Using Energetic Strengthening to Create Balance Within the Midst of Change

I am writing this before our election results are in. One thing all of us can agree on: This is a time of intense change for all of us. As we deal with all this change, we may feel we are somewhere between free-falling and holding on for dear life.

In many cultures and healing practices, it is understood that we are made of energy. Here in the west, we are beginning to embrace these healing practices as well: Reiki, acupuncture, yoga etc. Our personal energetic field, or aura can be seen or felt. We communicate and connect with each other through the aura all the time. You have probably entered a room and immediately sensed that you could “cut the tension with a knife.” We also connect energetically with the natural world, such as feeling calm near the edge of a stream. 

Personally, I was aware that I could understand people in a deep way early on in my PT career. I was a great listener and they usually left feeling much better. But I didn’t understand how to avoid taking on my patients’ physical and emotional pains and carrying them home with me. It was during my training as a yoga teacher that I learned about this energy and how I could protect my own energy while caring for others. This understanding and experience of energy improved my life so much that I trained to become a Reiki Master/Teacher and later a mesa carrier in shamanic healing practices.

When we are stressed or in a physically weakened state, we become more “spongy,” absorbing others’ stress and pain. It can feel that we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders every day. We often try to protect ourselves by wearing energetic armor. We try to block out the pain of the world. However, this armor actually holds in the pain and distances us from the healthy connection and love that we need from others. 

The reverse is also true. We can strengthen ourselves energetically, which results in improved mental, emotional and physical health, improved relationships with boundaries, improved outlook and ability to connect and make a positive difference in the world. 

This connected, strong state of Being happens naturally such as when silently gazing at a sunset or the stars, seeing your newborn child for the first time. It also happens when we consciously connect to Divine energy during prayer, meditation or yoga, or during energetic healing practices such as Reiki. This state of connectedness feels miraculous, but also natural.  

The following energetic strengthening practices are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Think of them like brushing your teeth or taking your vitamins. They help balance your energy and create healthy boundaries so you are not spongy or wearing energetic armor. You will feel more balanced and have a better ability to connect with others and the world in a healthy way. This balanced energy helps you to see the big picture and approach life with greater creativity and joy. It allows you to experience the beauty and gifts of this life, even amidst change and challenge.

Namaste,  Shelley

November 2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. During the COVID stay-at-home period she is offering online yoga classes ( and in-person or remote Reiki and in-person physical therapy for persons who are symptom free.   Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.


Simple, Powerful Lovingkindness

A way to cultivate joy, love and compassion within ourselves and the world.

Join Shelley in a guided meditation.


We have been waiting for our tax refund to arrive for months. Recently, we received a notice that we were randomly selected for an identity verification. We tried the online option, with no success. The next option was to call the IRS. I made multiple attempts to call, for several days, but was unable to get through, not even to wait on hold.

Then one day I was able to get through and waited on hold for 45 minutes. I was very happy to hear a voice. I had gotten through to someone! The woman I spoke with was very kind and patient as I needed time to search through tax records to give the requested information. After the process was complete, she informed me that it could take up to another 6 weeks to get our tax refund. Although I wasn’t looking forward to waiting longer, I was grateful that I was able to speak with someone, and for her patience.

When the call was over, I simply said “Thank you for all of your help. Have a good day.” The woman paused and stammered back a response. While it was easy for me to see that she was a nice person doing a hard job, I could see that she was stunned to receive kindness at the end of the call. She was most likely bracing herself for abuse from yet another caller. I could tell that my words meant a lot to her. 

It’s easy to feel powerless when living in this chaotic and uncertain time. When life throws us another curve, it’s easy to lash out at those around us, both those we love and perfect strangers. But we do have the power to create a shift in the atmosphere. Small words and acts of kindness, and even kind thoughts carry energy of love and healing. This energy multiplies as it is spread throughout humanity toward each other and the planet. 

One form of meditation that cultivates this powerful energy is a Lovingkindness meditation

Lovingkindness meditation is from the Buddhist tradition but is applicable to people of all belief systems.  This meditation is a way to cultivate feelings of love and kindness and to extend that to ourselves, then extend that outward-starting with people we love and respect, then to a neutral person, then to those we struggle with or have negative feelings towards. Ultimately, extending to all people and all of creation.  

