A friend of mine recently inspired me to share one of the best gifts I learned through Reiki. She mentioned that she liked using a certain centering tool to calm herself and her (eight!) kids. When she told me this "prayer" was from Reiki, I had one of those ever-welcome "A-ha!" moments to share with my readers ;-)
Many people know that The 5 Pillars of Reiki come from Mikao Usui, the Original recipient of Reiki. However, the version I use incorporates the same concepts, but uses language that speaks to my heart and comes from my friend Reiki Master/Teacher Jane. Here is my favorite expression:
"Just for today, I choose Peace.
Just for today, I choose Joy.
I live my life with Love and Integrity.
I am Kind to all Living Beings.
I express Gratitude for my many Blessings."
Some of my students noticed similarity to some 12-step programs which use the "Just for today..." phrase. I realized that invoking this one idea of being in the present, we become grounded. Being grounded, we are NOT replaying past events or fretting about what may - or may not - happen in the future!
Saying this in the morning helps me to remember to live today the best way I know how and to appreciate the gift of the new day - even when it's raining - or too hot - or snowing!
I've used this as a prayer before meals to help me invoke Reiki at the dinner table to bless my food, my family, and myself. I also find it makes a big difference when everyone at the table says a line or two!
Of course, I use it at the start of any Reiki session, but I even use it at bedtime to close the day in peace and I do rest easier.
Try it - share it - live it ...
the best way you know how.