Just for today, I will not anger
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will work with integrity
Just for today, I will be kind to others
How powerfully simple, and simply powerful are those statements?
These are the Reiki principles, and the "just for today . . " element is crucial. No need to make a lifelong commitment. Just make a commitment for right here, right now. That's all we really have anyway! And the beauty of it is, that in making that simple, short-term, commitment everyday, you could actually be making a life-changing commitment to yourself over and over – but without any pressure.
You could so easily apply this principle to any new behaviour you want to adopt.
Just for today – I will speak my truth without worrying about the judgement of others
Just for today – I will make healthy food choices
Just for today – I will meditate for fifteen minutes
And on and on it goes. The possibilities are endless. When you choose to do something that serves you well just for this one day, and you notice the benefits afterwards, there is an increased likelihood that you will choose to do it again tomorrow.
And choosing to do something right now is very different to deciding to do something now and forever. In deciding to adopt a new behaviour for evermore, you remove the element of choice in the future, and turn it into a "should". That then leads (at least in my case) to resistance. But I think that adopting the Reiki way will lead to far greater success in developing new habits.
Just for today, I choose behaviours that serve my highest good. What do you choose?