Me? Meditate? I Don’t Think so!

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Most people come into my office for services because they are feeling ‘off’ in some way and know they can be better. A majority are stressed and anxious, have trouble sleeping, etc. but when I ask them if they’ve tried meditation this is how they look at me!

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Me? Meditate? I Don’t Think So!

Meditation gets a bad rap in some circles with people believing that sitting still in lotus pose like a Buddha is a requirement. I used to think that too and being a fairly active person with a penchant for large muscle movement, this pose did not appeal to me either but this notion is quite far from the truth. There are many different and fun ways to meditate and still reap the benefits!

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Some of The Benefits of Meditation

  • Increases immune function
  • Decreases Pain
  • Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level
  • Increases HappinessDecreases Depression
  • Decreases Anxiety
  • Decreases Stress
  • Increases your sense of connection to others
  • Increases compassion
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness
  • Increases ability to control emotions
  • Increases grey matter (memory) and cortical thickness (attention span)
  • Improves productivity and creativity
  • Improves ability to sleep
  • Decreases need for sleep
  • Improves perspective
  • Improves ability to express your authentic self
  • Decreases drama in your life

Despite all these life improving benefits, people come up with excuses,  fears and reasons not to participate in meditation.

Some Common Reasons People Give for Why They ‘Can’t’ Meditate

  1. I can’t sit still
  2. I can’t clear my mindMeditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamI don’t have time
  3. I don’t have a quiet place
  4. Quiet makes me anxious
  5. It’s boring

Addressing each of the above:

  1. There is no need to sit still to meditate. There are many meditation methods that involve movement/activity. Try Walking Meditation, Vinyasa (Flow)Yoga, Tea Ceremony Meditation, Chanting.
  2. Even master meditators have trouble clearing their minds sometimes. Having a clear mind is not a requirement for meditation. In fact I welcome the distracting thoughts because they give me an opportunity to practice placing my focus back on what I’m doing. Meditational focal points could be the breath, a mantra, a candle flame, etc. This is the practice – noticing the unclear mind and bringing your focus back to attention, over and over. Meditation is practice not perfection. (The practice of meditation is perfection though!)
  3. No time? Nonsense!

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    NO Time? Nonsense!
  4. You don’t have to meditate for long periods to reap the rewards. To beginners I recommend 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night. 10 minutes a day. I know you have that available to you and if you cannot make that time for your sanity and improved quality of life then you are not quite ready to progress in this area of your life. At this time, there is something about being unsettled/unhealthy that is more compelling to you than grounded living. This is ok! We are all at different places in our journeys.  Clients who give the reason of no time for meditation seem to find meditating while lying down in bed just before sleep at night and/or before they get up in the morning an easy way to ease into it all.You may not be able to get a quiet place to meditate at home because you live with noisy people or people who demand your attention. Look elsewhere. Perhaps there is a place outside somewhere, in a park or your backyard that will offer more peace for you. Maybe at work there is a place you can go to at lunch break – an empty office? Eventually you will not need pure quiet to meditate. Being able to achieve calm among the noise is the ultimate goal so practicing with a bit of a ruckus can be beneficial.Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamUncomfortable with quiet? See #4.
  5. With so many meditation methods there is bound to be at least one that will pique and keep your interest!

I believe beneath these excuses is a fear of discovering deep truths. This fear is usually not conscious. It can be scary looking in the mirror of your mind but it is the only way to move beyond the crap on a more permanent basis.

Consistency is key. I find 5 minutes a day better than 30 minutes once a week. You may not notice the benefit immediately (but you may!), either way, if you continue, you will  notice how strong, grounded, calm, level-headed, compassionate, etc. you’ve become and you will need to go buy and wear a shirt that says, ‘SPIRITUAL WARRIOR!’

