As I mentioned in the previous post I’m currently studying Reiki, a form of Japanese energy healing. There are certain rules one should keep in order to practise Reiki, like certain foods you should and shouldn’t eat, but today I wanted to share with you something else- 5 Reiki principles to live by. I find them so beautiful and wise and when I read them they always put a smile on my face :)
5 Reiki principles
- Just for today, I will not worry
- Just for today, I will not be angry
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly
- Just for today, I will give many thanks for my blessings
- Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing
Why do I like them so much? Because of many reasons. In a nutshell, they capture the recipe for a righteous, happy life. The last one encourages you to be good to every living thing, and as a vegetarian and nature loving person I really relate to that. And the part I love most is that they all cleverly start with words “just for today”. Let me explain why I think this is a brilliant framing. For our minds, it is very difficult to commit to some permanent decisions, especially when we know they can be difficult to sustain. You can’t easily make a goal for yourself to not be angry for your whole life- who knows what’s gonna happen in the future? So making such a goal instantly feels fake because we know we won’t be able to sustain it for the whole life, so it feels worthless to even start. On the other hand, aiming to do something “just for today” is easy- surely you can keep your decision for a single day. But the clever part is that you’re supposed to read/repeat to yourself those Reiki principles every morning and suddenly it tricks the mind. Suddenly, you can do it today, and the next day, and the next day, without the concern of committing to something long term.
And what’s most important is that such framing gives you a second (or third or fourth) chance. If you failed, you didn’t just make the whole goal unattainable, you simply made a mistake just for today, and tomorrow is a new day where you can start again. It’s such an empowering way to frame goals and such a beautiful way to guide you through your day. Think about how most people make big goals & New Year resolutions for the whole year feeling excited and determined but quit them after the first mistake because they feel that they already broke their promise to themselves, so why even bother trying further… And I can tell you right away- any big goal in your life will be reached only through continuous small steps, and you will “fail” and most probably many times…
So I encourage you to choose this empowering perspective- you don’t have to use these specific Reiki principles, but think what would you like to commit to, and just for today, go and do it.
With love & inspiration,
P.S. there is one more thing why I like those principles. I think it SO beautiful when they say “be kind to your neighbor”- I find it to be such a Japanese thing as in the west we usually even don’t know who our neighbours are or at best say a formal “Hello” when we meet them. This principle instantly reminds me various movies from my favorite artist- Japanese anime genius Hayo Miyazaki (from Studio Ghibli). His movies always show an authentic human connection, warmth and respect between all people, and there are many scenes showing kindness & respect between neighbors. If you don’t know Miyazaki- search for let’s “Spirited Away” and I promise- you’re in for a treat ;)