Okay, I admit it.   Some days I get overwhelmed and get a little wacky.  I notice that it’s at those times I have lost touch with Spirit a little bit and, after mini-meltdown, I come back down to earth and realize I’ve been shirking my practice.  In a way, though, it’s a good thing. For it makes me think about what I had been doing as far as morning prayers and such.  At those times I realize I’ve been “calling it in”.  I take it for granted that simply because I am saying the words, by rote, that Spirit will be accepting.  The problem with that thinking is that I don’t accept it!  My soul is the one that rebels, hence the mini-meltdown. 

Why is it a good thing? Because it makes me reflect and re-evaluate; it prompts me to search for true meaning. I try new things.  Lately, I discovered a simple practice that for me has been especially powerful:  Surrender.  Did you catch that capital “S”?  When faced with issues before, I’ve asked Spirit to take the burden, figure it out, and then get back to me with a solution.  Now this works pretty well as long as I trust my intuition (which, after all, is nothing more than guidance from within), but it is not the whole enchilada.  When I surrender body, mind, and soul problems and challenges become stones in the river.   Have you ever taken time to sit next to a running creek or stream and notice the soothing sound of the water?  Think about it for a moment.  It’s not the water creating that sound.  It’s the combination of the water and the stones.  The water doesn’t allow the stones in its path to impede its progress, rather it surrenders to them.  The water embraces them, bouncing and splashing over and around them.  The water recognizes the stones for what they are:  opportunities to create a little soul-stirring music.

Each day I sit for fifteen minutes.  I begin by placing the Reiki symbols in each hand.  If you are not a Reiki practitioner, simply hold your hands in prayer position over your heart for a few moments. Then, with focused intention, I surrender my entire life to the loving care of Spirit.  I surrender my aches and pains.  I surrender conflicts both internal and external.  I surrender financial burdens. I surrender worries and concerns.  I surrender my ego.  I surrender my heart to the guidance of Spirit.  Then I place my hands palm up on my thighs, close my eyes and allow the energy to flow.  When I open my eyes, I feel light and grounded at the same time. My mind is at peace.   

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