Exploring Mudras

To my great amzement, Teacher Paalu shared with us how the hand mudras work and how each of the fingers corresponse to the different element that we may lack or need to expel from our bodies.

Firstly, our bodies and divided into half being the left and the right side. Working like the moon and the sun, the right side of our body is the yang part whereby energy are absorped i.e. the receiving side. The left part our our body, which is the yin part, serves as a form of expellation, getting rid of the the extra and unwanted element from our body.

The different fingers also corresponse to different elements namely:

F – Fire (thumb)

A – Air (index finger)

S – Space (middel finger)

E – Earth (ring finger)

W – Water (pinky)

Often we mistaken fire as an element within ourselves. But in the mudras, the thumb aka the fire finger merely acts as a medium to accelerate the intake or expellation of the elements and thus does not attribute to an element per se.

In order for the mudras to work, we will have to hold the mudras in position for 10 to 20 mins during meditation. e.g. if you want better concentration, you may do the gyana mudra by putting your thumb together with your index finger.

What amases me was that to lose weight I need only to hold my 5 left gingers together and hold it daily for 20 mins. That will definitely save me lots of trips to the dieting salon!Also the explanation of the mudras also set me thinking on what each of the Buddhas were trying to attain for themselves when I visit the chinese temples in future. It will give me a totally new perspective on my temple visits

Some examples that I have downloaded from the internet, are  7 most common mudras that we use in yoga meditation

source: https://www.doyouyoga.com/7-common-yoga-mudras-explained-23667/

1. Gyana Mudra

Hand with thumb and index finger touching in Gyana mudra

This is perhaps the most used mudra in yoga and is also known as the chin mudra. To do this, bring the tips of the thumb and index finger together, and keep the other three fingers together, lightly stretched. This symbolizes the unity of fire and air as well as the unity of universal and individual consciousness.

The Gyana mudra increases concentration, creativity, and is a gesture of knowledge. Keep your palms facing upwards when feeling receptive or rest your palm on your leg when you wish to feel more grounded.


2. Shuni Mudra

Thumb touches tip of middle finger Credit: Omsica/Mind Valley

Bring the tip of the middle finger and thumb together, uniting the elements of fire and connection. This mudra symbolizes patience and discipline, and helps us generate a feeling of stability. Use this mudra when you feel you need additional strength to follow through with tasks.


3. Surya Ravi Mudra

Thumb and ring finger together in Surya Ravi mudra

Unite the tip of the ring finger and the thumb, and you bring together the elements of fire and earth. This mudra represents energy and health, and it provides us with a feeling of balance. It can also help with bringing positive changes into our lives.


4. Buddhi Mudra

Thumb and pinky finger together for Buddhi mudra

By touching the tips of the little finger and thumb together, you are enhancing intuitive communication. The elements of fire and water are brought together, and this symbolizes communication and openness. It can also help strengthen your intuitive knowledge.


5. Prana Mudra

Thumb, ring, and pinky fingers touch in prana mudra

The Prana mudra activates the dormant energy within the body. To do this, place the tips of your thumb, ring finger, and little finger together. This mudra symbolizes the vital energy of prana, and will encourage the flow of this energy, making you feel energized and strong.


6. Dhyana Mudra

Palms facing up with hand over hand and thumb tips touching Credit: leben-ohne-limit

This mudra provides calming energy for meditation and is used for deep contemplation and reflection. To do this, place your hands on your lap, left palm under, palms facing up, and the tips of the thumbs touching.


7. Anjali Mudra

Palms together at heart center

Bringing the palms together in front of the heart space symbolizes honor and respect toward yourself and toward the universe. This mudra expresses love and gratitude. Namaste.


Use these mudras while meditating or practicing pranayama. Pick one that you feel mostly connected to each time, or based on the feeling you would like to generate.

Involve both hands, keep a slow and steady breath, and hold each mudra for at least 2 to 3 minutes, or even 10 minutes if you wish.

