So, I’ve managed to pull a muscle in my lower back, which seems to have made all my other muscles clamp down in protection mode of said poor, beleaguered muscle. I’ve spent the last few days bent over like a little old lady in a fairy story and have been marvelling at the sheer audacity of myself for taking something as important as my back for granted everyday. Seriously you need your back for absolutely everything!
Sacral – part of a series of meditative paintings I’ve been working on
Ultimately, I’m not really that surprised that this has happened as, for the last week, I’ve knowingly been flouting one of the number one rules my sensei taught me in Reiki 1 training which was giving myself self-healing reiki each day! I’m not sure why I haven’t been doing this since I’ve been more than happy to give reiki to everyone else, but I suspect it has something to do with struggling with self-care routines and feeling like I deserve it as much as I feel others do.
I guess, like learning to take proper breaks to nourish myself properly by eating lunch and learning to sit an *be* without doing, giving myself reiki is another thing I need to learn to build in to my daily routine. Seriously though, this is a painful way to learn my lesson, but I suppose, for someone as stubborn and sometimes wilfully blind as myself, this is at times the only way I learn…AKA the hard way! I’m just writing about this here to reflect on this fact and hopefully remind myself that I can *choose* not to learn the hard way lol
Needless to say, I am now most definitely giving myself reiki every day which is helping me greatly, alongside some extra support from my awesome Chinese Medicine practitioner who gave me a combo treatment yesterday of massage, cupping and acupuncture: the triple threat to back pain!!
Anyway enough of the pity party! I’m still really excited about my reiki and I’ve made myself a little portable reiki kit I carry around with me. It’s got a pretty handkerchief with cherry blossoms on it which I can use as an eye mask when I’m giving treatments to family, a cute cherry blossom hair slide to get my hair out of the way (if you’re sensing a cherry blossom theme you’d be correct lol) and also contains some divine mist and oil from MK Wellbeing which all fits very nicely into my gorgeous fox print pouch from my beautiful friend Dawn back in the UK!
I use MK Wellbeing’s *Heart – open and expand your essence within* mist every day. I find this really helps me switch over from logic brain to intuitive brain because it’s for battling *head over heart* and we all know I like to hunker down in that head space sometimes lol
When I’m giving my family reiki, I use *Relax – unwind and calm the mind* oil on the insides of my wrists, because it’s great for countering stress and helping them just relax and let go. I really love the gentle healing qualities of flower essences, oils and mists because they always make me feel better and I can use them for myself and my family daily without fear of harm (^_^).