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Where Do We Begin?

December 19, 2016

 

 

Whether you are trying to lose weight, start an exercise program, or achieve any goal, there is always a starting point. The stronger your starting point, the more chance you have of success.

 

For example, at the beginning of this year, I decided to run a half-marathon, the Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll Marathon. It was something I’ve wanted to do for the past few years, but one thing stood in my way - I wasn’t in shape to run a half-marathon. My only race experience prior to committing to a half-marathon race consisted of participating in a 5k race three years earlier.

 

To succeed in this goal, I needed to create a starting point. I wanted to run and finish the Rock‘n’Roll half-marathon race.

 

Next, I took action by signing up for the race 11 months in advance.

Finally, I reinforced my goal by starting a journal of my training experience that included a countdown of days until the race. I also created a visual of the running course and posted it on my refrigerator along with a daily running schedule. Giving up on this goal wasn’t an option, so I told several people that I was running in the race - making it harder to quit.

 

These actions created a strong starting point that I built upon daily. In addition to a strong starting point, I needed a strong support system. Family and friends provided support and encouragement, but what got me to the finish line was Reiki and Nature.

It’s that simple. Daily self-Reiki and being present while with Nature helped to quiet my ever-present critic so I could focus on my inner strength. The more I believed in myself, the more I trained. I have learned that Reiki provides you what you need when you need it. At times, I’d need mental clarity, so I practiced Reiki outdoors during my miles of training. The calming energy brought my attention back to the present and my Oneness with everything. It is hard to describe the energy of Reiki to someone that has never experienced it; yet for me, at times it has the calming flow of a river moving downstream coupled with the strength to move debris out of its path. Other times I feel as if I have stepped into a hot tub after a long, exhausting day and every muscle in my body is allowed to relax. Each day my Reiki experience is different, as it should be, because each day my awareness shifts toward my true self and my Oneness with all.

 

The funny part, once I reached a point in my training that I realized I could easily finish a half-marathon race, my finish time no longer became an important factor. I modified my goal to having fun at the race (remember it’s in Las Vegas). The results, I walked/ran the first 9 miles of the half-marathon with my husband, and then I ran the remaining miles on my own. I finished the race and had a blast - before, during and after!

 

Do you have something you want to begin, be it an exercise program, a healthy eating plan, a gratitude journal, or even starting your own business; but your ego is chattering “it’s too hard, you’ll never be able to do it, you’ve tried before”? Try developing a strong starting point and a strong support system. Give Reiki a chance. You might be surprised at the amount of inner support and guidance you discover once you allow Reiki into your life.

 

May Reiki and the Moon guide you wherever you are in your journey.

 

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