How to Find Our Zen When It Has Been Interrupted

How to Find Our Zen When It Has Been Interrupted
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How to Find Our Zen When It Has Been Interrupted

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The other day, during a crystal Reiki session, my client and I both turned our phones off before the session began. Then, about 10 minutes into the session one of the phones pinged. (#Murphy’sLaw)

Then again.

Then again.

We double checked it and turned it off again and went back to our relax mode – only to hear a police car siren screech by outside. (#CityOffice) I joked that the Universe was trying to keep us on our toes.

We’ve all experienced this; the lawnmower that starts up just as we sit down to meditate, the toddler who scooters around our feet as we sit down to read a magazine. (#WishfulThinkingMommy) The phone that rings as we say grace during dinner. Ugh.

SO, HOW DO WE FIND OUR ZEN WHEN IT HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED?

The trick is to change our mindset.

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Don’t look at these sounds as interruptions. View them as REMINDERS to stay focused. Treat them like kyosaku, the sticks that Zen Buddhist monks use to keep them on track while meditating. These noises teach us to stay centered on whatever we are doing in the moment. Because, as the saying is expressed, “Energy flows where attention goes.” Don’t send annoyance at being interrupted out into the world – you’ll only feel more annoyed!

For example, during the crystal Reiki session, instead of getting annoyed that my client’s relaxation was being interrupted, I took it as an opportunity to deepen my relaxation for her. (#HoldingSpace) This in turn, helped me to focus on the sensations my Reiki hands were experiencing, which led me down a path of consciously connecting with my client through Reiki.

So, the next time you find yourself irritated by the sounds around you, try doing these three things:

PAUSE.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

INTENTIONALLY FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WERE DOING BEFORE THE INTERRUPTION. (#Homework)

I’d love to hear how it goes for you… please share in the comments below.

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2016-11-14T05:35:20+00:00

About the Author:

Laura West, M.Ed., is a Western Buddhist practicing and teaching Reiki at the Master level from a Japanese perspective. She is a trained herbalist, spiritual counselor and professional medium, actively channeling the Council of Light. She helps people discover their innate wisdom and healing capacity through her work. She has been featured on the Gaiam TV blog, Herbal Academy, Achieve Radio's Walking the Path Show, Celebration of Reiki, among others. BONUS RESOURCE: sign up for the DLH newsletter to get your FREE Reiki printable! Om Mani Padme Hung.

5 Comments

  1. Stacey Riggles August 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    When someone does or says something, we relate that event with how it affect us, and this can cause anger or pain or irritation.

  2. amy February 22, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I was doing Reiki on a client at 9:00 pm, when my neighbor decided to start running his chainsaw. (Seriously?) Fortunately my client was so zoned out that when I apologized to him after the session, he said that he had barely noticed it.

    • Laura West February 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Yikes Amy, a chainsaw at 9pm?!? Do you have noise ordinances in your area? So glad your client was unaware…

  3. kimtexas1026 February 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    This is a great lesson & I’m so thankful that you shared it. In that type of situation I think it’s a great idea to think this way because it changes the way the client views things too. Because if we only act like we’re annoyed, the client will continue to feel annoyed too. But joking about it with your client the way you did, it seems to have taken away the negativity of the situation & in re-focusing the client, allowed them to not focus on the annoyance for the rest of the session. Love it! I’ll have to share my experience next time I’m able to put this into practice. Thank you for sharing!

    • Laura West February 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Hey there Kim! So nice to hear from you 🙂 Humor is the spice of life, right? xoxo

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