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.
Be still? Be present? How can we make that shift? Returning your attention to an anchor can help to relax the mind and body. One anchor is a simple finger pose that you can do with one hand or both. This finger pose (and 7 others) is called a mudra as more fully described in this post. You may have come across them in other philosophies and processes. For example, Chopra.com also highlights this mudra to help you.
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 practising 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, you can access more support from others. Your battery runs down when you’ve given too much and when you’ve done too much and when you have been neglecting your own needs. It happens when you’re keeping things running and don’t recognise how much you’ve been run down. 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.