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  • Today an Autumn storm is sending heavy rain lashing against my window. Leaves from the beech trees outside are scooped up and swirl around in a frenzy and then the wind eases and the leaves drift back to the ground one by one.

    Like everyone there are times in my life I feel as if I am caught up in whirlwind emotionally, and spiralling into physical exhaustion.Times when my mind swirls with thoughts anxieties and fear in the storm of present circumstances Times in which I seem to have lost my footing and I am being tossed about helplessly back and forward without a will, like a leaf blown here and there in the wind. I cannot think and cannot breathe.

    Then I strive to catch my breathe and pause and slowly by focusing on one in breath and then one out breath once, twice or as many times as it takes, until there is a lull in the storm of emotion. I hold myself still and breathe in and out, my breath deepens as I breathe in and slowly breathe out.. I again I focus on the in breath and sense of calm envelopes me, the out breath brings ease. I relax and smile as a sense of well being flows through me. I stand quietly and the flurry of thoughts diminish and drift away. I am drawn back into the peaceful centre of my nature. Like the leaves that flutter softly back to earth after the wind has ceased, . I may have to begin again and then yet once more before I have brought peace and equilibrium back into my heart space.

    Mindfulness meditation allows me the space to find my peaceful centre. I can face the circumstances that the storm of life can bring to me by being in here and now. By not looking back or dreaming about or fearing the future. By doing this I can stop being overwhelmed by recriminations, fear, hopelessness, anger or the myriad of emotions that can swamp my mind.. I will see through the storm the dawn of light and feel the healing rays of Reiki.

    With Gratitude and Reiki blessings to all

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