Living in Balance

gt“How do you stay so calm?” asked the young print shop clerk I’ve worked with for years.  “It’s right here on the handouts I’m printing”, I said as I pointed to the word on the cover, “Reiki“.  “It’s a method for managing stress”, I continued.  He then told me he needed to find such a technique, as his doctor had warned him he could suffer heart problems from continuing the way he had been going.  “Josh, your such a young guy!  Do you have high blood pressure?”.  Josh solemnly agreed.

Josh, the amazing print shop maverick, who has saved so many classes and events I’vetaught by going the extra mile to make sure all the printed materials were done on time is 28 years old. I suddenly saw him in an even more compassionate light.  He’s told me bits and pieces about his life as we’ve interacted over the years.  I like that about the clerks I’ve come to know at print shops, because you get to have relationships with people who really do make a difference to your life and work.I think the next time I go in I’m gifting him aReiki session, an early Christmas present.  He deserves it.Later in the day, aReiki student of mine also inquired on how I maintain balance in my life, with all the activities and work I do.  I told her it was less a ‘secret formula’ and more a dedication to my own self-care.As I’ve gotten busier over this past year, the frequency of when I receive bodywork has increased.  I get some form of bodywork usually once a week.  Sometimes it’s twice a week.  That’s only 2 hours to the days spent in service as a teacher and practitioner, but those 2 hours are my recharging stations.  Depending on how I feel, I getReiki (of course),massage, Zenshiatsu, or acupuncture.   Those 4 techniques help maintain my energy flow.I’ve mentioned I also shifted my diet about a year ago.  I’m gluten and dairy-free.  I also gave up alcohol.  Amazing difference.  I have more sustained energy throughout the day.And I wish I could say I’m dedicated to a physical exercise practice, but I’m getting there.  It’s hard to find an extra hour for that each day, so my goal is usually 2-3/week.What else?  Attitude.  I’m something like 80 plus days into this happiness blog marathon, it’s definitely helped!  And support from my family, partner and friends.  I feel blessed to be living in balance!Eileen Dey 2014


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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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 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.


Happiness for Hope

images2D3KCWJHEverything that is done in the world is done by hope, said Martin Luther.  It’s a powerful statement, and one to reflect on.  What is hope?  For me, it’s holding space for the highest and best outcome of  a difficult or even seemingly impossible situation.  It’s believing that possibilities can occur, that a path can open up, that a new form can be born.

I’m happy that such a phenomena as hope exists.  It reminds me of Reiki, in a way, in that it is always there, but we have to be willing to be open to asking for it.  If we aren’t open, then, all can seem hopeless.  So I always do try to be open, to hope for the possibilities, to what can happen for the highest good.

Some more inspiring thoughts on hope:

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Vaclav Havel

Happiness for Home

Wurst family003This is me at age 5 going on 6.  I think I still have the same haircut.  I’m reminded of the happiness of having grown up in a home.  A  home that still exists, even if it’s not the same physical home, but the people who make it up, my mom and dad, are still living and thriving.

I appreciate them, and they know that.  We’ve come a long way in strengthening, honoring and accepting our relationships with each other and I’m grateful for that.

The little girl in this photo just accepted all that as reality.  It was a happy time, I’m probably in first grade, the bicentenial of this country is soon to happen, and I’m unaware that Vietnam just ended a few months before.  There were many things in the world going on, but being 5, pretty much unaware, and just happy that I went to school, came home to the same house, had food to eat, and a family that loved me.

When I think about it, this photo was even before the movie that shaped so much of my childhood came out, that being Star Wars.  Before I learned about the Force (the precursor to my Reiki studies!), and way long before any heartache that comes from growing up and seeing the larger world for what it is.

When I look at her, she says to me, ‘be happy!’ and would probably find it silly I’m doing a 100 day of happiness blog quest.  She’d say, ‘let me show you my toys’, because she had many to play with and a home where she could be a kid.

My adult self would encourage her, being an only child, to make a lot of friends, that it’s ok to be shy sometimes, but that because she doesn’t have siblings, she might get lonely, and making friends can help with that.

I’d also tell her, that some day, she will have traveled the world many times, and have met many interesting people through her work in which she helps heal.

My 5 year old might have said in answer, ‘that’s neat, but can we play first?’.

Sure, let’s play, let’s keep on playing, and let’s be thankful we had a happy home to do so in.

Eileen Dey Wurst 2014


Desert Punk Happiness

spiky-punk NJ and AZ are part of what make up my world view.    I’ve probably become something of a ‘Desert Punk’ with these two different US subcultures running through me.

Jersey, easily stereotyped, rough, obnoxious, sarcastic, provided me with a streetwise view of the world.  I’m grateful for the upbringing there, but just as grateful I call another part of the country home.

Arizona, on the other hand, started as a vacation land and became familial domain beginning some 34 years ago.   The wide expanse of the desert continues to remind me of my saguaro spirit:  self-contained and self-sufficient.  The desert can be harsh, especially in the summer, and it’s not for the faint of heart.  But the desert has also taught me to appreciate wide open spaces and expansive sky and to look for life in all it’s forms, from the horned toad which blends in perfect camouflage with it’s surroundings, to the Palo Verde trees with their ‘green skin’ that provide extra chlorophyll in order to make up for having tiny or no leaves.

That survival instinct runs through both cultures, Northeast and Southwest, I need to think more on this.

I’m going to meditate a bit more on how these two influences have shaped me, and will continue the happiness quest in doing so.  Stay tuned for more!

Eileen Dey 2014

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