Free Introduction to Reiki

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I enjoyed the first Introduction to Reiki session in March, so much that I am happy to offer it again.

Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and have been wanting to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

This is a Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There will also be an opportunity to have a taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Date: Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington, N5 1PU

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

How can Reiki help me?

Are you curious about Reiki?

Have you been hearing about Reiki and have been wanting to find out more?

Would you like to find out how can Reiki help you?

I am offering Free Introduction to Reiki session where you can have all these questions answered and more. There will also be an opportunity to have a taster session of Reiki healing.

Please feel free to invite other people you know who may be interested in Reiki.

Please note this session is not meant to teach Reiki. To learn Reiki, you need to attend a Reiki class.

Date: Tuesday March 14th

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Highbury, Islington N5 1PU

Please contact me, Mamta Nanda, Reiki Master for more information or to book a place. I look forward to hearing from you.

Separation and Limitation

When I struggle ie feel discomfort or dis-ease or lack, I tend to judge. I want the situation to be fixed so that I can be at ease again. I start trying to figure out what can I do to fix it. Sometimes I start wondering about what I may have done wrong, or what could I have done ie what did I not do for this to happen.

Perhaps what is really needed is to not get caught in this ‘trying to fix’ or ‘blame myself’ mode. It causes anxiety and constriction. This blocks or limits the flow of energy. Not getting caught in this mode helps me to stay centred, relaxed and open enough to allow the discomfort to flow through my being and therefore be released.

The root cause of most of the discomfort I experience is the sense of separation and limitation. Separation can be felt across many dimensions. For example it can be separation from the Source or even separation from other people around me. After all this is the realm of separation where we have separate bodies & identity. This is also the realm of limitation ruled by mind and time. So why do I judge myself when I experience separation or limitation by trying to fix it. What if it is actually an indication of strength to be experiencing separation and limitation. What if I am here, in this body, in this world, in this realm to experience separation and limitation. Perhaps I am here to strengthen and grow my capacity to stay centred when I do experience separation and limitation.

Perhaps I do not need to do anything extra special to strengthen my ability to stay centred. Firstly I trust that simple awareness helps bring about transformation. Connecting with the breath, taking a few breaths with awareness every morning helps me to be present and find my rightful place in this realm. Daily Reiki self treatment with this new awareness helps me to stay on this path and keep moving forward.

This daily practice helps me to deepen my connection with the Source. I trust that with this connection and growing awareness I will continue to receive the guidance and insights that I need to be able to navigate life in this realm of separation and limitation with acceptance, ease, peace, good health and abundance.

I trust that as this spiritual muscle gets stronger, life will not have to keep bringing triggers my way to remind me of this lesson.

Feeling even more grateful for having Reiki in my life.

Reiki Lights Festival and Mystic Order

The value of shared practice comes from many different traditions. In Buddhism it is called Sangha. In Hinduism it is Satsang. In Reiki, it is called Mystic Order. I feel deep gratitude to The Reiki Association for organising the Reiki Lights Festival on December 18th, 2016, providing an opportunity to share Reiki with the Global Reiki Community. There is definitely something powerful about being able to experience Mystic Order as it can help reveal what may not have been known so far. It was wonderful to experience this in a tangible way.

I had recently discovered this text in the book “Living Reiki, Takata’s Teachings” by Fran Brown. This seemed amazingly profound. I have been reflecting on these words, trying to figure out how to use these teachings in everyday life – how to lighten my heart – especially in the situations where I feel discomfort.

Living Reiki - Takata's teachings

Living Reiki - Takata's teachings

What I realised the morning after the Reiki Lights Festival, during my daily Reiki self treatment, was that the pain that gets triggered inside me when I hear of suffering in different parts of the world is my own pain from a similar experience, perhaps from another lifetime. In that moment, I felt that I could use my breath to surrender this pain held in my heart/soul to Mother Earth. I trust that Mother Earth is always willing to receive our pain and transform it, just as she transforms our waste products to fertiliser to promote new growth.

Using the breath to ease the pain, i.e. the burdens in my heart, can help to lighten my heart. This allows the Light, the Universal Life Force Energy to flow through my whole being with more ease and Grace, nourishing me more deeply at every level that I need, nourishing each and every cell in my body. As my heart becomes lighter I feel more at ease within myself and it feels easier to connect with inner peace. This is the energy I am then able to contribute to the world.

As the heart lightens it seems easier to be with what is, and to be in the present moment. Just as I need to be at home to be able to receive a parcel that I am expecting the postman to deliver, I know that I need to be present in the moment, in my body, to be able to receive the Light, Strength and Wisdom from the Source to figure out what my role is in this moment, on this day, in this lifetime – to realise my true beingness and radiate this energy outwards.

This realisation, this new way of being, is helping me in many different ways. It is helping me to be with what is happening in different parts of the world. It is also helping me with what is happening closer to me, when pain gets triggered with family and friends.

Feeling grateful to all the people  in The Reiki Association who have helped make this event happen. Special gratitude to Mel Hoffstead for facilitating the Global gathering this year. Dancing does not come easily to me but it felt really good to move the body after the stillness of the shared Reiki Treatments. Movement helped bring awareness and presence to the body, and moved the energy in a different way. It seems to have helped shift what may have been stuck for a long time. It felt good to do some singing as well after the silence of the shared Reiki Treatments and benefit from the shared sound energy and all that it facilitates, especially deepening the heart connection.

