"A Busy Mind is No Mind at All" (…but it sure does make the time fly by…)

The past 2 months since Thailand have been nonstop–learning that is.  
All the sudden I had what seemed like a zillion projects going…
syou think i’m so zen?  think again.  too much going on!!!!
yoga teacher’s training on saturdays (yoga-ing, philosophiz-ing, meditating)
artist’s way (12 week book/program writing, doing, growing, projects)
brewin’ kombucha
learning ukulele
taking up cooking again after a spring/summer hiatus into raw food-ism (my “vata” dosha” is thanking me with this weather change to the chilly fall…MMMM cooked squash, mmmm cooked beans, mmmmm warmmm breakfast, i’ve missed you)
small but does the trick.  the hotplate was resting in my closet since last spring! (p.s. gracias a Aimee para todos los goodies para la cucina~the perfect pot for steaming veggies and making soups, brita filter, mini cutting board/dirty spatula holder, mugs ❤
and then i decided to learn
To be quite frank…after the reiki weekend, i just felt like i’d taken on toooooo much.   feeling the need, coming from deep inside, a little voice telling me to choose one or two or these things to really focus on.  variety is the spice of life…but man…  
“a busy mind is no mind at all”, i’ve read somewhere.  

All this learning didn’t leave much time for socializing, but when i did, had quality time with quality people

*making mung bean soup/dal with Jen
mmmmm.  ~full hearts and full bellies~
*Shooting arrows and antique-ing during the Chuseok holiday w/ Allison and Jen up in Insadong…Allison upload your pics of all of us so I can steal them 🙂
and a house warming for Allie with a John and Yoko bed-in theme.  excellent food, excellent company. 

So, now, after a crazy couple months…gonna slow down a bit again, strive for more of a balance.
Korea has been about an inner journey for me since Day 1…however, the goal was inner-discovery, not implosion.  So, things I want to make more time for…
#1 is People~I’ve met an amazing crew out here…don’t wanna lose this!
 time to gaze up at the clouds~this was on a saturday eve riverside after yoga(see the cloudy birds?)
*A lil shopping every once in a while in order not to feel deprived (I’ve been on a pretty strict budget trying to save here…)
new kicks ((Vans at shinsegae…who knew? bought with some gift certificate from the Swan class mommies…gansahamnida 🙂
“hudson” (prob fake) jeans found on streets of Itaewon for  5,000 won ($4.70!)–and yes, a lil chanelling of the inner spice girl that lives inside.  You just gotta dance when you find perfect jeans for $5.

So it’s already October…5 months to go.  Choosing the focus on Artist’s Way and da Yoges.  Cooking as I please…ukulele-ing when i feel the urge for some music (i’m open to tips, people!  good websites for learning, etc), integrating the reiki when it’s possible…And just more FUN!!!  Why the hell not?

and of course, keepin up with the blog.  This is my story…and I’m trying to be as honest as i can and not sugarcoat anything~this year has not been easy…but I sure the heck am learning a lot.
that’s all folks..whew!

Reiki Share: the sequel…

Soooo last weekend I went to another Reiki share, and had another wonderful experience.  No waterworks this time!  Just a complete feeling of well-being.  Yummy.  

A lil recap of what Reiki is…from reiki.org:
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.”

The Sunday afternoon share lasted from 2 till 7,  and honestly, there was no place I would have rather been.  I’d spent the sunny, hot AM pullin’ a Columbus (exploring, meandering…) along the Cheongycheon stream, window shopped at Dongdaemun (in the market for a pair of new tennies)…and then met my group at Anguk Station in Insadong at 2.  Just minutes, and I mean minutes, before meeting, a crazy storm crept up and the sunny morning turned into a torrential downpour of an afternoon.  What better a day to sit back and relax at a Reiki share?!  The sounds of the rain pouring down, being surrounded by like-minded, positive people, the vibes, just amazing.  Good stuff.

There were several Reiki practitioners at the group, and each person took turns on the table while at least 4 practitioners channeled some nice universal energy on that person with palms of their hands gently placed on the crown of the head,  feet, stomach, knees, etc.  I’m not a practioner (yet), so I couldn’t take part in the share of others, so I sat and observed.  I’m never this patient, but I felt so zen after my 15 minute Reiki sesh that nothing could bother me.  I was content to sit there and enjoy the quiet, the silence, the good energy.  I hate to sound like such a crazy hippy (actually, no I don’t…:), but it was just such a pleasant vibe I didn’t want to leave!

I was sooo patient with the kids all day on Monday, even carried into Tuesday.  Amazing.

After some thinking and budgeting, I’ve decided to get attuned, at a Reiki seminar of sorts, next weekend so that I can practice Reiki myself.  This first attunement is called “Level 1” and is aimed at being able to practice reiki on yourself, as well as friends and family.  

Attunement: (reiki.org):An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life”

and for Mom. (Love you!)..who’s most likely thinking I’ve joined some sort of Reiki cult by reading this…While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki […however…] while Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures[…] It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. ”  

love it..   🙂  

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Reiki in Samcheong Park

This past Sunday I branched out and joined a Reiki group. Reiki is an energy healing modality that I’ve been interested in since introduced by my Santa Monica hairdresser, Mary-Cate. There are different levels of Reiki Practitioners, and the most trained are called “Reiki Masters”. In this group, we had a few practitioners, one Master, as well as newbies like me.

We all met up at Anguk Station in Insadong around 2pm. I instantly felt comfortable with several of the people in the group, it just felt good to be around holistic-y people again. I immediately connected with 2 of the other women over yoga talk. I missed that aspect of my friends from the holistic rehab where I worked before Asia.
We headed to beautiful Samcheong Park, where I’d never been before, and Kevin, the organizer of the group, led us all to a clearing just off the paved park paths. It felt like we had gone deep into the woods.

We started the group off with a “Sea of Oms” meditation led by Christian. The meditation is supposed to be free-flowing, with everyone “om-ing” at their own pace. However, our group was shy with each other at first. Everyone waited until they heard Christian or Kevin “om” to start “om-ing”.
We talked about the practice for a bit, then got down to business.
I volunteered first, I was excited!
So, I layed down on a yoga mat and for 30 minutes, Kevin practiced Reiki on me. I didn’t feel much during the session, but afterwards I was extremely emotional, and after talking to Kevin about what he picked up from my vibes, I started crying. Bawling my eyes out, cannot stop, crying. Every practitioner there said it was normal, and that I might even feel sick and thirsty for a day or two, then start to feel really good. I was thinking, “ya…maybe…not!!! you hocus pocus people”…
But, boy, they were right, I woke up the next morning with throbbing ears…
and I cannot get enough H20. I’m talking two 2L bottles a day.
I’m amazed by Reiki and I can’t wait for the July group.
After the group, I took a walk through the park center myself and take some photos. I swear, one of the greatest things about Korean parks are the acupressure foot paths. In Seoul, all you do is walk walk walk. which = tired, sore feet. These paths are very common…and very welcome.
After a walk, I sat down on a bench and took out my Korea guidebook to figure out where
to go next. A group of ajjumas (older ladies) were sitting on the next bench. One got up and handed me 4 rice cakes. It was very sweet, and I must have said “ganhasamnida” (Thank you) about 20 times. I have to mention that this isn’t the first time a stranger ajjuma has given me food…apparently it’s quite common. Just never something that would happen back in the States. Maybe they’re trying to tell me to eat more. With all this walking, the majority of my diet being veggies, plus dancing with the kiddos all day, I can hardly keep any meat on my bones!