By Loni Wise Reiki Master
Do you experience times in your life where you must take time to rest? Last week was a time for me to practice taking conscious time for self-care, but oh, how it is a struggle for me to honor a day of rest. Part of a recent practice I have taken up is looking at my life and scheduling time for me to let go of tasks, duties, clients, and classes for a few hours, or an entire day. As an energy worker it is very easy to give my time to all of the world around me. The challenge comes when I have given too much and recognize that now I am the one requiring the refill. In this time of rest last week, I realized how difficult the push and pull of give and take can really be. I am always amazed at how challenging it can be to nurture yourself when you know there are other things to be done. I found that when I allowed myself to sink (or sync) into the moment with my breath I could see how the re-filling of my energy tank served the greater purpose and how others responded to the vibration of light and energy; as I was charged up, so were they. Nature played a role in creating hope and challenge for the week to come to a close. All pieces of nature are relevant in the expansion of energy and the flow of life, and last week was no exception.
One important way you can be aware of the need for rest is your physical body, which has no shame in letting you know when enough is enough. Some of you may have been feeling run down and tired and when your body is sending this message and you don’t or aren’t willing to listen, you may develop a head cold or some sort of body pain like headaches and sore muscles. It felt like a giant red flag was waving in the sky as if to say stop, take a moment to breathe, and bring a greater presence to yourself. If you have not been listening to these signals for a while, it may feel as if the little moments you do take for yourself, are not enough to feed your soul. Remember that self-care is a daily practice, and when you commit to that you will begin to see and feel the calm or a feeling of deep peace. The clear space of peace and calm are where you will tap into your greatest natural ability to heal and replenish.
It wasn’t until later in the week that the energy tanks within began to feel more full and abundant. For some of you this feeling can be quite euphoric, in the sense that everything feels at its highest potential because you do. There may have been some whose tanks were not feeling restored until the weekend, but the most important thing is that the tank did get refilled, or was at least brought to a level of energy higher than before. The beautiful thing about being aware that you need a refill is that you are being proactive with the energy, creating a beautiful opportunity to empower yourself with greater levels of awareness physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Because energy can function within your subtle energy body, you may unknowingly affect those around you with this new awareness. There is an unseen way that humans are able to sense when positive and negative energy is close or working through someone. Your ability to embrace self-care and nourishment will raise the energetic vibration of all those who come into a close proximity of you. This raises their vibrations, filling their tanks a little and suddenly there is a beautiful chain reaction happening that amplifies the highest love and light within everyone.
As the week came to a close the opportunity to get out into nature may have presented itself to you and nature had something to say. Anytime you can get out and feel the vibration of the earth, do it! The deepened place within your heart is connected to nature even if you don’t realize it. Sometimes there is the challenge of being out in it when the weather takes a turn for the worse and mama Gaia asserts herself, however, if you were willing to brave the storm this last weekend, you probably received the most amazing experience. Feeling the beauty of being cleansed by the rain, or lightened by the wind is the energy’s way of letting us know there is more. There is another chance to go beyond and explore how to be within your deepest existence which also drives the hearts desire of profound wisdom and enlightened love.