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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Reiki and Children Pt. 1

Sunday, September 26, 2010
For those of you who don't know, Reiki is a healing practice using the energy of the Divine. It is practiced by many Pagans and New Agers (is that a word?) alike. And it is also taught to massage therapists and to nurses as therapeutic touch. Now I know that is a real simple definition, so any Reiki practitioners out there, please don't shoot me. Thanks.

But all joking aside, Reiki practitioners espouse Five Principles. Combined these Principles work to make one a better person so they in turn can be a better healer. How can we heal someone, or in this case act as the channel to do that healing, if we are not pure of thought and action?

A while back a friend of mine posted for a few weeks the Five Principles individually as her Facebook status. This got me to thinking about how they could be used to remind us how to be better parents. This article comes from that thought.

So without further adieu, here are the Five Principles;

Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will be honest
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing

Today I wanted to just focus on the first and then move on to each of the others in turn, as this week moves forward.

I will not be angry.

Just five simple words but sometimes the best of kids can lean on your button or buttons in some cases. They have great skill in finding all of them. And I like to think that even Job, in his great patience, probably got at least a little exasperated with his children.

We all get frustrated and maybe a little angry at times. This doesn't make us bad parents, it makes us human. We all undoubtedly have busy lives and in our world they are probably stress filled as well. So after a day of fighting the grind, we don't want to come home to children who misbehave.

But we cannot allow our anger to rule us. So here are some tips to help us, Just for today, to not be angry.
  • Take a break. Put some distance between you and the situation. This will probably help with the misbehaving child. 
  • Breath. Remember that we are all human and make mistakes. 
  • Learn to act and not react. Count to ten before you speak or make a decision. Make a conscious decision to nip anger in the bud.
Now I know that today's topic won't apply to all of you. I have talked to some of you in email and the like and you seem like fantastic parents. But I hope that this might help some of you.

Blessed Be!

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