Begin by pausing. Notice the ease that rests in the palms of your hands. Soften the blanket of skin that rests over the 27 bones in your hands. Breathe. Look at your hands and love the stories you see in the lines of these well-used body parts. Let the cool autumn air travel between your fingers, and feel it like a soft breeze traveling through the branches and leaves of the trees in the forest.

Close your eyes, sit comfortably, soften your breath and your body will take care of the rest.

If you find your mind is too restless or you can’t sit still, simply give your mind something to do so it feels useful. Repeating a mantra or affirmation is very helpful. Breathe in “I am peace” breathe out “I am calm”

Can you wiggle your fingers without adding tension to your palms? Notice the subtleties of tension, which exist chronically in your hands. The hands contain one quarter of all the bones in our bodies. Can you soften the tissues in the hands so much that you can feel the bones? There are 14 phalanges (bones of the fingers), 5 metacarpals (bones of the palm) and 8 carpal bones (bones of the wrist). Can you feel them all?

Experiment with how softly you can open and close your palm, without locking any of the joints of your fingers. Think about extending energy through to the tips of your fingers, as if you are palming a basketball without gripping it. Transfer this soft opening of the palms to the way you hold your palms in standing postures, the way you hold your big toes. Really notice if you are holding on for dear life or can you receive the world with your hands.

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