A mudra, in Sanskrit, means seal. They are hand gestures that can be used during meditation to improve the whole experience and also fasten the time taken to get into a meditative state. Mudras date back to as far as when people started practicing meditation. In most of the Buddha statues, we can clearly see these gestures. They are an integral part of yoga. It is believed by yoga practitioners, gurus, and energy workers that these gestures are very powerful and they act as circuits in our external bodies that once closed; they can alter our mental and metaphysical environment and hence contributing to a spiritual journey. By adopting a given posture and then sealing it with our hands, we can cultivate the ‘chi’ or the life force in our body.
There are hundreds of mudras that can be used to activate different regions of our bodies by only using our hands. The simple explanation is that our fingers represent all the five elements of the universe: earth, wood, fire, metal, and water. These elements control all aspects of our internal bodies and, depending on the combination of mudras we are holding; we have different experiences.
The Five Fingers And Their Representation
- Thumb: It represents the earth element and corresponds to the mouth, the stomach, and the spleen.
- Index Finger: It is represented by the wood element and corresponds to the liver, the gallbladder, and the eyes.
- Middle Finger. It represents the fire element and corresponds to the organs, the heart, the small intestines, and the tongue.
- Ring Finger. It represents the metal element and corresponds to the large intestines and the nose.
- Little Finger. It represents the water element and corresponds to the kidneys, the bladder, and the ears.
How To Integrate Mudras In Meditation
You should find a mudra that works best for them and which you can use during the meditation. To use the mudra, you need to be in a comfortable meditative state and the right posture. Next, you should now hold your ideal posture. While maintaining a mudra, you should avoid using a lot of force, as it is not necessary. You should also not struggle while holding this gesture. Focus all your thoughts and energy in meditation.
In case you are wondering which mudra to use, Gyan mudra should be practiced. It is one of the simplest mudras available with a lot of benefits. It is performed by touching the tip of the thumb finger with the index finger and extending.