By gradually developing loving-kindness in this way, both to ourselves and to others, we overcome mental barriers, replacing anger and hate with love and kindness, developing a healthy, positive, harmonious and peaceful view of the world.

All spiritual traditions talk about this power of love for others and ourselves. Science has also shown that this type of meditation supports our own happiness. 

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson, Director of the UW’s Waisman Center for Brain Imaging conducted a study with functional MRI brain scans of veteran meditators (Tibetan monks with 40,000 hours of practice) and novice meditators. The study showed that Loving-Kindness Meditation has profound effects on the brain by developing compassion towards unknown people.

Practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation and Compassion also showed that in functional MRI the area of the brain responsible for happiness, joy, love, and contentment lights up, indicating deep contentment and happiness of the Tibetan monks. Thus, meditating Loving-Kindness and compassion makes the meditator happier. 

Feel the sensations of positive loving-kindness energy emanating from your heart chakra as you join me in a guided Lovingkindness meditation. As you hear my words, mentally repeat and feel the energetic vibration

Blessings, love and light,



October 2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. During the COVID stay-at-home period she is offering online yoga classes ( and in-person or remote Reiki and in-person physical therapy for persons who are symptom free.   Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

Rekindle Your Inner Light

This week I was feeling restless and was looking to find focus and wisdom. I spent some time getting into a deep meditative state, and during meditation these words came to me, repeating over and over like a mantra: “You are the light of the world.”

These words are familiar to me, but I hadn’t been thinking about them until this meditation. They come from the following verse: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15

The feeling and meaning of this repeating mantra ran deep within me. I felt a current of energy like I had been plugged into the Divine light that surrounds and lives within each of us. I felt completely at peace, and at the same time, energized. 

Whenever I have a profound experience in spiritual practice, the more it feels like coming home. I realize yet again that I am just uncovering what’s always been there. I feel natural and whole. It’s how I felt as a little girl: joyful, loving and free.  

The message I received had a light and joyful feeling. It wasn’t telling me to “get my act together” or to “be perfect” or to “try harder.” Instead, I felt filled with light and energy. 

After the meditation, I had energy and motivation to do things I had been putting off, like writing my book. While initially excited to write, in recent months, I had been procrastinating. I was avoiding this writing, feeling that I had nothing new to add to the millions of books already published.  I had been feeling inadequate. After this flow of energy, I immediately started writing and the words just flowed out of me. I realized that I did have a unique and valid perspective, and I wanted to share what I have learned in order to assist others on their healing journeys. 

My entire perspective had shifted by opening up and allowing the light to flow.

Cultures around the world see that we are connected to Diving/Universal light and are actually made of light energy. Mind, body and spirit are one. There is no separation. One affects the others. In Eastern Medicine, the Chakra system describes energy centers throughout the body.  Chakra means “wheel of light.” 

The solar plexus or manipura chakra, the energy center located at the base of the rib cage, deals with power, energy, self-worth, self-confidence, will, ego/sense of self, autonomy, taking action, proactivity, responsibility/reliability, and appropriate self-discipline.  Fire is the element associated with manipura chakra. When this center is in balance, our inner fire burns brightly, allowing us to take action, to live passionately and intentionally. 

We also process anger, frustration, irritations and anxieties here, and imbalance in the solar plexus is a major source of physical, emotional and spiritual discomfort. 

If the fire burns too brightly, such as when we overwork or push too hard, or it is stifled, such as when we are not dealing with anger or frustration in a healthy way, or we have a low sense of self-worth, we either rage out of control or burn out.  Some physical issues associated with manipura imbalance are inflammation, digestive issues, muscle spasms and chronic fatigue. When we are in balance, our bodies function optimally, and our ability to relate to others is also improved. Feeling a sense of self-worth, having the ability to express feelings in an appropriate way, and taking appropriate action steps are all important components in supporting physical and emotional health, sustaining healthy relationships and helping us achieve our goals. 

