This time of year gives us the opportunity to reconnect with ourselves and reflect on our life path. As the years add on to my precious life I ponder the deeper meaning of who I am, what is it that I am here to be and to do. More and more I find the Reiki Precepts give me a framework to work within and live the best I can on a daily basis.
Do not bear anger. I notice how just saying that to myself releases the feelings I may be holding on to about others and situations. Often I say to myself “For now, just for today, it doesn’t really matter”. Just for today I can do that.
Do not worry. I realize that worry is so ineffective. If I can do something about it, then I need to do it. If not, why give it my energy? Some issues are of real concern. Climate Change is a big one. Worrying about it is simply giving energy to fear and doing nothing. It ends up being a huge distraction to living fully.
Be grateful. As I release the anger and eliminate worry I more easily reflect on all that I can be grateful for. It is uplifting. It raises my energy. I am no longer fixated on what is not going well but realize that there are may good things happening and I can contribute too.
Be true to your self and your way. In this place of higher energy I am more able to look at who I am and my sense of purpose begins to emerge and grow. I get it. I know what I am able to be and do. As I think ahead to January and New Year goals, I can use this as a foundation.
Have compassion for yourself and others. I am not perfect. I am learning to love my imperfections, my weaknesses and inadequacies. I am learning to laugh at myself. As I learn to love all aspects of who I am, I begin to see that others also are not perfect and it is OK. We are all on a learning journey. Some things we learn faster than others. And so I have compassion for myself and for others. No need to judge or label. Hmm.
This helps me release the anger I had to work on related to the first precept. It also helps me accept what is truly me. In fact more and more I see how all five precepts are interrelated.
With all this in mind, I wish all of you a very thoughtful and compassionate experience over this holiday season. May you love yourself and in so doing find inner strength to love others more.
May 2019 be a year of growing hope for humanity, for the leadership of many countries, for life on planet earth. May we all learn to love people of all races, religions, classes and philosophies as we eliminate all labels. We are one.