The Open Heart

The Open Heart

We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open.   — Jack Kornfield That’s it, isn’t it? Tells the whole journey of life. Closed hearts don’t work, for the heart itself, the emotional life of the person, and the access there is right in the heart center for a spiritual life. (Read: Is Your Heart a…

Rewriting Emotional Stories

Rewriting Emotional Stories

The grooves of the mind are well-documented. Especially nowadays with the advent of neuroscience we’re discovering more about the neural pathways that become established in the brain, affecting our outlook, mood, mental states and even view of the world. Emotions too have grooves. As with mental grooves, emotional ones are also like well-worn paths. We cycle the same emotions over and over. We’re on a hamster wheel of thoughts. Thoughts and emotions feed each other. We live within stories we’ve…

Local Pain; Nonlocal Self

Local Pain; Nonlocal Self

Before pain was, you were. After pain had gone, you remained. Pain is transient, you are not.   — Nisargadatta Maharaj The body is transient. The body has pain. The mind can have pain too. The mind is fluid. Pain is local. We’re both local and nonlocal. We’re local in our body, in our incarnation. What incarnates is nonlocal. When pain lasts it’s discouraging. And difficult. There’s no denying that. The real trouble is our identification with pain. Especially chronic…

Reiki Stories Project 8/23/14

Reiki Stories Project 8/23/14

It’s with great pleasure that I present the following in the ongoing Reiki Stories Project (RSP) . This Reiki story is a really great example of what’s possible when we’re not only wanting to change, but willing to change and committing to the journey that brings healing and change. It’s also a great example of what’s possible with Reiki when Reiki sessions are combined with learning Reiki for oneself in a Reiki class. In this case, I was able to…

The Non-Practice of Hands-On Reiki

The Non-Practice of Hands-On Reiki

Healing begins when you aren’t trying to do anything. This is the practice of non-practice.   — Thich Nhat Hanh Before expanding on the quote above, let me make very clear that there’s still a practice to be put in place, to be engaged in and commit to while we refine our ability to heal and evolve. The quote doesn’t address the conundrum ‘to practice or not to practice,’ but the orientation we have as we practice. Practice is a…