Lunar New Year Inspirations

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Lantern Festival night in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. Image via Philo Vivero via Wikimedia Commons.

I have always loved the Lunar/Chinese New Year, because the very beginnings of spring are starting to be felt. There is likely to be more snow, and definitely more cold, but the days are growing longer. Anticipation is in the air! It’s an excellent time to revisit–and possibly revise–any New Year’s resolutions. It has been a few weeks: what on your list do you definitely want to lean into? Or perhaps January was a total mess; here’s your chance to start again. What do you want to grow more of?

In 2019, Orange Flower Healing will be revisiting events from past years, and will also be serving up entirely new offerings. Read on to learn more, and check the Classes & Events page for regular updates. You can also contact me get on the email list, and have Orange Flower news sent straight to your inbox!

Wednesday, February 13: I will be offering short chair Reiki sessions from 5-7pm at Lucky’s Market in Bloomington, as part of their Valentine’s Day festivities. What better time to enjoy a few minutes of Reiki for your tender-lovin’ heart? Look for me near the floral department, where you can sign up for my email list and be entered in a drawing for a free Reiki session.

Saturday, March 23: Orange Flower Healing will be hosting a free Reiki Clinic, from 9am-3pm. Contact me to schedule a free 30 minute appointment, and grab this
opportunity to try a short Reiki session and share questions with an experienced practitioner. I wrote about free clinics back in the fall, and am looking at offering these seasonally. First session available at 9am, last session at 3pm.

Monday, April 22: Earth Day meditation. More info soon.

Wednesday, May 8: 50+ Expo – Changing the Way We Age, 3-6pm. You will find me at the Olcott Center’s table–please swing by and say hello.

I am pleased to share the news that I will begin offering Reiki classes in 2019.

After two years in a traditional, rigorous apprenticeship with a Reiki Master of 30+ years, (my dear teacher and Reiki Master, Shantika Bernard), I will be initiated as a master in the lineage of Usui Shiki Ryoho in March. For me, this signifies a deepening commitment to the practice of Reiki, and to sharing the practice with others.

What can you expect from a Reiki class with Orange Flower Healing?
-Small class sizes, with approximately 4-8 people.
-10-12 hours of instruction, spaced over 3-4 days.
-Individual initiations.
-Reiki I and Reiki II will always be taught separately, with 6-12 months strongly encouraged between Reiki I and Reiki II.
-Ongoing mentoring, with opportunities for practice with other students and the public.

Interested in a class? Have questions? Please, contact me.

Reiki at Lucky’s Market

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Free Chair Reiki at Lucky’s Market Community Room

Saturday, December 8, 12-2pm
(The Community Room is in the back northwest corner of the store.)

This Saturday I’ll be at Lucky’s Market, offering short chair-Reiki sessions in their community room. This is my first go at this partnership, so it will be a bit of an experiment. The plan is to offer 15 minute sessions, on a first come-first served basis with a sign-up sheet. If you have some shopping to do, stop by and get on the list, pick up your groceries, and then swing back around at the appointed time! Reiki to-go.

I anticipate a casual atmosphere, with plenty of time to answer questions and share information on the benefits of Reiki practice. You can also learn more about the variety of offerings at Orange Flower Healing.

We’ll go with the Reiki-flow and see what happens!
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Reminder, Thursday, December 6: If you already have Reiki hands, consider joining me this Thursday, Dec. 6, for a two-hour Reiki Self-Practice Reboot at the Orange Flower Healing space, 7-9pm. Interested but can’t make it this time? Contact me to get on the list for future self-practice gatherings.

 

 

Are you ready for a Reiki reboot?

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Self-treatment is the heart of Reiki.

Do you wish the people in your life took Reiki–and your practice–more seriously?

Perhaps it’s worth considering this question: How can you convey the value of Reiki to others, when you haven’t committed yourself to regular practice?

If you’ve lost your daily practice, or have doubts about whether your Reiki is “still good,” you are invited to Orange Flower Healing to review and restore your commitment to Reiki and to self-care.

FREE Reiki Self-Practice Reboot
Thursday, December 6, 7-9pm
at East West Acupuncture
357 S. Landmark Ave (off west 3rd Street)
Questions? 812-327-1330

After brief introductions and a quick review of hand placements, we’ll share a guided self-practice for about 40 minutes. There will be plenty of time for sharing and questions afterwards.

Bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on, and a pillow if you’d like. There will be some Reiki tables available; contact me if you’d like to reserve one. Otherwise, we’ll be stretched out on the floor.

This is a FREE event, all lineages and all levels are invited!

 

Free Reiki Clinics

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I took a cue from my pal Kim Lohan over at Hara Studio in Charlottesville, VA and am hosting two free Reiki clinics in October and November.

