After over 14+ years in high pressure corporate environments, I know firsthand how important wellness is to thrive in our fast paced and demanding lives. Wellness encompasses a feeling of balance in all aspects of your life; including:
- A career that challenges and inspires you – where you readily rise to pressures and feel a sense of professional growth and satisfaction.
- A lifestyle that nourishes you – enabling you to spend time doing the things that bring you joy.
- A body that is healthy and allows you to meet stress head on, thriving and feeling strong and healthy and present.
Since undertaking coach training in 2007, I’ve continued to evolve personally and professionally and my passion for helping people find their joy has remained a driving force. I believe that to get the best out of people, you have to believe it is there to begin with.
Everyone has the capacity and the right to feel joy, laughter, happiness, fulfilment, challenge, excitement and passion in their lives… but we’re not exactly given a handbook about how to achieve this. My passion for learning, growing and my quest for wellness and joy seems to resonate with some people (not to mention my mad skills in the kitchen) so thats where blogging came about.
In addition to coach training, corporate-minefield-navigation, Reiki practitioners certification and an obscene appetite for reading, I’ve studied Nutritional Healthcare and am currently undertaking studies in Medicinal Herbalism – so my approach to wellness encompasses all of these aspects of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
What does Wellness actually mean?
First, a question: what if you could feel connected, energised, alive, happy, excited and healthy – every. single. day?
There’s no great mystery to uncover, the ‘secret’ to this is making choices that support you. Doing things that bring you joy. Appreciating the goodness you already have in your life. Laughing each day. Eating food that nourishes your body and delights your senses. Realising that you are more than the job you do 5 days a week, or the car that you drive, the clothing labels you wear, or the postcode you live in. It’s realising that YOU create yourself, and you are not only infinitely capable of happiness – you deserve it.
Wellness is about the journey of discovering what resonates with YOU. What makes you feel alive, full of energy, excited by possibilities.
My personal wellness journey is ongoing, I’m always ‘on the road’ to discover and learn new ways to feel amazing. For me it started with coach training, understanding and directing self-talk, feeling empowered to change my life and learning new tools to do that (including ways of expressing and communicating my thoughts and experiences) It grew to encompass and connect with my love of cooking and creating, and further still when I embraced Reiki.
Reiki for Wellness..
My personal Reiki journey has been nothing short of profound.. it has aligned my logical, analytical, emotional, physical and spiritual self in a unique way.
After my Reiki attunements through completing First Degree Training, I noticed that I was more calm and relaxed than before. I now have more energy, and less desire to drink alcohol. (Though goodness knows if that will last because I do enjoy a glass of wine!) I am several degrees hotter, become even more warm when I practice and give Reiki, and have had my hands described as “thermonuclear” – what a hoot!
As someone who suffered from insomnia throughout my entire adult life – I have been given a gift through Reiki, and am now sleeping better than ever before – a better quality of sleep, that truly nourishes me.
Second Degree or Practitioner level kicked this up another notch – the energy and attunement is greater, and it’s a truly humbling experience to be able to be a conduit for this energy… being able to share Reiki with others has just broadened further my attitude of gratitude.
Reiki is ideal for those who realise we are more than just our physical and mental selves, and that our health and wellbeing is all connected – it can be an amazing tool to ground, heal and generally get more from your life.
How is Reiki Defined?
Wikipedia gives this synopsis:
“Reiki (霊気?, /ˈreɪkiː/) is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which has since been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing as a form of alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional medical bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e., reiki) in the form of qi (Japanese: ki) through the palms, which they believe allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.”
Reiki.org.nz describes this in a beautiful way:
“Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is most often translated as “universal life force energy”, is a combination of two Japanese words – Rei which means “Spirit” or “Universe” and Ki which is “life force energy”. Reiki is a natural, vibrational, hands-on healing practice which utilises the presence of universal life force energy or Ki/Chi, to support the body’s self healing ability.
When your life force energy is high and flowing freely, you are healthy and happy. If your life force energy is low, you are vunerable to illness, depression and stress. Reiki works on all bodily levels, the physical body, the mental body and the body of your spirit. Reiki is safe and natural. An input of pure energy, which accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal physical ailments and disease.”
However you choose to define or explain it, Reiki is unique to the individual – just as we are all unique (and a little weird in our own special ways) your experiences with Reiki will be unique, and will evolve as you become more attuned, and less focused on the physical and mental aspects of your day to day life.
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