|Volunteer Reiki Practitioners Needed at Life with Cancer
Life with Cancer is an organization that provides education and support to cancer patients and their families/friends, free of charge and regardless of where they are being treated. We are proud to report that we have had an active reiki program for the past 15 years. It is through the efforts of our volunteer Reiki practitioners that this program is possible. So many of our clients report the benefits receive through the free reiki treatments they receive at Life with Cancer.
We are now looking for additional practitioners to add to our volunteer list. Our Reiki appointments are held at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax Virginia (check us out at www.lifewithcancer.org).
We offer individual Reiki appointments to cancer patients, survivors and their family members on the2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 and 7:30pm. Each appointment lasts approximately 50 minute and 7 appointments are scheduled for each time slot. That means that we need 7 Reiki practitioners each evening.
Please review the following requirements and contact Catherine.Intartaglia@inova.org if you are interested or would like more information.
Requirements for volunteer Reiki practitioners:
Level III or Masters certificate
TB test (no cost to you)
Annual flu shot (no cost to you)
Signed release for a background check (at no cost to you)
Community Affairs and Volunteer Coordinator
Life with Cancer
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
8411 Pennell Street
Direct 703-698-2534 | Main 703-206-5433 | Fax 703-846-0937
by Reiki Master Teacher Anne Aden
Yesterday I finally got together with my friend Pat. The last time we chatted was at the retreat in September. We exchanged Christmas presents. I gave her a mug I’d made and she gave me a magnifying makeup mirror. With a light. 15 times magnification. Jim said, “She must have seen something you couldn’t.” I can now see every wrinkle, errant eyebrow hair, and clump of mascara. This morning I got to work pulling, tweezing, and wrestling with every brow hair and whisker that heretofore I was blessedly unaware of.
As I finished up, I mentally listed where else I’d recently spent such concentrated time. It’s the start of a new year and I’ve already devoted hours, if not days, to organizing piles of bills and papers for our accountant and sorting through excess clothes in preparation for a big donation run.
This is the stuff of life and certainly necessary, but nourishing? Not so much. As I move more deeply into January, which tends to be a darker time for me emotionally, I’ve found more lightness in what is simplest – my meditation practice. The choices are minimal. I either sit on the cushion or I don’t. I either work at staying focused or I entertain myself with whatever thought wants attention. I either sit up straight or I lose attention and slouch. These are moment-to-moment choices. They are simple to make.
We are always practicing something. Each moment that I practice awareness of this moment, even as it effortlessly melts into the next, helps me recognize and accept impermanence and change, and leads to choice. This year I choose to sit on my cushion; choose to work at focus; choose to lengthen my spine.
Simple. And oh so much less painful then plucking wayward hairs, making sense of old receipts, or wondering why I still have tags on clothes that have been in my closet for years.
For a list of practices that include meditation and qi gong, visit the Tree of Contemplative Practices from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.