There are too many types of meditation to list here but here are:

 Some of the More Popular Meditation Methods

  • Walking– Just walk and pay attention. Walk slow, walk fast, feel your feet. Notice.Metta Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamMetta (Loving Kindness)-I love this one because I get to send myself some love first! Use loving statements starting with yourself as recipient. 1. May I be/feel: “fill in the blank”: happy, loved, peaceful, etc. 2. Next think of some one you like or are thankful for use the same statement with them in mind: May they be “fill in the blank”. 3. Someone you feel neutral about. 4. Someone who pushes your buttons, disturbs your peace. 5. All beings/The Universe/The Earth.
  • Mantra– You can use traditional Mantras like ‘Sat Nam’ or I am Truth. I like “I am Light’ and here’s a beautiful song about that for you to enjoy and absorb. You can also make up your own Mantra that means something to you like: My heart is open and free or I am One with All.
  • Sound-Do this lying down or seated. Allow all sounds to enter your awareness and let them be.
  • Guided/Visualization-Use a meditation app like Head Space or Insight Timer. Candle Flame Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamCandle Flame– Soften your gaze and focus on a candle flame. You may receive messages or see images as time passes. Bring your focus back to the flame over and over again as you notice your mind wandering.
  • Mindfulness-In short, become aware of each movement, sound, thought, etc. Watch all as the observer.
  • Chanting- Chant along with some traditional sanskrit prayers. Here’s an example. It’s ok if you mess up the words just feel it all and open your throat.
  • Breathwork-Simply watch your breath come in and out (without losing focus on the breath). It’s harder than it sounds. You can also find a breathing pattern that feels good to you. Square breathing, for example, is a basic breathing technique that is not too difficult to work with.
  • Journaling-Write anything! Your dreams, your thoughts, ideas, disturbances, things that you’re grateful for, goals, feelings. Have fun! Always have fun.Meditation at reikiofgreaterboston walthamEngaging in an activity that absorbs you: working on a puzzle, a math problem, dancing, singing any art form or creative practice. Merge and become one with the activity.

C’mon now! Pick one and just give it a try for me. For yourself! If you’d like a little bit of guidance book a private session with me (it’s the 8th option down on that link) and you’ll be on your way in no time.

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Sick of Feeling Rejected? Me too! Here’s What Helps.

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what to do about rejection, reiki of greater boston, angel messagesI’ve been feeling a bit rejected lately. Here are 3 recent examples and how I shook it off.

  1. Most of the people in my life, including my business clients are open hearted, open minded and highly intelligent. I’ve designed my life this way. These are the people who I attract. Once in a while though I meet people who have their hearts heavily armored. They are defensive and closed down and though they may come see me regularly for Reiki and other services I sometimes feel that I’ve failed them for not being able to help them crack open fully.

I was asking for guidance about this issue today as I was driving home, asking, ‘please god and healing spirits, help me with (Name). What can I do to help further move her along in her healing? ‘ And just then a commercial truck passed me with a big sign on the back saying:

Message: Love It And Love It Again!

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I think it was some kind of soda advertisement but for me it was THE answer to my posed question. Immediately I relaxed and smiled because I knew I was doing just that and that was enough.

Taking it further I said a Thank You to this special client for allowing me the opportunity to experience this spirit communication. And then I sent her blessings.

 2. Trying to help certain family members get ahead of their aging and illnesses with suggestions and offerings of help continue to be dismissed. It is disheartening to me. I see them failing and know things that should be done to prevent further damage but no, they choose to ignore my suggestions. So I brought myself to my meditation space and sat with my tears and asked,  “What can I do about this situation? What can I do to help them, to make sure they stay as well as possible?” Then I listened and what I ‘heard’ was,

Message: “Help those who want your help.” 

Yes! For some reason this made perfect sense to me and gave me such comfort. I do have so many people who come to me wide open for help and that is where I will focus instead of lamenting over these few people who do not value my knowledge or intentions.

3. I’m such a lover. I simply love everyone and I don’t hide it. I hug strangers.  (Hugging is Healthy!) Once in a while someone moves me deeply and I just can’t help but to let them know it. If I meet someone and their eyes are mesmerizing I will tell them so, if their bodies are just out of this world and they knock me out with their beauty, if their energy is uplifting, I will say so. I can’t help it! I don’t want to marry them or intrude on their lives, I don’t want to sleep with them (usually) but I simply feel a connection to everyone because we are humans on this earth at the same time. Because of that alone we have a great deal in common!  Most people enjoy these compliments, some just think I’m a crazy old woman and others I believe are intimidated by me and/or my honesty. This last one makes me feel sad and rejected.

