies that Reiki helps to balance include our chakras, our aura and our own ki or chi. And indeed these energies are very subtle, which can make it difficult for us to grasp them and to grasp reiki.
There is science behind it - all matter is energy, energy is also all around us in forms that we can't even perceive, and since we are made up of different forms of energy too - why wouldn't we be able to use the inherently positive energy from the universe to help rebalance our energies? This is actually deeply connected to Quantum Physics - much of which I intuitively understand but have not studied at any great lengths therefore will not go into that aspect of it, yet anyway!
The intuitive part is the part that doesn't fit into hard science and can easily be discredited by the scientific, pragmatic left brain side. Intuition is that gut feeling you have that tells you "yes, go forward!" or "Nope, run away dear, run fast!" Many of us second guess this part of our being or we are so disassociated from it that we don't even feel it. Often our socialization, our families, our experiences or trauma have created an even further divide between our conscious mind and our intuitive body.
I know I'm always preaching about meditation- but it is a wonderful way to start to reconnect to our intuition. Also, when we are faced with decisions, we can do a "decision meditation" where we sit and get into a meditative state and then bring the decision into our conscious mind and see what our "gut" feeling is. That feeling may be in our gut or it may be in another part of our body, but often it is more of a feeling, the less rational side of things. That "gut" feeling may contradict everything you know and believe but it is your intuition telling you something from a more expansive place. If you find yourself thinking too much or being overly cerebral about it, then you're probably not intuiting.
An example of how my intuition works best is my people meter. There have been now several occasions when I met a friend of a friend (different friends) and had a bad feeling in my gut and sure enough, usually within a short period of time, that person did something pretty bad to the friend. I often second guess the feeling, afraid that I'm being judgemental or not giving them a chance but each time it's been confirmed by actual behaviors. I have also had personal experiences where I just didn't listen to my intuition several times until I finally started to feel badly about a situation. It was only once feeling bad that I realized I kind of knew all along this wasn't going to work out. So there is merit to listening to your intuition and it can save you from unnecessary discomfort!
Intuition can also inform you about some of the goodness in your life or what that goodness is. Listening to intuiton can help us figure out our life passion, what we need to focus in in the present moment for our own wellbeing or the wellbeing of our loved ones! When we have that feeling of inspiration, that is our intuition telling us, "YES!" Whatever has inspired you, your intuition is letting you know that it is for your highest good!!!
**Disclaimer** There is of course a great difference between an adrenalin rush and inspiration. There are some experiences, foods or substances that may give us an adrenalin rush or stimulate us but they may not be good for us... food addiction, smoking, drama, gossip, etc... try to pay attention to the difference!
I really urge anyone I talk with to start to connect with their intuition and use it as part of their decision making information. Don't base an entire decision solely on intuition, especially major ones, but use it in addition to your pros/cons list and the other things you do to make decisions!
Breathe! Smile! Intuite! Trust!
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Monday, October 24, 2011
Free Health & Wellness Teleconference - October 25 at 7-8pm
Join Sonali Sadequee, Nutrition and Wellness Coach and Jyoti Kaneria, Reiki Master and Meditation Coach for this informational and inspiring teleconference:
To join this conference call:
1. Please join my meeting, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (636) 277-0136
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Part I. Stress Reduction Meditation with Jyoti Kaneria
Are you stressed out? Not sleeping well? Unable to Concentrate? Do you get sick frequently & recover
- Participate in a guided meditation
- Take home practical skills for starting your own Meditation Practice
- Learn how meditation improves your immune system, decreases stress and thereby your health
- Studies show that people who meditated regularly for six weeks showed less activation of their immune systems and less emotional distress when they were put in a stressful situation.
Part II. Flu/Cold Prevention - with Sonali Sadequee
Do you suffer from:
- Annual cold/flu symptoms and discomfort
- Lack of energy/fatigue
- Excessive mucus production
- Nasal congestion
- Slow recovery from sickness/wounds/injuries
To understand how to stay well this winter, you must know that flu is not caused by a flu virus…as popular belief has us thinking. Flu is CAUSED by a suppressed immune system and TRIGGEREDby a virus.
Therefore, in the teleconference, we will share with you how to support your immune system in being strong and resilient! So your immune system can do what it is designed to do…fight of illnesses and infections.
