This post is Part 2 of 5 on five principles of reiki. As I wrote on my page “What is reiki and how does it work?“, one of the most important aspects of reiki (in my opinion) is the five principles of reiki.
They are so simple, yet so profound. These five principles start with, “Just for today“, followed by:
- Don’t be angry
- Do not worry
- Be grateful
- Work hard (fulfill your duties)
- Be kind to others
Today, I want to share with you the importance of letting go of your worries. I think most people either live in the past or in the future. We might be thinking about what happened yesterday and regretting for what you’ve done or said. We also might be thinking about what’s going to happen at work tomorrow or being anxious about an upcoming trip.
Coming from a family of “worriers”, I used to think it was perfectly normal to be looking back at the past and regret or even be critical of what went wrong. I also reflected on what went right too, but it was more the self-criticism that I focused on.
At the same time, I was often worried about the future, whether it was a test coming up when I was a student, or a meeting with a client when I started working. This mental habit continued, until I discovered reiki and the five principles of reiki.
There isn’t much you can do about the past
When I started reading books and attending courses on reiki, yoga and other alternative healing, I came across the idea, “past is past” and “there isn’t much we can do about the past”. Why didn’t I think of that and why do so many people live in the past?
Do your best and leave the rest
Just like the past, worrying about the future is just as unproductive and potentially damaging to your health. Worrying can have negative impact on your health both physically and psychologically, and it could lead to anxiety and other mental illnesses.
Not only living in the past or the future can damage your health, but it is keeping you away from the present moment. It prevents you from being fully enjoying this moment which will never come back.
So what can you do to not worry?
- Disrupt your auto-pilot mind. Often we don’t even realize
what what’s going on in our own mind. But whenever we catch ourselves getting worried, remove yourself from whatever you are doing and do something different, ie go for a walk, jog, swim, bike ride, etc. This way you disrupt the auto-pilot mode and become more mindful of the present moment.
- Write down what’s on your mind. If you have a recurring thought that you cannot get rid of, it may be worth writing them down on a piece of paper or in a journal. By writing them down, you can organize your thoughts and may realize that what’s been bothering you can be dealt with once it’s clarified on paper.
- Train your mind. Meditation by far is my top recommendation and is probably what works best in a long run. There are many different types of meditation and it is best for you to try different methods before settling on one you feel right for you. If you are totally new to meditation, there are plenty of meditation courses and guided meditation recordings available online. See my post on “Reiki and meditation” for more on meditation.
So, just for today, do not worry. But if you forget and become worried, just bring your mind home! Just focus on the present moment.