What are Mudras?

Mudras, often referred to in yoga, meditation and Buddhism are positions of the body that have some kind of influence on the energies of the body, or your mood. There are hundreds of different mudras, each creating a different 'energy circuit' through out the body. Yogi's, meditation and energy work specialist believe that mudras help to complete the energy circuit inside us and allow our life force to stay within the body instead of escaping through the fingertips. It is easy to practice these mudras during meditation and continuous practice will contribute to overall good health and wellbeing. They also can be used as a preventative measure. Another way to benefit from mudras is to have sacred Buddha statues in a specific mudra that speaks to you placed in your meditation space or throughout your home. Many mudra statues have specific areas they can be placed in your home which is best for their power. Here are a few examples of some of the most popular mudras and their meaning.

Bhumisparsha (earth witness) Mudra

Reaching down with his right hand, Buddha calls upon the earth to witness his Awakening. The left hands rests palm facing up in his lap. He is peaceful, serene wisdom is shown on his face. This iconic gesture is referred to as "earth witness" or "touching the earth" mudra and represents unshakability or steadfastness. 
Correct Placement:
Main entrance of living space.

Dhyana (meditation) Mudra 

With both hands, palms facing up, resting in Buddhas lap this mudra represents the gesture of total balance. The person using this mudra during meditation is immersed in the limitless space, completely untouched by the outside world. The right hand symbolizes wisdom and awareness and the left one symbolizes the illusion of existence. 
This buddha promotes the energy of meditation, deep contemplation and unity with higher energy. It is used by yogis during meditation to build and improve the ability to concentrate and heal. 
Correct Placement: Meditation space, alter, home office or study.

Abhaya (fearlessness) Mudra 

With the right hand of Buddha raised, palm facing out, and the left hand down toward the hips, also facing out, this mudra symbolizes peaceful intentions, protection and fearlessness. Just looking at this Buddha hand gesture or mudra fills you with the feelings of the energy of protection, peacemaking and a sense of strong, deep inner security.
Correct Placement: Meditation space, the main entrance of home or living room.

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