Meditation needs to feel as accessible and as easy as possible. So any aids or prompts need to be easy to do or remember.
Mudras are my aid of choice.
A mudra is a hand gesture.
The hands can tell me so much about the present moment the eternal now, much like taste, scent, sight and sound.
The fingers, the thumbs all relate and link to many aspects of our physical being and can have an amazing interplay between our internal system and awareness. There is a mudras for almost any situation or condition.
The mudra you see in the image is a single hand mudra which expresses the seal of wisdom.
This is the most common mudra used in meditation.
Purna Jnama Mudra which translates to mean ‘complete wisdom’.
Wisdom is never outside of us it is always within.
In quieter, still moments we can become more aware of our truth and the wisdom within us.
For more benefits and techniques see below.
Lightly touch the tip of the thumb and the index finger on left hand and the tip of thumb and index finger on your right hand.
Relax your shoulders and chest
Breathe a soft natural, cleansing breath.
This mudra can be held at any time for up to 45 mins.
You will notice your chest relaxes, the heart expands, your intellect is sharpened and compassion washes through you on each breath.
This mudra will aid your concentration.
Trust that over time your wisdom will arise.
It conserves your energy by directing back in towards your body.
This mudras is great for aiding diaphragmatic breathing too.
* You may notice from the two images there are two options to either rest the mudra with palms facing up or down.
Palms down evoke a grounded intention, referred to as Chin Mudra.
Palms up produces a sense of light vitality referred to a Jnana Mudra.
Enjoy your practice.
Originally published at raphaellecox.com