Practicing Gratitude, Counting Blessings

Practicing Gratitude, Counting Blessings

Taking time off through New Years, I was looking forward to some planned ‘down time.’ Be careful what you wish for! 

I have been home with a bug since before the holiday. Generally, I am in very good health, but a lingering cold put a damper on my holiday plans and festivities. I sit at home today, enjoying a cup of hot tea, with honey, lemon and ginger. My Reiki Teacher, Hyakuten Sensei, a Buddhist monk from Kyoto Japan teaches that – “A cup of tea. A cup of enlightenment.” Hopefully, along with enlightenment comes a cure for this cold!   😉

The message on my Yogi tea bag (each bad has a written positive saying or quote), gives me pause to reflect –  “An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities.” 

‘End of Year’ Accounting. 2019 is nearly over and I find myself making time for a retrospective accounting of the year. Not the financial kind that the IRS is looking for, but the psycho-spiritual kind, making note of that which has fed my heart, nourished my spirit, and brought Joy.

New experiences and adventures, meeting new people, exploring various cultures, and learning … all bring me joy. They also bring opportunity to gather new information and skills to share with students and clients. Their positive feedback and improved results is what brings me joy. Do what you love. Love what you do. Seeing their smiling faces after sessions, hearing their reports of “feeling better,” “more hopeful,” learning of their positive changes, hearing their expressed gratitude …, makes my work Joyful.

Gratitude is a two-way street. Whether we give or receive, there is Gratitude.

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Added Reiki Shares/Clinics this Month to Support ALS Research

Added Reiki Shares/Clinics this Month to Support ALS Research

Two Additional Reiki Shares/Clinics this month – in memory of a dear friend and colleague.

Sunday, October 27,  1:00 – 4 pm. Greene ME

Monday, October 28. 5:15 – 8:15 pm. Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease(MND) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This month’s donations will be donated to support the ALS MA Chapter’s efforts to better treat and defeat this disease.

So far, there is no cure and only two medications approved for treatment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

This month, our Reiki Shares/Clinics are offered ‘in memory’ of dear friend and colleague Nancy Earabino, Western Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Reiki Shihan, a nurse who offered reiki for many years at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA, North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Peabody and Danvers MA and at many charitable events, including the NSMC Cancer Walk, MGH Brain Cancer Support Group, Friends of Mel’s, Reid’s Ride and LungForce. Nancy spent her life in service to others, and gracefully accepted everything that came her way.

This is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives. Ask your doctor about a screening mammogram.

Our Monthly Reiki Share/Reiki Clinics (1st Tuesdays) offer low-cost reiki sessions ‘by donation’ and help support people undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer, offering low-cost reiki sessions (‘by donation.’)

‘Rest. Relax. Rebalance. Re-energize. Renew. Restore.’  

Preliminary research indicates that reiki may help decrease pain and anxiety, and improve comfort and sleeping, with patients reporting generally feeling better.

Reiki Trainings also available. The practice of Reiki Ryōhō begins with self-reiki for self-care.

Contact Us for More Information on these and other programs, and to Register in Advance. Email: dreamtimewellness.com or phone: 978-283-4258.

 

 

January Reiki Training: 1st Degree/Beginning Teaching Focuses on Self-Care

Start the New Year with ‘Rest and Relaxation’ while learning self-reiki for self-care.

First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching)2 Day** In-person Training. **Plus Additional requirements for ‘Certificate of Completion.’

When: Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27

Where: Peabody MA.

No pre-requisite necessary. Come with an open-mind and an open-heart!

The focus of this training is ‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’

Self-reiki offers a quick and easy way to relax, improve comfort, increase calm and self-awareness, enjoy greater sense of inner peace, improve meditation practice, and make positive lifestyle changes easier.

