Meditate – easy peasy – right? To “Be Still” might seem a simple thing – just rest and relax. Well, some days, not so much.
On difficult days, I remind myself to relax. If I can’t relax, I just accept it and forgive myself – for being imperfect. Brené Brown has written about the gifts of imperfection – how it actually improves our life. Trying to force things to be a certain way stresses us – both in our body and our mind. In fact, “trying to” is one of the attitudes that can negatively affect our heart, digestion, and mental clarity.
Another way to look at stress – when our reality clashes with what’s going on in the world. I may have a vision of a perfect house, lots of free time, and a glass of red wine on the patio each evening. This vision clashes when life happens. Today, the house is untidy, I’m overly busy, and it’s lashing rain again.
We can counteract these stresses and discomforts, though. Taking a few minutes out to breathe and relax a bit will help us to move forward in our lives and be a bit more gentle. I’m often reminded that we’re all perfectly imperfect. A bit of gentle kindness for others and for ourselves.
But returning attention to an anchor to help relax the mind and body. This anchor is a simple finger pose that we can do with one hand or both. This finger pose (and 7 others) is called a mudra. You may have come across them in other philosophies and processes.
This photo shows mudra VI that we use in Jin Shin Jyutsu. Bringing together the ring finger and thumb in this way, strengthens our breathing (respiratory function). Great when we’re out running or walking, also great when we’re flying (if that ever happens again after the pandemic).
This mudra also helps us in other ways:
- skin conditions
- feeling rejected or unloved
- being prone to tears
- common sense
- ear conditions.
When practicing this mudra, you can spend lots of time, or you can spend simply a few moments. A wonderful part of the Jin Shin Jyutsu philosophy is that – you are the artist – you best understand your body and your needs.
In times when things aren’t so clear, we can access more support from others. There have been times in my life when things weren’t going so well. I benefited greatly by going to a practitioner for a session.
So grateful for Jin Shin Jyutsu and how we can all benefit.