Meditation, Reiki and Yoga are wonderful tools to facilitate improved energy flow and balance.  Diaphragmatic belly breathing is another highly effective practice to create better flow of energy in the solar plexus (among many other benefits). Follow the instructions below or click here for guided practice with Shelley. 

Diaphragmatic breathing: (Lying on your back with legs supported on 1-2 pillows)

Begin to notice the flow of the breath, in and out through your nose. Gradually slow the breath down, lengthening both the inhale and the exhale.

Place your hands on your abdomen.  

As you inhale, feel your belly rising.

As you exhale, feel your belly dropping down toward the floor.  

Gently lengthen both the inhale and the exhale (without straining).  

Keep breath relaxed and soft, but deep.  

As you continue breathing, begin to exhale more fully, while still continuing full inhales.

Repeat several cycles.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson


Let your light shine brightly!

Blessings, love and light


August 2020 Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, RM/ is a practitioner at Ommani. Shelley is currently seeing Reiki, Individual yoga and Physical Therapy clients at The Ommani Center. (Following CDC guidelines) on Tuesday and Wednesday. She is also offering distant Reiki sessions. Online yoga class subscription is available through ( Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

 “If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” – Chinese Proverb

Things I Learned From a Brain Tumor

In April of 2013 it was discovered that I had a benign brain tumor which was affecting my vision, and if left alone, would continue to grow, affecting other brain function as well.  I had surgery that June to remove the safely operable portion.  I was given time to recover, then received the news that I would have to undergo 28 radiation treatments in September and October of that year to inactivate the remaining tumor.
In the early days of recovery after surgery, all light was too bright, sounds were too loud. I couldn’t focus my vision to read, and could only watch TV through one eye, slightly open. I was extremely exhausted, and the pain medication to control the intense headaches was causing very uncomfortable constipation. My amazing parents stayed with our family, as I needed help with everything, including bathing myself.  
During that hard time, I wasn’t sure there would be better days. I wondered if I would ever be able to see, to drive a car, to be the wife and mother that I had been, to do the work that I loved so much. I had defined myself by what I did. I felt good when I could serve and help other people. I loved helping others heal themselves. What if I could no longer do that? I felt so helpless. I asked God: “What is my purpose? I loved what I was doing. What if I can’t do that? What if this is all I can ever do?”
When I became too tired to ask questions, an answer came back to me: LOVE.
I heard it and felt it in my bones. A sense of total peace filled my being.  I was no longer afraid. I was able to let go. No matter what happened to me, I could still love. I could pray for people. I could listen to people. I could smile and let God’s love and light flow through me. I could gratefully accept others’ love and care for me.  That’s all that mattered.

Letting go of the feeling that we are (or need to be) independent and in control is very freeing.  It is already okay, just Being.  If we live our lives in the moment, even if things aren’t “perfect” or how we think they should be; if we choose to let go and be still, we can find a space filled with peace, connection, and clarity. 

I am grateful that I am doing very well 7 years later, but I hope I never forget the many lessons from that experience. Even though part of my brain was removed, I came out much wiser. We are currently going through a challenge together and yet apart. It’s good to remember that we are never truly alone. My Christian faith, the teachings of all of the healing traditions I have studied, and my own experiences have taught me that we are all connected by love. I am so grateful for that.

I am grateful to know you and have you in my life.
Blessings, love and light,

June 2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani. During the COViD pandemic she is offering online yoga classes ( and in-person Reiki and physical therapy care for persons who are symptom free.  Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

Tap Into Your Sacral Chakra, the Home of Your Unique Creativity-PLAY!

It is a happy talent to know how to play.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct~ Carl Jung


This month at home has been a challenging one. We feel the uncertainty of the future.  We may have financial concerns, feel overwhelmed by either being with our family members 24/7 or being alone. As a society, we have been trained to work as much as possible, then to drive our children to countless activities before collapsing at the end of the day. Now the whirlwind of activity has stopped. We are home, with nowhere to go.

We can choose to use this time for our highest good and greatest joy. We still do have things that we need to do. But when we have down time, instead of zoning out, binge-watching TV, worrying or wishing for what we don’t have or what we can’t do, we could PLAY, right here and now.