Contact Us for Details and to Register – 978-283-4258 or Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com

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Representing GMG and Usui Reiki Ryoho, in Sedona Arizona

Sedona’s Connection to the Sea. Visiting Sedona Arizona in 2004, I was completely taken by its natural beauty. Hiking there was phenomenal and the sense of peace, amazing. I had hoped to return. Finally, this past April I had that chance. While there I was reminded that millions of years ago Sedona was under the sea. As the water receded, it left lines of color and draw-dropping scenery of iron-rich red spires and other unique rock formations. Fossilized marine animalssea shells and sharks teeth can be found here.

This area was discovered centuries ago by Native Americans who made Sedona their home. Ancient ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs can be viewed at two protected Native American heritage sites. While visiting the Palatki Native American Heritage site, I was greeted by two gopher snakes that crossed my path. One crossed on the left, the other to the right. It felt like a choreographed welcoming dance of the snakes. 

Wildlife of Sedona. Yes, there are some poisonous snakes and insects in the area, but gopher snakes are not poisonous and are really quite beautiful. Luckily, no rattlesnakes were heard or seen while there. Still, one does need to take care and be aware when hiking in Sedona. Each time I visit I have interesting wildlife experiences. On my first trip there in 2004, as we turned onto the highway leading to Sedona an owl flew across the windshield. Then in April 2017, a similar experience occurred with a hawk. This year, it was a yellow warbler flying past my windshield as I turned onto to the highway Sedona. Driving late at night, I saw a pack of boar-like javelina going through trash dumpsters.While hiking in Oak Creek Canyon, Raven soared majestically through canyon, riding the air currents. On my first visit, while offering someone Reiki Reiju (Japanese for attunement, an important part of learning Reiki Ryōho face-to-face, a coyote stood outside the natural circle of rocks I had chosen for this purpose, and a hawk circled above.

Beautiful dessert flowers, stunning sunrise and sunsets, and the occasional rainbow adds to the wonder of Sedona. Spring monsoons can suddenly appear. One night I drove to a plateau, hoping to see sunset from a lesser known vantage point than the frequented ‘airport vortex.‘ (Vortexes are said to be an area of concentrated energy. I tend to avoid the commercialized and touristy vortex sites, preferring out-of-the-way quiet spots of natural beauty which can be found throughout the area.) Even the locals thought that afternoon clouds and a predicted rain storm made seeing sunset doubtful. Still, I was optimistic. Soon, a monsoon moved through the canyon, the winds shook and rattled my car to the point I thought it might tip over. My thought was, ‘if the storm stops and the sun does come out, it will be a beautiful sunset.’ Sure enough; the sun came out .. followed by this beautiful end-to-end, double rainbow. Well worth the wait!

Connections to Gloucester MA Found in Sedona. At the Palatki Native American Heritage site, I met Park Rangers Jake and wife Kathy. They live part of the year in New Hampshire and were in Sedona for winter. Jake was in Gloucester in the 1970’s while sailing to Russia on the Te Vega. Te Vega, a two-masted, gaff-rigged auxiliary schooner was once owned by the Landmark School in Beverly Farms, MA. A book about Te Vega can be found on Amazon.

Art, Crafts, Pottery and Jewelry. Sedona was settled in the early 1900’s by farmers, followed by ranchers. Now, tourism fuels the economy and the city is populated by an eclectic group of people, residents and tourists alike. Local residents related that they “miss the cowboy days, before the influx of ‘hippies, psychics and healers.'”

Weekend Art Shows. ‘Pop-up’ art shows are a great place to find handcrafted art, like the wooden cross inlaid with turquoise seen above.

 

Handcrafted turquoise jewelry and pottery. Native American artists can be found along the highway on the left-hand side as you head north on Route 89A towards Flagstaff. Here, money from your purchases goes directly to support Native Americans artisans and their heritage. I bought beautiful pieces from Cheryl and her mother, members of the Diné (named Navajo by the Spaniards).