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HUGS RULE!

Over the last 3 weeks or so this ‘intimidated reaction’ occurred a couple of times. Once again I turned to Spirit with my tears and my questions, ‘Why don’t they like me? I’m so nice! Who wouldn’t like me?! Why are they so scared of me when I’m honest and being myself? Should I change my behavior, pretend I am someone I’m not?, etc.’ I was not getting an immediate answer to these ponderings so I started considering how I could change my behavior to make others more comfortable. I noticed also that I was also ‘sour grapesing’ it saying ‘f–k them, they must be wimpy to be scared of honesty, etc. But I knew this was a coping mechanism not worthy of me so I continued to ask Spirit for assistance throughout the day.

I went to bed without any communication from spirit and began downloading books to read. My answer came from the first book I sampled, Intentional Dissonance by Iain S. Thomas.

Message:  “Never apologize for how you feel…The sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. The rain doesn’t say sorry for falling.”

There you go. I must be who I am. We all must be who we are even though it can be difficult at times. We must be true to ourselves! Ok, so I guess those people just aren’t meant to be in my life at this time. I let them and their reactions to me go. Bye-bye!

Receiving messages from higher power makes me feel so much better. Sometimes the answers take a while to arrive so until I receive the word I have found that these other things help me to keep up my spirits:

  • Breath of Joy
  • Yoga Inversions: Handstand, Headstand.

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    Practicing Headstand in my living room.
  • Wearing and working with sunny, bright, energy inducing crystals such as Citrine and Carnelian.
  • Spending time in Nature.
  • Having a Reiki Healing

So, when you’re feeling rejected or lost, I recommend asking for guidance from Spirit (whatever that means to you) and then listen with wide open senses. This takes practice and patience but answers will come to you and you will be guided and comforted if you stick with it. Feel free to message me if you have questions!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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Looking For More Joy, Pleasure Or Creativity In Your Life?

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Sacral Chakra work at Reikiofgreaterboston, WalthamReally, who doesn’t want more of these life affirming qualities?! If you’re someone who is chronically low on the FUN and FREEDOM thing you will benefit from some of the ‘treatment’ suggestions below.

If you are plagued with any of these Emotional Issues

  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Insecurity
  • Detachment
  • Jealousy
  • Fear
  • Cold emotionally and sexually
  • Lack of Joy
  • Stuck/Flat Emotions

Or these Physical Issues

  • Constipation
  • Low back pain
  • Urinary and kidney infections
  • Gynecological Issues
  • Abnormal menstruation
  • Infertility
  • Impotence

Then rebalancing your Sacral Chakra could help!

What is a Chakra?

In simple terms, Chakras are energy centers, vortexes or wheels in and around our bodies where energy gets processed.Take a peek at this earlier writing to learn chakra basics and information on the Root/1st Chakra.

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The treatments listed below will help you begin to release shame and guilt and  be able to come more fully present in your body resulting in a freer, more authentic existence.

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Treatments

Balancing the Sacral Chakra allows us to begin to release fear, guilt and shame that have either been programmed into our lives or learned some other way. In balancing this Chakra we begin to feel free to be human at the most basic level, physically, sensually, creatively, passionately and sexually.

Swivel Those Hips. Let Loose!

Yoga Postures:

  • Kapotasana (Pigeon)
  • Supta Bahdda Konasana (Reclining Butterfly)
  • Dahnurasana (Bow)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra)
  • Dance- Swivel Hips, Move to the music

If you’re not familiar with these poses you can look them up on-line or schedule a Yoga session and we can play with all of these!

Crystals:

  • Carnelian
  • Orange Kyanite
  • Sun Stone
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Amber

Carry one or more of these stones with you when you’re feeling closed down. They will help open you up to creativity, life and feeling.

