Updated: Oct 9, 2019
Being a Reiki Practitioner is not a vocation, it is a way of life. After I started on the Reiki Master Practitioner path, I began noticing changes in how my body performed and responded daily. I have a lot more energy and patience, however I have noticed an increased sensitivity to unhealthy foods and environments. This is all ideal for embracing a healthier way of life but it can be startling if you do not expect it, and can also be painful if you refuse to listen to your body after such a transformation. Here are some of the key ways that I take care of myself to ensure that I function at my most optimal level as a Reiki Master Practitioner.
Before I get out of bed in the morning, I repeat the following 5 Principles of Reiki:
I then Reiki myself and meditate on my intentions, goals and aspirations which allows me to begin the day fully charged and in a positive state of mind. Next, I start my day with a baby spinach salad. In fact, I enjoy a particular baby spinach so much that I have been eating it every day for almost three months and I still have not grown tired of it. The honor goes to Trader Joe's Baby Spinach Salad with dried cranberries, candied pecans and blue cheese served with a raspberry vinaigrette. Even the ritual of bathing now has multiple functions. In addition to cleansing the physical body, showering cleans my energy and allows me to return to a more natural, pristine self. As a Reiki practitioner I am entering the energy field of my clients during a session. Showering removes foreign energy that I may have picked up during a Reiki session or while commuting in New York City.
I have been a fan of Dove soaps for quite some time and am currently in love with their lavender scented beauty bar. The calming scent of lavender is a great way to begin and especially end the day. I follow this with a golden hued body wash made by Caress that is called Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash. This golden concoction which keeps my skin soft while giving me a feeling of luxury contains brown sugar and Karite butter. Another plus of using Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash is that it is hard to be in a bad mood when you smell sweet. I will then moisturize my skin with a rose oil infused thick lotion. The scent of Rose oil is believed to have an uplifting effect and give one a sense of comfort.
Additionally, I try to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water with electrolytes and especially like Ionized Alkaline Water by Essential. Drinking water is important for everyone but it is vital for Reiki practitioners since it's cleansing power helps to flush our bodies and energy fields of unwanted residue. Reiki also makes me very hungry so I like to have healthy snacks on hands like organic celery, nuts, cheese and various types of berries. One of my favorite snacks is a combination of celery, Trader Joe's Peanut butter, organic blackberries or strawberries and unsweetened almond milk with sugar free chocolate syrup.
When NYC weather is non-apocalyptic, I try to walk around as much as possible. It gives me exercise and is also a great way to burn off excess energy while getting an increase of Oxygen and vitamin D. I have always loved walking in some of the quieter areas of New York City as a way to relax, process information and emotions, creatively problem solve or empower my current intentions by visualizing in vivid detail scenes that show what it would be like for me to achieve a goal while simultaneously reveling in the emotions that accompany my achievement.
For lunch I usually have a Southwestern salad with a light protein like fish or chicken. I love the Southwestern Chopped Salad by Trader Joe's with cabbage, lettuce, carrots, radishes, scallions, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, tortilla strips and cilantro paired with an avocado dressing. The Southwestern salad works with a spicy flavored chicken breast or with grilled or crispy Tilapia fillets. As tasty as salad kits are, I only like to mix all the ingredients as they are needed so the ingredients that are supposed to be crunchy remain crunchy. It can be useful to have dressing containers to preserve the dressings in salad kits if you will not be finishing the salad all at once.
Although Reiki is great for releasing bad habits, harmful patterns and healing the body, it is meant to compliment other forms of care not replace them. This is the reason I still do daily stretches that were recommended by my physical therapist to help with my back pain. Additionally, I have a weekly talk therapy appointment. It is easier to release harmful behaviors and the thought patterns that precede them if you are made aware of them. Relationships can make us aware of issues that we need to work through but sometimes we need an unbiased person to help us explore our patterns. Anais Nin said it best when she said “We don't see things as they are , we see them as we are”. Perception can be a tricky son of a gun and if we are not in the best head space, it can negatively skew our perceptions of life and of others. Talk therapy has helped me to get a better view of myself by exploring depths and emotions I might not have explored on my own, or may not have explored in a safe environment. I say all of this to emphasize that while Reiki is not a miracle cure, it can do wonders for your life and health if you allow it to and use it with other known methods of being healthy physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
For dinner I may have chicken or fish with steamed vegetables like broccoli, spinach or green beans. I often get tired of plain water so I grab some seltzer water with a splash of lime or lemon juice. Before going to bed I give myself Reiki and treat myself to a mug of warm unsweetened almond milk mixed with sugar free syrup, pure vanilla extract, and cinnamon. I then pair this concoction with a small piece of dark chocolate that has no more than two grams of sugar. The bitter taste from the chocolate is milder when I have it with the warm almond milk that has been sweetened by the other ingredients. The warm milk calms and soothes, the cinnamon also soothes and helps with pain relief and vanilla promotes healthy digestion, benefits the respiratory system and has additional soothing properties.
Finally getting a good night's sleep is necessary for everyone's well-being. Rest is essential however to a Reiki practitioner's ability to be a clear and strong channel for Reiki. I aim for about 8 hours of sleep each night but will easily surpass that after frequent or intense Reiki sessions. Initially after performing Reiki for hours, I will get a huge energy rush since the Reiki is moving through me and into the clients. The next day however I have a bit of a Reiki hangover and usually have some symptoms of detoxification. Proper self-care can lessen the detoxification symptoms, and sleep has consistently been a great way for me to reboot so I can be ready for a brand new day.
I hope you have enjoyed this peek into some of the habits of this Reiki master practitioner. Feel free to leave a question about anything you would like to know more about. Below you can find a list of some of my favorites mentioned in this article.
With love and gratitude,
Tiff's Self-Care Faves
Trader Joe's Baby Spinach Salad with dried cranberries, candied pecans, blue cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette.
Trader Joe's Southwestern Chopped Salad
Dressing containers (for dressing and ingredients from salad kits)
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