Reiki Refresher: Be Kind To Yourself

wintercandlesThis time of year can be so tough physically and emotionally. The days are short, and the nights are long and dark. We’re often very busy with commitments and shopping, and we end up exhausted, drained, or run down.

Be kind to yourself.

Take a break in the middle of all this chaos and spent 90 minutes just to recenter and recharge. I will lead a soothing guided meditation and give everyone Reiki. If we feel moved, we will share Reiki with each other, too.

Registration Details: Meets December 22: 1-3:30 pm  Reiki Refresher Workshops are open to Reiki students and practitioners of all levels. This workshop is by donation. Pay what you can. Contact Joanna at 978-338-4326 or info@joannascaparotti.com to register.

Let your meditation practice be supported by us this week

The Healing Center is where you can do that this week!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life, so meditation can help make you a happier person.  The Healing Center of Beverly is a space where positive energy flows and is exchanged every day, and all of that positive energy, soaked up by the walls and floors, makes it a natural place for meditation.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

We now have a variety of ways you can get that quiet time for yourself to ground and center.

On Monday and Thursday mornings we have a free Open Meditation Sitting from 8:30-10am.  Come in anytime, no registration, fees or method required.  Just come in, sit and find your peace.

On Wednesday evenings after work from 6-7pm, come by for Tamara’s beginner friendly Meditation Circle.  Each week she explores one of the many meditation traditions before we meditate together. Please arrive a few minutes early so she can start on time. No pre-registration required. $5-10 suggested donation.

On Fridays, Lakshmi offers a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class from 12-1pm.  Nurture your body-mind, activate your chakras and nourish you soul by attending this lunch time class.  This class is $16 drop-in, and Lakshmi suggests you register ahead of time to reserve your spot and save $.  Contact her at lsirois1@verizon.net.

On the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, Joanna offers a Heart and Soul Meditation Circle. At this circle, we will explore the Remembrance meditation/prayer technique for connecting with our hearts, releasing heaviness and filling our hearts with light and joy. This circle is $15.  Contact Joanna at info@joannascaparotti.com to RSVP.

Let your meditation practice be supported by us this week

The Healing Center is where you can do that this week!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life, so meditation can help make you a happier person.  The Healing Center of Beverly is a space where positive energy flows and is exchanged every day, and all of that positive energy, soaked up by the walls and floors, makes it a natural place for meditation.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

We now have a variety of ways you can get that quiet time for yourself to ground and center.

On Monday and Thursday mornings we have a free Open Meditation Sitting from 8:30-10am.  Come in anytime, no registration, fees or method required.  Just come in, sit and find your peace.

On Wednesday evenings after work from 6-7pm, come by for Tamara’s beginner friendly Meditation Circle.  Each week she explores one of the many meditation traditions before we meditate together. Please arrive a few minutes early so she can start on time. No pre-registration required. $5-10 suggested donation.

On Fridays, Lakshmi offers a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class from 12-1pm.  Nurture your body-mind, activate your chakras and nourish you soul by attending this lunch time class.  This class is $16 drop-in, and Lakshmi suggests you register ahead of time to reserve your spot and save $.  Contact her at lsirois1@verizon.net.

On the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, Joanna offers a Heart and Soul Meditation Circle. At this circle, we will explore the Remembrance meditation/prayer technique for connecting with our hearts, releasing heaviness and filling our hearts with light and joy. This circle is $15.  Contact Joanna at info@joannascaparotti.com to RSVP.

Join me for a New to Reiki Open House

On December 8th at 12pm, join me for a Reiki open house!

JoannaReiki2Are you new to Reiki?

Do you have questions about how Reiki works and what a session is like?

Do you wonder what’s involved in the certification process?

Bring your questions and get them all answered at this open house.

This open house is free and open to all who are curious!

RSVP or questions to Joanna at 978-338-4326 or info@joannascaparotti.com

Do you need a few quiet moments to ground and center this week?

The Healing Center is where you can do that this week!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life, so meditation can help make you a happier person.  The Healing Center of Beverly is a space where positive energy flows and is exchanged every day, and all of that positive energy, soaked up by the walls and floors, makes it a natural place for meditation.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

We now have a variety of ways you can get that quiet time for yourself to ground and center.

On Monday and Thursday mornings we have a free Open Meditation Sitting from 8:30-10am.  Come in anytime, no registration, fees or method required.  Just come in, sit and find your peace.