Play looks different for each of us, but play involves using the imagination. whether it’s creating a comedy routine, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, creating a piece of art, building an object, rearranging the furniture, writing, sewing, knitting…The possibilities are endless!

Play helps us tap into our inner knowing, our intuition, and connects with our sacral chakra.  The Sanskrit name for the sacral chakra is svadhisthana, meaning “dwelling place of the self” or “sweetness”.  This is the place where we experience feelings/emotions, sensation, creativity, movement, pleasure, nurturance of self and others, boundaries, sexuality, fertility, ability to change, passion, excitement.  It is physically located just below the navel.

Water is the element associated with svadhistana chakra. Think about the properties of water: flowing, able to change form, able to create and destroy.  When the sacral center is energetically balanced one is better able to “go with the flow” and to think and act creatively.  Gentle, flowing yoga poses can be helpful in allowing you to tap into the energy of your sacral chakra.  Poses that specifically create comfortable motion in the pelvis are particularly beneficial. 


Here’s a short sequence that can be done in your chair or sitting cross-legged on the floor to help you tap into the energy of the sacral chakra:

Seated pelvic rock: Scoot forward on your chair. Feet should remain flat on the floor. This is a small, comfortable motion guided by the breath. Think of the pelvis as a bowl, and you will tilt the bowl forward and back, with the spine coming along for the ride. 

    • Exhale as you shift your weight back toward the tailbone and allow your spine to gently round.


  • Inhale as you shift your weight forward toward the front of the pelvis, opening your heart. Repeat several breaths (4-5) within your comfort zone.
  • End in neutral alignment (not slumped, not overarched, just centered over the pelvis).


Seated twists with breath: Start in neutral alignment as above. 

  • Inhale and sweep arms overhead
  • Exhale and rotate your spine, lowering arms. 
  • Inhale, arms overhead back to center. 
  • Exhale and twist to the other side as you lower your arms. 

Repeat 2-4 times, keeping spine lifted and heart open 

 Seated arm reach with side bend:  Start in neutral alignment. Place your left hand under the seat of the chair or on the chair leg. Reach right arm up. If comfortable, add a gentle, side-bend toward the left. Breathe gently into the right side of your body for a few breaths.  Release and repeat on the other side. 

I invite you to practice these simple techniques to connect with the beautiful flowing energy of the sacral chakra.  Enjoy!   

Blessings, love and light, 


May 2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. During the COVID stay-at-home period, she is offering online yoga classes ( and in-person or remote Reiki and in-person physical therapy for persons who are symptom-free.   Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

The Gifts of Thin Places and Times

As I often say in our yoga classes: Nothing is static. Just as our minds and bodies are constantly changing with each breath, so are our lives. When we drop the illusion of being in control and surrender to what is, we open ourselves up to a deeper connection to the Divine and to each other. 

The Irish have a term, thin place, which describes a place where the space between heaven and earth grows thin–where we can feel connected deeply to both. This experience may happen in a sacred site such as a church or labyrinth, or sacred place in nature such as the edge of the ocean or on a mountaintop. I also find that we have thin times, those times in life when we feel more fragile. We feel more connected to the Divine and each other in tragedies, illnesses, deep joys, as well as during major life changes. 

These places and times open us up to our true nature. They offer opportunities to tune in to the whispers of our souls. 

By getting quiet, being present in each moment and kind to yourself during this time of change, you may have more meaningful dreams, feel a stronger flow of energy and intuition, drop into a deeper level of calm and tap into Divine wisdom. You may also feel more creative and open to learning and growth in your daily life. You will become more recepti

As I often say in our yoga classes: Nothing is static. Just as our minds and bodies are constantly changing with each breath, so are our lives. When we drop the illusion of being in control and surrender to what is, we open ourselves up to deeper connection to the Divine and to each other. 

I feel that all of us on earth are experiencing a thin time right now. My prayer is that we will use this time to care for ourselves, to each hear our individual soul whispers and to then use our unique gifts and callings to care for each other and our world. 

I feel honored to be on this journey with you. 