I feel deeply grateful to each and every person who connected for the Reiki Lights Festival and helped enhance this wonderful experience of the Mystic Order. It feels really good to be ending 2016 on this positive note with hope in my heart for a more peaceful and fulfilled 2017. Looking forward to the Mystic Order ie shared Reiki Practice helping reveal more of what is still unknown.

facilitating the experience of Mystic Order? with the

Practising Reiki Together

There are four aspects to the Usui Shiki Ryoho form of Reiki that I practice and teach: Healing Practice, Personal Development, Spiritual Discipline, Mystic Order.

As we learn the healing practice of Reiki and start to give ourselves a Reiki treatment regularly, we start to experience many benefits. These benefits continue to accrue at all the levels we need – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Continuing with the discipline of our daily practice of Reiki helps with personal development, nourishing the core of our being, helping us find our truest expression with time.

The fourth aspect, Mystic Order, is about what is still unknown about our Reiki practice. It is about waking upto a greater reality beyond what is currently known. Somehow being with the Reiki community, attending a group event, seems to hold the potential of a deeper shift. Sometimes what we may be struggling to change on our own, can start to shift through being with our Reiki community and practising Reiki together.

I have been experiencing the power of group energy more and more with time. Something is shifting within me and in my Reiki practice. I seem to be moving from knowing to feeling. What I seem to have known for a long time, its been more than fifteen years since I learnt Reiki, I am beginning to feel at a deeper level.

I experienced some of this at a Reiki 2 circle last week. The group energy was very helpful to feel at a deeper level, what the students shared about their experience of Reiki, that I have known for a long time:

  • Reiki can bring flow to what may have been stuck/stagnant for a long time.
  • Reiki can help us to feel empowered in situations where we may be struggling to connect with our strength.

I know that there is so much more to awaken to. It feels really good to be in this space. I am so glad to be able to discover a positive use of my hypersensitivity ie ability to feel things very deeply. Yes it is the ability to feel things deeply that can help move from knowing to feeling. Practicing Reiki from this feeling space, can help ‘raise our consciousness, lighten our hearts, to the point where we can accept change in our lives to restore health, the natural state of our being‘. I feel so glad to have discovered these words about Mikao Usui, in the book “Living Reiki – Takata’s teachings” by Fran Brown.

I have read this book a few times over the years. But reading these words at this time makes me feel as if I had never read them before. Being able to relate to them at a deeper level, helps me realise the value of the Reiki Principles, how they can help lighten our hearts and why Usui’s teaching was to hold the Principles in our heart.

I would like to invite you to practise Reiki together at the beginning of the Year to explore Mikao Usui’s teachings to lay a strong foundation for 2017, centering ourselves, strengthening ourselves – our connection with our Reiki practice – our connection with the Source to be able to move forward on the path of our life purpose with peace, love, good health and abundance.
Date: Sunday January 8th, 2017
Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Address: My home, N5 1PU
Cost: £65

Please contact me for more information or to book a place.

Gift of Cold Weather

Winter frost on grass

I had been feeling so cold this winter – and it is not just because I am getting older! I had been feeling guilty about having the heating on for longer than I used to. The house still did not feel warm. I had started to think there was something wrong with the heating system. It was when I heard a friend say pretty much the same thing she was experiencing in her home that I felt there was something deeper going on here. This got me reflecting on the gift of cold weather. I felt that if I can figure out the value of cold weather, it might help me cope with the cold. There are only so many layers of warm clothes I can wear! I was beginning to wish I could be like the four legged creatures who do not need layers of warm clothing or heated homes in the cold weather.

I know the conventional wisdom is about moving the body as it helps the heart to function well, optimising the blood flow, helping it to reach the extremities, warming the cold hands & feet. At an inner level I felt that there are other ways to nurture the heart too so that it can function better and help me stay warm. I wanted to be able to welcome the natural rhythm of the seasons and not be wishing for Spring/Summer just because I could not cope with the cold.

I am a Gemini. I am curious. I like asking questions. So I started asking my heart ‘What do you need?’. I used my discomfort as a reminder to talk to my heart. I did not get an answer straightaway but the heart started receiving some care and attention each time I talked to it.

I felt that taking a few conscious breaths at the same time would help me to be in the present moment where I will be better able to receive an answer. I visualised the in-breath rising from the deepest, warmest part of the Earth flowing to my heart centre and the exhalation returning the burdens in my heart back to Mother Earth. In that moment, all the work I have been doing with Reiki, Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, Family Constellation healing, Shamanic healing and Soul Plan healing came together. It felt as if the burdens my heart has been carrying, the unfelt emotion carried at soul level, was being returned to Mother Earth with the help of all the beings who love me and agreed to help me in this lifetime. I did not feel alone in that moment, I felt that I had the support and love of many beings. It felt just right to be with the breath and Mother Earth – two things we have only in this realm, while we are in the body. I feel that Mother Earth has an amazing ability to transform our burdens & stress to love and joy, just as she transforms waste products to fertiliser needed for the new growth. Later I realised that the words, HEART and EARTH are anagrams and contained in the word BREATH, at least in English language! It helped me to see the connection between the three and feel the synergy of working with them together.

It seems that through feeling cold, my body was trying to get my attention. Listening to it helped me figure out a way to let go of the burdens carried in the heart so that it can be lighter and function better and help me to stay warm.  This may sound too good to be true, but it has been easier to get out of bed in the mornings. I no longer wish to stay burrowed under my warm duvet all day! I still need warm clothes and the heating but not so desperately anymore. I am not worrying about how I would cope with the cold weather just in case I do not have the warm clothes and heating!

