Last week of July Happiness Day 28

end-of-summerI realize going into this week that the next month will be flying by.  I still have many things to embrace this summer before it becomes the get-back-to-school fall schedule.

So, I put my rest of summer bucket list here:

A camping trip into the woods

A kayak or upright paddle boarding adventure on the Sound

A day hike on Hurricane Ridge

A meditation retreat

A bonfire on the beach watching the sunset

That’s only 5 things, and one of them, the meditation retreat, will happen in two weeks, so the others, I’ll have to get on each week.  The Northwest summer is short and succulent, and we savor it like a delicious fruit sorbet…I just wish it didn’t melt so fast!!!

Eileen Dey 2014

Weekend Happiness Day 27

weekI’m grateful for a weekend day that I have off!  Being self-employed, I pretty much work 6 days a week, so that one precious day is like a vase to me, to be filled with light, joy and of course happiness!

I went on and on this past week on things just ‘standing still’ and having to plan to make things happen.  And today I’ll contradict myself.  I’m OK if things just flow along, develop into what they need to become.

My ‘big’ weekend off will be the Annual Reiki Retreat 8/8-10, and it’s one I look forward to with much spirit.

So what will occur today remains to be seen, and with that, I embrace this day!

Eileen Dey 2014

Shoreline Solarfest Happiness Day 26

0806111344Today the Reiki Fellowship is out in force at the Shoreline Solarfest at Shoreline Community College 10am-5pm.  It’s a celebration of all things renewable that require no batteries, including Reiki!

This will be our 3rd year having our booth where we give free Reiki and have plenty of info and guidance for folks interested in taking a class, attending a circle or getting more info about scheduling a session.

There are musicians and lectures throughout the day, free of charge, and amazing food vendors and booth after booth of the latest in clean green energy alternatives!

Hope you can join us, and if not in person, than in spirit!  Happy Day Away!

Eileen Dey 2014

Happiness through planning Day 25

planSo ennui has broken…through planning.  We finally did something, this time it was taking the West Seattle water taxi over to downtown just in time for a gold panning demonstration at the Klondike museum in Pioneer Square.  Yay!  Whether that was the big thrill for everyone or not, I felt we had accomplished getting 6 people, one of them autistic, through several means of transportation and schedules to their destination.  It was carried out seemingly as if we were just ‘going with the flow’, but in my mind, I was aware of the minutes we had catching this, making that, etc.

Once we were there, I really enjoyed learning about the female pioneers of the Klondike, something I hadn’t contemplated before.  I admire pioneer spirit, part of which brought me from the East coast to Seattle 15 years ago.  I had the brief thought that sure, you could look up the Klondike on the web, get the Wikipedia low down, maybe even watch some videos of the gold panning.  But walking through the historical district, where it all started, seeing original letters and tools, watching a park ranger demonstrate gold panning first hand, it’s in real time.  Well, I’ll certainly retain that memory.

I realize and accept that no one in my household is a strong planner, except me.  And although I do that for my work every day, on my off time, I expect others to step up to the plate.  They don’t, so ennui commences, defaulting to online media.

Ok, so I will embrace implementing daily planning and execution of an event as a strategy for the rest of this trip.  At least we all moved today, and that did make me happy.

Eileen Dey 2014

Embracing Ennui: Happiness Days 23-24

photo 1Going into the 2nd week of a houseful of teenagers and young adults (now there are 4!), a degree of ennui has set in.  At first, my response is to fill the void with activities, outings, walks, anything to move the listlessness that abounds.  See last week’s blog for details.

And yet, now, the energy would not move.  I tried surrendering to it, but it seemed to just permeate rather than dissolve.  I look to my cat Comet for inspiration, since he seems to spend most of his life embracing ennui.  I asked him how he does it with grace.  He didn’t give me any answer directly, only barely moving while I stroked his soft coat.

And so, I went to work, did my errands, visited with friends, and when I’d return home, that holding, stagnation, maybe it was rest?, filled the home.  The palpable lack of motivation was wearing on me.  So I went into a deeper meditation/Reiki state to seek answers.

I’m embracing a path of happiness for 100 days, was there happiness in ennui?  Could there be?  I’m hardly a typical  type A person, but I definitely am a go-getter and on the move a bit, shaking things up, making things happen, these qualities bring happiness from me and to me.  I am easily bored, and when nothing is going on, it feels like something is wrong.

But maybe that’s an outdated belief I need to look at.  So I’m still working through finding the joy of it, wrapping my mind around how such an existence can bring happiness to the teenagers that have infused my life for the next few weeks.  They seem perfectly content waking up at 1pm, getting going around 3, regardless that a lot of things have happened already.   Events have come and gone this week without attendance.  Default is renting movies, listening to Ipod, watching Youtube.  My inner voice cries out, ‘this isn’t engaging stimulation!!!’, but perhaps, being a teen in 2014 is being in an overstimulated world, maybe for them, this introverted focus, this silent watching is the balance they seek.

