Mind, Body and Spirit
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
FROM THE BOOKS
Meditation does not need to
be mysterious, complicated, or
time-consuming. Set a timer for
5 minutes, and allow your eyes to close.
Now count your breaths—begin counting
“1” on the inhale, then “2” on the exhale,
and so on, until you reach 10, and then start
over again at 1. If your mind wanders away from
counting your breath (which it will most likely
do), just start over again at 1. You may start
over 73 times in 5 minutes, and that’s okay.
Just continue focusing on your breath until
the timer goes off, and then see how you feel
when you’re done!
In The Power of Breath and Hand Yoga, Christine Burke shows how you already have all you need to heal both physical and emotional conditions and improve your overall wellbeing. Breath awareness has been linked to calming the body and brain, regulating blood pressure, improving memory and immune function, preventing heart attacks and easing chronic pain and asthma. Mudras are known as ‘yoga for the hands’: they are hand poses and positions that channel energy and offer a point of focus during meditation. First, Christine teaches you a range of breathing techniques and reveals the background behind mudras and how best to use them, and then she offers breath and mudra practices for 36 conditions, divided into body and mind. Each practice also includes a ‘jewel thought’ meditation, which can accompany the breath technique and/or mudra.
This mudra evoking the goddess Shakti is a great sleep mudra, especially
when waking up restless in the night. It can be practiced by lying down with simple Breath Awareness for waking in the night.
• Hold your hands palms facing each other at chest height.
• Fold your thumbs into your
• Wrap your index and middle
fingers over your thumbs.
• Press the tips of your ring and
pinky fingers together and press
the folded middle and index
fingers into each other.
• If practicing seated, hold the
mudra with your hands in front
of and slightly away from your
chest. If lying down, hold the
mudra with your hands touching
your chest. Breathe naturally and slowly as
appropriate for however long
you need until you begin to feel drowsy.