Seemingly out-of-place, a Buddhist stupa rises from the desert at the base of a mountain just about one mile from a cowboy church. Here, prayers (and reiki) are offered, thought to be ‘carried by the wind’ to those in need. Meditate to the sound of birds and wind chimes and enjoy a wonderful sense of peace.  Or, stop by the Chapel of the Holy Cross, built into the side of the red cliffs in 1956; another special place for introspection, reflection, meditation, and prayer.

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May 1st ‘Community Reiki Share’ for a Cause – Toots Fore Tufts

Community Reiki Share/Clinic

Where: At the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. (Harbor Place) Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.

When: 5:15 – 8:15 P.M. First Tuesdays fo the Month. Suggested Donation – $20.00

This month’s Reiki Share/Clinic proceeds benefit Toots Fore Tufts and the Marc Jackson Foundation Neuro-oncology Patient Support Fund at Tufts Medical Center, providing programs that support neuro-oncology (brain cancer) and other patients undergoing treatment for cancer and their families, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA

100% of net proceeds from Tuesday’s Reiki Share will go directly to Toots Fore Tufts. 

~ Ask your workplace about matching corporate donations! ~

How You Can Help Support Toots Fore Tufts:

However You Choose to Help, it’s a ‘Win-Win!’ 

~ Enjoy the Sense of Peace, Comfort and Calm Reiki provides. ~

~ This month’s attendees will receive a special ‘Gift from Sedona.’ ~

Photo © Karen Pischke/Dreamtime Wellness™

Register in Advance – info@DreamtimeWellness.com or call 978-283-4258. Walk-ins accommodated as we are able. Wheelchair accessible. Convenient, free parking.

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Reiki Training- 1st Degree Shoden

Reiki Training- 1st Degree Shoden

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Let Your Reiki Journey Begin Here on Cape Ann – 

First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching)Two Day, 15-hour training.**

When: Saturday and Sunday. August 28th and 29th.

Where: Gloucester MA.

No pre-requisite necessary. Come with an open-mind and an open-heart!

 Contact Us for Details – 978-283-4258 or Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com

Usui Reiki Ryoho – the Japanese Healing Art/Method that originated in 1922 with Founder USUI Mikao Sensei of Japan. Komyo Reiki System – Hands-on. Nothing More.” A Keep It Simple traditional system of reiki as taught by Buddhist monk INAMOTO Hyakuten Sensei, based on Japanese aesthetics – Less is More.

Learn Reiki (ray-kee) in this traditional apprentice-style training. Class is offered in a beautiful, peaceful setting on Cape Ann and includes instruction, discussion, practice, meditation, attunements (reiju,) manual, ongoing mentoring and more. Learn  the history of Reiki Ryoho, technique for self-reiki and the reiki precepts (gokai) that guide our daily practice.

‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ – Self-reiki offers a quick and easy way to relax, improve comfort and increase calm. Self-reiki also can help those wanting to make positive lifestyle changes and or enhance their meditation practice.

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Reiki at Gloucester Healthcare and Senior Center This Week

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Reiki for Relaxation, Comfort and Calm – Reiki (ray-kee) will offered to residents at Gloucester Healthcare (Formerly Golden Living Gloucester.) Monday, November 13.  2 pm – 3:30 pm. 
Gloucester Healthcare Residents can sign up through the Activities Department. Family members and health care agents can sign up loved ones unable to sign themselves up (Alzheimer’s, dementia, post-stroke, or other cognitive issues.) Family members and staff may also participate as time allows. Attention is paid to comfortsafety, hygiene and confidentiality.
Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center – Friday, November 17. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Suzanne Sweeney, 3rd Degree Reiki Practitioner and I will be there offering Chair Reiki Sessions. Pre-Register: 978- 281-9765. $5 Donation.
*Active Duty Military and Veterans – Contact us to ask about our discounted Reiki Sessions during the month of November.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reiki is considered generally safe and has the potential benefits of relief of stress and anxiety, improved comfort and increased calm.