I realise that it is easier to acquire knowledge but not so easy to integrate it and feel it. Sitting in a circle, with our community can help take it deeper within our being. The synergy of the group is exponentially more powerful and can help to let go of what may be getting in the way. Once the connection is made, the flow continues.

There are many uplifting, heart centred events being offered at this time of year. Please find a circle, a group event near you. If you are in London, I would like to invite you to a Meditation circle on Monday January 2nd, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, N5 1PU.  Cost: Voluntary donation. Please contact me for more information or to book a place.

Struggling with the changing political landscape

With change comes uncertainty. Sometimes this process can be highly anxiety inducing. The changing Political landscape in the UK in June 2016 and now in the US is invoking anxiety for many of us.

To me, it feels important to be with the emotions that are coming up so that they do not get suppressed. I know from personal experience that it is not easy to be with the discomfort. In such moments, I find the Mindfulness Breathing meditation technique really helpful – Breathing in I am aware of the anxiety, breathing out I send it love. This technique helps me to be with the emotions and also helps alleviate them. Also emotions are a message from the Soul. By allowing the emotions to flow through me, I have the potential to be able to receive the message from my Soul.

Over the last few days I am realising that I have a choice. I can either feel like a victim and go into fear/constriction mode. Or I can empower myself by asking the question – “How is this situation serving my life purpose at this time?”

A daily spiritual practice like Reiki, Meditation, Yoga can be wonderfully supportive to calm the inner agitation and be still to be able to receive this message from my Soul. Sometimes it can be as simple as taking a couple of conscious breaths, as deeply as I can, exhaling as fully as I can to be able to connect with my Soul. All the answers I need, are within me – what is my role in the changing situation, what is my next step, what do I need to do today; how to empower myself to be able to change my inner space so that the outer falls into place. I have to be still, be present, be willing to go within and peel away the layers of misperceptions about myself and about life that hide these answers.

I have also been drawing comfort from the Peace Mantra ‘Om Sahana Vavatu‘. The essence of this Mantra is – May we all be protected, may we all be nourished, May we able to work together despite our differences.

Exploring Meditation – Nov 16

Meditation has many many benefits. One of the profound benefits it can offer is to help us to remember who we are. This can be strengthening, empowering and bring peace. My belief is that it is part of our life purpose to grow this awareness. Maybe life happens the way it does to help us with this remembrance. Perhaps being open to this remembrance and having a regular meditation practice minimises the probability of being  triggered by life unexpectedly!

With all that I offer, my deepest wish is to empower you to be able to remember who you truly are. Therefore I was delighted to receive this feedback from one of the participants from the last Exploring Meditation session in October:

“This afternoon has been a lightbulb moment for me! I realised around halfway through that I’m quite an experienced practitioner (in my head I always see myself as a beginner) but in this instance I realised I’m not! This is an important discovery as I’ve recently been looking into meditation teacher training courses and discarding them thinking I wasn’t prepared enough. Now I need to rethink this. Thank you for facilitating this realisation”

The purpose of offering these sessions is to be more present in the body and therefore in the present moment, and also integrate this quality in everyday life. We will use breath and some Vedic Mantras. Please bring along any questions you may have about meditation, we will explore them together. Please feel free to invite your friends/family as this is not just for Reiki students.

The next Exploring Meditation session will be:
Date: Wednesday 16th November, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Venue: My home – N5 1PU.
Cost: Voluntary contribution.

This session is for beginners as well as experienced meditators.

Please Contact me for more information and/or to let me know if you are interested in joining the session.

Struggling with a chronic condition

Autumn leaves

A chronic conditions is nothing but persistent. Despite my best efforts to look after myself it keeps returning. It is so good at demanding my attention and forcing me to be still.

I have come to realise that going down the path of wondering
- what did I do that may have caused the condition to recur!
- Or what did I not do, that I could have or ought to have done to look after myself better and therefore prevent the symptoms from recurring!
is being unkind to myself.

I can and do use medication to help alleviate the symptoms when I am not able to function. But the symptoms keep coming back. There is also the fear, what if the medication stops helping some day. So rather than relying just on medicine, I have been looking for other ways to help myself that focus on the root cause of my condition.

Despite my daily practices of Reiki, Meditation, Yoga the symptoms have been getting more persistent.  It is not easy to be grateful and stay present for all that is unfolding in my life when I am struggling to breathe. Yes I suffer from asthma.  I cannot help wishing it away.

Over time, I have learnt to organise my life in such a way that I hope will minimise the probability of symptoms recurring. I am realising that with this approach my life has been constricting. I find myself not able to do all that I would really like to do. In other words, I have been allowing the chronic condition to rule my life. Slowly and steadily it has been controlling my life more and more.

Rather than letting the chronic condition be in charge, control me and making my life shrink, what if it is there to serve me. What if I have had the wrong end of the stick all these years! What if I can figure out the reason it is there for by asking the question ‘How is this chronic condition serving my life purpose at this time?’

I know that it is not easy to get answers simply by asking a question. I find it helpful to connect with the breath as best as I can, taking a few breaths with awareness to help synchronise the body, mind and spirit. I feel this helps me to be present in the moment and in the body. Just as I need to be at home to be able to receive a parcel that I am expecting, I need to be present in the moment and the body (home for my soul) to be able to receive the answer ie the healing I need. This may come as light, strength and wisdom I need to be able to move forward on the path of my life purpose.  After all this is the reason I am here – in this body, in this lifetime.

Being able to see my chronic condition in this light gives me hope and helps me feel empowered instead of a victim.

With deep gratitude for my daily practices of Reiki, Meditation and Yoga that have helped bring me to this space.

