Yesterday I spent the afternoon giving a presentation about Reiki at my friend’s yoga retreat and giving mini-sessions to those there. I always feel so blessed, renewed, and inspired after Reiki sessions – almost like I have given myself a treatment.
While, I was at the retreat I was served to a wonderful lunch of salad, ferment sauerkraut, and portobello mushroom pizzas. So yummy! I’ve got to add that to my menu and learn how to ferment my own kraut.
Sunday Inspirational Links
::Don’t have enough time?
::What happened to play?
::Your children do what they see you do!
::A funny video – new age girls
I am sure many of you have heard me talk about The Organic Sister before on my blog, facebook, or twitter. She is one absolutely amazing woman, traveling full-time in her RV with her family, and someone I greatly admire for being honest, genuine, and authentic.
So… she is putting together a Tribe. An online sisterhood to help coach us through bi-monthly conference calls on certain topics and opening a forum for us to grow together. I have always thought about being coached by her – I think the fear of getting to the root of anything or having to be so honest with someone held me back. You know how it is, right?
But bi-monthly calls and a forum? I can handle that. Still digging deep but in a group of other women who are also evolving .. now that was calling me. I signed up! Unfortunately, I missed the first call because I was at an information homeschooling meeting but when I listened to the recording I was MOVED. I cried, laughed, jotted notes, doodled, dreamed, answered questions in my mind, and started breaking stuff down. You can read my testimonial and others here.
Did I mention the call was about being OVERWHELMED? Um hello?! I have a toddler, about to have a baby, and on the verge of a move to a FARM! It was speaking or YELLING right at me.
I am so flippin’ excited about this that I had to share. As Tara says, it’s Uh!Maze!Ing!
Last week, I felt the need to take my Sunday morning to myself. Well, take my Sunday morning and be more present with Val. We had breakfast and played and read books. Even though I had a lot of inspirational links to share, it just felt right.
~Some inspirational links~
A short but relaxing evening yoga.
Will you choose to parent negatively or positively?
A funny flow chart to help you find real food at the supermarket.
Mama talking real about being a mama.
I learned about hip hop dancing once afternoon.
A celebrity mama being beautiful and natural.
Break out of shyness.
Have you heard about cyborgs? We are cyborgs!
Re-engaging boys in learning with games.
Thank you, Surgeon General!
Another celebrity (that I love love love) talking about her way of parenting.
What’s inspiring you?
As many of you know by reading the blog, I am now certified to do Reiki by distance. I am now offering my services to my blog readers so I can serve you.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is the Japanese form of relaxation and healing, by using the practitioner’s hands to do something similar to the laying of hands in Christianity. The idea is we are all made of vibrations and energy and once attuned we can pass that life energy onto our clients.
Do you want to set up an appointment with me?
Visit my services page for more information and contact me at jenniesmith (at) gmail (dot) com.
In honor of Black Friday, I will be giving away FIVE mini-sessions (15 minutes each) by distance.
First come, first serve!
I will contact the winners to set up a time.
This past week was spent in many usual ways like doing the big grocery shopping stock up, spending time with family, Val learning new things, but it ended with a BANG! Our house sold (pending inspection because I don’t want to jinx anything)!
That inspires me to re-evaluate a lot of what is going on around me. Thoughts like ~ Do I need this item? Should I sell it or store it? Where will we be in 2 months? What do we want to do with our lives? Hah!
Links to inspiration on this Sunday:
~A 2 minute audio each day at 365Tao.
~Will.i.am and Jason Mraz on Sesame Street. Sesame Street makes everyone smile, right?
~Morning routines and how to wake up to make your day AWESOME! Wake up on top of the world and Four Questions to guide you through the day.
~Cordwood Community Center
~Hooping ideas from a blogging friend
Have a happy and inspiring Sunday and make it awesome!
Do you remember this post about my first Reiki distance client?