On Wednesday evenings after work from 6-7pm, come by for Tamara’s beginner friendly Meditation Circle.  Each week she explores one of the many meditation traditions before we meditate together. Please arrive a few minutes early so she can start on time. No pre-registration required. $5-10 suggested donation.

On Fridays, Lakshmi offers a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class from 12-1pm.  Nurture your body-mind, activate your chakras and nourish you soul by attending this lunch time class.  This class is $18 drop-in, and Lakshmi suggests you register ahead of time to reserve your spot and save $.  Contact her at lsirois1@verizon.net.

On the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, Joanna offers a Heart and Soul Meditation Circle. At this circle, we will explore the Remembrance meditation/prayer technique for connecting with our hearts, releasing heaviness and filling our hearts with light and joy. This circle is $15.  Contact Joanna at info@joannascaparotti.com to RSVP.

Illness can be a signal to listen inward

I was going along with my life just fine, not even feeling run down or tired.  Out of the blue, at 4am on Monday morning, I woke up with a pretty violent stomach bug.  It kept up it’s siege on my system for about 12 hours. I was so sick that I wanted my mom to come over, until I realized I was probably contagious.  By the evening, I was finally starting to hydrate and even got a few crackers down.  On Tuesday, I was completely exhausted from the physical toll on my body, and my only activities were to drink fluids, eat what I could and rest on the couch.  Wednesday was more nourishing, and I pushed myself to disinfect my home.  Yesterday, I went to work, and I was completely overwhelmed and exhausted.

I was more drained from this experience than I realized.  One of my students was moved yesterday to text me a message that she received that she thought may be meant for me.  I want to share it with you here because it really struck a deep chord with me:

Today we believe God wants us to know that… illness is often a sign that there are needs you are not taking care of.  Sometimes your body gets sick so that you are forced to slow down and become aware of the messages of your heart and the desires of your spirit.  Only when you step outside from the daily treadmill, can you attune to these more subtle inner callings.  Don’t wait to get sick before listening to these inner messages.

Ooh boy.

Today, I am resting again. I spent a long time in meditation this morning, listening inward to see if there were any messages for me.  What I discovered that was that in the busyness of my day to day life, I have stopped listening inward on a regular basis.  Listening inward is what got me through my divorce and chronic pain journeys. It’s what guided me to start my Reiki practice and open The Healing Center.  It’s even what lead me into my MBA program.

And yet, in my constant push to tend to my responsibilities at work, meet my deadlines for school, and even striving towards my weight-loss goals, I have lost the habit of listening inward. Although I do meditate daily, my practice has become more of a doing than a being.  When I meditate what I do is run my energy: grounding and centering, clearing out my energy field and chakras, filling up with love and light, recharging.  Then I open my eyes and hit the ground running to accomplish all my targets for the day and the week ahead.

The energy of the late fall and winter is to go within, to be restful, to contemplate and just be.  I certainly was just being present with myself on Monday and Tuesday when what my body needed was so loud and insistent there was no room for anything else.   It took a pretty icky illness to get me to slow down and just be.

The message above was just what I needed to hear to learn the lesson, and stop myself from jumping right back into the fray.  I relearn this lesson over and over again because it’s the hardest one for me to assimilate. I’m good at doing – it feels good to do, do, do, and check things off my to-do list.  It’s really hard for me to sit around and relax, especially when I’m alone.  It feels awkward and uncomfortable. And yet, it’s what I am reminded again and again that I need to learn.  This may take some creative thinking.  My to-do list is massive, and in order to get those down times where I’m “off”, it needs to be downsized (deferred, delegated, dropped) so it can be accomplished during my “on” times.

Does this message resonate with you? Let me know!

This coming week, join me…

Sunday 11/24

Monday 11/25
  • Open Meditation at The Healing Center 8:30-10am
  • Beverly Farmer’s Market at the old Bell/Beverly Market on Cabot Street from 3-7pm
  • Reiki share at The Healing Center is on from 5:30-7pm with Tamara
Tuesday 11/26
Saturday 11/30

Let your meditation practice be supported by us this week

The Healing Center is where you can do that this week!

People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, they sleep better, and they have a more positive outlook on life, so meditation can help make you a happier person.  The Healing Center of Beverly is a space where positive energy flows and is exchanged every day, and all of that positive energy, soaked up by the walls and floors, makes it a natural place for meditation.