Blessings, love and light, 


April 2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care. During the COVID Pandemic she is offering online yoga classes ( and in-person or remote Reiki and in-person physical therapy for persons who are symptom-free.  Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.


Feeling Great this Spring!

After a long Wisconsin winter, it’s exciting to feel the warmth of the sun and see new life again!  You probably have many plans for activities this spring. Maybe you enjoy gardening, hiking, bicycling, golfing, water sports, or traveling.  There are things you can do now to make those dreams a reality. 

In my 28 years of practice as a physical therapist, I have found spring to be the most challenging time for people physically.  After many months of increased sitting and decreased activity, joints become stiff, and muscles become tight and weak. When we get our first day of warm weather, our spirits soar, and we spend hours outside doing what we love.  Usually, we don’t realize until it’s too late that we are going to pay for it with pain or injury. This does not have to be the case for you this year.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to allow you to enjoy those activities without pain or strain.  By starting out consciously and wisely, you can continue to enjoy yourself this spring and summer, injury-free.

Warm-up before the activity: 

Gentle, repetitive movements performed before more vigorous activity allow joints to be lubricated and muscles to be more flexible. This allows greater ease during and after activity.

You may want to try this warm-up sequence. If kneeling is uncomfortable, try kneeling on a blanket.

Cat/cow in a comfortable range of motion:

Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position. Make sure your knees are set directly below your hips and your wrists, elbows, and shoulders are in line and perpendicular to the floor.  Keep motion gentle and comfortable.

  • As you exhale, using your abdominals to assist, curl your tailbone under and round your spine, releasing your neck and head, making sure to keep your shoulders and knees in position.
  • As you inhale, lift your tailbone, allow your low back to sink, keep energy in your arms and your heart open. Your head is the last thing to follow (gently- no pinching in the neck).  Repeat, linking your movement with breath. (5-8 slow, gentle repetitions)

Alternating arm and leg lifts: Starting in the tabletop position (as above), engage your abdominals, drawing in your belly button toward your spine. Keep your spine neutral, maintaining length in the back of your neck, with eyes looking at the floor/mat. Lift right arm as you slide your left leg back, then lift from the hip while maintaining a neutral spine and pelvis.  Hold and breathe for several seconds. Lower with control and repeat on the other side.

Puppy or Child’s pose (Balasana): Keep knees and hips where they are (puppy), or rock back toward your heels (child).

Rest your forehead on the floor/stacked fists/block to release tension in your neck and back. Breathe gently into the back of your ribs. Feel the back body expanding with each gentle inhale. Feel your body melting and softening with each gentle exhale. Hold for several breaths.

Separating your knees often makes this more comfortable.

Hip extension to open hip: Come back up to hands and knees.  Stretch one leg back and tuck toes under, toes resting on the floor.  You will feel the front of the hip and back of the knee releasing as quadriceps engage for support.  Breathe there for 2-3 breaths, then repeat on the other side. 

Stretch after activity:  These stretches help prevent plantar fasciitis, hip and back pain. 

Wall calf stretch– Place hands on a wall, counter or chair for support.  Legs remain hip-width apart.  

  • Stand with neutral alignment, abdominals engaged to support your spine.
  • Keep one leg close to the wall or chair, and bend the front knee (keeping knee over ankle, not beyond).  
  • Step the other leg straight back, keeping back foot straight ahead. Ground through back heel, keeping back knee straight. You should feel a very gentle stretch in the back calf and most likely in the anterior thigh and hip.  If the stretch is painful or extreme, move the back foot closer to the wall.
  • Keep weight shifted toward the pinkie toe side of the back foot to maintain the arch of the foot.

Hold 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Repeat on each side.

Hamstring stretch at step: Stand at the base of your stairs. Hold rail for balance.  Use good standing alignment with abdominals supporting your spine. Place your heel on either the first or second step.  You should feel a gentle stretch in the hamstrings (back of the leg). If not, move your foot to the next step. Hold and breathe for about 5 slow breaths.

