I AM A PLANT

There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.
— Minnie Aumonier

I pruned my head this week, as one prunes a tree in preparation for Spring — my own internal and external Spring. I spontaneously bid farewell to all of my hair. For new growth, for raw, authentic presence, for lightness and freedom and simplicity, for cultivating intentionality, for women, for my children, for my spouse, for the world, for 77 other reasons, and for quiet. Especially for quiet. This act and ritual of courageous self-love marked a new season of symbolic rebirth, renewal, and transparency for me. Becoming “bare” has opened up new field of quiet for me, in many magical ways, where I can listen and perceive, with newfound focus, to the quiet amongst the trees in the garden of my life. In this raw quietude, I can hear the whispers of what needs tending to — and I can water and nourish that, as I love a plant. May we often remind our hearts to capture the lovely silence of growing things: our children, the unrushed and delicate natural world, and our soul’s garden. And, as a plant, may we always lean towards the light, especially when the skies are gray.

Me in Bloom

Me in Bloom

Upcoming இ Event Saturday, March 9

On March 9th, we will gather to build mindful community through social healing and sharing of the universal language of benevolent energy. This will be an evening of sharing healing reiki, sound, and ritual.

Be kind enough to hold space for a stranger and courageous enough to expect nothing in return. Your heart will be filled and your soul nourished in a circle of giving and receiving.
— இ REIKI-NATIVE

We come together to support each other on our individual and collective paths. In a circle of giving through empathetically holding space for each of our journeys, we receive. Our safe and inclusive environment of support embraces and holds us in a vessel of deep healing and self-discovery. We all know one another in the collective experience of being human together. We hold each other in equal balance and, without expectation, we give and receive to and from one another to magnify our healing experience.

Please bring one small token of giving to exchange in the circle (e.g., a flower, a stone, a short poem, a favorite tea bag or incense stick).

Come comfortably, simply, and don’t forget your comfortable yoga mat and socks (blankets are recommended). A portion of all suggested donation proceeds will benefit The Gentle Barn. More details below

GIVE இ RECEIVE இ RELAX இ REPEAT

~ Katherine R.

The most giving hands that I have known

The most giving hands that I have known

Upcoming இ Event Saturday, January 12

Will you lead a creative or a curated life on your next walk around the sun in 2019?

The most valuable thing we have to offer the world is not our force, our ambition, or our ability to problem-solve, but a cultivated inner life, a centered spirit and the courage to create.
— AmyAnn Caldwell

When the chatter of the holiday season has silenced, we meet ourselves in a creative white space that allows for making peace with our own silence. In this space, we can step fully into the greatest expression of ourselves. Gather with me at our January 12th Reiki and Sound Healing Circle as we explore this creative space and consciously manifest an incoming year of creative expansion through the cultivation of daily creative practice (creative mindsets, creative communication, creative action, etc.) …and leave all the curated stories of our world behind.

Come comfortably, simply, and don’t forget your yoga mat and socks. A portion of all proceeds will benefit The Gentle Barn. More details below

COME இ CONNECT இ CREATE

~ Katherine R.

White : Opening up to our creative self |  Black : Closing down the noise of a curated life and world

White: Opening up to our creative self | Black: Closing down the noise of a curated life and world

The Reiki Rue Trail

During this season of renewal, recharge, re-direction, and ritual, my personal Reiki practice has been unfolding down new, revealing rues (paths). With all the energetic debris that collects within our personal sphere, Reiki as a balancing practice is a most allied friend. As a life management tool and sacred self-care practice, the benefits of reiki reveal themselves by lifting our level of consciousness, transforming our vibratory signature and mental/emotional programming, and turning fragmented outer/inner chaos into a coherent, integrated ease of living. I invite you to take stock in your season of life, savor slow, and rejoice as you follow each falling leaf through the beautiful cycles of decay and re-birthing.

~ Katherine R.

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Upcoming Event இ Friday, November 2

Love the handful of earth that you are.
— Pablo Neruda

Silence is a forgotten language. The village well is a forgotten meeting place. On November 2nd, I will be hosting an evening where we celebrate both (sound & silence). Join me for a small community gathering of meditative sound, uplifting stillness, and restorative energy balancing. This will be a casual evening of conscious self-care (yoga attire), where we will unwind our grip, awaken in self, connect in community, and explore the quality of the silence that the sound leaves behind for us. This is a casual, no-frills celebration of self-love and inter-connectedness. Come comfortably and don’t forget your yoga mat and socks. Light refreshments will be served. A large portion of all donations will benefit The Gentle Barn. More details below

COME இ SIT இ STAY AWHILE

~ Katherine R.

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Your Word of the Day

Sound is the resonance of who you are.
— Chloe Goodchild

We practice intention with what goes into our mouths (i.e., the chilis pictured), but what about what comes out of our mouths via our words?  Let's ask ourselves: What do the words I utter say about me?  What values do my words embody?  What do the words I think, my inner dialogue, say to me?  What is my verbal signature?  Words have energy.  Words are energy.  Words create or destroy, allowing us to expand luminously or dwindle.  Words are catalysts and allies in our manifestation of healing, peace, and positive transformation.