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

We now have a variety of ways you can get that quiet time for yourself to ground and center.

On Monday and Thursday mornings we have a free Open Meditation Sitting from 8:30-10am.  Come in anytime, no registration, fees or method required.  Just come in, sit and find your peace.

On Wednesday evenings after work from 6-7pm, come by for Tamara’s beginner friendly Meditation Circle.  Each week she explores one of the many meditation traditions before we meditate together. Please arrive a few minutes early so she can start on time. No pre-registration required. $5-10 suggested donation.

On Fridays, Lakshmi offers a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class from 12-1pm.  Nurture your body-mind, activate your chakras and nourish you soul by attending this lunch time class.  This class is $18 drop-in, and Lakshmi suggests you register ahead of time to reserve your spot and save $.  Contact her at lsirois1@verizon.net.

On the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, Joanna offers a Heart and Soul Meditation Circle. At this circle, we will explore the Remembrance meditation/prayer technique for connecting with our hearts, releasing heaviness and filling our hearts with light and joy. This circle is $15.  Contact Joanna at info@joannascaparotti.com to RSVP.

Do you need a safe space to relax?

Do you need a safe space where you can really let go and relax?

Join me for the Heart & Soul Circle on Sunday November 24th from 6:30-7:30pm to nourish your heart & soul.

At the Heart & Soul Circle, we will slow down and ground. We will connect with how our hearts feel using the Sufi prayer technique called Remembrance. We will create safe space together where we can release the things that are heavy on our hearts and make room for lightness. We will do a few creative activities to open our hearts to joy and cultivate deep, lasting relaxation through guided meditation and Reiki.

RSVP to 978-338-4326 or email info@joannascaparotti.com

Sunday Sunrise Sessions

Soak up the light and warmth to rekindle your inner joy!

Recently I experienced a Reiki session in the noontime sun that filled me completely with warmth and light.   It was completely delicious and restorative. I felt a wave of joy come over me with a depth of feeling that I hadn’t realized had been missing since it became too cold out for morning sunrise walks.  I found my Reiki session in the sunshine so exquisite and rejuvenating, I’d like to give you the opportunity to experience this too.

From now through Christmas, I’ll be offering Sunday Sunrise sessions for 45 minutes at 8am and 9am so you can soak up the light and warmth of Reiki and rekindle your inner joy.

In addition, each time you book a 45 or 75 minute session with me or purchase a gift certificate during this period, you’ll also receive a bonus gift certificate for a complimentary half hour session that you can give to yourself or to a friend to use in the new year for recharging your spirit during the long cold days of winter.

There is something powerful in connecting with the sun this time of year and inviting the light into your body. Combined with Reiki, it’s powerful. The Sunday Sunrise Sessions will bring peacefulness and joy that is missing in the cold, dark, hectic days of late fall for many of us.

Call Joanna at 978-338-4326 or email me to schedule your Sunday Sunrise Session at 8 or 9am.  Appointments are available through December 22, 2013.

Book or buy a Reiki session & receive a bonus gift certificate

hibiscuscandleNourish your heart and soul with a soothing Reiki session with Joanna this holiday season and receive a bonus half hour session to use in the New Year.

Slow down ~ Relax deeply ~ Release stress and anxiety ~ Open your heart ~ Reconnect with joy and lightness

This time of year can be so stressful.  I used to have such a hard time.  I hated the holidays.  It was so bad, that I would be on the verge of a nervous breakdown for all of November and December each year.  I probably did break down and cry more than once.  It was years and years of holiday stress until I learned how to prioritize my health and sanity over what I thought I should do to make everyone else happy during the holiday season.  (Check out my blog post Lessons from the Grinch that I wrote in 2007 about this shift.)

One of the ways that I keep my sanity in check is to schedule down time on my calendar for myself. It might just be quiet time with a cup of tea, or it’s a massage, Reiki session or restorative yoga class.  I highly recommend you get out your calendar now and block off some R&R time for yourself this holiday season so you can really enjoy the important things instead of being rushed and stressed.

Here’s my special R & R gift to you for you this holiday season:  Each time you book a 45 or 75 minute Nourish your Heart and Soul session with me (or purchase a gift certificate) from November 15th through December 24th, you’ll also receive a gift certificate for a complimentary half hour session that you can give to yourself or a friend to use in January 2014.