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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"To hug is to recharge your heart with the heartbeat of another."
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.
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.
Ask yourself, "What if...?", and then go create that [reality or mentality]. Why not? Dwell in the open realm of possibility and see how that feels on you. ~ Katherine R.
What would it look like to unapologetically be the best version of yourself today?
~ 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 ~
Some say, "it is better to give than to receive". I believe that "it is better to give and to receive". In celebration of Giving Tuesday, an annual global giving movement, and in gratitude for all that I have and don't have, I am offering a very special offer, a complimentary 30-minute in-person or distance Reiki healing session, to all those who make a donation to The Gentle Barn (www.gentlebarn.org). Please email me at email@example.com to sign up and for further details. Promotion expires December 7, 2017.
For the love of animals, our planet, and our collective healing,
~ Katherine R.
Yesterday, the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, was the designated Native American Heritage Day (holiday). This got me thinking about the meaning of the word native, with all of its complexity, and for all that it can represent. It got me thinking about how I love to learn from and honor heritages other than my own. Honoring the richness of the fabric of humanity every day, in some way, is important to me. I always find myself within it—always do. It got me reading. Now, it has me sharing today’s musing with you.
As I write this note, I am boundlessly grateful for the seals barking outside, as they relish in the rolling, misty fog that soothingly and refreshingly blankets us this afternoon. I am grateful for these still moments, with my black lab underfoot, where I can listen—truly and actively listen—to living nature, to its whisper, and to be anointed by its delicate magic. I am grateful to share a few words here with you, along with the following beautiful Native American prayer that found me today. I feel so fortunate to be held by these wise words today—precisely what I needed. Thank you to the Puebloans for inspiring me in so many ways today. Indeed, we are all connected, and their courage and wisdom is woven into our present. Thank you for sharing this moment with me.
Love ~ Katherine R.
MY TRIBE - THANKS & GIVING EVERY DAY