Reiki:

To balance Chakras with Reiki we will do an assessment of each of the 7 major chakras by dowsing with a pendulum. Next, crystals will be tested for compatibility with your body and placed at specific points on your body/or table and a guided meditation and Reiki session will ensue.  A Chakra Balancing session takes about 75 minutes. A specific session working on 1 specific Chakra can take place in the same amount of time and will also include practicing Yoga Poses and chants. You can make your appointment here. After your session you will be given some ‘homework’ to maintain the chakras that were shown to be out of balance.

Chanting: VAM

Click link above to hear this chanting. You can simply listen or join in on the chant for a more intense vibrational healing. I like to lie down and let the sounds wash over me. It’s an hour long recording but you don’t need to listen to the whole thing. Just see how it feels for you. I’d give it at least 10 minutes.

Aromatherapy:

Try one of these fragrances in the form of essential oils (use in a diffuser or rub the oils directly on your skin) or incense (burn) when trying to open yourself up to more feeling, creativity and acceptance.

Clary Sage
Jasmine
Rose
Sandalwood
Ylang-Ylang

Essential Oils can be purchased at Whole Foods or on-line. Be sure they are Pure essential oils.

Meditation & Breathwork:

Left nostril breathing called Ida Nadi breathing will help to open up the second chakra as it brings forth moon (ruler of the tides, oceans and all the water in our bodies) energy. Before you start you may want to blow your nose to make it as clear as possible. Begin in a comfortable seated position with your back erect, head in line with your spine. Close your eyes or at least soften their gaze and then close off your right nostril with the first two fingers of your right hand. Now inhale and exhale through the left nostril only trying your best to take full, complete inhales filling the whole chest cavity and even up to your throat up with breath. On the exhale release all the stale breath full of toxins by squeezing the tummy muscles to press out all the air. Repeat until you feel ready to stop.

Swirling, Sacral Energy

Try this simple Sacral Meditation to aide in balancing your 2nd chakra. Lie down on your back. Don’t you like this already?! Close your eyes and allow your body to become soft and heavy. Now on your next inhale imagine a vibrant orange light entering your lower abdomen and permeating through to your lower back. Your whole Sacral area is full of swirling, energizing orange light/energy. Simply notice how it feels to you. When you feel done, on an exhale, shrink the light down to dot size and then let it finally disappear.

Play:

Suck up all the sweetness and juiciness of life! This is the crux of the Sacral Chakra. Find and engage in activities that bring you joy! Is there an activity you loved to do in your childhood that you have not engaged in as an adult? Here are some activities people (including myself) find helpful in getting back in touch with that free spirit most of us embodied as a child:

Art/Crafts: Drawing, coloring, painting, decoupage, making a shadow box, make pot holders, make jewelry

Physical Activity: Dancing, joining an adult sports team – hockey, Climb a Tree (my favorite!) soccer, volleyball,  Skipping, Play Hop-Scotch, Jump Rope, Ride Bikes, Swing on a swing, etc.

Games/Toys: Puzzles, Dolls, Legos, Lincoln Logs

Music: Sing, play an instrument (even just bang on some pots)

None of these things have to be done to look a certain way. Simply do them for fun! Try to get fully absorbed with the activity, getting lost in the joy of it. Feel free and flowy!

Color Therapy:

Orange! A perfect color for fall and Halloween. Wear more orange, eat orange foods (oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes), bring some orange into your decor: some throw pillows, candles,blankets, wall hangings.

Mantra:

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You can repeat this statement (mantra) a few times before you get up and before you go to bed, saying each word slowly and meaningfully. As you work with this or any mantra you may find your inner knowing wanting to change some of the words to make it more resonant for you. Go with that!

Some Causes of Sacral Imbalance 

  • Coldness
  • Denial of child’s feelings
  • Emotional abuse
  • Emotional manipulation
  • Familial alcoholism
  • Incest 
  • Lack of rules/boundaries
  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Rejection
  • Religious or moral severity
  • Restriction of movement
  • Sexual abuse

Associations for the Second or Sacral Chakra:

  • Developmental Stage: 6 Months to 2 Years
  • Sanskrit Name: Svadishthana – Meaning Sweetness.
  • Location: 3 inches below the naval.
  • Color: Orange
  • Physical organs: Kidney, Bladder, Reproductive Organs
  • Key Note: D
  • Sense: Taste
  • Element: Water
  • Sound: VAM
  • Endocrine System: Testicles and Ovaries

Now, go get your silly on!