 

 

Essential oils and Chakra healing

My sister has been an advert avocate of essential oils such that she quited her job some years back and joined an MLM selling essential oils. So much so that when her sons are sick, she does not feed them medicine but instead bring out her whole box of essential oil and her manual of the different types and cures aka the essential oil encycropedia and started oiling my nephews.

At some point in time I think to myself if she had gone crazy, or is simply too obssesed with her own products that when one is sick, why done she just bring them to the doctors and let them do their job??

As I embarked on my own journey of healing, both body and mind, I come across a topic on youtube: Essential oils as a form of Chakra healing. Thats when i started to get interested to understand what exactly my own sister is peddling and what are their effects on our bodies and our chakras.

Each of our chakras as associated with a colour code and in order to balance that chakras, you should apply the respective essential oil, associated with each of the colors on each of the area prefereably through means of massage. Below are the colour codes and the respective oils that can be used to balanced each of our chakras (from https://www.color-meanings.com/color-therapy-and-aromatherapy-can-they-be-integrated-for-the-purpose-of-healing/)

Enjoy!

Essential oils and their colors for Chakra balancing

Here are different essentials oils, their colors and the Chakras they could affect.

Red – Red rose, red thyme, red cabbage, black pepper, Sage, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Jasmine and camphor essential oils are red in color and can be used to balance and activate the root chakra associated with passion, sexual energy and reconnection with Mother Earth.

Orange – Cypress, Neroli, Ginger, Carrot seed, Pimento, Nutmeg, Aniseed, Calendula, Marigold etc are orange in color and can be used to remove blockages from the sacral chakra for joy and contentment.

Yellow– Lemon, Citronella, Cilantro, Grapefruit, basil, fennel, sandalwood, yellow camphor, aniseed, caraway, can be used for removing blocks from solar plexus chakra for clarity of mind.

Green– Green is associated with the Heart chakra and essential oils that are green in color include Rose, rosewood, bergamot, Melissa, Jasmine. Using these oils one can evoke feelings of love, harmony and peace.

Blue– Blue essential oils include Lavender, sage, lemongrass, and blue chamomile. Blue is associated with the Throat chakra and the use of these oils can help remove problems in communication.

Indigo – Indigo is associated with the Brow chakra which deals with intuition and sixth sense. The use of Rosemary, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Clary sage, Spruce and Elemi is especially beneficial for the activation and balancing of this particular chakra.

Violet– The color violet is linked with the Crown chakra which is our connection to the Higher Consciousness. Neroli and Frankincense as well as St. John’s Wort, Angelica and Lavender are linked with this chakra.

 

Blocked Chakras and Cancer

Now that I am in my forties, more and more stories of friends getting cancer and other terminal dieases are cropping up everyday. There were quite a few incidents of breast cancers, among galfriends or the old classmate that we have not heard about for the longest time, and the last news you get of them is that they just got breast cancer. And about a month ago, my own uncle died at the age of 59, succumbing to stomach cancer. Often I think to myself why are these happening to the people around us , and the frequency and the age that cancer appears seems to get more frequent and their victims younger.

And as these thoughts go through me, I discovered through a course on meditation, that cancers are not only caused by the unhealthy food that we eat, but a lot of times, are caused by the blocked energy that is trapped within our bodies. And a lot of times these blocked energies are cause by our own thoughts. A past we cannot let go, a person we cannot make ourselves forgive, or a misunderstanding that stood the test of time that never cleared up.

One of my galfriend, Ms. A, was going through a bad patch in her marriage. She and Husband have been at loggerheads for the longest time, because Husband loves a drink or two and are often at KTVs with women. Ms. A could not take it, and keep demanding that Husband stop his unnessary entertainments. Soon Ms. A started to develop breast cancer and had to go through Chemotherapy. Husband knowing this stopped his philandery ways and somehow her illness improved.

Another friend , Ms. B married a irresponsible man who does not bring home the dough and is never at home. She struggled for years and finally bring her heart to get a divorce. Soon after, she developed breast cancer. She went on to get herself treated, and two years later married a nice man who took great care of her and kid and cancer never visited her again.