Free Reiki Clinics :: Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, November 17
Contact me to schedule a free 15 minute appointment.
First session available at 8:30am, last session at 3pm.

Reiki is a light-touch practice that gently encourages balance in the mind and body. You can receive Reiki from a friend or family member, or from a professional practitioner. You can even learn how to practice Reiki on yourself, and enjoy the benefits of committed daily practice.

With a professional practitioner, sessions are typically received lying down on a massage table, fully clothed. However, the practice is flexible, and Reiki can be received while lying on your side, sitting in a chair, or even in a hospital bed hooked up to a bunch of machines. Reiki hands can always find a place to connect and offer support.

There are a lot (and I mean a LOT) of different ideas floating around about Reiki out on the Interwebs. But the fact is that Reiki is a safe, simple, and supportive practice that evokes a state similar to deep meditation, or to the blissful rest one experiences in savasana at the end of a yoga class.

If you’ve heard of Reiki and have questions, this is a great opportunity to try a brief session and bring all your queries to an experienced practitioner!

Orange Flower Healing has new digs!

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Orange Flower Healing has moved to 357 S. Landmark, inside East West Acupuncture.

After starting as a home-based “micro business” in 2016, I’d outgrown my space and had been keeping an eye out for just the right office. Mission accomplished! When you enter the main office, I’m down the hallway in Suite B, Office 2. Depending on the day you come in, you might get to see some of the fine folks who run East West, and they will no doubt be happy to answer your acupuncture questions.

My regular office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm, with some Saturday and evening appointments available. I’m planning an open house at the office within the month, details to come. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or be added to my email list, contact me.

In the interest of deepening my personal and professional Reiki practice, in mid-August I traveled to Soderworld Wellness Center, outside Chicago, to attend a three-day Reiki & Medicine Intensive with Pamela Miles. Miles has spent decades bringing Reiki practice to the mainstream medical community, with a no-nonsense style and an emphasis on committed, daily self practice. As she says, “Take care of your state and your state takes care of everything else.” I think this goes double for anyone in care-giving, whether you’re a nurse, a massage therapist, a teacher, a parent… you name it. We all provide care for others to some degree or another.

If you are even the least bit interested in bringing Reiki practice to people in healthcare settings, or perhaps face health care challenges of your own, I would encourage you to consider this intensive. Since Reiki is not licensed, or monitored by any associations, it is up to practitioners (and potential clients) to rigorously educate ourselves, and then make the best possible effort to be professional, practiced, and prepared to talk about Reiki without getting defensive.

Daily self practice helps. When we practice Reiki every day, we know what we’re talking about–our own, observed experience. And we also know where words just aren’t enough, and are comfortable with saying less rather than venturing into “red flag” territory. (More on that in the future.)

Looking ahead to October: You’ll find Orange Flower Healing at Olcott Center’s Pink Power fundraising event on October 4, from 5-9pm, at Shreve Hall on the Ivy Tech Campus. Tickets to Pink Power are $10, and there will be tons of fun stuff going on–you can even win a gift certificate for a Reiki session (among many other wonderful items). Call Olcott Center at 812-353-5283 for details.

Reiki in the Park

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I’ve been wanting to have a “Reiki in the Park” gathering for a while now, and it’s finally happening. Woo-hoo! It can be really sweet to practice under the sky, with the ground directly beneath us, and surrounded by trees. Practicing in a public place can also mean questions from curious passers-by … a great opportunity to introduce people to the benefits of Reiki. Don’t be shy!

Location and details can be found at Meetup.

Do you already have Reiki hands? Wonderful! Please come and share your practice.

Contact me with questions, or just to connect.

Bloomington Open Studios Tour

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This weekend! FREE!! Visit over 30 artists studios in the Bloomington, Indiana area.

Studios are open Saturday, Oct. 21st from 10-6 and Sunday, Oct. 22nd from 10-4.

For details, including a list of participating artists and maps, visit the BOST website.

My art practice is nourished by my Reiki practice–and vice versa. If you’re curious about my “other work,” please stop by my studio this weekend and say hello. (There will be home made pie by the multi-talented David Ondrik!)

And if you can’t make it to the open studio, please visit my art site, beckytomato.com.

Summer Garden Walk, June 25 & 26

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Orange Flower Healing is happy to be a sponsor for the Bloomington Garden Club’s annual Summer Garden Walk, taking place this weekend, June 25 & 26. Visit 5 private gardens and the Monroe County History Center! Hours and ticket info are at the Garden Club website. What better way to top off Pollinator Week?

This photo of blooming buckwheat comes from my own rag-tag, fits-and-starts garden. Buckwheat is great for pollinators, especially honeybees, who use the nectar to make a dark honey with a potent, molasses-like flavor. I think of it as bee medicine…