Exploring Meditation

Meditation in Nature

I have been learning and practising Meditation with several different teachers for a good few years now. I have come to realise how valuable and beneficial this practice can be. Yet it is not at all easy. There are many different ways to practise meditation. Also there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It is good to make a start in whatever way we are drawn to. It is good that there is lots of choice available. I trust that we find our way to the right teacher at the right time.

I am not an expert in meditation. Yet I feel ready to share my experience of meditation to explore this practice further. The purpose is to be together and meditate to be able to benefit from the group energy. I feel meditating with other people helps all of us strengthen our meditation practice.

The purpose of offering these sessions is to be more present in the body and therefore in the present moment, and also integrate this quality in everyday life. We will use breath and some Vedic Mantras. Please bring along any questions you may have about meditation, we will explore them together. Please feel free to invite your friends/family as this is not just for Reiki students.

The next Exploring Meditation session will be on Sunday 23rd October, 3 pm to 5 pm. This session is for beginners as well as experienced meditators.
Venue: My home – N5 1PU.
Cost: Voluntary contribution.

Please Contact me for more information and/or to let me know if you are interested in joining the session.

Why Restorative Yoga

I discovered restorative yoga in March this year. After my first restorative yoga class with Adelene Cheong, I felt as if I had received nourishment at some deep inner level. I loved how it made me feel. I remember asking Adelene about wanting to keep this feeling with me through the day, well beyond the class. She simply smiled, told me to continue with regular practice and said that it will come with time.

For the last six months I have attended her weekly class. The class has become one of the highlights of my week. I look forward to it every week and miss it when it does not happen. Sometimes I feel deeply relaxed, sometimes I feel very loved and deeply nurtured, sometimes I experience deep emotional releases, all this simply from lying in a comfortable yoga posture. Lying wrapped in blankets in super comfortable postures has sometimes felt like being in the womb.

I have come to love this practice so much that it is easy to make my way to the yoga mat every morning and practise it regularly. It helps me to relax and feel better.

I wanted to learn more about this practice of restorative yoga so much that I found myself attending the five day residential retreat ‘Relax and Restore immersion’ to teach restorative yoga with Adelene Cheong, though not quite sure if I would like to teach it.

As I have experienced the practice more deeply, I have come to realise that it is not too dissimilar to Reiki, my core spiritual practice since 2001. I feel that both the practices are vast, far beyond what my mind can imagine. I receive a little bit at a time. each time I self-practice.

On the second day of the retreat, as I sat down on my yoga mat, I noticed a photograph of Buddha on the wall opposite me. I had sat in the same spot the day before for a good few hours, but had not noticed the photo. In that moment I felt this is how a daily practice works. Each time I practice, I discover something about the practice that I was not aware of until that moment.

I received so much from being immersed in this practice over 5 days that I realised I have to share it with others. I feel this practice helps me to relax, be more at ease within my body, and therefore navigate life with more ease through being able to make better choices for myself.

I received a wonderful example of this on the journey home from the retreat. I had two heavy bags with me, as we had to take our own yoga props to the retreat. While sitting on the train it suddenly occurred to me that I could get off a station earlier and use a lift to change trains. This helped me avoid having to carry the two heavy bags up and down the stairs. I found it really interesting to discover later that I was not alone in making this choice. My roommate at the retreat, who had travelled on a different train to London, had made the same choice.

If you would like to find out more about restorative yoga, about how this seemingly simple practice of resting in a comfortable yoga pose, supported by some props like blankets and cushions, can have profound effects on enhancing wellbeing on all levels – physical mental, emotional and spiritual – please do get in touch. No previous experience of yoga is necessary. Especially recommended for people who may have wanted to do yoga but have kept away from yoga classes thinking they are not flexible enough.

Letting go

In very warm weather, I find water melon helps me to be able to cope with the heat. It satisfies my thirst in a way that water does not on very hot days. So I could not resist buying a watermelon as I was walking home one evening, even though I still had a 15 – 20 minutes walk ahead. As I got tired from carrying the weight of the watermelon I started to think of getting home and being free of carrying the watermelon.  I realised in that moment that I was not enjoying the walk like I usually do. I became conscious of focusing on the destination and not enjoying the journey because of the weight I was carrying.

I remembered a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson “Life is a journey, not a destination”. There is a Chinese Proverb with a similar message “It is not the destination that is important, but the journey there”.

I felt that when I am not able to enjoy life, one reason is because of the weight of the burdens I am carrying. This weight can come from many different sources. Some of it could be due to the stress and the wounds I have encountered through life that I am still carrying. Some of it could be my misperceptions about what is happening in my life.

This realisation helped me feel really grateful for my daily Reiki practice as I know that Reiki helps me to let go of what is presenting in the outer layer of my being each time I give myself a Reiki treatment. When I receive a Reiki treatment from another person, I know that the healing can go even deeper.

Reiki heals at all the levels I need – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki heals in many different ways, way beyond what I can imagine. Letting go of what I do not need to continue to carry is one of the benefits I receive.

Another aspect of Reiki healing I love is its simplicity. I just do the daily practice and trust that I receive what I need in that moment.

So enjoying life seems to be one way of gauging how I am doing with letting go of the burdens I am carrying. Another way to get a feel of how I am with letting go on a regular basis is the daily bowel movement. I know that it is not a pretty thing to talk about. But it is very important. If my body is not able to let go of the waste in the intestines efficiently, it can lead to all kinds of imbalances and disease.

