Mood Enhancement and Meditation
Mind-body connection studies have proved that a regular course of meditation improves the function of the immune system as well as offering other medical benefits. Meditation techniques may include any of the following:
Vocalizing repetitive mantras
Listening to music
Practicing imagery and visualization
Participating in active meditative-style exercises such as dance, Kundalini yoga, and tai chi
Reiki energies complement all meditative approaches that people use to promote well-being.
Reiki Visualization Vacation
Whether you need to quash depressive thoughts or calm overstimulated nerves, imaginative visualization may be the solution. If you find it easy to mentally visualize the Reiki symbols, you will enjoy playing with these symbols during your meditations. Imagery play can be a welcome escape from the mundane or frustrating events and toils of daily life. Although it is not advisable to have your head in the clouds or buried in the sand on a regular basis, taking short visual vacations away from your stressful life can certainly revive depressive moods.
Take a ten-minute break from reality and let your imagination carry you away to a trouble-free space. Allow the Reiki Connection symbol, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, to be the “magic carpet” that carries you off to faraway places. Focus on a desired destination, draw the symbol, and mentally send the energy to that place, with yourself tagging along for the ride.
Pamper yourself with a Reiki bath. Before stepping into the tub for a relaxing soak, enhance your bathing experience by charging your bath water and all your bath supplies with Reiki. Bath products you can charge with Reiki include sponges, loofas, bubble bath gel, soap, and bath salts.
Another imaginative visualization you can try is to imagine a large Hula-Hoop floating horizontally in the air above you. The hoop represents a vortex opening into a different reality. Visualize the Power symbol, Cho Ku Rei, floating inside the circular hoop. Next, imagine yourself jumping up into the hoop and through the Power symbol into a new reality of your making. This reality can be a revisitation to your childhood, a swim date with a school of dolphins, or an explorative tour through an enchanted castle. With the help of this visualization, you can go virtually anywhere your mind will take you.
Breath awareness exercises and physical workouts are two excellent activities that will help open up your ki passages prior to giving or receiving a Reiki treatment. Choose exercises that remind you of play — most people tend to prefer activities that are joyous and fun to those that feel laborious or bothersome.
A favorite ki breath exercise is to open your mouth, relax your jaw, stick out your tongue, and pant like a dog. The in-and-out breaths will open up your belly and clear the ki passageways from the base of your spine to your throat's vocal cords.
An enjoyable physical exercise that will free up knots and kinks in the spine is to rock your body back and forth like a rocking chair. Position your body comfortably on a yoga mat or carpeted floor. Bend your knees and bring them close to your chest. Wrap your arms around your knees and begin rocking your body back and forth. This movement massages your back's bones and muscles. It also effectively opens up the ki channels that run along your spine. Best of all, it's easy and simply fun to do, almost like being a kid again!
Book a Reiki Session
Doing self-treatments is a wonderful way to value yourself and to honor your body, but sometimes we crave touch and caring from another individual in order to feel fully loved and pampered. Swapping treatments with other practitioners is one option. If you are traveling or visiting a new town, try to locate a Reiki practitioner in the area and treat yourself to a full-body treatment. You may discover a new friend as well as learn a new healing technique in the process. It will also make your stay in a strange place more pleasurable.