She welcomed her baby boy into the world last night avoiding the Monday deadline that the Drs put on her! Yay!
From what I gathered, all is well with mommy and baby and now her biggest challenge is finding a name for her precious little bundle of joy.
If that’s not an inspiring way to wake up, I don’t know what is! I’m floating with Reiki love today!
Some of you may remember my Reiki posts in the past, and I am happy to announce that I am certified. I did my certification last week, received my paperwork in the mail, and had my first distance client this morning!
My certification was with a friend that I met from Twitter. We did this attunement via distance because she is from across the pond. It was perfect because I was getting attuned in distance Reiki and I learned a lot just from the process itself.
My first client this morning is an expectant mom from the St. Louis area, and we did a distance session to help get that baby to enter the world. She seemed calm and at ease about him making his entrance when he’s ready, but I hope she doesn’t have to wait much longer to cuddle him.
What’s been happening in your home?
I have brought out the Buddha statue and put it on the table amongst fresh cut herbs or other pickings from the garden. Over dinner one night, James taught Val “Buddha says OM.” Randomly now, she will say it. ”Buddha OM” or “Mama OM.” Just yesterday she said it as I was putting her into her car seat. What a great way to come back to the moment and take in what *is*.
Taking from her, I have been saying OM out loud when I need a moment of peace. OMMMMMmmmmm…one brief and fleeting second to get my wits about me so I can stay present in parenting her.
I am determined. I am ready. I am going to get certified in reiki soon. Real soon.
A little background of my reiki here and self-treatments here, here, and here.
Last night, I finally completed self-treatment #4. I went to bed and centered myself, turned on some relaxing music, and did a body scan. My aura greatly dipped at my pelvis, which is completely understandable considering my c-section with V and my thoughts surrounding that.
I left my hands there the entire time – feeling lots of warmth and vibrations in my hands. I also had what felt like energy shooting toward my heart during the session. I feel like a lot of my healing is not only in my c-section area but in my heart about the birth in general. I hope that I am on that road now.
Photo courtesy of: http://www.reikihealingjourneys.com/
It certainly has been awhile since I have done my last Reiki treatment on myself. You can read about it here. You can also get more information about Reiki and why I practice through this post.
DH asked for a Reiki session last night, but I felt completely burned out and sore and tired from the third trimester and figured if I was to extend Reiki to him I had better perform it on myself to get centered first. I asked him if his session could wait until morning. Of course, he agreed.
So this morning when I woke up, I made sure to have a good breakfast and tea. I did about 20 minutes of prenatal yoga and lit incense in the spare room where I would do Reiki. I just finished my 30 minute Reiki session, and thought I should journal about it before doing his session.
I started my session with my hands in prayer by my head asking for guidance and stating my intention of giving Reiki to myself and my baby so that I could center myself. I performed Reiki on my forehead and eyes as they have been causing me pressure headaches, which I am guessing is from all the weather changes.
Then I moved along to my heart and chest, where I realized my breathing suddendly slowed down and became an even paace without me trying to force it to do so. I stayed here for a little bit just enjoying the calm until my wondering got the best of me. How would Sprout enjoy Reiki on my tummy. I put one hand near the bottom of my bump near where her head is and one on the right side which I always feel kicking. Immediately, I could feel her little feet and hands start to move. Not kicks or jolting movements, but just little wiggles. After she calmed down, I moved one hand to my pelvis and kept the other on my belly. I have felt a lot of pressure down low lately, either because she is growing or she dropped further into my pelvis and I am hoping that energy relieves some of that discomfort. While I was in that position, I believe I fell asleep or into a deep meditative state. It was almost like lucid dreaming, but I already can’t remember the visions.
When I came to, I looked at the clock and realized it was almost exactly 30 minutes and it would be a good stopping point. I said my thanks and then played with my pendulum for a bit.
Now I’m off to wake up James for his session.
Picture courtesy of ~ http://www.namastecafe.com/library/namaste_hands.jpg