In addition to exercise and movement, I find giving attention to the body at a subtle level can be very helpful. Breathing into the lower body, right down to the pelvic floor helps. Talking to the body, simply asking the belly and the intestines ‘What do you need’ can also help. I feel that it is good to simply ask the question and not be too focused on getting an answer right away. The answer comes in its own time.

Another very helpful thing I have discovered for letting go is the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. This Mantra is about letting go. More importantly it is about letting go with Grace and ease. Just as easily as a ripe fruit comes off a branch or the vine. It is recommended to listen/chant a mantra 108 times. This is a long mantra, so chanting it 108 times is not easy. There is healing to be received from chanting it 3 or 9 or 11 times too.

Please do share what you find helpful to let go of what is not needed anymore.

Mamta offers Reiki Treatments and Classes in London, UK. You can contact her for more information.

In very warm weather, I find water melon helps me to be able to cope with the heat. It satisfies my thirst in a way that water does not on very hot days. So I could not resist buying a watermelon as I was walking home one evening, even though I still had a 15 – 20 minutes walk ahead. As I started to tire from carrying the weight of the watermelon I started to think of getting home and being free of carrying the watermelon.  I realised in that moment that I was not enjoying the walk like I usually do. I became conscious of focussing on the destination and not enjoying the journey because of the weight I was carrying.

I remembered a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson “Life is a journey, not a destination”. There is a Chinese Proverb with a similar message “It is not the destination that is important, but the journey there”.

I felt that when I am not able to enjoy life, one reason is because of the weight of the burdens I am carrying. This weight can come from many different sources. Some of it could be due to the stress and the wounds I have encountered through life that I am still carrying. Some of it could be my misperceptions about what is happening in my life.

This realisation helped me feel really grateful for my daily Reiki practice as I know that Reiki helps me to let go of what is presenting in the outer layer of my being each time I give myself a Reiki treatment. When I receive a Reiki treatment from another person, I know that the healing can go even deeper.

Reiki heals at all the levels I need – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Reiki heals in many different ways, way beyond what I can imagine. Letting go of what I do not need to continue to carry is one of the benefits I receive.

Another aspect of Reiki healing I love is its simplicity. I just do the daily practice and trust that what I need in that moment is what I am receiving.

So enjoying life seems to be one way of gauging how I am doing with letting go of the burdens I am carrying. Another way to get a feel of how I am with letting go on a regular basis is the daily bowel movement. I know that it is not a pretty thing to talk about. But it is very important. If my body is not able to let go of the waste in the intestines efficiently, it can lead to all kinds of imbalances and disease.

In addition to exercise and movement, I find giving attention to the body at a subtle level can be very helpful. Breathing into the lower body, right down to the pelvic floor helps. Talking to the body, simply asking the belly and the intestines ‘What do you need’ can also help. I feel that it is good to simply ask the question and not be too focussed on getting an answer right away. The answer comes in its own time.

Another very helpful thing I have discovered for letting go is the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. This Mantra is about letting go. More importantly it is about letting go with Grace and ease. Just as easily as a ripe fruit comes off a branch or the vine. It is recommended to listen/chant a mantra 108 times. This is a long mantra, so chanting it 108 times is not easy. There is healing to be received from chanting it 3 or 9 or 11 times too.

Breakfast in Sunshine

Millet breakfast porridge

For breakfast, I have been having rolled oats soaked overnight in Yogurt (home made yogurt is so much nicer than the shop bought one) . The next morning I add some seeds & nuts that I soak in water overnight, separately from the oats. With lots of fresh fruit this dish does not need any extra sweetener. I have been enjoying almost the same combination of chia seeds, pumpkin seeds with walnuts, banana with some fresh berries or peach/nectarine, for quite a few weeks now.

Then in the last couple of days, I started to feel like a change. This morning I really enjoyed Millet porridge cooked with cinnamon, turmeric, a pinch of salt and blackener,  topped with coconut milk. The milk was completely absorbed. I know that organic does not always taste nicer, but organic cinnamon truly tastes better. I added some chia seeds soaked in water overnight. Lots of fresh fruit – I had bananas and strawberries today. Sat in the warm sunshine in the garden and thoroughly enjoyed this amazing breakfast listening to the birds singing, sitting on the grass, present in the moment. Sheer bliss :)

If you would like to learn about healthy vegetarian/vegan cooking and healing nutritional concepts like soaking, making yogurt or ghee at home, or cooking and eating with presence, Mamta offers nutritional healing workshops in London. Next one is on July 24th Please contact her for more information.

Politics and Spirituality

Image result for theresa may brexit success

Last few years I have been so disillusioned with the Politicians, that I had disengaged with the political process. But the Referendum and its aftermath is helping me to change. Brexit has touched my emotions in unexpected ways. It brought forth disappointment, fear and anxiety to begin with. It has challenged me and I feel willing to engage with the process unfolding around me.

The day of the Referendum, I was at my daughter’s Graduation ceremony. That same day, she moved back home with all the stuff she had accumulated in the last 3 years. She returned to what was and is her home. But while she was away, I had become used to not having her around. It has not been an easy adjustment to have her back each time she has come home in the last 3 years during the holidays.

I love my daughter and really want to enjoy our time together. But I could not help feeling the emotions that came up each time. I did not just feel cross with her, more importantly I felt cross with myself. When I experience discomfort in a relationship, I find it helpful to ask the question “What is their soul helping  my soul to experience”.

This time, as she and I were feeling cross with each other, we started hearing the News about Xenophobic incidents all around the country. Being an immigrant living in the UK, it brought up anxiety for myself, my family and my friends. I felt that I could always move back to India but my children were born here and they think of themselves as British. This is their home, their Country, they do not feel at home in India like I do.

