MEDITATION & MUDRAS BY DAWATTIE BASDEO
Meditation has been practised for centuries. It provides space to still the mind and let go of thoughts, constraints, perceptions that crowd our mind.
Many individuals when practising meditation like to hold their hands in a mudra position.
What is a mudra you may ask?
Mudra means seal or closure in Sanskrit. Mudra’s seal energy into the body or conduct its flow in a certain direction. Performing mudra can be compared to completing an electrical circuit.
Different areas of the hands relate to areas in the brain and mudra’s are said to create a specific energy circuit in the body, which help to generate a specific state of mind.
As the universe is made of five elements, each of the five finger is represented by a different element:
- The thumb represents the fire element and universal consciousness
- The index finger represents the air element and individual consciousness
- The middle finger akasha (space) or connection
- The ring finger represents the earth element
- The little finger represents the water element
There are many different types of mudra’s. Here is some information on two popular mudra’s.
Gyana or Chin Mudra is a classic mudra for meditation. It is performed by bringing the tips of the thumb and index finger together. The nail of your index finger should touch the pad of your thumb. The palm opens upwards with other fingers open. This mudra symbolises the unity of fire and air as well as the unity of universal and individual consciousness.
This mudra increases concentration, creativity and is a gesture of knowledge.
Anjali Mudra popularly known as prayer pose, is a globally practised mudra. This mudra is performed by bringing the palms together in front of the heart space with the thumbs gently touching the sternum and fingers pointing upwards.
Prayer pose has been said to signify the potential for an intention to progress to greater spiritual awakening, with the two hands representing a flower yet to open, symbolizing the opening of our hearts.
The hands together in the centre of our heart represents balance and harmony, the right and left side reunited. This mudra expresses love, gratitude, humility and is popularly combined with the Namaste greeting.
Sharing the art of mudra with young children, provides a purposeful creative way of engaging young minds with their body and the knowledge that there is a circuit of energy flow within their body which they can connect to.
Also, the simple act of holding the hands and fingers in different mudra positions, provides a young person with a calming and soothing activity to centre and focus the minds attention and bring their awareness to their inner selves and the power within.
We hope this brief introduction to mudras has opened your appetite to research and learn more about this ancient art and how it can support you and your child’s mindfulness practice.
By Dawattie Basdeo –