May you be open to receive and relish in all of the sweetness, joy and love the world has to offer you.  

Much Love, Lisa purple_heart                                                                   no tagline-01

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World Mental Health Day; We’re All Crazy If You Ask Me

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I was remiss in not acknowledging World Mental Health Day this past Tuesday, October 10th especially since some of my favorite peeps are living with Mental Health issues!

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This day was established by the World Health Organization 25 years ago in order to promote awareness of this issue.

I’m not big on labels. I know I’m not suppose to use the word ‘crazy’ but I’m very close to this community if not part of it and they know I mean no disrespect. People are sometimes labeled ‘crazy’ or ‘Mentally Ill’ just because they don’t follow expectations of society. That is just pure nonsense!

Really, who’s to say who is Mentally Ill or Mentally Healthy? I was providing Reiki on a Locked Psychiatric Floor today. One of the patients said to me, “Oh you’re so beautiful but you need a better hairdresser to make you even more beautiful!” Ha ha! This statement would not be acceptable in the workplace but Does speaking the truth make you ill? If we all told and lived our truths a bit more, less of us would be unable to cope. I told her I would look into a new stylist and that her I loved her for the compliment and then gave her a big hug.

Another patient told me about some visions he was having of Jesus and energy exchanges and one other said he was my uncle Rob reincarnated. I don’t dismiss either of these statements quickly. Some of most brilliant, sensitive and highly evolved people in the world (and the next) believe and have experienced Jesus, energy visions and reincarnation memories. Yet these people I meet with are in the hospital needing care both medicinal and psychiatric because they are out of balance and their state of mind has too much control over their behaviors which are not able to be absorbed in the community. This imbalance does not allow them to be the best that they can be in this world and that is when intervention is needed.

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If you think you are immune to Mental Health Issues think again. Really. Think again. I was that person once upon a time. I thought there was a big division between ‘us and them’ and then- bam -just like that it hit me. Down, down, down the deep, dark rabbit hole I went. Even now if I am not fastidious about my spiritual practices  and vigilant about using only organic products I start sinking. The trick is to be hyper-aware of your feelings and state of mind so that any little imbalance or discomfort alerts you to take healing action whatever that may be for you. These healing modalities vary for each person. For some, medication is needed, others need more sleep, some meditation, an outing with friends, etc. The healing options are endless. Sometimes we are tempted to wait this imbalance/discomfort out thinking and hoping and praying that it will go away but if you have a chronic issue it is not likely to go away and delaying treatment is not a good idea. Don’t wait until you are in the depths of despair or at the height of a manic episode to reach for help.

People wait and are reluctant to discuss their experiences with Mental Illness because there is a stigma to it still in some circles. This is what comes to mind for some people when they hear someone is struggling with Mental Illnesses like OCD, anxiety, Bi-Polar, etc.

The reality of this image does exist but it is extreme. More often it is the face of me or you, of your mother, friend or spouse struggling in some way, still functioning but not optimally.

Everyday I work with clients who are struggling with Mental Health Issues. I salute them for knowing that they need to address the problems, for admitting that they need help, for being brave enough for reaching out and dragging themselves into my office week after week to work on themselves in order to be the best that they can be.

 

All the services I provide help people (including myself) work on becoming the best possible version of themselves. Yoga, Meditation, Life Coaching, Reiki, Crystal Healing, a combination of aforementioned plus education via reading and journaling are all a part of the health journey that I have found lifesaving.

Of course I am not claiming that these things alone will necessarily eradicate mental illness although it does happen. (See this movie documentary if you can: Heal to see just how powerful the mind and alternative health  methods are in improving our minds and bodies.) Some advanced and deeply rooted issues need medical and medicinal interventions but all these Alternative Health Services are a great support for the person suffering and will give them a chance to take some control in their own healing process. It is important that we not give control of our healing away to anyone. The patient knows, deep down – sometimes way deep down – what they need and certainly they should play a part in their own healing.

