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Answer: Because he has been practicing Meao Mudra
Mudra = seal.
Mudras done using hands are called Hasta Mudra.
十指连心 (shi zhi lian xin) – This is a saying in Chinese which translate to “your 10 fingers are connected to your heart”. The heart and soul / spirit often comes hand in hand (heh), which is make up of energy (5 elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Ether).
Surprise! surprise! We also have 5 fingers in each hand representing the 5 elements:
Hasta Mudra, done by forming different hand gestures, which can sometimes be very awkward / look retarded especially when your muscles in fingers/hands are not as flexible, is a fairly mindblowing concept. Who would have thought that these hand gestures can bring about so many benefits and balance in our body?! Just naming a few below (refer to tirisula notes for more info):
- Physical Wellness: Weight loss, improve digestion, reduce tooth ache, helps with heart diseases cure Rheumatism, Arthritis, Gout, Parkinson’s disease, water retention issues, kidney issues, eye problems, skin disorder, bodily pains
- Mental/Spiritual Wellness: Improve memory, sharpen brain, improve concentration, wisdom, etc
Google it and you can find all sorts of benefits that you can get from different mudras. All these can be achieved by “sealing” the energy or making connections between the different elements/ energies (Doctors are going to run out of jobs if everyone starts practicing Hatha mudra!)
Other interesting concepts (not sure how true) that I found online about mudras include:
- The location of the seal – where you connect (different part of the finger) have different effect.
- How you place your palms – Up or down, has different meaning too. Palms up = receiving, palms down = internalising
I guess there are many different school of thoughts about this, but one thing is true –
The power to change your future is in your hands.
It is abit unfortunate that I can’t find much about Hatha Mudra relating to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture points. Well, hopefully someday I will find the answer. In the meantime, let’s keep Hatha mudra in our daily practice.
YTT notes on Mudra