My balance is different.  I like being out in the world, tasting, interacting, hearing something live, fresh, new.  Sigh.  Today I seek to find that.  If teenagers wish to join, so be it.  I’m happy to be living a different path.  Life is so much more.

Eileen Dey 2014

Taking care of Self: Happiness Day 22

ioI’ve gotten pretty good at self-care after all these years of teaching and practicing Reiki, but I’m reminded daily of it’s importance to maintain balance and harmony, and above all happiness!

It’s a beautiful summer day, and a quick blog before I venture back out into nature, sun and fresh air.  Had some chiropractic this morning to help a neck ache get better and hanging out with like-minded community always boosts spirits.

Next on my list is a discovery walk, to see what literally lies ahead on my path.  There are probably a whole host of work-related items I’m overlooking, but I can’t seem to wrangle myself into my office chair for long to stay put when my energy just wants to expand!

Self-care for me is listening to the wisdom of my body.  I spent a whole day yesterday teaching my form of it, Insight Reiki, which upholds that the body doesn’t lie.  It tells you what it needs and you can’t ignore that when you get a message so clear.  It’s a direct knowing, more like intuition than intellect.

So, I’m happy to follow that, and take in the scenery and bring that energy back into the world at large.

Eileen Dey 2014

21 Days of Happiness: Reflections

21days.fw_Wow, 3 weeks has flown by since I started this self-imposed challenge of 100 days of mindful happiness.  Today’s happiness comes from my partner Richard’s autistic son Walter, sitting on the couch next to my cat Comet.

Walter (age 15) is usually a bundle of energy, talking about Power Rangers, Godzilla or whatever else draws his attention for the moment.  Right now, he’s giving Comet Reiki (whether he knows it or not) and the kitty responds by lounging across his lap.  It’s truly magical to watch.

And since Walter’s arrival, and that of his other teenage siblings, I’ve experience many moments of surprising happiness (in the role of step mom).  There have been other moments of being challenged, for sure, but this blog experiment is one of focusing on the positive.  So that’s what I chose to do with this one.

Walter is finding soothing music on his Ipad to play for Comet.  He responds to gentleness with gentleness.  I hope that everyone gets a chance to see this.  But like moments, not sure how long it will last.

It’s a quiet time now, of soothing transcendence.  Now everyone is back in the house, Richard, and his other children, Joseph (18) and Cassandra (12).  And this aura of peace permeates the house now.

Eileen Dey 2014

Reiki Retreat Happiness coming up 8/8-10!

RetreatCan’t wait for the Reiki to shine all across the Mount Vernon/Darrington Vallley next month!  We’ll be having an incredible time tuning in to the land, flower and fauna that call this place home.

I hope you can join us in celebration and community.  Details are listed below.  For images on the retreat, visit our site

Replenish yourself with a relaxing weekend on this 220 acre woodland petting farm and sanctuary.  Retreat includes inspiring talks, walks, guided meditations, fire ceremonies and of course, Reiki healing circles!

All meals, snacks and comfortable shared lodging included.  Open to those new to Reiki & practitioners and teachers of all lineages.

$280 for the whole weekend.  Register early!
Friday 8/8 Check-in 5:00pm (if you need later registration, let me know please)
Sunday 8/10 Check-out 11:00am

Camp Brotherhood was founded by Rabbi Levine and Father Treacy (who hosted the interfaith TV show, “Challenge” on KOMO for over 14 years).   This is a place of peace and harmony with guiding principles of universal compassion and unconditional love.  Located in Mount Vernon, WA.  Directions and information on retreat provided upon registration.

In love with lavender happiness

Lavender-FestivalAnother beautiful day in the Northwest and what a better way to spend summer celebrating lavender!  On this 19th day of mindful happiness I inhale deeply and let the power of this flower soothe my heart, my soul and my mind.

In all the years I’ve lived here, I’ve never been, so I’m looking forward to the journey, with my dear friend Trudy Wendelin, the amazing Reiki master and acupuncturist who has circumnavigated the world several times as a cruise ship healer!  We took a road trip years ago to the Baja and had a blast, so this is our Seattle version, but hopefully a longer sojourn at some point!

Trudy will be teaching the Reiki and 5 Elements workshop this fall, and if you have Reiki 1 and want to learn more about Chinese medicine, this is the lady!

Eileen Dey 2014

Didjeridoo Reiki Soundscape Happiness tonight!

didjeridoo-dreamtimeTonight at Embrace the Moon, 1716 NW Market Street from 7-9pm Carol Canterbury and the percussionists that make up the Reiki Fellowship!

Let’s get the groove on and celebrate summer tribal style!

Hope you can all join us.  No prior experience of Reiki required.  I have tons of happiness (day 18) for the Soundscape, which is a monthly event always filled with light and new sounds!


Eileen Dey 2014

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