Updated: Nov 29, 2022
"JUST FOR TODAY"....To us, this phrase means a fresh start, a clean slate, a daily blessing for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical parts of ourselves. The phrase can be followed by nearly any affirmation or words of empowerment. It brings your perspective back to the now moment and to stay present within the day. Too much time is spent thinking about the future or being stuck in the past. It brings anxiety and stress worrying about the things that aren't even happening in the now. That space of being robs us of the blessing as and miracles of each day and takes away your power to create anything different for yourself. The "Just for Today" mentality gives you your power back.
When we first started Reiki, we learned about the Reiki Ideals created by the founder of Usui Reiki, Mikao Usui. They are as follows:
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Just for Today do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.
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As the Reiki system developed, so did the ideals. Hawayo Takata, the woman responsible for bringing Reiki from Japan to the West modified the Ideals to be more concise....
Just for today, I will let go of anger.
Just for today, I will let go of worry.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
Over the last decade of practicing Reiki and making our own inner transformations, we always found comfort and strength when repeating the ideals. They "kept us on the right track" so to speak, because it automatically switched our heart-mind space towards gratitude and reminded us to do our best for this one present day.
Life is not guaranteed for anyone, it is a gift from Source. Each day is what you make of it. Using the power of your thoughts, emotions and actions you have the ability to create a day you actually desire to be in, not have it be just another stepping stone to the next big event or a reminder of the traumas in your past.
Just for today, take back your personal power. Just for today start changing your approach to life. Take it one conscious day at a time. Before you know it, you'll have a steady stream of consciousness flowing through your system, you'll notice your mood enhancing from stress or sadness to gratitude, happiness, staying present and heart centered. When you enjoy each day you'll have enjoyed your life.
Use this phrase especially in moments that blindside you, for on-going issues, dilemmas or responsibilities. These are the things that pull you out of being centered. "Just for today" gives you permission to only do what you can do today and have it be enough. When it comes down to it, Today is the only day that really matters. Why not create the best day you can-everyday. Use the energy behind your thoughts, feelings and actions to work for you instead of against you.
We know from experience that the "Just for Today" mentality is a key factor in living your life to your Highest Potential. Remember Just for today...you are enough.
Sending love and Light,
Brittany & Danielle