With all this emotion and discomfort surfacing, I asked the question “What is this situation helping my soul to experience”.

The next morning I woke up with the realisation that what was happening in the country with Xenophobia, was playing out in my own home too. Mercifully at a smaller scale though. Much as I love my daughter, I was struggling with sharing what I had started to think of as my space.

Somehow this realisation helped me to see the ways in which I can be intolerant. It seems to have helped bring a part of me that I was not so conscious of, into conscious awareness. It is not a part that I am happy to own. But I know that as I become aware of it and accept it, I will not keep getting triggered by it unexpectedly.

I feel something softened inside me and it helped transform the relationship with my daughter and we were able to enjoy our time together before she went away for two months. With the astronomical cost of housing in London, she is going to live at home when she starts work in September.

Thinking of the housing crisis in London, I felt that so many young people are having to share their living space. I know that is not always easy and that people do struggle with it. I felt that there must be so much unhappiness about sharing, in the collective consciousness as a result. Making more affordable homes available will help, but is not really the complete solution as it is simply not feasible to match the number of homes to the number of people who would like to come and live in London. Perhaps one aspect of this crisis is to reflect on what this situation is helping each of us to become aware of! Awareness brings transformation and freedom from the patterns that can keep repeating and cause discomfort and unhappiness.

I know that I cannot go around telling other people to change or to do or not do things in a certain way. But I can harness the power of the discomfort I am experiencing, by asking the question ‘What is this situation helping my Soul to experience’. I find the answer comes in its own time. Just as I cannot rush the time it takes for a plant to come to fruition, I cannot always receive the answer straightaway. But simply through asking the question, I am letting the Universe know that I am open to receiving the answer. And the answer comes when I am ready to receive it. Trusting that a solution has also been made available for me, alongside a challenge that I am experiencing helps me to not go into fear and therefore constriction mode, feeling anxious about what do I need to do. Perhaps all I need to do is to take a few conscious breaths. I know it helps me to be still, and be in the present moment. This is really important to be able to receive the solution. Just as I have to be at home to receive a parcel that I am expecting to be delivered!

When I heard Theresa May promise to make Brexit a success earlier this week, her words touched me. Somehow at an inner intuitive level, it helped me to feel positive about the whole political situation. I was reminded to share these thoughts with you. I feel positive about her becoming the Prime Minister (PM). I know that I am feeling positive now but it may not stay the same. I may not always agree with the choices and decisions that she will make as PM. But in such moments, I trust that my daily spiritual practices of Reiki and Yoga will help me to stay present. I find the Mantra Om Sahana Vavatu very helpful for restoring peace and harmony when I find myself in an uncomfortable space disagreeing with others.

Somehow I feel more positive about the whole post Brexit situation.  So much so that I can even bring myself to feel gratitude towards Michael Gove for playing his part in the Tory leadership campaign and stopping Boris Johnson from entering the race!

I wish for a government that will help improve the well being of all the people in this country, and will play a positive role to help restore peace and harmony in the rest of the world as well. I am willing to play my role in this process, in alignment with my life purpose. Doing what I am here to do, being who I am here to be in this lifetime is vital for living  life with peace and joy.

At this point of time, I do not know how this will unfold, what do I have to do, but I feel okay with not knowing for now. I trust that my daily spiritual practices of Reiki and Yoga will help me find the path forward.

Loved this photo of Theresa May that I found through Google on DailyMail website.

Healthy Indian Cooking Workshop

lentil rice art

I am feeling inspired to start offering the Healthy Indian cooking workshops again.  I will show you how to prepare a simple, traditional, healthy Indian vegetarian meal based on Ayurvedic principles. The meal will be suitable for vegans as well. This is the kind of meal I grew up with in India, which is still prepared in a lot of Indian homes.

I will also share about how cooking can be a grounding experience, how we can be more present in our body to be able to absorb the nutrition from the food we prepare ourselves. Then we enjoy the delicious meal we would have prepared together.

This session is for everyone who loves Indian food. It is especially for the people who would like to learn how to cook a healthy Indian meal.

Date: Sunday 24th July, 2016
Time: 10:30 am till about 2 pm
Venue: my kitchen, N5 1PU
Cost: £45.

Please contact me if you would like to join us for this creative healing session.

Attention and Presence

I was teaching a Reiki Level 1 Class this week and the word attention came up a few times in the class. This word has been catching my attention repeatedly in the last few days.

My husband told me about the Hawthorne Effect, when I got home after my third appointment at the Yoga Therapy Clinic in the last two months and was raving about how beneficial these monthly sessions have been. Wikipedia states the Hawthorne Effect (also referred to as the Observer Effect) is a type of reactivity in which individuals modify or improve an aspect of their behavior in response to their awareness of being observed.

At the Yoga Therapy clinic, there are four people working in a team to look after a client. There is one trainee therapist who interacts with me, the client. She is supervised by a fully qualified Yoga therapist. There are two more trainee therapists observing and supporting the trainee therapist looking after me. I did feel self conscious at the beginning of my first visit, with four pairs of eyes focused on me. But the self consciousness disappeared pretty quickly once I felt the love and care in the attention that I was receiving. It seemed like the love was multiplied four times.

