As the new year begins we all face challenges. Dealing with grief has been all encompassing lately. I have been looking for all sorts of solutions to dealing with all this pain.
Practicing reiki and mindful meditations have been useful. Also journalling and sharing your story is beneficial. The more you discuss your grief it helps you uncork some of those bottled up emotions.
I would like to recommend The Grief Recovery Handbook by John James & Russell Friedman. This is proving to be an invaluable tool for myself. I am currently looking for a grief partner as I participate in this program.
Sending reiki blessings to all!
This has been an incredibly stressful month for me. Now I am utilizing Reiki on a daily basis to combat stressors! Daily meditations and Smiling Mind app is very helpful. Waking up at 5am and trying to fall back asleep often is very difficult but using the Smiling Mind app is very helpful and effective. Other ways to combat stress are simple things like walking your pets. This gives you a well needed break and some wonderful exercise for your dog!
Gardening is also a wonderful way to energize you. Deadheading old flowers/weeding/moving your plants around are all great ways to clear your mind and focus on the moment. It helps cultivate mindfulness.
Finally, a perennial is growing in the garden! I bought this plant at a local sale and it is extremely hardy. This is a challenging time looking out at the garden-it does look a bit gloomy. Due to the cold weather the bulbs and all trees are slower than usual. However, now is a good time to tidy up all those branches and plan where to move your perennials -once they start growing! I also have started geraniums indoors and am encouraged by how well they are doing. Geraniums are a great hardy annual -that looks fantastic all summer long.
At Katsura Reiki we are continuing to experiment with new soaps scents. Currently I made a batch of pink grapefruit-they are lovely for spring.
I would also like to recommend a mindfulness for wellbeing and peak performance course from Future Learn online. The course is free and it is really helpful in practicing mindfulness.
Springtime has finally arrived and the birds have decided to come to the garden! I added a new bird feeder to the mix recently and it has been vacant for too long. Now it is Disneyland for birds in the yard.
The garden looks dreadful right now. However, this is the perfect time to evaluate areas that need improvement to make this the best season yet. Starting seeds indoors is a great way to bring some beautiful flowers into your garden. Stokes Seeds have a fabulous catalogue and the seeds are of excellent quality.
Reiki courses are starting up this Spring. So call to book a weekend course in Reiki 1 or 2.
Now the days seem longer it is a great time to practice more Reiki on friends and family. Reiki is great for achy joints and sore backs to promote healing.
The Christmas holidays are a magical time of spending time with those you love and appreciating the togetherness. This is an ideal time for reflection upon your path. Especially, after a hectic holiday season from buying last minute gifts to braving the crowds on boxing day.
Boxing day is a great day to organize your papers, tidy up some closets or -that pot drawer you have been avoiding all year. Clearing your physical space helps clear your mind of clutter.
Take some time today and meditate on the experience of the holidays, of gratitude for another year spent with those you love.