Today has been one of those stand-out fantastic days. Morning meditation, followed by teaching yoga to some of the sweetest souls I have ever met, chaperoning a field trip to the fire department with my daughter’s school and last, but far from least, sharing Reiki in a fundraiser event to support a truly amazing woman and breast cancer survivor Diane Richmond as she prepares to walk the Susan G. Komen for the Cure 3-day walk.
This sweet, sweet soul embodies the essence of yoga and Reiki. It was her own inner knowing, her own inner wisdom that alerted her to the cancer’s existence in the first place. She went through the Chemo, she went through the radiation and now she walks for others. The highlight for me of her story – the deeply yogic act she took when she found out the cancer was gone – an act of wisdom, an act of courage. She took her family, her loved ones to the beach – the each collected rocks on their journey on this amazing day and gave them names – the rocks names were things like fear, anger, disease, cancer… And what did Diane and her love ones do with them? They tossed them into the ocean; they asked the waters of this earth to wash these things away.
What came back – love, peace, inner wisdom, trust, health, harmony! My sweetest new found friend found the gift, the blessing the strength through her trials, through her hardest times she found the silver lining and lives to hold that strength and journey of discovery for all of us to take a moment to pause in our own times of challenge. She did the most yogic and healing thing I can think of – she paused and allowed herself to discover amidst a most difficult lesson, her gifts, her love, her life.
As I Iooked around the room this evening, at the close of a 2-hour restorative class, infused with Reiki and healing, I saw a room filled with friends, family and even mere strangers who all came together finding healing for themselves, finding and supporting healing of others, perhaps finding a fresh perspective on their own story, a beginning on finding their own inner strengths.
Our innate ability to heal ourselves, to change our perspective is the embodiment of what yoga and Reiki practices are all about. There is nothing outside of ourselves, nothing “out there” that will make us whole again. It is all within us, waiting patiently to be reawakened.
We read story after story about personal triumph from cancer survivors , to those like the now famous Bethany Hamilton who survived and thrived after a shark bit off her arm, to those like you and like me who have seen the light in our own journeys. Every story I have ever heard of personal triumph over “against all odds” circumstances points to this innate ability within each and every one of us— the courage to persevere and the courage to let go all at the same time.
The gift that Reiki brings is that it helps to shed away the “overcoats”, the layers of self-doubt and discouragement that cloud our vision of the amazing and wonderful beings that we all are! This energy comes from the highest of energies, from the highest of heavens and it is here for each one of us, waiting to be awakened, awaiting to facilitate life transformations, if we choose it. The beauty – Reiki can be learned by anyone, it can be learned quickly. And, if you incorporate it into your daily life, it can make a HUGE difference in our response to the little and big things – transmuting, transforming fear into trust, worry into courage, anxiety into hope and joy. All things are possible if we just simple change our perspective.
Today’s fresh perspective has inspired my practice. Now and throughout November, for each person that mentions Susan G. Komen for the Cure when they book a private healing session, I’ll be donating 20% of the session fee to sponsor the lovely Diane in her 3-day walk. It’s just one small way I choose to give back to the highest and greatest good of all beings! Namaste!