The blistering-hot weather we're experiencing here in New Mexico is leaving me feeling a tad drained, dear readers. So today I gave up trying to be productive, and instead called for a time-out. I took a Jin Shin Jyutsu power nap this afternoon, and now I'm feeling a whole lot better. Follow these simple steps, and you, too, can transform your downtime into quality time:
In three words: Hold your fingers. By simply holding the thumb and fingers of one hand with the fingers and thumb of the other, you will feel centered, grounded, and refreshed. And it can be done by anyone, at home, any day. Here's what this hold looks like:
You now have all the information you need to start this practice, but most of us want more direction. Perhaps because we live in a complex world, we're not used to keeping things simple! So I'm going to walk you through it one step at a time:.
Sit in a supportive chair so that you feel comfortable and balanced. It's okay to recline, as long as your back is fully supported..
Begin by gently wrapping the fingers and thumb of your left hand around the thumb of your right hand. Hold this position for three or four breaths. Breathe naturally; don't try to change or force your breathing. Release the thumb. Next, hold the index finger of your right hand for three or four breaths. Repeat this with the middle, then ring, and then little fingers of the right hand..
Now, change hands. Comfortably wrap the fingers and thumb of your right hand around the thumb of your left hand, and hold for three or four breaths. Then repeat by holding, one a time, the index, then middle, then ring, then little finger of the left hand. The full sequence, for both hands, should take about four to five minutes. When you are finished, you'll be in a completely different state than when you started. You'll feel calm, not frazzled; energized, not drained..
When you feel familiar with this sequence, try lengthening the time intervals. Holding each finger for two minutes will give you a 20-minute break. Five to six minutes for each finger adds up to a full hour. For this longer "power nap," I suggest you recline in supported, comfortable position. I like to stretch out on my couch, with pillows supporting my back and under my knees. Some people use a recliner; others do this while in bed. This extended sequence is especially useful for anyone who is overworked, overtired, sleep-deprived, or seriously stressed. When you go to a longer time interval, you may doze for a short while, so be sure you are in a safe place where you won't be disturbed. Don't try this while driving or operating heavy equipment!.
This exercise comes from my study and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, an energy-balance method that is used by thousands world-wide to maintain and enhance their well-being. My personal journey with this balancing art came from my lifelong struggles with health issues, including chronic fatigue syndrome. By following this and other Jin Shin Jyutsu practices, I've been able to get my life back. As a certified practitioner, I offer private, hour-long Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions at my Albuquerque location. I'd be happy to show you how this form of energy balance can help improve your life. For more information, you can visit my website http://geoglowconsulting.com/.