Today’s inspiration from Reiki Rays is to create an affirmation for difficult times. Recently, I’ve been starting my days with a short intention. Sometimes its serious, such as “Today I keep my energetic boundaries strong”, or its short, like “Don’t run late in clinic all day”.
An affirmation can be any phrase, thought, or prayer that helps you. The real power in an affirmation is that it can be used to replace a thought or emotion that drains you.
Here are some affirmations, simply as suggestions, especially if your in a place in your life in which you may not have your own:
“I am enough”
“I Receive and Send Love”
“Love is abundant”
Happy Monday…feel free to share some of your positive affirmations.
Today’s inspiration from Reiki Rays is to slow down…I think this snail has got the idea. Most of have have to rush and move quickly, but maybe today you can enjoy a moment of too of nothing, or even delibrately take a long time to do something that takes a few seconds. Happy Sunday!
Tight Schedule? ask Archangels to take care of you…
Today’s inspiration from Reiki Rays is simple…ask for help if your rushed. When I’m feeling pressed for time, and there’s so much going on, I simply scream “HELP!” in my head, works every time. Enjoy! Have a great weekend!
Here is May’s Reiki calender provided by Reiki Rays. I was late getting this posted but its here now! In addition, please check back for Daily Inspirations I’ll be posting. I’ve been making a conscious effort to start the day with my own energetic boundaries and energy maintenance as the basis for my day. I will share these daily and I hope for you they’ll be a breath of calm in a crazy world.
Reiki can be a wonderful tool to help with everyday life. I’ve posted link above for an article I found on Reiki Rays concerning how a Reiki Practitioner can protect and guard their own energy during a session. I’ve used similar practices when doing a Reiki session, but I’ve found these practices to be helpful during my clinical practice.
When I do a Reiki session, I typically ground myself with a few minutes of meditation, focusing on my feet, and much like this article mentions, allowing my energy channels to receive and transmit.
As a physician, I found doing something similar is a lifesaver. I’m much busier in clinic, so its a luxury to have more than a few minutes between patients. Once I enter an exam room, I ground myself as I sit to speak with the patient. I also invoke Reiki, but as you can imagine this isn’t so easy in a busy clinic. I can use my feet as I sit to ground during the patient’s appointment.
I feel that everyone needs some kind of grounding throughout the day. Simply engage with the Earth through your feet and take a few deep breaths. If time allows, you can do a few minutes, but even a few seconds can help build a protective shield as well. Taking a few deep breaths at the same time helps even more.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful evening!
Happy Spring Everyone! I have recently been through a wonderful and challenging transition of starting a new job in a new city and state. I have been so busy I’ve been neglecting my blog but I want to use April 1st, a new month (not an April Fool’s) to reconnect.
One of my favorite sites for inspiration is Reiki Rays.
Every month they are releasing a calendar of daily activities using Reiki. Having been so busy, I’ve been meaning to write about the power of Reiki in the real world, which I’ll get to in a later post.
Today’s schedule is to “Embrace your Reiki Angel role on planet Earth”.
I have discussed my path to Reiki in a previous post. I have been a practicing physician much longer than I have been a Reiki Practitioner, but I am so thankful to my teachers and to Reiki for this wonderful practice that brought back compassion to my role as a physician. Prior to being lead to Reiki, I loved my job as a physician, but I was quickly losing touch with what I was doing and why. I felt pulled in so many directions to produce, see more patients, make more money.
Reiki helped me to connect with myself, then connect to others. As a physician, Reiki is a gift beyond description. I rely heavily on evidence based medicine and scientific research. But when I’m face to face with a patient who is struggling, Reiki helps to find an answer that is not so “left brained” and logical in nature. Reiki helps me to have empathy in a meaningful way. I hope all of you who are Reiki practioners feel the same. I also hope that if you are considering getting closer and learning Reiki, you will. You won’t regret it.
IARP has released the latest Reiki Report yesterday. There is an interesting article that as an internist I enjoyed reading. Hypertension is extraordinarily common, affecting 31.1% (95% confidence interval, 30.0-32.2%) of the world’s adults had hypertension (1). Hypertension is easily one of the most common conditions I see throughout the day.
