Stress Management

Learning A Lesson From Slowing Down

After we’ve been sick, and the body has purged any toxins, do we ever really return to normal?

I believe illness is caused by emotional reasons.  When I haven’t been dealing with something, it’s like I’m made to stop and take notice.

When I was busy, I didn’t notice any feelings of upset or anger. What happened when I was forced to take days off by a sinus and chest infection?  All these feelings came up to be dealt with.

Added to that, it’s the summer solstice.   I follow a woman called Elizabeth Peru on Facebook and subscribe to her weekly tip-off report.  She has been talking about the solstice being a reset or a review point midway through 2015.  She says a lot of people have been unwell in the lead up to solstice as they prepare for reset.

This has certainly been true for me.  Yesterday I journaled my emotions to see what’s going on. I tried to find the lesson in the sickness, where the upset and anger was coming from. I wanted to learn what it had to teach me.

And I did.  I learned that my life has changed immensely since the Winter Solstice.  I learned that the goals I set at the start of the year are no longer valid.  I learned I needed to get sick so I would stop and reset new goals for the rest of the year.  (As a sidenote, one of my new goals is more time off so I can listen to my body’s messages without getting sick.)

The next time you’re sick, ask yourself “What’s my lesson here? What is my body trying to teach me by slowing me down?”. 

You may be surprised by the answer.

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Some Reiki questions answered

Lovely blog by Lizzie Carver answering common Reiki questions.

Lizzie Carver

The work that I do with clients tends to be focussed on a small number of specific areas – I recently wrote about the work I do with people struggling with phobia and, in particular, bird phobia.  I use a number of different approaches and this post about Reiki is one of a series giving some background information to the various ways in which I work with clients.  (Follow the links for the posts about EFTMatrix Reimprinting and NLP.)

Another very important strand of my work is to share and teach Reiki.  The clients who come to me for a Reiki session are, typically, feeling really exhausted and in need of deep relaxation and recharging.  This exhaustion may have physical or emotional roots, but the process of sharing Reiki is the same, whatever the client’s concerns.

As June sees another Reiki Awareness week, I have written this post to answer a few of…

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When Your Body Screams At You To Stop

When your body screams at you to stop , you should listen. 

What do I mean by screaming?  I mean muscle aches and pains that don’t clear up.  It’s the sinus infection that won’t go away.  It’s tiredness leading to exhaustion.  It’s little health issues that aren’t life or death situation, yet, if you don’t stop and rest, it will cause serious health deterioration.

Last week I wrote about the healing crisis.  My sinus infection has now descended to my chest.  Again, it’s all the toxins working their way out of my body.  Except it’s Monday, the start of the week and I have a full week of work to get through…or do I?

See, I have two options…I can soldier through, put other people first, not let them down and keep all my appointments.   The other option is to cancel appointments for a couple of days, give my body the rest it’s screaming for, and then make it up to clients later.

What would you do?

As a holistic therapist, I need to practice what I preach.  I often talk to clients about self-awareness, knowing when to stop, take a rest or come to see me.  So I’m stopping. I’m taking a couple of days off to get better.  I also don’t want to infect my clients!!

So when your body is screaming at you to stop, listen.  Taking a couple of days to rest is better than taking a month off with a more serious illness.   In the words of the Buddha…

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

Happy listening!!

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My Healing Crisis Experience

Sometimes, when I’ve received a healing treatment, such as massage or reiki, meditated, or cleansed myself in some way, I’ve experienced a healing crisis.

This week I’ve experienced a healing crisis because I’m improving my diet.  I started taking Juice Plus about 10 days ago, and I’m introducing more vegetables into my daily diet.

Until a couple of weeks ago, because I have been so busy, I was eating take-a ways and pizzas.  Anything quick and unhealthy.  My body did not like it. I was tired and burned out, which I put down to working long hours.  There were bigger warning signs, like blood in my stool and menstrual cycles that were 5 days shorter than normal.

The first thing I did was increase vegetables, which fixed the blood in my stool.  Second, I took some evenings and weekends off to reduce stress levels.  Third, I starting taking Juice Plus.  Finally, I’ve started seeing a nutritionist.

Health and healing isn’t just about one thing.  I was tired because I wasn’t eating right. But, a funny thing happens when you start doing the things you’re body wants you to do…for a few days you start to feel worse not better.

A healing crisis happens when the toxins from food and stress that we’ve taken into our bodies, start working their way out because of our new healthier approach.

Sometimes if clients have been holding tension in their bodies and get an Indian Head Massage or Reiki session from me to help release that tension, then they get tired or start crying when that tension is released and they realise how much they’ve been holding onto.  Sometimes the healing crisis manifests as soreness, blocked sinus, headaches, tiredness, lethargy and a host of other symptoms.  They are some of the symptoms I’ve experienced this week.

It’s easy to blame the therapy or the new diet saying it doesn’t work, it only makes things worse.  What’s actually happening is a detox of physical and emotional toxins from the body. And it’s ok.  It’s ok to feel like this. It’s ok to feel craps as all the rubbish you’ve put into your system works its way out.

Mind yourself when you experience a healing crisis. There’s no need to push yourself. Feel thankful that toxins are leaving your body.

It’ll be worth it when you’re feeling energetic, amazing and healthy!!!

Note:  If you are feeling concerned or if your symptoms aren’t clearing up, do visit your doctor

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The Lesson Of An Unexpected Time Out

Today I was gifted a rare opportunity. . . 3 hours to myself in my treatment room because of a no-show client.   After a week of busyness and losing track of myself, it was a welcome and badly needed time out.   Sometimes, we all get so busy, caught up in work and helping other people that we forget to help ourselves.   Time out to recharge is so important.

There’s a quote, “You should sit in meditation everyday for 20 minutes, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit for an hour”.   If I had taken 20 minutes a day to centre myself, I wouldn’t feel so exhausted and scattered and the Universe would have delivered no show clients to give me what I really need . . . a time out.

At the end of the day, we get what we need, not what we want.  We just have to figure out the lesson.