Posts Tagged ‘breath’

Upcoming Reiki Classes in NYC

Posted on September 13, 2014


I’ve been hearing from many of you, asking when I’m going to teach the next Reiki I or II class. With back to school ingrained in many of us, fall is a great time to learn something new.

Reiki I Class Starts October 7th

The next Reiki I class starts on Tuesday, October 7th.

People often ask me what to expect from taking a Reiki I class and I tell them about
5 major benefits.

Here’s a previous article I wrote about how taking Reiki I changed my life, to give you some ideas of how it might change yours.

You can book here if you’re ready to learn a powerful, yet easy way to take care of yourself, and let me know if you have any questions.

Here’s what one student said about learning Reiki and the effect it had on his life:

I see Deborah for Reiki sessions, and she is also my Reiki teacher. The results have been nothing short of mini-miracles.

Since I learned Reiki, I’ve quit smoking, gotten off medication, and become more passionate about my life in general. My advice: if you’re struggling in any area of your life, take a Reiki class or get a session, and be open to the possibility of shifting your life and watch for the transformation.— Joe L.


Reiki II Class Starts November 11th

Been practicing Reiki and ready to deepen your practice?

Reiki II will take place on November 11, 18, and December 2nd, 6-9pm.

Read on for more information about what you’ll discover in Reiki II and to register. (Space is limited!)

An Easy Way to Strengthen Your Intuition

Posted on June 2, 2014

Listen to Your Intution Louise Hay

Last week, one of my Reiki students sent me an email asking about the affirmation/oracle cards we used at the beginning of class. She wanted to get a set of her own to use in conjunction with giving Reiki sessions to friends and family.

It got me thinking about how these kind of cards are such an easy, yet powerful way, to connect with your intuition.

My sister gave me a set by Louise Hay, called Power Thought Cards, and I use them almost every day. It’s a quick way to tap into my intuition.

Read on to hear how you can use the cards, my favorite card deck recommendations, and a bonus way Reiki and hypnosis can help you connect with your intuition.

How To Use Affirmation/Oracle Cards
Here’s one way you can use the cards:

  • Shuffle the deck, and while you do so, take a deep breath to give yourself a moment to relax: a moment of meditation.
  • Ask yourself: “What do I most need to know in this moment?”
  • Or ask yourself a question where you need guidance and insight.
  • Pick a card and read it, without judgment, being open to receive whatever guidance you need.
  • You can leave the card out to reflect on throughout the day.

Using cards can be a concrete way to bypass your critical mind and tune into a deeper part of yourself, your intuition.

Reiki and hypnosis work in a similar way, helping you engage your inner resources; the answers you seek already lie within. The more you use your intuition, the stronger it gets–it’s like a muscle.

Receiving sessions or taking a Reiki class enhances your access to yourself, and the healing unfolds from this inner connectedness, helping you trust yourself more.

What Cards Do I Recommend?
In addition to Louise Hay’s Power Thought Cards, I love Sonia Choquette’s Ask Your Guides and the Voyager Tarot card sets. There are so many options out there–explore and find ones that speak to you.

Try This:
What are other ways you can build your connection with your intuition? Start paying attention to your intuition this week and see what you notice.

Want additional support? Book a session.
(And let me know if you want to pick a card at the beginning of your next session.)

1,000 Hungry Tigers: Meditation & Reiki

Posted on April 29, 2013

Dharma teacher and author Catherine Ingram relays a story in her book, Passionate Presence: a young friend told her to pretend she was surrounded by 1,000 hungry tigers and asked her what she would do. She said she wasn’t sure. Her young friend said, “I’d stop pretending!”

This is good advice but how often do we follow it? Ingram goes on to assert that our minds are mad. Don’t worry, this is a good thing, because once you accept the madness you can stop trying to reform what can’t be reformed and pay attention to the part of you that isn’t mad.

And this is the main point of meditation.


Minds are useful when we need to conceptualize or analyze, but when it comes to guiding our inner lives, depending on our minds isn’t such a great idea. The mind is wonderful at presenting 1,000 different variations of the past and conjuring a future, and then scaring us with most of the options it comes up with–making us anxious, stressed, or depressed (or sometimes all three!)

Meditation develops the capacity to question the mind and see the 1,000 tigers more objectively instead of believing every thought, desire, and wave of emotion. It can help put in perspective the thoughts that make us anxious, stressed, and depressed and help us decide if they’re valid and true.

Reiki & Meditation

Reiki sessions provide a sense of centering and connection, quieting the mind’s endless chatter. Many of my clients have compared it to the experience of meditation–with the practitioner (in this case, me) helping them meditate in a unique way.

Meditation Exercise

Here’s something I always find useful: if I think I don’t have five minutes to sit and let my mind quiet down, it means I really need to take the time to do it (unfortunately this doesn’t mean I always do, but I try!) Try sitting quietly and just watching your breath without trying to control it for five minutes. If your mind wanders just gently bring it back to the breath.

How To Relax In Under 5 Seconds

Posted on November 7, 2012

I hope everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy is doing as well as possible under the circumstances. I thought about writing about ways to stay calm in a disaster, but who am I kidding, that’s way beyond my scope.  If you don’t have the basic necessities like food, water, and shelter, it’s pretty hard to offer any words of wisdom.

So I’m scaling it back, and offering the Big Belly Technique–the easiest way I know of to let go of fear and help you relax in under 5 seconds.

The Big Belly Technique

When we’re frightened, anxious, or stressed, our breathing is much more shallow, residing in our upper chest. Want to change that in under 5 seconds? Here’s how the Big Belly Technique works (and yes, I love that name, and no, it won’t make you have a big belly permanently!):

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