People in today’s society are taking their own health more seriously. They are continually making informed choices on the best healing methods for the mind body and soul rather than relying on conventional medicine. The current trend for increased well being is making people appreciate eastern philosophies along with western medicine for healing. One of these eastern philosophies is Reiki healing which works on the mind body and soul and creates a naturally occurring equilibrium among the three.Linking physical and emotional health A Reiki healer trains on how to treat other people’s mind body and soul. This means that the treat the physical and emotional at the same time. There are events in people’s lives that have triggered certain conditions and traumas. When this accumulates over a period, it creates a physical problem, commonly known as ailment. These ailments can be arthritis, stomach ulcers, back pains and many othersRecognizing and healing stress Most problems and ailments of the mind body and soul are because of cumulative stress in life. These may be headaches, poor appetite, poor sleeping patterns, diarrhea and constipation irritability and lack of concentration among other problems. There are many causes of stress and symptoms begin to appear when we begin interacting with other people, as we grow older. This can come from strenuous relationships, work problems external factors like use of tobacco and alcohol.Stress comes from all directions and some of it is perceived to be positive. However, in reality you end up subjecting your whole body to chemical attacks and creating an imbalance in the system. This eventually leads to unhealthy body functions and eventual poor health. This is the reason why many of us are plagued with many health problems and in mind body and soul.Many times, we live fast-paced lives that are financially demanding. This makes us ambitious and high achievers who continually focus on career growth and development. It is common for people to think that material wealth is the answer to their problems. However, to achieve overall good health and create a balance demands that we focus on our emotional needs that contribute to our mind body and soul’s health.Vitality and health neither are nor acquired with a few classes on personal development or a great diet. These are very important aspects of our health. Nevertheless, we require more than this to deal with daily challenges. We have to be conscious of the people around us in relation to our body mind and spirit.Methods for the mind body and soul Breathing in slowly and deeply helps you take in large amounts of air, which gets into circulation in the system binding to the red cells. This oxygen provides fuel to or energy. By exhaling out deeply on the other hand enables you to expel carbon dioxide as well ensuring that the mind body and soul stays clean. Body mind and soul wellness requires one to combine a number of factors that eventually contribute to better health.
“The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed… If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought… ” – As a Man Thinketh, James AllenMy interest in the union of mind and body began some years ago via my own health issues. Having survived a life threatening illness, I sought answers to my burning questions “why do people get sick and others don’t?” Along my journey of self discovery I noted the same issues arising for my clients as well.Working in post rehabilitation meant seeing people who were generally at a low point in their life as a result of their illness or injury. Have you ever had that feeling, where you’ve been sick for some weeks, don’t feel like exercising and start feeling sorry for yourself? That’s exactly what I was seeing on a regular basis. In all fairness to my clients, they didn’t choose to be that way. Their physical situation had influenced their mental and emotional state. It’s like a short circuit in their mind body connection had occurred.As a result of my personal and professional experience, I began exploring the role of thoughts and emotions as a basis to achieving health and wellbeing. We train our bodies but what of our minds? If you’re reading this right now and believe that you cannot influence your mental state, please continue reading.The eastern principle states you are not your thoughts, rather the observer of the thought. This is what I mean when I instruct my clients to become mindful of their thoughts. I encourage them to consciously bring their thoughts to the forefront of their mind when they’re overwhelmed with incessant self talk. I instruct them to imagine standing on the sand observing their thoughts as though they were waves coming in to shore. Some waves arrive in a fast and furious manner, others slowly and silently. Yet they all disappear as they hit the shoreline.Your thoughts have the same influence on your body. Your thoughts drive your emotional state. So imagine now for a moment that you are the observer of the thought. Standing at the shoreline noting and observing without attaching meaning or substance to the incoming thoughts. Remember the Viewmaster toy you played with as a child? That red box you looked into for hours, with 3D images on a circular paper wheel. You could change the scenery at the click of a tab and see an entire story unfold before your eyes.Now imagine your thoughts are playing out in your mind like a Viewmaster. You are the watchful observer, instead of giving them meaning, just be still and observe. What is the theme of the story? Do they have a shape or colour in your mind? What do you feel when entertaining these thoughts? Where do these feelings reside in your body? Is it in your stomach, your chest or somewhere else? Don’t analyse it, just observe. Use the following mental phrase to remind you that you are a casual observer; “Isn’t that interesting” when overwhelmed with thought.My program Awaken your Authentic Self trains people how to reclaim their mental and physical well being. Based on three fundamental principles I have found essential for healing from a life threatening disease to radiant health. Following these principles in their daily lives clients see a powerful shift from fatigue, unhappiness, poor skin, depressed mood to feelings of vitality, a renewed sense of life purpose and the energy to make it happen. My ongoing coaching and training cements the learning so that clients never return to their old habits and behaviours. Radiant health and vitality is an important factor for awakening our authenticity.As James Allen suggests in the opening quote, become the guardian of your mind. Be mindful of your thoughts, for your mind has the influence over your body to represent the health you deserve. The reward is an internal balance, a shift toward harmony and bliss adding colour and meaning to your life. When you connect with your mind and body, you allow the synergy of life to find expression within. You become life itself as it unfolds through you.