I’ve got joy deep down in my heart…Let’s access it!

Heart chakraThe year has begun and what better way to start it than with a loving gift to yourself. We could all do with a little more joy in our lives. Sometimes the stresses and worries of everyday life can seem overwhelming. By connecting deeply with our emotional heart we can learn to relax and celebrate life.

Joy is a quality of the heart that happens when your body, mind and heart all function in harmony. When you are joyful your body is relaxed, your mind is calm and your heart is overflowing with energy, love and peace.

1. Sit relaxed with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply a few times and sigh on each out breath.

2. Place your hands on the middle of your chest and bring to mind a past or current situation that has caused or is causing you pain or suffering. Breathe in and welcome the feeling. If tears come, just let them happen. Accept any emotion that arises and allow yourself to move deeply into the simple energy of the feeling, without the mind putting labels or judgements on it.

3. Then, as you breathe out, reconnect with a feeling of peace, love or joy. Allow the out breath to carry the blessings of peace, joy and love.

(This meditation is taken from the following book: Reiki for Emotional Healing by: Tanmaya Honervogt)

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The Reiki Principles…How do I understand them?…

reiju and attunementsThe Reiki Principles are an important part of Reiki learning. Mikao Usui, the founder of the system of healing called Reiki, had this to say about the 5 principles:
“The Secret Method of Inviting Blessings, The Spiritual Medicine of Many Illnesses
For today only, do not anger,
do not worry.
Do your work with appreciation.
Be kind to all people.
In the morning and at night hold your hands in prayer, repeat these words out loud and in your heart.
For the improvement of body and mind.”
Usui Spiritual Healing Method
The Founder Mikao Usui

Take a moment to view this video which was put together by Antoinette Emerson. It explains these principles in lovely quotes by famous authors and spiritual leaders. Enjoy.