As we journey through the month of July it is wise to truly engage all the senses in the garden. From the scent of the roses blooming to the feel of the grass on the soles of our feet to the taste of the first raspberries of the season. Not to mention the sites and colours of the growth in the garden. As the lavender starts blooming I am remembering all the trips to the lavender farms with my mother. Those were great memories.
During times of grief it is good to reach out back to those good memories and relieve them and savour them. Happiness is fleeting and remembering snapshots of happier times can help us move through the difficult ones. Time is very precious so we need to be mindful of how we spend our time. However often just a simple thing like sitting outside and listening to the sounds of nature can ground us and make us more mindful and grateful of how truly lucky we are.
Coping with loss is difficult and challenging. There are no stages of grief. How each person grieves is different. You have to do what feels right for you. Not everyone has to be grief-free in a year! Depending on the circumstances surrounding the grief it may take quite some time to feel better. I am dealing with constant grief as my mother has not passed but she is not doing well either. So in this state of limbo you have almost a preparatory grief as you anticipate their passing.
So with all this grief how do you cope with it? Journalling helps a bit, getting all those feelings of loss onto paper. Keeping busy is good too but sometimes you need to take a break and just feel the grief.
Exercise does help when dealing with all these stressors. Pilates is great as you can do it at your own pace. Going on walks is great too if you feel like it. Gardening is a great distraction as usually there is so much to do out there now. I can spend a whole day gathering leaves and sticks! Planning on what you are going to put in the garden is a great idea too. It forces you to think of the future. A memorial rose bush or tree for your loved one is a great idea.
Reiki is great for stress too. Practicing reiki on others or having a treatment. Or even sending distance reiki to a loved one is very helpful.
As we start the Spring season we look for more ways to keep busy and to start our gardens. I sourced some amazing lettuce seeds from West Coast seeds this year. As you can see they are doing well. I will be transplanting the lettuce into a larger pot so I can start harvesting it!
West Coast Seeds has some unique varieties of seeds that are unusual. I am trying out some green onions, cosmos, dragon tongue beans and pink popcorn.
This is a time to incorporate your reiki practice into your garden. Give your new seedlings some Reiki energy! During a time when we must remain physically distant then focus on strengthening your distance reiki skills. Send reiki to family members who need some extra healing.
Happy St Patrick's Day!
As Spring approaches we are hopeful for a return to a new normal.
At Katsura Reiki we are taking extra precautions and providing treatments and enhanced cleaning measures. We also are providing pre screening of all clients prior to visits.
We all look forward to the early signs of Spring as we continue to struggle with the stressors of the pandemic. I encourage everyone to try meditation as a form of stress relief and exercise regularly as well.
Please contact me directly for any distance Reiki or Reiki questions or challenges.
Wishing everyone and their families a very happy Christmas! As we gather together this year we are reminded of all the previous celebrations where we could celebrate the season with extended family. Although our gatherings are significantly smaller this year we are thankful and grateful for all the wonderful people in our life. For some who may not be with us right now we send prayers and love and look forward to being together again.
Reiki blessings to all!