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Finger Mudras

Ring Finger Energy
By Gertrud Hirschi

The ring finger is associated with Apollo, the sun god, and the root chakra, which rules the pelvic floor. This force gives stamina, staying power, and the power to be assertive. The Chinese have classified this finger with the deep meridian of the liver. The power of the liver gives a person patience, serenity, hope, and vision for the future. The 'tripple warmer' also begins in the tip of the ring finger.

This meridian rules all protective functions in the body and is responsible for body temperature, whihc in turn regulates cell function. If it works in an optimal manner, it gives the ability to maintain our equilibrium in stressful situations, which is also the precondition for a well-funcitoning immune system. The force that dominates this finger provides stability, is penetrating, and strives upwards.

Exercise
Sit or lie down. Now encircle you rleft ring finger with the four fingers of you right hand, with the right thumb extending to the middle of your left hand. Close your eyes.

'Imagine bare earth and crushed rock in all its forms - as deserts, mountains, and islands. What happens when masses of earth begin to move?When the earth dries out? When the earth is completely exposed to the sun? Now imagine fertile earth.

Slowly let the vegetation be created - little plants, big plants, much green. Now focus on one single seed resting deep within the earth. With every breath, something moves inside until the seed burst and a shoot stretches in the direction of the light.

At the same time, it sprouts roots deep into the earth. It becomes a tree that grows very slowly. You wait patiently and watch how the plant develops into its full size. Time has no significance. Only the constant growth counts.

The tree blooms anew every year, and bears fruit. Like the tree, we also do not know why this is. Like the tree, we want to give ourselves completely to life, and know this has its purpose, even if we will probably never be able to completely fathom the great mystery. As the tree changes every year, our inner development also continues. We decisively influence whether it is joyful or sorrowful.'

Keep holding your finger for a while and feel the flowing warmth. Then encircle your right finger and hold it for the same amount of time.

This is an edited extract from 'Mudras Yoga in your Hands' by Gertrud Hirschi with permission from the publishers, with permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, York Beach, ME. The book is available in the Soothingminds online shop priced £12.99 plus postage.







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