That is one major goal I have with all of my clients – to get them to touch their own inner knowledge, their higher knowledge, their intuition. Through all of these methods and practices we move closer to that higher power we all possess but have let go amidst the craziness and conditioning of the world.

According to the World Health Organization, NIMH and APA these are recent statistics on this issue:

  • 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness.
  • 1 in 100 (or 2.4 million) live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% (or 6.1 million) of Americans have bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% (or 16 million) suffer from severe depression.
  • 18.1% (or 42 million) live with an anxiety disorder.

Mental Health is clearly a major issue which won’t be fixed quickly or easily but we can do our little part by making ourselves aware of the prevalence of Mental Illness and encouraging people suffering with it at whatever level to talk about it without shame, to reach out for help and to have hope for healing.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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The History and Magic of Gazing Globes

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These Reflecting Globes are so beautiful! They’ve always intrigued me and I put a couple in my garden long before I knew their history. Finally I had time to read a little about them and thought I’d share what I learned.

History & General Information

Gazing Globes were first introduced in 13th century Venice by artisan glass blowers.

Soon after they were made popular in Germany.  King Ludwig of Bavaria so loved gazing balls that he had them made to be hung in trees and this is said to have led to the use of glass baubles as Christmas tree ornaments.

Today it is rarer to find those made of glass due to its fragile nature. Stainless steel and other metals are used more frequently but still have the reflecting surface that is so inherent to their charm.

These intriguing pieces are known by many names:

  • Butler Balls
  • Chrome Ball
  • Fairy Balls
  • Garden Globe
  • Gazing Balls
  • Globes of Happiness
  • Lawn Balls
  • Mirror Balls
  • Protective Balls
  • Witch Balls
  • Yard Globes

They come in all sizes from mini (2 inches in diameter)miniature gazing globes, reiki of greater boston to Gigantic (118’ feet in diameter), the latter namely in the Parc Villette, Paris.

 

 

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Parc de la Villette, Paris

There is also a very fun globe in Millennium Park, Chicago called ‘The Bean’. This one is 33 by 66 by 42 feet. So cool.

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Millennium Park, Chicago

Purposes

In addition to making your garden/yard look pretty these globes have had several other uses. I’ve highlighted my favorites.

  • Ward off evil
  • Bring good luck
  • Announce affluence in a home
  • Discreetly chaperone young couples during courtship. (Courtship?! Victorian Era no doubt.)
  • Alert the servant when guests might need attention such as a drink refill (Butler Ball). The reflective globe would be placed strategically on a dining room sideboard so servants could remain outside the room and still see when service was required.
  • Add color to your garden or lawn
  • Attract birds and butterflies
  • Provide a quiet spot for meditation. Some believed that staring into the ball made the gazer become one with the universe.
  • Protect the property owner from witches. The witch would see her reflection in the globe and be frightened away before casting  spell.
  • Ward off Ghosts, Disease and Evil Spirits
  •  Attract friendly spirits and faeries and bringing good fortune to the home
  • And finally they (only the steel ones) fertilize your garden naturally! Amazing. The steel in the ball attracts magnetic charges and hence has a high degree of nitrogen in the air there. This is how we fertilize. This process is called Electroculture! So go buy some Globes and get rid of your pesticides.

These Gazing Balls are different from Crystal Balls in several ways (hollow vs. solid, any color vs. clear, etc.)  but they remind me of them and I think that accounts for some of my affinity toward them. There is something mystical about them for sure. I think they would be a nice addition to a sacred space or altar too. Check them out for yourself! Let me know what you think.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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Hot Off The Press From Mass Realty Magazine

Matsyasana, Fish Pose stimulates the Heart and Throat Chakras

Reiki Of Greater Boston Heals The Mind, Body and Spirit Through A Combination Of Healing Methods 

Reiki of Greater Boston featured in Mass Realty Magazine

By Paul Rowe  (Mass Realty Magazine) 

The healing work practiced at Reiki Of Greater Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts is geared towards activating the innate power in every individual that has been sidetracked, weakened, or paralyzed from exposure to the toxic forces in our world. Through the healing power of Reiki, the body is moved toward its original state of health, the mind directed towards peace and the heart guided toward its true purpose.

