Whether you’re a reiki practitioner or a recipient, meditation is an important part of reiki healing. But not only that, meditation can be (and should be) important part of our daily life.
In this post, I’ll try to explain what meditation is, so you’ll understand that anyone can practice meditation without it being difficult or complicated.
One main purpose of meditation is to simply slow down your mental activity or stop the thinking process so that you are able to observe any sensation in your body, including energy flowing through your body, including reiki energy.
As a practitioner, if you become more aware of the flow of energy, your hands can detect accurately where energy is lacking in the patient’s body. When this happens, you don’t need to stick to the standard hand positions, and follow your senses by letting your hands lead.
There are hundreds of thousands of forms of meditation practices, and they are all helpful in one way or another. Over 20 years ago, I learned to meditate in a zen temple in southern Japan from Buddhist monks. Zen practice has rather rigid meditation method, which worked for me at the time but it’s probably not for everyone.
In reiki, “gassho meditation” is recommended. Gassho simply means to bring palms of your hands together, usually in front of your heart, with eyes either closed or half closed. According to The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui, author Frank Arjava Petter explains that:
This meditation was practiced each time at the beginning of [Dr Usui’s] Reiki workshops/meetings. It is meant to be practiced for 20-30 minutes after getting up and/or in the evening before going to sleep. (p. 15)
So how do you do it?
Here are the key points you need to remember:
- Sit comfortably with your back straight. You can either sit on the floor or in a chair, whichever is comfortable.
- Bring palms of your hands together, and close your eyes. Bring your focus on where the two middle fingers meet.
- Stay in the position for 20 minutes, or for as long as you can. If you have never meditated before, start with 5 minutes, and prolong by a few minutes each time you sit.
- If thoughts arise, simply observe and let go. The key is to stay focused on your hands, and if you feel any sensation, just observe and let go (rather than hang onto them), even if the sensation feels wonderful.
You can practice anywhere
The great thing about meditation is that you can practice anywhere and anytime. Even if you are commuting on a train or bus, you can bring your hands together on your lap (so that it doesn’t seem strange to people around you!).
I used to work in an organization where I had my own office, and I used to close the door during my lunch break and sit for a few minutes, and that helped me a lot to calm my mind and nerves from hectic daily work.
The beauty of meditation is that it grows on you. Because I have been practicing meditation for so many years, even before I started practicing reiki, it has become part of my daily life and I cannot imagine my life without my meditation practice.
Even if you’re totally new to meditation, it is something you can start today, just for five minutes, then longer each day. If you’re already practicing meditation and have anything you wish to share, I’d love to hear from you.
If you are completely new to meditation, there are many guided meditation programmes and audios that you can use to learn how until you feel comfortable to practice on your own.
If you’re new to meditation and have any questions or comments, please do let me know by leaving a comment below.