Gradually increase activity and balance activity with rest: 

When increasing activity in the spring, it’s best to vary your position frequently. If you are bending over gardening or biking, frequently stand up straight and gently lean back. The calf stretch is another great way to gently open the hip and relieve back discomfort. Start with short periods of activity with rest periods. Gradually increase as tolerated. Overdoing and then having to recover for several days does not save you time. 

Beginning a yoga practice now will get you ready for this increased activity.  Yoga improves joint mobility and muscle strength and flexibility, as well as posture and body mechanics.  It also is a wonderful stress-reliever and mood-lifter. I would love to assist your smooth transition to an enjoyable spring by having you in one of our group classes (Tuesdays at 9 am or Wednesdays at 6 pm) or through an individual therapeutic yoga session or PT session (by appointment). 

Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher

Mar2020 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care.  Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.



“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

-Mother Teresa

One of the biggest errors in judgment that we make is that we think we are alone, isolated. In truth we are all connected. Quantum physics has proven that everything that exists is connected by infinite, eternal, unbounded quantum fields, a kind of invisible quilt of energy.

We are all connected because we are all energy. Our interconnection to each other can be thought of as an ocean of energy. If you throw a stone into the ocean, the impact of the stone affects every molecule in that ocean, as one molecule is connected to and influences all others.

People from all cultures and faiths share the understanding that there is a divine presence that lives within each of us and connects us to each other, our creator, and all of creation. As we become silent through meditation, prayer, spending time in nature, practices such as yoga and Reiki, we become blissfully aware of this connection to the Universal energy that creates and sustains life.

As we allow that divine presence within to work through us in each moment, each task, and each encounter, our efforts create ripples of positive change that expand outward in all directions.

I feel very blessed to offer Reiki energy healing sessions, therapeutic yoga sessions and group yoga classes at the Ommani Center.  These practices can help you release physical and emotional stress and reconnect you to your inner light and bliss.  I invite you to schedule a session with me or to join one of our yoga classes.

Blessings, love and light,


Dec 2019 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care.  Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

Practicing Gratitude (with guided meditation)

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”   ~ Melody Beattie

In November, we talk about gratitude – but so often, we are rushing around, worrying about the details.  We know in our minds that we have much for which to be thankful.  But to be honest, we frequently just feel tired and stressed. 

Gratitude is a practice.  A way of being and experiencing Life.  Gratitude is felt at the heart level, the soul level.  It is powerful and transformative.  And it can change everything in an instant.

It requires us to slow down and really experience our lives.  That may mean intentionally setting down the cell phone or turning off the TV and experiencing the ever-changing beauty of nature.  It might mean taking time to fully connect with a friend or family member and allowing yourself to feel how blessed you are to have someone to love.  It may mean sitting in the doctor’s office or hospital waiting room and being grateful for the gift of life and the abilities you have today.  Even in the midst of life’s toughest challenges, there is opportunity to find gratitude in the lessons we are given.

A great way to start this practice is with a gratitude meditation.  

  • Begin by focusing on your breath, gradually slowing it down.  
  • After a few minutes, bring to mind one thing that you are grateful for in this moment.  This might be a small thing or something huge. You may also think “thank you” and/or lift the gratitude up in prayer. 
  • Give yourself time to feel this gratitude settling into your heart chakra in the center of your chest. Imagine the heart chakra as a sphere of beautiful green light. 
  • The gratitude rests within this sphere of light which radiates in all directions. As you slowly breathe, allow this feeling in your heart to gently expand until it fills your heart space.  
  • Take your time and continue until your heart space overflows with this feeling of gratitude, filling your entire body with light. 
  • Now feel and visualize the light and feeling of gratitude radiating out in all directions.  
  • Gently inhale and exhale gratitude. When your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath, the heart and the feeling of gratitude here and now.  
  • Stay as long as you like. When you are ready, bring awareness back to rest in your heart center. 
  • Carry this feeling in your heart space with you as you move through your day. 


Here’s a You Tube link to a brief guided Gratitude Meditation to help you with your practice.
Blessings, love and light,


Nov2019 Shelley Carpenter, Physical Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher is a practitioner at Ommani who offers group (Tuesday and Wednesdays) and individual therapeutic yoga sessions, physical therapy, and Reiki care.  Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.

Get Energized this Spring!