Somewhere out there is a really caring person who is burned out and experiencing low energy. Her life is focused on caring for others and though she loves what she does, she feels out of sorts, off balance, and not grounded. She can hardly get her bearings.
Oh no! What’s going on with this caring person?
- Well, she’s stressed out because she just received a large bill in the mail from the mature adult facility where her mother lives.
- She’s been the financial caretaker for her mother since her father passed away two years ago. She has deep periods of grief that make her heart heavy.
- Her work supervisor is micro-managing her every move and she’s uncomfortable at work all the time.
- She recently ended a relationship during a season that is the toughest for her to get through.
- She’s been unable to exercise because she’s been experiencing shooting pain in her ankle.
Let’s take a moment and offer our compassion to this person who is obviously experiencing an intense cycle of imbalance.
Have you ever experienced any one of these things in your own life?
Have you ever been off balance in a way that you could have used some compassion and self care?
I know I have! Just to name one such experience… almost seven years ago, I experienced a major life change. I gave birth to twin boys, and boy-oh-boy did I experience major imbalance! My boys spent the first 3 weeks of their lives in the special care unit of the hospital. I was so lost not being able to take them home right away, but when I did, I realized very quickly that my life and my body would never be the same again. My chest tripled in size to nourish the livelihood of two lives. My sleep pattern was completely off. And I spent most of the daytime alone without adult interaction. Looking back, I was in need of some seriously intense self care that I did not give to myself.
What did I do? Well, I survived and I also learned that with any period of imbalance, it’s a must for me to take care of myself.
Fourteen months after the birth of my twins, a surprise came into our family. We were blessed with another child. Three children in fourteen months!
You bet I got the message. Six weeks after my daughter was born, I began running to take care of myself. Because I needed to breathe. I needed to hear my feet slap the pavement. I needed to be inside of my body.
What about you? Are you feeling out of sorts or off balance in some way and want some self care?
I don’t run as much as I used to, but I do have a self care routine. Reiki is my favorite self care tool. Second to that comes writing. Writing in my journal is a way to pull out the energy of my thoughts and emotions and put them down into words on paper.
There are so many situations that threaten to throw me overboard and though I may not be able to change the situation, I can control my energy.
When I journal I know that I am scheduling a meeting with the divine mind within me and I know that I am giving my power to the situation at hand and therefore I am claiming my power.
How about it?
Here’s a journal prompt.
Use it anytime you are feeling out of sorts or off balance…
Think of something that is happening or has happened to you or someone else that is causing or has caused you to experience internal or physical imbalance.
This could be a tough work situation, a relationship issue, a financial concern, an accident or injury, an uncomfortable encounter, a major life change (marriage, death of a loved one, retirement, new child), seasonal changes, or some other thing that is or has caused you to feel off.
Choose one thing, recall the details, and write it all down in your journal including your thoughts, feelings, and physical responses about the situation.
Be as clear with the details as you can be because the more clear you are the more power you bring to the situation.
Now, imagine that you are the hero of this situation and that you bring your own personal power to realize the full beauty and potential of this situation.
Owning this situation automatically brings you power.
Next, ask yourself these questions and answer them in your journal…
- How am I letting this situation control my thoughts, emotions, and physical response?
- How am I taking responsibility for how I see myself in this situation or how have I given my power away?
- How is this situation really a matter of divine intervention for my own healing?
- What am I learning about myself from this imbalance?
- In what ways can I reclaim my power from this situation?
- How can I acknowledge all the beauty that is or has resulted from this situation?
Once you have finished answering these questions, write this statement down in your journal:
Though I feel off balance, this situation is creating my transformation.
Do you desire more? Are you feeling so off balance that you realize you are in need of some seriously intense self care? If you believe that Reiki is a self care tool that you will value from,