Wear Your Practice
Not only are these malas a visual and physical feedback in the form of a reminder of your presence, your stillness and practise from the most basic point of its weight with the crystals against your skin, the healing elements from these beautiful pieces and the counting ritual of the sacred number of 108 but now I’m happy to have just four with the added impact of wearing a symbolic reminder in the form of a Mudra, that being the Gyana Mudra.
What Is A Mudra?
A mudrā (muːˈdra; “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”) is a symbolic or ritual gesture performed by the hands, often used in practising Hinduism and Buddhism; it is a spiritual gesture that acts as an “energetic seal of authenticity”. Most mudras are performed with the hands and fingers often in combination with movements of the wrists, elbows, and shoulders; some involve the entire body. Hundreds of mudras are used in the ceremonies, dance, sculpture and painting iconography (i.e. representations of Buddha). In the yoga and spiritual practices, of Indian religions and traditions such as Dharma and Taoism, mudras have been used for thousands of years to assist in meditation and/or healing.
Definition – What does Gyan Mudra mean?
Gyan mudra, or chin mudra, often used while meditating, is one of the most important mudras that promote physical and mental health. From Sanskrit, chin (or cin) means “consciousness” and mudra means “gesture” or “seal.” Therefore, Gyan mudra may be translated to mean “gesture of consciousness” in English.
To perform Gyan mudra, bring the tips of the thumb and index fingers together and form a circle. Keep the remaining three fingers stretched and the palm facing upward.
Yogapedia explains Gyan Mudra
Gyan mudra is used while in padmasana and other meditative yoga poses. It is also used while practising certain breathing techniques including nadi shodhana pranayama and ujjayi.
Gyan mudra symbolizes the union of Self with the universe, the unification of one’s soul and the supreme Soul. The thumb symbolizes the supreme Soul, the index finger refers to the practitioner’s soul, the middle finger represents sattva (“purity” and “true wisdom”), the ring finger represents rajas (“passion” and “action”), and the little finger symbolizes tamas (“lethargy” and “darkness”). Gyan mudra is an excellent representation of the yogic philosophy of evolving from the state of ignorance to wisdom and from darkness to enlightenment. Practising this mudra helps the practitioner to eliminate negative forces and focus on attaining true knowledge.
Additional benefits of Gyan mudra include:
- Promotes proper flow of prana
- Cures indigestion
- Addresses sleeping disorders
- Improves focus
- Enhances memory power
- Relieves and prevents stress and anger
- Promotes a sense of balance
On top of this, you have a wonderful collection of crystals, these being Coral, Porcelain, Jasper, Rhodonite & Electroplated Lava Rock. I will cover a little bit on each, but there is so much more to each one and your own individual connection that is unique.
Coral is highly-prized as a substance believed to be endowed with mysterious sacred properties. It is a symbol of modesty, wisdom, happiness and immortality.
The nurturing properties of Porcelain Jasper helped to uplift its carrier at the time of emotional or mental stress. The powerful energies of this jewel Boulder are known to evoke the blocked energies of the heart chakra of its carrier. It infuses love in the emotional torso as well as in the surrounding that helps its carrier to communicate with his people in a calm manner. Porcelain Jasper with its eminent healing helps its carrier by uniting his positive energies to the desired goals. Plus so much more…
Compassion, Forgiveness & Release of Fear. Rhodonite is known for its capacity to bring emotional healing and to release blocked energy from within the heart chakra. It has a strong heart-based energy with a useful healing vibration.
Electroplated Lava Rock
Lava Stone is a grounding stone that strengthens one’s connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing us stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to “bounce back”. A calming stone, it is very useful in dissipating anger.
This piece has 8mm beads, meaning that it can be double wrapped around the neck, housing a lovely lotus charm which would then sit at the front as well as the tassel and Mudra when not using it in practise.
These pieces are due to be on show at Bhuti/Richmond/London, however, if you wish to enquire to claim yours before it disappears from my clutches, please send me an email to Aurorafacets@gmail.com
Meanwhile wishing you many blessings, Justine xxx