Reiki is a non-religious based energy healing treatment that promotes healing, stress reduction, and relaxation. Through the gentle placement of the practitioner’s hands on the client’s fully clothed body, universal healing energy called Reiki is channeled to the client. This positive energy facilitates conditions in the body that allow healing to occur.

Throughout our daily lives, we are not included on our list of priorities. Grocery shopping, working long hours, and providing for others puts us all continually out of balance, disrupting the forces inside us, causing illness, unrest, and despair. To get health back on track we must unearth the truth of our purpose: the truth of who we are. At Reiki Of Greater Boston, Reiki therapist Lisa Hassett performs energy work that assists Boston residents in exposing the lies we live that contribute to our mental and physical illnesses. For countless people, Reiki’s focus on stress reduction is the first step on the road to recovery.

Conditions like Sadness/Depression, Stress, Anger, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and other Auto-Immune disorders are particularly responsive to this treatment in combination with traditional treatments. Luckily for folks in the Boston area, Lisa Hassett is sharing the healing power of Reiki with people suffering from these debilitating conditions.

“Most of my clients, both adults and children, do present some type of stress that is affecting their lives in some negative way such as insomnia, lack of concentration, or eating imbalance. Lately, this all seems to be magnified by the political state of our country and our fast-paced way of life, especially here in Boston and the Northeast,” Hassett said. “Reiki puts your physical and energetic body back into alignment so that you can react to external stimuli in a more balanced manner.”

However, Hassett admits that Reiki is not a “silver bullet.” Just as it takes time to enter these states of stress, it takes time and energy to escape them. Although Reiki works independently to facilitate mental and physical healing, it works best when clients choose to be active in their path to healing and participate in the conjunctive services offered by Hassett: breath work, meditation, crystal healing, and life coaching.

Hassett also provides clients with helpful homework such as books to consider reading, journaling assignments, and practicing the breathing, meditation, and yoga techniques she introduced to them. For Hassett, these techniques must simply be put into practice to experience their full benefits.

“Reiki and the other healing modalities I use are difficult to put accurately into words,” Hassett said. “Direct experience provides the best way to know how these methods will enlighten your body, mind, and spirit.”

Hassett herself has experienced firsthand the rich benefits of yoga, focused breathing, and Reiki. After suffering from a debilitating illness in the late 90s, when no Western medicine could help her, she turned to these methods. This restorative combination pulled Hassett out of death’s grip. Since then, Hassett has dedicated her life to helping her fellow Earthlings find relief from physical and emotional illness.

“Here I am,” Hassett said. “I’m so happy to help.”

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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How To Avoid Making A Fool Of Yourself When Working With A Personal Trainer (Installment One)

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History

I’m 57 years old and never had I felt that I needed a Personal Trainer. I was a little Tom Boy growing up; climbed trees, beat the boys at all things physical (and cognitive of course!) and I kept that physical fitness going into adulthood by dancing, yoga-ing, etc. I was always pretty content with my physicality, my muscles were lean and tight. Until now. Despite doing all the same exercises and being on a Paleo Diet my muscles are gone! So sad.

Personal Fitness Training Lessons, Reiki of Greater Boston, Anthony Moscatelli
Anthony Moscatelli, Body Builder, Personal Trainer

Well, I’m not going to accept that without a fight!  Enter Anthony Moscatelli, Body Builder, Personal Trainer.

I watched this creature at the gym from afar for many months; Watched him walk in, not too cocky but confident and light the whole room up, Watched him work out with intensity, get sweaty and still walk out looking like Adonis! I noticed and liked that he was very neat and clean, had a build like a gymnast, that he did not look too often or lovingly at himself in the mirror (You know those body builders that are in love with themselves?! No thank you.), that he did not make too much chit chat with people and he had no tattoos! At least not any visible to the public. Ink-heads please excuse my insult. It is just my preference. So I drooled over him while I worked on the Elliptical Machine hoping he was at least 30 so that my little crush on him would not seem so illicit! Alas these hopes have been dashed.

