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The secret of health. February 22, 2014

Posted by ourfriendben in Reiki, Reiki wisdom.
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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

—The Buddha

Mikao Usui, the Founder of Reiki, was raised as a Buddhist and spent time in a Buddhist monastery before the enlightenment experience in which he received Reiki. No doubt he was aware of this saying, and no doubt it inspired him to shape his Five Reiki Principles (aka Precepts, Ideals) to help his followers achieve health of mind and body. He described them as “The secret art of inviting happiness, the miraculous medicine for all diseases.”

At their most basic—and therefore most powerful—these directives are:

Just for today:
Don’t get angry.
Don’t worry.
Be grateful.
Work hard.
Be kind.

These sound simple, but, as any Reiki practitioner knows, are very hard to put into practice for longer than a few minutes at a time. The “secret art” is, as the Buddha says, living fully in the moment. Then it’s easy to practice the Principles, since nothing is making you angry, there’s nothing to worry about, and you can focus your attention on being grateful, working hard, and being kind.

Just for today, be healthy.