High blood pressure typically has no symptoms. It is typically found when vitals are checked at the beginning of a doctor’s visit. A normal blood pressure is somewhere around 120/80 (there are many recommendations on what is considered your normal, but around 120/80 is fairly good). If your blood pressure is higher than this, there are many factors that will go into if you should be on a medication.
Blood pressure is a wonderful indicator of overall health. A low blood pressure can indicate conditions such as severe infection, anemia, or life threatening dehydration. Blood pressure fluctuates depending on time of day, activities, stress, pain, as well as diet.
Elevations in blood pressure may occur transiently, sometimes called “white coat hypertension”, in which the stress of the clinical environment causes elevation in the readings. However, clinical studies have shown that “white coat hypertension” is a strong warning for chronic hypertension.
Hypertension has to be addressed, but many patients are surprised to learn that lifestyle modifications are the mainstay of treatment, while medications may be an addition to treatment.
IARP gives some nice examples from medical research on how Reiki can help to control blood pressure. Reiki treatment by a practitioner, or self treatment can be very helpful in lowering blood pressure along with your physician’s treatment plan. Reiki as a treatment intervention will lower stress, improve sleep, and may lead to some personal insight.
When teaching patients about the mind-body connection, one of the easiest lessons is checking a blood pressure after talking, then guiding the patient with deep breathing for about 3 minutes, then repeating the blood pressure. Patients are amazed to see their pulse and blood pressure naturally go down.
Remember to follow your physicians instructions. If you have been prescribed medications, not taking these as instructed can lead to dangerous consequences. Applying a holistic approach along with your treatment plan can and will help your overall health.
Correct way to monitor your blood pressure
If your are currently under the care of a physician and being treated for high blood pressure, you likely have been instructed on checking your blood pressure at home. I like patients to know a few things:
Wrist blood pressure cuffs can be accurate, but you’ll need to measure at heart height, usually by placing your wrist on your chest.
Try to sit quietly for at least 5 minutes before checking.
Warm drinks and caffeinated drinks will raise your readings, as will many over the counter cold medications.
1. Mills KT, Bundy JD, Kelly TN, et al.: Global disparities of hypertension prevalance and control: a systemic analysis of population-based studies from 90 countries. Circulation. 134:441-450 2016
Today is the start of a free online event through The Shift Network. I have participated in many of these free events. They are are great way to get inspired especially in these cold winter months. See the link before to attend today!
Cell phones can add an amazing dimension to healthcare. Whereas patient used to tell me about a rash that’s now gone, now a savvy patient can snap a picture from their cell phone that I can use to make a diagnosis. Patients can keep track of blood sugars, blood pressures, activity levels, migraine attacks, sleep, etc on their cell phones. They are social tools, their with you at every outing, capturing awesome pictures and updating your social media.
They are filthy. Literally.
In a study, cultures from cell phones were found to grow Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphlococcus aureus, Enterococcus feacalis, and Bacillius¹
Just for kicks and giggle:
Escherichia coli and Enterococcus feacalis are coliform bacteria…yep….they’re in your poop.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes serious skin and blood stream infections.
Its for this reason that:
If I’m seeing you as a patient in the clinic, I will do everything possible not to handle your phone.
Before I touch your cell phone, I will wear gloves as if handling any other bodily fluid.
Keeping your phone clean:
Some studies show that a case on your cell phone can reduce the amount of bacteria.
You can reduce the amount of bacterial contamination by wiping the phone down with diluted rubbing alcohol.
I personally use commercially available eyeglass cleaner wipes once or twice a day.
While patients are not suprised to see me put on gloves for a variety of reasons, I’m now gloving up to touch your personal electronics.
Thanks for reading! I appreciate all the readers that stop by an spend a few minutes here.
Akinyemi, K. O., Atapu, A. D., Adetona, O. O., & Coker, A. O. (2009). The potential role of mobile phones in the spread of bacterial infections. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries,3(08). doi:10.3855/jidc.556