You will learn about easy and practical methods to preventing cold/flu this season. We will discuss:
- what foods boost the immune system
- which lifestyle practices help us prevent exposure to virus
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I still felt myself wanting to be inflexible, digging my heels in and pouting because all my hard work was ruined... as if rescheduling to a different day really ruined anything. As a matter of fact, because of the rescheduling of things, I actually ended up having practically the whole day to myself. I was feeling better from the stomach bug I'd had the day before, Rishi had planned a big morning out with Anjali, since I was supposed to be moving my mom and then now, I didn't even have to do that anymore!! What was I gaining by staying so irritated at this whole situation and at my mom? As I was driving to a coffee shop to get some work done, I realized what a jerk I'd been to my mom, again! Those of you who know me, and most of you do, know that I've got some issues with being nice to my mom. I'm fully aware of them, but completely out of control with them.
One thing I've learned over the years is how excruciatingly significant and utterly beautiful apologizing can be, not only for the person who received the wrong doing but especially for the person who's done the wrong doing. I think I learned to apologize at a much older age than most people and still sometimes find it to be one of the most difficult things to do but when I do it, and I try to do every time I 'should,' I remember how simple it really is and then that magical sensation of calmness comes from having humbled myself away from the arrogant, inflexible person that desires to brood in her corner and into a person who takes responsibility for what she's done and recognizes when she's done it and then let's the other person know. I have been the victim of having someone very close to me, in the past, who would lash out and almost never apologize. Being treated this way is no fun and can make one feel a little alienated and crazy. The apology definitely doesn't excuse the "undesirable" behavior, but it does help heal the hurt it has caused! And both "sides" are hurt, so both sides get to heal when those simple words pass from one's mouth. I know it helped me today and I hope it helped my mom.
Breathe. Smile. Apologize. Recognize. Energize!
The picture for this post is from Juan Gnecco's profile on Free Digital Photos.
Monday, October 10, 2011
So, I told Anjali that we were going to water the garden but that we couldn't get too wet, we just had to get the water in the garden and that was it. Yeah, right! She loves water and loves watering herself as well as the garden. But I was irritated, didn't want to have to take her clothes off, dry her off and get her dressed in dry clothes, upstairs! I just wanted her to stop playing in the water. Stop being a kid. A kid in love with water. I snapped at her. Threatened to turn the water off. Moved it away from her every time she got near. Finally, still brooding, I gave up fighting her and just got lost in my own thoughts as she literally soaked herself from head to toe.
As I was lost in thought, I started to fear that my negative energy was going to go into the seeds, never mind the kid, and they wouldn't start to sprout. Then, I pulled focus with my eyes from the water and saw Anjali in a state of complete bliss, dripping from every place possible, laughing and just wholeheartedly loving the moment. I started to break from my brood of a moment. I felt myself lighten up, loosen up and relax. I smiled, even though I had to fight myself to let myself smile. I giggled at this wild child who felt so satisfied with herself and the moment despite the crisp temperature and her drenched state. She started to laugh and then I started to laugh and then I let go completely and allowed myself to play with her with the water, splashing her, moving it and then getting her again. All the while intensifying the bliss of the moment for both of us. Our eyes caught one another and we just cackled away.
Then I pulled focus again, back to the garden that I was supposed to be watering and saw a speck of green. I thought it was a leaf that had fallen but then I stood up and walked closer and looked again... it was a sprout, a collard green sprouted! And there were several of them. And some kale sprouts too! My heart just melted! My Anjali sprout and my collard sprout both having a joyous afternoon in the water and love. She was so excited too, once I got her to see the tiny plant! Ahhhh, what a beautiful moment. And what amazing teachers, my two little sprouts, to help remind me of what is truly important! Don't forget, we are NOT perfect, just seeking those perfect moments that constantly surround us!
Brood just for a moment, it's ok. But then pull your focus and try to see what perfection surrounds you!
Love. Smile. Water. Drench. Sprout. Breathe.
The photo for this post is from Danilo Rizzuti's profile on Free Digital Photos.
Breathe. Smile. Inspire. Love. Give Thanks!
The picture for this post is from Arvind Balaraman's profile on Free Digital Photos.