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A State of Being

By Andrea Kartika Deierlein

What if were able to simply choose happiness? What if we decided not to get distracted by all the conditions, comparisons and expectations that shape our lives? And instead focused on what is good in our lives right now?

In the system of Reiki, we have the precepts to help us reconnect to our true selves, to our essence, to who we are. To me, the precepts are the guidelines, foundation and heart of Reiki practice:

Just for today

Do not anger

Do not worry

Be grateful

Be true to your way and your being

Show compassion for yourself and others.

Just for today can sound like a very long time. Sometimes we can only be present for one breath at a time. But just for today can also translate to just for this one moment, just for this one activity. This makes it more manageable and brings mindfulness to daily life. When I feel less anger, I experience more calmness. When I feel less worried, I can be more focused. When I am grateful, I can appreciate the people and things I would otherwise take for granted. When I am true to my way and my being, I am honest with myself and can make choices based on my values. When I show compassion for myself and others, I am more caring, loving and generous.

You don’t have to be a Reiki practitioner to tune into this state of being. We can all tap into our own happiness and innate healing power. It’s all already within you. It is accessible 24/7, 7 days/week, 365 days/year, day and night. When we escape the prison of our own confused mind, our perspectives can change. Just for today, give it a try… and start with a smile.

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