Imagine this with me if you will:
Your shoulders are a shelf, and your thoughts are items you meaningfully place on the shelf. On its surface you begin placing a few items of significance. Maybe a picture or two showing the people you love. A candle to symbolize your light. A crystal that signifies the value you add to yourself and those around you. And a goal-oriented quote for inspiration: I can do all things through the substance of my power which strengthens me.
This shelf in your imagination delightfully reflects the goals and desires emanating from your heart.
Now imagine this same shelf, only this time, you place every single one of your thoughts upon it. One by one, you pile on every goal, desire, worry, doubt, and fear. Really take the time to visualize this shelf. It begins to get heavy and soon becomes so cluttered that you have a hard time deciphering between your goals, desires, worries, doubts and fears. When you try to reach for a goal or a desire, you find it hard to grasp one without also taking into your hands your worries, doubts, and fears.
Can’t you just feel weight of it all?
I know it’s hard.You are not alone.
At any given moment we have plenty of pretty big goals we are all striving to reach. We have goals focused on our exercise and eating habits, goals focused surrounding our family, financial goals, and career goals.
We also have desires that we’re trying so hard to manifest. We desire more money, a new home or new car, a promotion, new relationships, new projects, new travel plans and vacations, new causes to give to, new pets, new networks.
And along with all these goals and desires come those nagging worries, doubts, and fears that maybe, just maybe every single one of our big ideas are impossible to reach.
Your shoulders tense up close to your ears. You experience constant tightness in the back of your neck, along the tendons connected to your collarbone, and across your shoulders. You may even experience tension headaches or pockets of knots in your shoulder muscles.
With so much over thinking going on, how can you see or experience the rest of yourself?
Where’s your heart, your core, your creative energy, your feet?
Where’s the connection between your goals and desires, and the rest of yourself?
Through Reiki sessions both on myself and with others, I have found that so many of us are living our lives shouldering our thoughts. We spend so much time in our heads, and we end up placing so much weight on our shoulders. After practicing Reiki on my own shoulders, it seems such a necessary area of energy work that allows my awareness to connect to the rest of my body.
Many times while working with clients I can feel the shoulders’ response to Reiki as waves of tension release. I also feel that wonderful moment of relaxation that my clients receive after Reiki on their shoulders.
Here’s what I also know:
When you shoulder your thoughts, your worries, doubts, and fears, you create a shield keeping your goals and desires from flowing through the rest of you.
Your worries, doubts, and fears that pile up on your shoulders choke the natural flow of your goals and desires that are meant to easily pour into every cell of your body.
Have you ever considered what it might feel like, look like, or be like to give your shoulders a break? To let go and let the light of your goals and desires pour through you without any obstacles?
Do you want to remove the clutter from your shoulders and experience the joy of connecting your goals and desires to your heart? Pick one of these activities and start including them in your daily practice.
1. Journal out your thoughts.
With this activity you will be able to physically see that your heart is the real treasure chest full of your goals and desires. First, open up your journal to a blank left page and free write all of your goals, desires, worries, doubts and fears. Second, draw a heart on the right page and write down every goal and desire inside the heart. Lastly, write down your worries, doubts, and fears on the outside of the heart. Keep these journal pages as a reminder to yourself when you begin to feel the weight of your thoughts and need to de-clutter your shoulders and return your goals and desires to your heart.
2. Be still and in the moment with action verbs.
I love action verbs! There’s nothing like a good verb to bring you right to the present moment. In your favorite safe space, sit or lie down and say out loud or silently exactly what you are doing using present-tense verbs. Try to avoid using “I am,” or “I will.”
Example: I sit down in my favorite space feeling safe and protected. The floor underneath me supports and grounds me. The material against my body lightly touches my skin. I close my eyes and I breathe in through my nose. My lungs expand as I take in air. I exhale and my whole body relaxes. I inhale and I give my shoulders the air they desires to relax.
This action-verb exercise truly works as a daily activity to bring your awareness into yourself. Your thoughts slow down from the race as you focus on each verb you feed to it. As you breathe, keep using verbs to give air to different areas of your body.
3. Feel yourself as simply alive head to toe.
Do you know the exuberance that accompanies the act of doing nothing? Truthfully, we are never really doing nothing. Even when you sit still for a few minutes in your favorite space, your office, or even in your car before you embark on your next task, your organs are in constant activity supporting your livelihood. Try pausing for a short period, even if you have two minutes.
Sit still, be quiet, and do nothing.
Close your eyes, let your shoulders drop, feel the easiness of your breathing, and feel your heartbeat send your life supply to every corner of your body.
Do you desire more? Do you want to experience that wonderful moment of relaxation when reiki works upon your shoulders so that you actually feel the warmth and compassion that happens when those waves of tension release from your shoulders?