This is one of the two main mudras used in Zen style sitting which is known as Zazen. To create this mudra, place the right hand palm-up on the lap, then, overlap the fingers of the left hand palm-up onto the fingers-and-palm of the right hand. Now let the thumbs connect in a vertical circle. Your hands should rest against the lower abdomen. You might like to use a thin cushion or a blanket to rest your palms upon if you need to raise them to sit at a position that allows your spine to remain erect. With your hands near your centre of gravity, your body will concentrate on very gentle and subtle levels. This in turn will help your mind concentrate and encourage healing to wholeness. This mudra is also called the "perfection" hand position by the Soto Zen school and by others it is known as the Cosmic mudra. As a mudra of meditation, it’s fundamental ability tends toward turning your attention inward, of single pointed concentration, and of the attainment of spiritual perfection. Using it creates the perfect balance of thought, it rests the senses, and it aids tranquillity. It is a very specific mudra in that in enables you to gage your level of concentration and awareness. The gentle touch of the thumbs is a point of feedback. If you fall asleep the thumbs fall apart. If you find yourself thinking hard, the thumbs will push together. Tradition leads us to believe that this mudra was the one the Buddha practiced in his meditation under the Bodhi tree before his Enlightenment. This gesture has been used throughout time by yogis during their meditation and concentration exercises. In yogasync.tv, this mudra could be well suited for meditations that require letting go and surrender to what is.
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