Sacred Rituals

I’ve always been a fan of rituals, each summer my mother would bring us to the Novena in the Redemptorist Church, Limerick.  They have a great tradition of getting the congregation to sing and be part of the celebration of mass.  Christmas was spent at my grandparents, on Christmas night and St Stephens Day the ‘Wren Boys’ came round to sing, dance and play traditional Irish music.  Another one, my Dad is an ardent supporter of hurling and camogie, and it’s in every pore of my being.  Our Sunday’s were spent on the road wearing our local club or county colours!  Fun times.. These rituals with family and friends created memories, influenced my beliefs and built strong understanding of community.

Preparing for my first day as Reiki Teacher took months of daily rituals, daily routine, daily ceremonies.  Rituals are like weddings, rites of passage, presenting a cup to the winning captain after a game, your cup of tea or coffee in the morning before the day starts.  These rituals give us time to celebrate the successful moments, creating memories and feelings in our being that we recall and share afterwards.

Building a daily routine takes practice and preparation, it’s like having your shorts and trainers at the front door ready for the next run.  Also been kind when you miss a practice, recognise why and get back to it the day after.  Sometimes you need to have a sleep in or in my case my puppy needed an extra walk to shake off her high energy!  The rituals allow us to release those thoughts and feelings that no longer support our way of living, calling in new ways of being at ease with life.

Honouring the Reiki traditions of my masters kept me focused and clear on what I wanted to achieve each day.  Connecting daily to the universe life force, letting the energy flow through me and allow my clients to receive the healing best for them.  Reiki is an incredible discipline that can cleanse your body and further your spiritual understanding of yourself and the world around you.

What daily rituals support you to keep you focused and connected to those around?  Do you sit in meditation in the morning? Maybe a walk in the park or a swim in the sea. We all have a ritual that sustains our mind and body.  Giving yourself a boost of energy with a Reiki treatment is like the clouds parting on a stormy day.

Author: Eileen Sheehan

Everything I write about is geared towards things that I deeply care about. My greatest strengths are in topics about health and wellness. I’ve been fortunate enough to take my passion for holistic wellness (yoga, reiki, meditation) and follow my dream to bring balance into my daily life. I've been a finance and risk manager of the national tourism body, headed up the operations team of a golf management company, board trustee of an international NGO. I learnt a lot about business management and mentoring teams through change. As a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner and Project Manager, I’ve been fortunate to make a living doing something I love providing business supports and consulting. I got into holistic health and wellness because I wanted to help people. It is my hope that my blog will encourage people to reflect on what's important to them, step out of the comfort zone and create something great. At the end of the day, the goal of improved health and wellness is to be able to create a quality of life that makes life enjoyable. Business is the same way. As business owners, we want to create something great while being able to provide ourselves a good living while enjoying what we love. Feel free to reach out to me on advice about health and wellness and business. It is my desire to help everyone find their passion (dharma).

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