I love this Rule! When I first began my Reiki practice I was very far from mindful, I don’t think I had really had much experience of it, living as I was in the past or future. My mind seemed to be constantly on the move, chasing this thought or that. I was very grateful that we didn’t have to do any particular form of meditation with Reiki, and my teacher hinted that Reiki in itself was a form of meditation – brilliant! And so it was…
Over the years I have seen the glimpses that Taggart talks about grow into my normal life. Mindfulness has become a much more natural state for me and the idea of living in the past or future seems ridiculous when the moment has so much to offer. One of my favourite quotes is from Buddha ‘when washing dishes, wash dishes.’ So simple yet so hard!
I love Taggart’s quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:
“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity, for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”
And I have found that through Reiki I can find that mindfulness much more easily in the daily mundane tasks. How rich life is when you take it moment by moment, how full of vibrancy and how juicy!
Practicing mindfulness during your own Reiki treatments and when you treat others is the perfect way to enjoy and benefit from Reiki:
“…mindfulness is an integral part of your practice of Reiki. When you’re treating someone and you’re in that lovely, merged state, blissed out on the energy, you’re being mindful, just there in the moment, with the energy and the recipient, no expectations: that’s mindfulness. When you’re sending distant healing, you’ve set your intent, maybe you’ve visualised something and you’re just there, letting it happen, no thoughts of the past or future, just there with the energy: that’s mindfulness. So your mindfulness practice in your daily life – when doing the washing up, when eating a sandwich – will benefit your experience of mindfulness when using Reiki, and your experience of mindfulness when treating someone, or self-treating, or sending distant healing, will help you to experience mindfulness more easily during your everyday life. You are training your mind, over time, to approach things in a different way, and your mind will learn what to do.” Taggart
Read Taggart’s original article here
Do you see mindfulness as an important part of your Reiki practice? What other tools or techniques have worked for you that you can share with us? Share with us in the comments below!