At a meditation session, someone shared her life story of how she, at 60s developed stoamch cancer. Upon meditation for 6 months, she went back to her doctor and the Doctor miraculously declared her cancer free. She shared that she had a long standing feud with her own daugther which lasted for twenty years, upon discovering meditation, she found the courage to clear the air with her daugther and untie the knot that was within her for the past twenty years and thus unknowingly curing herself of cancer.

These personal experiences set me thinking. The hurt that these people are going through are the real cause of their cancer. In the yoga class when my trainer shared about the 7 chakras in our body, I learned that the chakras are positioned at the different parts of our bodies collecting different energies. When blocked, or imblanced, chakras stop turning and in turn causes the bad energy to stay inside us causing cancer.

Ms. A and Ms. B both had their hear broken by their husbands, and thats why they develop breast cancer, which is near their heart chakras. the old lady had stomach cancer, because she is not in a harmonious relationship with her own daugther. This affects her solar plexus chakra, which gave her stomach cancer. As for my own uncle who passed away last month I may never find out what his problem was. Why did stomach cancer visited him? Did he had problems with other? Did he felt pushed around, or he felt helpless? I probably will never find out..

 

Chakras and Emotions

There are in total 7 chakras in our body acting as energy collectors for us in our everyday lives. These are the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and Crown Chakra. In order for our body to function properly, all our chakras need to be balanced and functioning properly.

In life, due to the different circumstances that we have met and the experiences of life, they leave emotional baggages and scars in us. Some examples are divorces, work stress, and the death of a love one. And often we forgot to cure or ease ourselves of such turmoils and choose to keep the unhappiness and sadness within ourselves. This will cause us to be emotionally imbalanced, which in turn causes our chakras to be blocked and function out of balnce. In the long term, an unbalanced chakra will lead to illness and diseases which may evolved to be cancer, which is life threatening.

It is therefore important for us to be mindful of our bodily functions and our own emotional state and how these in turn affects the functions of our chakras so that we can keep our chakras in balanced and our body free from illnesses.

Below are a list of the seven chakras and how they can be affected by the different emotions that we may have. With the possibilities of emotional issues linked with each chakras, one can then find out which of their chakras are in an imblanced state and thus seeking a cure or way to balance the chakra again.

 

Root Chakra (Chakra 1 / Red) – Represents feeling ‘rooted’ or grounded, represent our foundation and stability

Location: base of the spine / tailbone area

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: survival issues and all issues related to this , such as money, food, family, security and financial independence.

Sacral Chakra (Chakra Two / Orange) – Represents creativity, sex and your ability to accept new relationships/situations into your life

Location: lower abdomen about 2 inches below the navel

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: sense of pleasure, enjoyment, abundance, sexuality

Solar Plexus (Chakra Three / Yellow) – Represents confidence, thoughts and feelings, and our ability to be in control of our lives

Location: upper abdomen/stomach area

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: self-confidence, self-esteem, positive mental attitudes and thoughts, self-worth

Heart Chakra (Chakra 4 – Green) – Represents our ability to love and be loved, to enjoy what we love

Location: centre of chest, just above the heart

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: joy, love, compassion, inner peace

Throat Chakra (Chakra 5 – Blue) – Represents our ability to communicate clearly and to speak our truth

Location: the throat

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: communication, self-expression, expressing your truth, creativity

Third Eye Chakra (Chakra 6 – Indigo) – Represents our ability to see the big picture, inner knowing, insight and vision

Location: on your forehead, between your eyes

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: ability to think clearly and make decisions, intuition, wisdom, imagination

Crown Chakra (Chakra 7 – Violet) – Represents our ability to connect fully with our spiritual selves

Location: at the very top of your head (at the crown)

Emotional issues linked with this chakra: pure bliss, inner and outer beauty, our connection to our own spirituality, divine wisdom