New Program Encourages Young Kids To Read To Homeless Cats

2014-08-20 08.23.22As they are learning to read, kids can be nervous to read in front of people. But what about cats? These opinion free felines are the perfect reading audience for students. Animal Rescue League Of Berks County, Pennsylvania came up with the program Book Buddies, which invites elementary school kids to practice their reading skills on homeless cats. Parents of students participating say that they’ve seen improvement in their child’s reading ability, thanks to the furry, judgement-free environment where they can practice. The young readers are eager to build confidence and learn to read, while cats want the love and affection of a friend. It is the perfect set up!

Great story, read more here.

9/19 Reiki Soundscape Bliss!

fallWe dive into fall with this amazing Soundscape and a guided meditation of healing by Reiki master and yoga guru Jacquie Hansen. She is teamed by the master musician Bryan Fabert.

Calling attention to the deep divinity of each moment is Bryan Fabert’s passion. Through the ancient meditative technology of the didgeridoo, Bryan creates an atmosphere of sound that calls attention to the rhythm of breath and the natural pulse of Life. Having a background in ceremonial music for community ritual, Bryan is able to flow into the spirit of the moment in collaboration with a wide range of musicians. After being initiated into the world of rhythm by the didgeridoo and hand drums, Bryan is developing himself as a singer/songwriter through ukulele and guitar. Playfull reverence for the creative energy of life guides Bryan’s work as an artist.

No prior experience of Reiki required to attend. Facilitated by Eileen Dey, Director/Founder, The Reiki Training Program and members of the Reiki Fellowship. Friday, 9/19 7-9pm Embrace the Moon 1716 NW Market Street, Seattle $12

Happiness for Perserverence

beckyI caught the segment this morning on the Today Show about Becky Alexander’s story of courage.  She is a beautiful young woman diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that is taking away her hearing and sight.  But she has found her own calling through this process and is not being held back.  The interview will show you what I am attempting to convey.

Thanks for sharing Becky!

Eileen Dey 2014

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Song of Happiness for Today

smiley_with_headphones_post_card-r456938d163c84ad19c7edc0b59864017_vgbaq_8byvr_512Have A Nice Day!   Here are four classic hits whose lyrics describe a different positive outlook on the day.

Which day are you having?

Thanks HooplaHa.com!!

Happiness for Open House Tonight!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us tonight at the West Seattle Reiki Sanctuary from 6:30-8:30pm for an open house and potlluck and maybe some Reiki too if we get so inspired.  Details on our meetup here!

Happiness for having life post-9/11

fountainsflowersToday we remember 13 years ago the incredible tragedy of 9/11.  I found this photo of the memorial that overtook Seattle Center in the days that followed.  It was one of the most powerful healing events for our community I have ever been part of.  There was a tangible connectedness of people to support our collective grief.  We came together to honor the victims and to make a statement that we, like so many other cities and towns across the US that we would never forget this day.

Each year, I’ve had my own way creating a memorial, and offering prayers and light to the deceased and to the world effected by that day.

The work I have done with veterans, in teaching them Reiki, was created by that tragedy.  I knew that soldiers would come back from the war we were engaging in with many issues, and that Reiki could help provide a way to help heal and help reconnect a fractured soul.

I’m happy to be alive on this 13th anniversary, I’m happy to be able to provide healing to many people through my work.  Because we are 3000 miles away from NYC, most people I work with haven’t been directly effected by 9/11, but the magnitude of it, does often trigger grief responses, of lost loved ones, lost lives, lost plans.

Giving space for the grief allows it to heal through time.  And focusing on life, and the celebration of it provides balm to the wounds effected by tragedy.

Eileen Dey 2014Photo credit

Happiness for the Solace of the Sound

2014-09-09 18.44.54When I have a freak-out moment and in proximity of the Sound, I make my way, as if to go to the altar of Nature to be awash in beauty and inspiration.  The freak-out soon fades and the harmony returns.

This has been part of my ritual in living in the Northwest all these years:  seeking solace in the Sound.  And in exchange for the great gift of harmony, I always offer a blessing or gratitude prayer back to that vast body of water.  Thank you for being there when I needed you.

I take in her splendor at other times, of course, when I’m not dealing with a bout of anxiety or contemplating the next steps of my path.  I simply go and surround myself with that wide open space over her waves.  Clear days, cloudy days, rainy days and stormy ones.  The Sound remains.

That perseverance and timelessness that is Nature, infuses into my blood, and clarifies my mind.  I’m in awe that I live in a place where access to such energy is literally just a 10 minute drive from my doorstep.

So thank you oh holy Sound!  For the gift of receiving solace, support and the expansive abundance that is your true Nature!

Eileen Dey 2014

Happiness for Compassion

20140713210200_IMG_7218-e1405313824398A colleague mentioned the difficulty he had with a former student of mine. I listened to the challenges he had dealing with the student’s personality and I thought to myself, that’s because you weren’t having compassion.

Not that I have always had overflowing compassion for everyone I have worked with, but I am reminded of something a client told me years ago when I first started.

He was a retired police officer and talked about his life and career which seemed so foreign to my younger self. He was black and I am not. He grew up in poverty. I did not.

And yet it was my job to help him find out what he wanted to do next in his life.

He told me when he first started as a cop his boss told him he would meet all kinds of citizens and have to interview them. In order to make a successful interview, the boss said find at least one thing you like about the citizen. Whether it was as shallow as their haircut you admired, it was a way of being more open (and I would say compassionate) to the interview process.

I took that story and have materialized it as one of my guiding principles. I think that is why I am able to cultivate a more harmonious interaction with even the most ‘difficult’ of personalities.

I am happy to have learned that so long ago so that I can live it.

Eileen Day 2014

Happiness for Rain

imagesEOE0MLO1Phoenix monsoon 2014, check it out!!

Happiness for Super Moon tonight!

imagesMYTWMIPPThe Last super moon happens tonight.  I loved the one earlier in August, it was truly magical!  Hope you all get to see it.  For more info, click on this link by Nat Geo.

Eileen

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