Posted by Louise Pritchard on January 5, 2016

Just as Sensei Usui was wise to advise us not to anger, he was equally wise in telling us not to worry.
Worrying is basically a need to control events that are really beyond our control; feeling or being overly concerned about a situation or problem.  Constant worry and anxiety can have mental and physical consequences.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress.  In fact, a bit of worrying about a test or job interview might motivate you to be more prepared for either situation. But excessive worry or anxiety can lead to panic attacks or a debilitating anxiety disorder. These may lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as drinking, smoking, or eating disorders.  If excessive worrying and high anxiety are left untreated they lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.
Chronic worry can release stress hormones such as cortisol.  These hormones can trigger physical reactions such as headaches, digestive disorders, fatigue and coronary issues.
Although Sensei Usui advised us not to worry, did he offer any ways to alleviate it?  Indeed, Reiki itself is an antidote to worry.  Worry can cause an imbalance in the body and Reiki certainly helps to re-establish harmony of mind, body and spirit. It can help us to relax and encourages us to meditate, both of which are recommended stress relievers.
So, just for today, do not worry.  Practice self –treatment, meditate on the Reiki Principles and thank Sensei Usui for his wisdom.

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