What are your favorite self-care, wellness and spiritual empowerment techniques? This is a very serious time for our communities, and an important time to take care of ourselves and look out for each other as well. Whatever our own personal feelings about recent events, let's stay focused on safety and well-being for all.
Here are some ways I stay grounded and centered, and healthy - and return to this state after departing from it now and then.
I choose a "go-to" thought or image and practice it frequently every day, so no matter what happens, this is my anchor. For instance, I visualize white light around myself as a reaction to anything that comes my way, good or bad - just blessing myself and the situation with white light is a trigger for me to be in an energetic place that feels safe, healing, strong and clear. I also use darkness as a comforting image as well. The darkness is where we sleep and heal, the closing of our eyes to meditate, and shadows can feel protective and safe. (I don't believe that black and white or light and dark always symbolize either good or evil.)
Another example is the word "love." I don't love everything that comes my way equally - as in liking it a lot - but I can affirm love within myself, so I feel loved and loving; even when I am angry, confused or frustrated, love still lives in me. Affirming "gratitude" reminds me that I do believe in feeling and expressing gratitude, so that even when it's not foremost in my mind or emotional experience, I know I'll get back there, and that I have a lot to be grateful for. Again, being grateful isn't about liking everything, but remembering the blessings, resources and gifts in my life so I don't feel bereft, alone or unequipped to deal with reality when really there is so much I can do, so many ways I can reach out to offer or receive help, so many foundations to build on.
These simple acts help me to step back, even a tiny bit, in any situation, even intense challenges, more often than not. They can provide the instant pause before reacting that can make all the difference. During longer pauses, meditating on these positive, uplifting thoughts can be really rejuvenating.
How do you rejuvenate or maintain wellness in challenging times? What are your self-care practices that you'd like to share? I look forward to hearing from you and learning from you as well. Dawn Hancy, Reiki Master, Essential Arts Reiki, essentialarts.net, email@example.com, 802-685-7752.
If you'd like to join me in person to continue this conversation, consider this upcoming event:
Treat yourself to a supportive, safe, celebration of who we are and how we come together in wellness. Essential Arts Reiki is offering a Women's Wellness Retreat for Self-Care & Spiritual Empowerment next Wednesday, November 16, 9-noon. Location: 289 Main St., Rm. B211, Norwich, Vermont. Fee: $50 (with sliding scale & barter options). Women of any religious or spiritual path or none - all are welcome. We'll share and practice instant self-care techniques and learn to create long-lasting wellness practices in a friendly, confidential sister circle. Each participant can opt to receive a brief Reiki treatment during the retreat. Please contact me with any questions or to register. Advance registration is required as space is limited.