Fall is a nice time to snuggle up with a good book (ideally with a fire in the fireplace and a cup of tea!) and I’ve been reading a lot lately. Read on for my top 3 picks for books to help you find true health and balance.
1. May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
by Gabrielle Bernstein
Gabby Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in your thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in your relationships, finances, body, and self-image. She offers a straight-forward plan to release fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through you. Gabby makes change manageable, giving bite-sized exercises to do each morning and evening. I loved how the daily exercises built on each other over the course of 40 days, making transformation sustainable (and enjoyable!).
3. The Inner Heart of Reiki: Rediscovering Your True Self
by Frans Stiene
This book is a wonderful companion for the Reiki student and/or teacher who wants to dive deeper into their daily practice and expand their energetic understanding of Reiki. It’s a clear and concise guide to help you integrate the various components of the system of Reiki–the precepts, meditations, symbols/mantras, and hands-on-healing–into your sessions, classes, and most importantly, your life.
Frans Stiene, often referred to as “the Reiki Teacher’s Teacher,” takes his extensive research and grounded personal understanding and practice, and outlines a path of practice you can follow in his gentle, compassionate, and often humorous way. I found this book quite breathtaking. Breathtaking is the perfect word–this book reminds you to connect to your breath and your True Self while reading it. The book was truly wonderful, and something I’ll reread and refer to often as I expand my personal understanding of Reiki.
Bonus: The 5-Minute Journal
I wrote a past post about this but think it bears repeating. I loved hearing feedback from many people who are finding the 5-Minute Journal helpful: you can read more here about an easy way to let go of negative thinking and feel more positive in under 5 minutes a day. I’m so enjoying how it anchors the start and end of my day.
P.S. Want more recommendations? Here’s a previous post with 3 more books!
I recently read an account by neuropsychologist and Buddhist teacher, Rick Hanson, about a powerful bodywork session he had years ago. He talked about how the session focused on his abdominal area and what he was expecting:
“I was anticipating (= dreading) the release of buried sadness. Instead, there was a dam burst of love, which poured out of me during the session and afterward. I realized it was love, not sadness, that I had bottled up in childhood – and what I now needed to give and express.”
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. — Mother Teresa
Clients often ask me what to expect during their session. So many of us expect to get in touch with buried pain or sadness, but the idea that inside us rests this bottled up, unexpressed well of love can be a liberating thought.MORE…
The Chicago Tribune takes a look at Reiki and other integrative therapies, describing how they work, and how they might support specific health conditions. It’s a good article, though I wish the author understood that Reiki is more far-reaching in its benefits that being just condition specific. That’s a hard one for conventional medicine. You can read the full article here.
What’s the difference?
I hear this question every now and then. I also see many clients who are very clear on the difference, and say they’ve received what was called reflexology but was in fact more of a foot rub. They’re coming to me in hopes they’ll get a true reflexology session. So what’s the difference?
Massage focuses on the soft tissue of the body–muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue.
When I use reflexology, my focus in primarily aimed at the organ systems of the body. I’m paying much less attention to the muscles and attachments of the foot, and am much more focused on the spine, adrenals, intestines, thyroid, and kidneys, just to name a few.
This is one of my favorite things about reflexology. With a massage you just can’t access some of the organs of the body, or if there’s an issue with a particular organ, it may be painful to work near that area. With reflexology, it’s an all-encompassing treatment. All organs, glands, and the skeletal system can be stimulated through the feet and hands. In this way, it’s very efficient. MORE…