According to Chloe Goodchild, the Aborigines believe in the notion that we have the capability to sound a whole new world into being.

Don Miguel Ruiz writes about "being impeccable with your word" in The Four Agreements.

I invite you to cultivate a daily practice that uses the rich beauty of language to create more harmony, more love, more connection, and more alignment...within yourself, beyond yourself.

Let's sound a whole new world into being through our choice of words.  Using our voice for conscious communication, what a privilege and what a responsibility it is.

In authenticity and co-creation,

~ Katherine R.

Today's post is dedicated to Pono Kai's healing and voice, the best Australian Shepherd I know.

Chilis laying out to dry and greet me in Nepal

Chilis laying out to dry and greet me in Nepal

World Animal Reiki Day

Free to be.  Free to Heal.

On February 5th, I invite you to celebrate World Animal Reiki Day together.  In honor of all animal beings and the love and wisdom that they impart on us, I am offering a Free 30-minute Reiki Healing Distance Session and Ritual for your beloved animal companions.  Spread the Reiki Ripple with me.  Please connect to sign up and for details.  Promotion expires February 7, 2018.

In love and respect for all animals, our planet, and our collective well-being,

~ Katherine R.

Beautiful beings that graced a travel journey

Beautiful beings that graced a travel journey

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a [beautiful] traditional African concept with a rich history.  In “About the Name”, it is described as the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.  Leymah Gbowee describes it as, “I am what I am because of who we all are” and Desmond Tutu expressed it as, “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours. We belong in a bundle of life.”  However beautiful, it's difficult to corral the essence of this worldview into language.  Let's give it life through our choices. We are all connected in The Reiki Ripple.

Beautiful souls that graced a travel journey

Beautiful souls that graced a travel journey

Wabi-Sabi

What is wabi-sabi?  

My distillation of the philosophy and aesthetic wabi-sabi:

A Japanese concept that emphasizes finding beauty in the natural imperfections of nature and life cycles; honoring the wisdom and gifts harboured within such authenticity and transience.

 

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Timeless & True

As the calendar page turns, the Reiki Ripple (as I term it) of healing and growth continues to expand within us and outstretch without.  Thank you for choosing to be a positive agent of change within your world and beyond.

Sound Therapy, Soul Healing

Sages say that the quieter you become, the more you can hear.  I would follow that the more you do this, the more you can understand.  Be still in the noise of the world and listen, truly listen to your inner sound and to the Universe's sound ("uni" meaning one and "verse" meaning song, or "one song").  In stillness, we find the space where our inner sound meets Universe.  It is in this space that we learn our soul and align connectedly as one.  ~ Katherine R.

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Wild Peace & Grace

Life.  Messy.  The grace of nature never fails to sustain, console, uplift, and redeem me.  In stillness and openness, I listen, I learn, I grow.  As fires burn too close to home, and life aches and beckons new expansion, these two poems hold space and healing balm today.  I am deeply grateful that they found me, as I am for the beautiful sisters who shared them my way and for the beautiful authors whose poetic words quench, heal, pacify.  ~ Katherine R.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

When We Plant a Rose Seed in the Earth by W. Timothy Gallwey

When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as "rootless and stemless." We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.

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Rainwater & Zenebe

~ So, we listen to the lullaby of the rain.  Listening to the messages it insightfully whispers to us, we welcome them into our lives.  We hold hands tightly as it pours and drenches us but we stay open and still, and then comes the warmth, only then, after we’ve truly braved the discomfort. ~ K.R.

I love the rain.  In Japan, where Reiki holds roots, I would be fascinated by the rain chains (kusari-doi) that clinked in applause as the water flowed down them and collected for families to use.  I am captivated by how each drop falls long, dances as it lands, quenching the earth and gifting a sense of purification, renewal, stillness.

My daughter’s name would have been Zenebe, “raining” in Amharic (Ethiopian), Zen for short.  That’s how much I love the rain.  To love it is to embrace that which most others cower from, much like difficult emotions, trying decisions, loss, and so on.  It’s beautiful when we can look up into the rain, embrace it, find the beauty, the gifts.

A few days ago, my preschool-aged son said to me, “Mami, look at what a beautiful day it is”.  As I examined the gray, overcast sky, I was filled with humble love and appreciation.  I joined in his celebration.  I loved his reminder that we are the creators of our perception, of our reality, and in each moment, we direct the weather vane to “make our own weather”.  He reminded me that we ultimately choose to dance in the rain or hide and run from it.

There is no rainbow without rain.

Love the rain. 

Dance with me ~

Katherine R.

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Young & Old, Wise & Wise

Let’s walk together

Hold my hand, for I want to know like you know

Hold my hand, for I want to remember how it is to feel like you

Let’s grow from one another, walking together in each other's wisdom

~ Katherine R.

I found these two beautiful beings along my trek through Nepal. I lit my inspiration in their light, and that same torch leads my daily trek today . ~Katherine R.

I found these two beautiful beings along my trek through Nepal. I lit my inspiration in their light, and that same torch leads my daily trek today . ~Katherine R.