Buddhism yoga and meditation keep the mind totally focused on the present moment. Our mind is one of the best tools we have, but the reality is that we lack knowledge to make the most of it. Unfortunately, most people do not know how to differentiate themselves from the things of the mind.
Buddha said that the mind is like a chain of reactions and desires because we were caught within ourselves in this chain of reactions and thus failing to experience the true meaning of life. Normally the unconscious mind is somewhere else thinking about the past or the future (things that we should not have said or done in the last conversation or in all things we have to do).
To the mind there is no difference between reality and our mental dialogue, both produce feelings, emotions, and actions. Then these actions create reactions also known as the cycle of karma.
The purpose of meditating with the mind is to help you in the here and now, enjoying the present moment. The technique is simple because all the attention is focused on the breath. This sounds easy, but for an unaccustomed mind, it may be difficult to maintain a focal point for more than 3 minutes, but it can be done.
Mudras and pranayama (breathing exercises) aid, in great measure, to help the flow of energy revitalize in different parts of one’s body. In Buddhism, mudras are utilized when one is undertaking meditation and yoga.
Top Five Mudras
1. Karana Mudra
If you want to keep negativity far away from your being, this mudra is one that you should highly consider undertaking. To perform this mudra adequately, get your hand to stretch either vertically or horizontally before turning your palm forward. Utilizing your thumb, press your two middle fingers down–before extending your index and little finger upward.
2. Varada Mudra
This is a left hand mudra that signifies different things, such as offering, welcome, giving, compassion, charity, and sincerity. Hang your arm at the side of your body, naturally while you palm faces outward. After this, make sure to extend your fingers.
3. Uttarabodhi Mudra
This hand mudra reflects supreme enlightenment. It can charge your being with energy and vibrations that are positive. While both index fingers point and touch upward, both hands are placed at the heart area while the fingers remained intertwined.
4. Anjali Mundra or Namaskara
This mudra is one of the most popular ones, as it is a sign that reflects respect. With this mudra, you can provoke positive vibrations to take place in the body. In order to successfully perform it, you have to press your palms together; hold them to the center of your chest, while your fingers point toward the ceiling.
5. Vitarka Mudra
This mudra evokes the energy of intellectual discussion, argument, and teaching. With the intention of forming a circle, the tips of your thumb and index finger should come together. This is going to help create a flow that is consistent of energy and information.
By Karen Dolby