What is Reiki?
What is Mindfulness?
How can Reiki or Mindfulness help me?
Reiki is a safe and non invasive treatment, it is being recommended by doctors, hospital and health care workers all around the world as an alternative therapy, giving a boost to your physical and mental well-being.
Reiki is the Japanese word for Universal Life Force Energy. It is an ancient healing system which encourages physical, mental and emotional healing together with spiritual growth. It is not a religion, nor a belief system - the energy will work with you whether you believe in it or not, whatever age or gender.
Reiki works on the physical level, it can relieve pain, trigger regeneration of physical ailments/dis-ease and kick start you on your own healing journey.
Reiki also works on the mental and emotional levels loosening blocked energy, bringing your body and mind back into balance, reducing anxiety and promoting total relaxation. It re-establishes mental well being with a noticeable change in vitality and ability to cope with daily life.
Reiki lineage is hugely important and in order to practice the Usui System of Reiki you must chose your Master carefuly, making sure they have direct lineage to Dr Mikao Usui.
Generally, I would recommend 3 Reiki treatments one month apart initially, coming back to me for an "MOT" when you feel it is needed.
About My Journey
I, was introduced to reiki in 2005, when I was going through a particularly turbulent time in my life, reiki helped to ease my chaotic mind and focus again. I found I could resonate with the teachings (things started to make sense to me) and I wanted to learn more. My wonderful and wise Reiki Master Lynda Wilson (Napier) attuned me into reiki giving me my first degree in 2005, with my second degree shortly thereafter in 2006. After a lot of independent research, study and reading, Lynda put me through my reiki master teacher and practitioner training course, in 2008, this allowed me to practice reiki on myself, family members and friends. I absolutely loved to do this on a part time basis, doing treatments, initiating students into reiki and running courses on weekends.
I continued to practice reiki but also, as I was bringing my family up on my own, I pursued a career in a highly stressful legal environment. Now that my family have grown, I am delighted to be able to follow my dream of being a full time practitioner, teacher and coach.
As a reiki practitioner and teacher I am a full member of the Reiki Association and member of Reiki pages.
About my Journey into Mindfulness
I have been long fascinated with the workings of the mind and how our thoughts and thinking can affect our wellbeing, so I decided to embark on a 3 year post graduate Master (MSc) Studies in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen, gaining a distinction classification. This course promotes the capacity to have an indepth understanding of the workings of the mind, and we research the field of mindfulness through the lenses of neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. We also consider the origins of mindfulness which are deeply rooted in ancient wisdom traditions from the East. Secular mindfulness was introduced to the West in the late 1970's and programmes have grown and developed around much research in the fields of science around the mind. It is said that science is finally catching up with the essence of mindfulness, bringing with it a new wave in popularity.
In addition to my MSc Studies I partook in a teacher training programme through the UK Mindfulness Association, leading to certification to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC).
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a big subject so let’s start with what mindfulness is Not. Mindfulness is not about sitting on a cushion, breathing and emptying your mind. That would be impossible. Even the most experienced meditators who sit in caves in the mountains around Tibet when they come back into living in a community cannot engage with "empty minds".
Mindfulness is about noticing how busy our minds are and learning to be ok with that. Learning to accept our thoughts without judgement and learning to live a life in balance with kindness, acceptance and non-preference - exploring the edges of our experiences, by recognising our emotions, feeling and sensations within our bodies.
The Mindfulness Association programme Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is about getting to know ourselves deeper and learning new skills to cope with everyday living, dropping into a being mode rather than a constantly active doing mode. We already have the faculties - it's not something we need to import from the outside. It's like training a muscle we did no realise we had, and like most muscles they strengthen with daily training and practice, allowing us to live a more harmonious life.
These are pretty big claims so why don't you join me on the 8 week MBLC Course and find out more about it, as we go through this course we will become familiar with techniques in mindfulness training, become skilful in recognising our attitudes around our thoughts bringing in compassion and self-compassion around those attitudes that we recognise. We also look at the theoretical underpinnings around each guided practice, all the while holding our small group of around 8-10 participants in a physical and psychological safe place to opening share our experiences.