Finally after 3 months I approached him to ask if he was a trainer. Yes, yes he was of course. Could he train me here? Yes, yes. So we set up some dates. To date I’ve had 4 sessions with him. Already I’m feeling stronger and tighter and my muscles are becoming more defined. And if you must know, which you must,  my boobs and butt are perkier and my ‘tight’ jeans are no longer such. Also my spirit has been more steadily happy and I’m getting asked out a lot more! (No. No on the last one.)

What follows is my hard earned advice to you should you choose to train with a professional.

Do Not Do These Things When Working With A Trainer

  • Drink Cosmos the night before your workout unless you would like to pass out during the workout.
  • Work out on an empty stomach (or with just a banana in it!) unless you enjoy vomiting when you’re done.
  • Wear mascara that is not water proof other wise you will have darker eye circles when you are dripping sweat than you already do.
  • Schedule clients or any important focus oriented activity directly after your workout. You never know how your body will respond to the particular drill he/she puts your through. 2/3 of the way through the sessions my brain does not function well!
  • Go off in your head, in a little fantasy land while he/she is demonstrating and/or explaining how to do the next exercise lest you appear ditzy when you get on the machine and have no idea what to do.

Please Do These Things When Working With A Trainer

  • According to Moscatelli you should eat something with low glycemic carbs and a quality protein 60-90 minutes prior to lifting. He suggests eggs and oatmeal for example. Here are some other meal suggestions.
  • Anthony also recommends consuming quality whole protein or a protein drink at completion of the workout. Here’s my go to:

8 oz.(or so) of Chocolate Almond Milk, 1 scoop rice protein, 1 scoop pea protein, 1/2 banana, handful of blueberries, a dash of coffee. Yum! Excuse the lack of precise measurements. I’m Italian which means that I just wing it and it tastes phenomenal!

Use Plant Based Protein after lifting weights, Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham
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Whey protein seems to be the preferred protein for most athletes still but I’m off all dairy and I don’t do chemicals so I use Plant Protein. Read this article to see the benefits

  • Find a trainer that is certified and that walks his talk. I’ve see so many trainers who are not fit! What’s with that? And also stay away from those who have poor form. In this case injury will likely ensue.  I am trained in both ballet and yoga so am intimately familiar with body mechanics/ergonomics and get crazy when I see people moving the wrong way!
  • Hydrate before, during and after your workout. You might consider hydrating with something stronger than water. I see people drinking Sports drinks like Gatorade and other neon colored liquids. Yuk! As I said above I don’t do chemicals so I went on a search for other options. What I found was Chia Seeds (mix about a TBL SP in your water bottle) and Coconut Water (I mix it with spring water because it is too naturally sweet but you might like it straight). Each supplies hydration components like Calcium and Potassium, etc. I seem to feel more energized using these over regular water. Here are 10 more natural hydrating options you can try.
  • Prepare to be ravenous! Stock your pantry with healthy foods so that when you need to eat more than you ever have before you have plenty of options at your fingertips and will not be tempted to ingest Oreos and Doritos.

In Conclusion

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for you so far. Once I make a fool of myself again on the gym floor, in front of my very own Michelangelo’s David, I will be back to you with more lessons so you can benefit from my mistakes.

I’m not really ready to share my trainer with you but if you must steal him, you can find him on Instagram @moscyfit14, at moscy14@yahoo.com or 857.991.6965.

One more thing in case you don’t know me well. I am a picky PITA when it comes to most things and especially when hiring someone to do a job for me – any job- plumbing, auto mechanics, painting, digging a ditch, etc. So in addition to being superb at what they’re being hired to do, they must also demonstrate these qualities:

  • Professionalism
  • Punctuality
  • Respect
  • Ethics
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Intelligence
  • Responsiveness

Rest assured that Anthony possesses all these traits.

See you at the Bench Press!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

Owner Reiki of Greater Boston, Waltham, LIfe Coach, Yoga

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Healing for Body, Mind & Spirit

160 School Street, Suite 1-1, Waltham, MA  02451

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160 School Street, Suite 1-1

Waltham, MA  02451