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!
Self care is important for us all. Practicing self care can be as intricate as performing a Reiki session on yourself, or simply making outdoors to have lunch if its a nice day. Today’s inspiration is to practice Self Care of some kind.
I have been wanting to reference the Reiki Calender for some time. My daily inspiration for Self Worth is simply to take 7 breaths, into 7 parts of your body. Pulling inspiration from Barbara Brennen’s Hands of Light, you can do Color Breathing, which is inhaling the color of each Chakra into each part of the body.
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.
Reiki has so many wonderful applications. One of my favorites is the World Peace Meditation created by William Rand. Please see this link for details, history of the World Peace Meditation, as well as the handy crystal grids that you can download and print to use during the meditation.
The premise of the World Peace Meditation is that if as many of us as possible focus healing energy on the entire world, a wave of healing will be created. Anyone can participate in this event, ideally you can meditate for about 15 minutes at 7:30pm in your time zone.
I am taking advantage of a wonderful WordPress feature, using this future blog post as a reminder to myself as well to send healing energy and so that I will not forget myself.
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!