Friday, 6 September 2013

Be compassionate towards yourself and others

In the final blog in the series on Reiki precepts, we look at compassion. I find it interesting that in the precept, self comes before others yet it is something many of us do not find easy.  I believe before we can truly show compassion to others, we must feel compassion for ourselves.  Why do we find it so difficult when we’ve made a mistake to show ourselves a little kindness.  How would we treat our loved ones in the same situation?

Treating others with compassion starts by realising we are all human and all have the same insecurities and the basic wish to feel loved and safe.  We have all suffered pain, loss, loneliness and we are all looking for ways to fill these voids.  We all have our own path and when someone treats us ill, we need to remember they may be in a current cycle of pain, fear and despair.  Can you recall how that felt when you were in that cycle?  Most of us are just doing the best we can at this moment in time.

Why develop compassion in your life? Well, there are scientific studies that suggest there are physical benefits to practicing compassion.  People who practice compassion produce 100% more DHEA (a hormone that counteracts the aging process) and 23% less of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol.  Win – win.

I hope this series has helped you understand why I love Reiki and just the beginnings of its benefits. 

As always, thanks for reading and any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you below.

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Quick disclaimer; I am not a medical practitioner so therefore I’m not prescribing.  All of my blog posts are based on complementary therapies and not as a replacement for conventional medicine.  

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