Part three of the Reiki principles blog looks at 'For today only, do not worry.' and 'for today only be grateful'
Do Not worry
Worry and anxiety takes us out of being in the present moment as it means we are predicting something that may happen in the future.
How many times have you found yourself worrying about something which either never happens or never ends up being as bad as you imagined it to be?
There is a wonderful Chinese proverb that reminds us not to judge or predict whether events are good or bad as we never can predict what the outcome of them will be.
There was a farmer who had a prized horse. One day the horse got loose and ran off. The farmer's neighbors were quick to tell him what bad luck this was, the farmer replied, ‘good luck, back luck, who knows’. The next day the horse returned bringing with it several other wild horses. His neighbors now told him what luck he had. The farmer just shrugged it off saying ‘good luck, bad luck who knows’. Not long after this the farmer's son was was riding one of the new horses when he fell and broke his leg. His neighbors said, what terrible luck. The farmer replied, ‘good luck, back luck, who knows’ . A few weeks passed and soldiers from the national army entered to village to enlist all able bodied young men to go and fight in the war, they saw that his son was injured and let him stay on the farm. Again his neighbors said, what incredible luck this was. The farmer just shrugged and said ‘good luck, back luck, who knows.’
Worrying can lead to overthinking, uncomfortable physical sensations and lack of focus. Regular Reiki practice, meditations and chanting the principles can be used to help reduce anxious thoughts and feelings.
This sentence encourages us to take stock of what we already have. We are in a society of consumerism, where adverts tap into our want for more. This often this leads us to start focusing on what we don’t have and can result in feelings of longing, a sense of unfairness and maybe jealousy of others who have the things we want. It is easy to forget how much we already have.
People who practice gratitude tend to have better well-being, sleep and physical health than those that don’t. Being grateful also improves our relationships as it can increase our empathy and feelings of compassion.
There is a quote (rumour has it that it was a comment made by the Dalai Lama but it cannot be verified) about the problems that come with not appreciating what we have and constantly striving for more, ‘Man .. he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.'