I am Rei. Born and raised in Japan. Although my heritage is Japanese I have lived in many places: New York, Vancouver, Virginia, Tennessee. For the last 12 years I have lived in Los Angeles.
Out of everywhere I have temporarily settled, LA is where my heart truly calls home. Even though the only family I have here are my children. I am a single mom with two handful young children. My marriage that I stayed in for 20 years ended a couple years ago.
For more than half of my life I spent it feeling stuck which led me to become miserable. I had to knock down many belief systems of what marriage meant to me. Growing up with the belief that marriage requires sacrifice and arguing was a part of it. I realized that was the wrong way to envision a marriage.
For years, I ended up managing my marriage by taking control of organizing and managing every detail of our lives. Ultimately, my “marriage” ended in divorce. In a way, divorce saved me. Facing myself alone made me gain back my lost soul.
“Facing myself alone made me gain back my lost soul.”
The best gift my marriage gave me was motherhood. My kids are the only ones who have honestly kept me pushing forward. Being a mother is underrated, and I had no idea how much work being a mom really is… it is a huge struggle for me. In my heart I know it is one of my life’s missions.
In search of a way to end the cycle of my unhappy marriage, life lead me down a spiritual path. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I came across a technique called Bodytalk. BodyTalkers refocus your body’s natural healing response to establish better communication within the body. It respects the body’s own needs and determines your body’s priorities for healing. Learning and practicing this holistic approach to healing inspired me to become a BodyTalk and Reiki practitioner. I am grateful that I was able to find this path which helped me let go of belief systems to move forward in my life. I truly feel grateful about this journey which has led me to a place where I finally feel whole. I accept who I am, I do not need anyone’s validation.
I decided to join this community, because I believe that sharing my stories can help others.