I have been quite good with daily practice of the Yoga sequence I am given at the Clinic. This Yoga sequence is personalised to my needs and helps me to feel better each time I practise. With attending a Yoga class regularly every week, a couple of Yoga workshops that I have done in the last couple of months and my daily Reiki self practice, something seems to be working. I have gone to the Yoga Therapy Clinic with a major issue each time, something that I have been struggling with for a while eg breathing difficulty. Amazingly the symptoms have disappeared by the time I have gone for the next appointment after one month.

To me it is not important to know what is working, or how Yoga is helping me, or whether Reiki is helping me to go deeper with the Yoga practice. I am simply grateful to be able to breathe and not have to worry about not being able to breathe. I am grateful to be able to go for walks and climb the stairs without struggling to breathe.

I am very grateful for allopathic medicine and use it when I have to. However my preference is for natural ways to help myself. I prefer to have relief from symptoms without having to take medication on a regular basis. When I was struggling to breathe, inhaler would provide relief from the symptoms but temporarily. Yoga and Reiki seem to provide much deeper relief, and there are no side effects. I know that nothing stays the same forever and asthma can come back. But I am not worrying about it.

I am very grateful for relief from the menopausal symptoms I was suffering from when I went for the second appointment.

Reflecting on the word ‘attention’, I find that it is very connected with being present. I know that when I give attention to my breath, it helps in many different ways. Every time I give attention to what I am doing, whether it is eating, walking, cleaning, I am more present in the moment, and in my body. Every time I give myself a Reiki treatment or practise Yoga, I am giving attention to all levels of my being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Self massage is another way of giving attention to the body. Meditation is a way of giving attention to the inner self.

It feels amazing to realise that the simple act of observing/giving attention can help bring about improvement. I know that I have been giving attention to all sorts of things in my life. Some of it has been conscious and a lot has been subconscious. It feels good to realise that I am becoming more aware of what I am giving attention to and the difference it can make. Hopefully this awareness will bring better balance and presence.

I am feeling very grateful to my husband for helping spark off all these insights with his comment about the Hawthorne Effect. I cannot help wishing that he would go to the Yoga Therapy clinic and try the Hawthorne effect for himself, especially as no previous Yoga experience is required!

Best birthday so far ….

Yesterday, was a magical day, full of many synchronicities, connections, remembrances and blessings. It was my birthday, the best birthday so far. The day started with many birthday wishes. They came in waves from many different parts of the world. Starting from the East, then Europe followed  by America, and went back to Japan.  Thank you everyone for the wishes and sending love my way. Each wish seems to have helped touch my heart, helped it open a little more to be able to receive a little more love.

This birthday helped bring together various strands in my life – receiving healing through food/cooking, nature, mantras, yoga, astrology….

Normally I like to go out for a special birthday meal. On this birthday I felt very drawn to cooking a simple Indian meal.

This was followed by a wonderful walk on Hampstead Heath with my husband.

_____ fox glove hampstead heath

In the evening I went to the Deva Premal & Miten Concert with my husband & Reiki friends. Thank you Deva Premal, Miten & team for the magical, heart warming and heart opening concert in London yesterday. Thank you for coming here on my birthday, and so near me – the venue was only 10 minutes walk away from home. I experienced many profound, insightful moments at the concert yesterday, taking the mantras that I love to a deeper inner level.

There is a New Moon this coming weekend. Astrologically this New Moon is particularly significant. The New Moon energy is especially helpful with letting go of what does not serve us anymore, and planting seeds for new beginnings. To me, this new moon seems to be helping transform patterns to be able to live life with more ease.

Yoga teaches me that when I am comfortable, I am more likely to be still, and therefore more willing to be in the present moment, reducing the need for resorting to escapism. This can happen in so many different ways – through addictions, escapism and imbalance in the way I spend time – whether it is being glued to screens, even spending too much time with spiritual practices!

I find it very interesting that this insight about time is coming up now, as the planet opposing the Sun & the Moon is Saturn, the planet of time! An opposition is a call, an opportunity for receiving some more light, strength and wisdom to bring balance in my life. Feels good to realise that I can look forward to better balance in the way I spend time!

Saturn is not just about time, it is also the inner critic and the wise inner teacher. When I struggle with something, the inner critic would surface and I would think of what am I not doing or what am I not doing right. Now I am finding it increasingly helpful to look at the situation as an opportunity to deepen my connection with the inner teacher and stay open to receiving.

I experienced this at a Yoga class earlier in the week at my favourite Restorative Yoga class. I heard the teacher say that restorative yoga is about settling in a comfortable position to be able to receive. I have felt immensely comfortable in some of the same yoga postures before. But that day I just could not settle. I was wondering what it was about and it suddenly dawned on me that this discomfort was creating a window of opportunity for me to learn, for me to learn about receiving and about being at ease. At the end of the class, my Yoga teacher read the poem Clearing by Martha Postlewaite and it resonated deeply.

“Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently,
until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know how to give yourself to this world so worth of rescue.”

I received another way of deepening connection with the inner teacher at the Concert yesterday with the Mantra ‘Aad Gurey Namaha‘. Thank you Miten for this reminder.

One of the ways the Universe is helping us at this time, is with transforming the patterns that have been keeping us stuck so that we can live our life with more ease, presence, joy, love, good health and abundance.

One of the keys to this transformation is through connecting with what our soul longs for. Nurturing this longing can help with moving forward in life. Discovering these longings, knowing how to nurture ourselves is not always easy. There are many ways to connect with the soul. Paying special attention to our intuition and  emotions that are surfacing at this time can be very helpful.  At the concert yesterday, I felt that the Mantra ‘Asato Ma Sadgamaya‘ is also particularly significant at this time as it is a prayer to move from misperceptions to our inner truth, a call to shine the light of awareness on what is hidden (ie our longings) and needs to come up to the conscious awareness.

