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Walking The Labyrinth

Labyrinth Walking When Grieving

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I had never heard about labyrinth walking until a few years ago when I saw a “Walking The Labyrinth” course listed at a local retreat center. Being mostly curious I signed up. What I learned about was something I never knew existed. Walking a labyrinth as another form of meditation.

WHAT IS A LABYRINTH?

A labyrinth is better known as a maze. They go back as far as Greek mythology. Over time they became very popular. During medieval times, they were made of intricate stone designs on the floors of Gothic Cathedrals. Some of the most famous labyrinths are found Chartres, Reims and Amiens in northern France. It is said pilgrims would follow the path of the labyrinth to simulate a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During their walk they would meditate and pray. This walk replaced an actual visit to the Holy Land which they usually could not afford. Walking the labyrinth as a spiritual practice eventually faded away.

By the time of Renaissance, labyrinths had evolved into elaborate garden mazes; more for pleasure than for spiritual growth. Labyrinth walking as a form of meditation disappeared for over 250 years. In the 1990s, Lauren Artress reintroduced the practice to the United States after walking the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral.[1] Now there are over 5000 labyrinths in eighty different countries. In fact many of them can be found here in the United States.[2] You may be surprised to find one not very far from you. If you do, take the time to plan a visit.

HOW DOES LABYRINTH WALKING HELP WITH GRIEF?

So you may be wondering why I’ve even brought this up. It’s important for a griever to find activities that are peaceful and calming. Walking a labyrinth does exactly that. It gives you time to meditate, pray, or zone out completely. There is no right or wrong way to do it.

You can ask a question before entering the labyrinth (anticipating an answer before you leave it) or you can just walk to decompress and relax. Labyrinths can be found inside or outside. Those that are outside are usually in gardens. What better setting to relax than outside in a beautiful garden? In doing my first labyrinth walk I was surprised how refreshed and peaceful I felt.

As St. Augustine once said, “It is solved by the walking.” He wasn’t kidding.

[1] veriditas.org/aboutlabyrinth

[2] labyrinthlocator.com

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Excerpt from Grief Reiki – An Integrated Approach to the Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Components of Grief and Loss, Chapter 14, Spiritual Tools.

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Grief Reiki Classes

Reiki Level I for Grievers Certification

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Beginning in 2017, Grief Reiki® LLC will offer a Reiki Level I for Grievers Certification. In this one day class, you will how learn to heal yourself specifically while you are grieving. The primary focus is on self-healing. This class combines education, demonstration, and practice sessions so you can feel confident as you develop your Reiki skills.

Length: 7 Hours (One Day)

Prerequisites: None. Reiki Level I for Grievers is open to anyone but was specifically designed if you are grieving and are interested in learning more about Reiki for self-healing.

Materials: “Reiki the Healing Touch – First Degree” by William Lee Rand of the International Center for Reiki Training, handouts and certificate.

How Reiki Helps With Grief

Reiki is is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” that has been practiced for thousands of years. In fact, the basis for modern-day Reiki may have started in Tibet more than 2,500 years ago. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words. The word “Rei” means higher knowledge or spiritual consciousness.  The word “Ki” means life energy.  Life energy plays an important role in everything we do. Reiki harnesses that life energy to promote healing, relaxation and a sense of calm.

Grief affects you physically, so it’s important to understand what is happening and why. A body needs energy to be healthy. Energy from food, energy from exercise and energy from being outside in nature. Grief however is an energy-depleting emotion. When the energy paths of the body are blocked or disturbed, the result can be illness, weakness, and pain. You begin to feel awful. If you don’t do anything to replenish the energy being removed from your body, over time you feel worse and worse. Reiki balances and strengthens the flow of energy within the body, which may decrease pain, ease muscle tension, improve sleep, and generally enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Reiki activates or enhances your natural healing processes. It also provides you with physical, emotional and spiritual benefits by balancing your energy.  This is why it is so helpful to practice self-Reiki when you are grieving.

Class Agenda

In this class you will learn:

– Grief and Loss Basics

– Three Components of Grief

– What to Expect When You Are Grieving

– How Grief Affects the Body

– What is Reiki

– History of Reiki

– Reiki Elements

– Reiki Training

– Reiki Benefits

– How Reiki Helps When You Are Grieving

– How to Conduct Self-Reiki

– Energy Basics

– Japanese or Traditional Reiki Techniques

– Western or Modern Reiki Non-Traditional Techniques

How to Register/Schedule

Go to: Grief Reiki Online Scheduling Tool

Pick an course option and complete one of our online Client Forms.

We accept payments through PayPal.

For other payment options, please call our office at (800) 458-7348.

All classes/sessions are held in our facility located at:

“The Edge”, 877 N. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245

There is plenty of free parking.

Once you register/schedule, you will receive a confirmation email with more details.

We look forward to having you join us!

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Self-Reiki When Grieving

Practicing Self-Reiki When You Are Grieving

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Practicing self-Reiki really helped me when I was grieving the deaths of my loved ones.  I truly believe it really helped to keep me in better health during those times . Do I have any way to scientifically prove it? Not really other than I felt calmer, slept better and didn’t get sick during those two very difficult periods in my life. Maybe that is proof enough self-Reiki worked for me.

SELF-REIKI AT HOME

So how did I do it? First of all, I got myself into a routine. Having a routine made it second nature. I didn’t have to make myself remember. It just happened. This makes it a no-brainer when you are grieving and can barely remember what day it is. I just made sure I practiced self-Reiki every morning when I was in the shower. It only took 5 – 10 minutes. I used one particular symbol and drew it in the air from my head to my feet. I then drew the symbol to cover my whole body. I finished up by giving thanks for the beautiful day ahead. Over time, it became a matter of habit. This helped me to start my days in a better place both emotionally and physically.

SELF-REIKI AT WORK

Once I got to work however, it became another story. I don’t know about you but it is really tough to work when you are grieving. I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t concentrate. I felt like crying for no reason. I also seemed to be on a very short fuse. Most employers don’t give much bereavement time. In fact, if it’s a friend who has died, you really don’t get any bereavement time at all. So I went to work and tried to get through the day but the grief was always with me.

During those moments when it hit the hardest, I would go into my office and close the door. I would place my right hand over my heart and my left hand over my stomach. I would take a few deep breaths. I would send myself Reiki to stay calm and balanced. If I couldn’t escape completely, I would at least try to walk outside for 5 minutes. Just being in the fresh air can relax and rejuvenate you. Both of these techniques kept me from falling apart at work when I couldn’t get through the day.

Again, practicing self-Reiki didn’t take all my sadness away when I was grieving but it did help me find a place of peace within myself. This place of peace helped me to move forward on my grief journey one step-at-a-time.

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