Mindfulness Meditation and The Art of Reiki
By: Steve Gooch - Ayni Books, $22.95
Description: Beyond the concept of energy healing, the system of Reiki was engineered as a powerful spiritual development practice built on the bedrock of mindfulness meditation.
Unpacking the esoteric Buddhist heart of the practice, this book will guide you to a more fulfilling, healthy and spiritually dynamic life by showing you how to approach the system from a mindfulness perspective.
Verdict: Simply put, new information and insights into the methods, mechanics and philosophy of Reiki make this an essential read for anyone interested in the systemís original purpose.
As Reiki comes under increasing scrutiny over its health-supportive characteristics, now is the time to shine a light on its symbiotic relationship with mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate the suffering of the human condition.
Taking it back to its origin, Buddhist monk Mikao Usui introduced the energy-healing therapy of Reiki in 1920 in Japan before it came to the United States in the 1940s, and then Europe in the 1980s.
The aim of the practice? To provide for improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being via meditation, mindfulness, hands-on healing, attunements, and the use of symbols and mantras.
Thus Mindfulness Meditation and The Art of Reiki: The Road to Liberation by Steve Gooch is a 204 page text that explains clearly how these new insights can aid the discoverer of Reiki in such a way that they will conclusively now be taught this universal healing art.
The book is chock full of fascinating information for everyone choosing to understand more the relationship between mindfulness, meditation and the system of Reiki.
Indeed, foremost entwined within these Reiki pages, and a fundamental pillar of Buddhist practice (and other religious /spiritual traditions), is mindfulness mediation, which brings a clear insight into oneís life; which thusly provides a way for the mind, body and soul to become harmonized within.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a comprehensive Reiki text, but moreover a way that, and when we truly need it, the universe will always bring us opportunities to grow, to evolve, and to become our individual highest potential.
And therein lies the beauty of Reikiís highest potential, as a whole, for the energy healing with it - which many of us experience on a daily basis, such as from a parentís kiss, a friendís embrace, or even sitting alone in nature feeling at one with the trees, et al. - enables us to heal using it as a tool (a method to be practiced, moreover) and which can effectively cleanse energy blocks which cause dis-ease and imbalance within our physical, mental, emotional and energy/spiritual bodies.
A book that will most definitely enable the reader to find great benefit in how they engage with their own practice, whether that be in Reiki and/or mindfulness meditation, Mindfulness Meditation and The Art of Reiki will also motivate one to explore mindfulness meditation further; to deepen their connection to the origins of Reiki and want to really explore How, What and Why this system has the relatively unexplored potential that it has - and then to feel freer within themselves thereafter, of course.
About the Author - Author, freelance writer, artist, mindfulness meditation teacher and Reiki/Buddho Master, Steve has been writing about spirituality, health, and wellbeing (and food) for a number of years. He is currently living in Egypt, where he is teaching Reiki and Buddho, and freelancing for a variety of magazines and websites.
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