This feels like a great time to strengthen our inner light so that it can shine bright like the Sun.

I feel very blessed and grateful to have you and all these strands in my life, all my teachers, my daily spiritual practices of Reiki and Yoga that continue to strengthen my optimistic muscle, deepen my connection with the Source, my inner self, and keep bringing me back to balance, peace and harmony.

15 years of daily Reiki self treatment

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One of the best things a student receives from attending a Reiki class, when one learns Reiki, is the ability to give oneself a Reiki treatment. This is referred to as Reiki self treatment.

Reiki self treatment involves placing our hands on our body in a series of hand positions that are taught in the Reiki class. A self treatment is ideally done for 30 to 60 minutes a day. If you struggle to find this length of time, even 15 minutes of Reiki everyday can be very beneficial. In Hawayo Takata’s words ‘Some Reiki is better than no Reiki’.

While reflecting on Reiki self treatment recently, I realised that my 15 year anniversary of learning Reiki is coming up in June 2016. I am really glad to have learnt Reiki. I feel even more glad that I have been self treating daily for this length of time. Reiki has helped me in every way that I need, at every level that I need – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. One of the nicest ways it has helped me is to be more connected with the Source, with the Universal flow, with my inner self. This connection can be invaluable with finding the way forward in life and figure out the next step. I know that I would not be in the space I am in if I did not have Reiki in my life.

Passing on the ability to practice Reiki seems to be the best way to mark this anniversary. I cannot think of a better way to spend this time other than teaching a Reiki level 1 class. If you would like to learn Reiki in June with me, I would love to invite you to attend this special Reiki class. If you have already learnt Reiki, you may wish to refresh level 1 Reiki. It can be a wonderful healing experience to sit in on a Reiki class and be immersed in the Reiki energy over four days.

If you would like to find out more about learning Reiki or sitting in on a Reiki class, please do contact me. I would love to hear from you.

If you have already learnt Reiki, it would be wonderful to know how you have benefitted from being able to do daily Reiki self treatment. Please do share your experience. You may inspire someone to learn Reiki.

Reiki for exam stress

Student life, especially in the final years of school or University can be a lot of fun but also stressful. Exams, assignments, living away from home, all the choices one has to make about course options, future employment, internship… can bring on anxiety and stress.

I have been invited to give Reiki treatments to students at Metropolitan University in London on 19th April 2016, at a Well-being day organised by some students. Having one child at University and the other doing AS levels at school helps me to be aware of the challenges students face these days.

exam stress

This invitation has also helped me to reflect on my own time at University and reminded me of how stressful this stage of life can be. How I wish I had known about Reiki when I was younger! I know that Reiki healing can help cope with stress and anxiety. It can be especially beneficial when we need to perform and do our best but anxiety and stress can block/limit us.

Receiving Reiki treatments from a Reiki practitioner can be very helpful when we are experiencing stress. However, the best way to benefit from Reiki healing is to learn Reiki oneself so that we can give a Reiki treatment to ourselves every day. It is quick and easy to learn Reiki and it does not cost a fortune either. I continue to feel that Reiki is one of the best things I have ever learnt, as it helps and supports me in every way I need.

If you are experiencing continued stress and need help to alleviate it, please do try a Reiki treatment. If there are other people around you who are struggling with stress and/or anxiety, you can invite a Reiki Practitioner to come and give Reiki treatments to you and your friends/colleagues. If you are based in London, I would love to be able to support you. If you would like to invite me to your University or Office/workplace please do contact me. You can also find a Reiki practitioner near you on The Reiki Association Website.

Thanks to https://theday.co.uk for the image.

Struggling with the daily commute in London!

Love london

Living in London has many many advantages. Yet like anything else, it is a mixed blessing. Living in London comes with the challenges of living in a large city. Coping with the daily commute, especially in peak hours, is getting increasingly diffcult. I was reminded of the challenges of this aspect of life in London while reading the funny yet quite insightful article in the Online publication North Four titled Inner peace in Inner London. Along with Yoga and meditation, it was a delight to see Reiki being included in the article and Reiki with Mamta being featured in it.

Reading the article reminded me of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh’s talk in London a few years ago that I had been to. He was asked about staying kind and mindful while coping with being pushed and jostled on the train journey to work, with the need to have to push your way onto a train carriage in order to get to work on time. His reply was give yourself more time, leave home earlier.

I also remembered a tube journey a few months ago. I happened to be sitting opposite two chidren who were about 4 to 5 years old. They were looking at everything with wide admiring eyes – fascinated with and marvelling at everything that we, as grownups, take for granted. I could see the mother starting to feel embarrassed at their attitude. Maybe it was their first tube journey!

I felt very grateful for being able to see the tube journey through the children’s eyes. I felt glad to be reminded that each tube journey is indeed a technological marvel – yet we take it for granted. We can get so annoyed when the trains do not work and we are late getting to our destination. If we can feel grateful for all the times it works and helps us arrive at our destination with relative ease and punctuality – we may not feel as cross when it does not work. If we can start each journey with gratitude, the energy in the stations, the tunnels and the roads will be more positive. Who knows, it may even help the transport network to continue to function more efficiently! After all gratitude is a form of love. And it seems easier to see how love can nourish our relationships and help them to function better.

I feel really grateful for my daily practice of Reiki that helps me see life this way.

I offer Reiki treatments and teach Reiki classes in London every month. Please contact me if you would like a treatment or to learn Reiki with me.

Gratitude to Printsome for the image.