Just for today...
Posted by amy on Nov 3, 2017 | 718 Reads
Usui taught these to his students as a code of practice all the way back in 1915. They have stayed with teachings of Reiki and are the baseline of the complete system.
‘Just for today, do not anger, do not worry, be humble, be honest in all your work and be compassionate to yourself and to others’
I learnt the precepts when I leant Reiki they really resonated with me, they are simple yet effective way to live your life by. As a Reiki Practitioner I now use these precepts daily and meditate with them. By doing this they have fully become effective in my life, like a habit, after so long it finally becomes natural and something that you just do.
We spend too long worrying about the past and future, what about the NOW? Surely that is more important than worrying about the past and potential situations of the future. By brining these precepts into your life they remind you to focus on ‘just today’ bring the mind back to the now. These precepts are really positive and simple, yet allows room for error as they are focused on ‘just today’ therefore when we have a bad day and precepts have slipped our minds then we refocus and start again tomorrow. They teach us not to be hard on ourselves and learn to let shi* go, tomorrow is always a new day.
Practicing mindfulness is a great habit to start to developing and bring into your life. Mindfulness is where we are fully present, aware of where you are and what you are doing and not over reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around you. There is growing research that mindfulness helps to rebuild physical structure of the brain, re-wiring your thinking processes. Anyone can practice mindfulness, seriously give it go! Start by really paying attention on your next commute or eating your meals, really pay attention to what your senses are picking up. Learn more by heading to www.mind.org.uk
We spend a lot of our lives on auto pilot we do things in routine and our ‘monkey mind’ is forever active, it's good to have a quiet and clear mind, it's good for your wellbeing and brings clarity. By practicing mindfulness and bringing the precepts into your life it will have a positive impact on all the other areas of your life. You will likely become calmer, worry less and be more grateful for everyday beauties and positives which you likely miss as your thinking about the never ending ‘to do list’ or replying past or potential situations. We miss so much when we are not present, life isn't that long so we really need to appreciate each day.
I really hope that you can take something away from this read and try to put into practice, try it and I'm sure you'll thank me.
Love and peace