Place the tip of your thumb and little finger together; extend the other fingers in a relaxed way. Do this with each hand.
Do as needed, or practice three times a day for 15 minutes as a course of treatment.
More than half our body weight consists of fluids. The Bhudi Mudra helps restore or maintain equilibrium in the fluid balance. It can be used against a dry mouth, eyes that are too dry and burning, or disorders in the kidney and bladder area. It also improves the sense of taste.
Herbal Remedy: Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursiL.) heals inflammation of the bladder, and goldenrod (Solidasgo virgaurea L.) is effective against pyelitis.
Even physicians have greatly varying opinions when it comes to how much a person should drink every day. It certainly isn't good to drink too little, but we also don't feel well when we drink too much (even if it is just water). I feel good when I drink about 1 to IV2 quarts of liquid every day. For some time now, I have been drinking water in a way that is connected to a ritual and this has been particularly good for me. My ritual is as follows:
First (blessing water): According to ancient custom, water used for a specific purpose had a spell cast on it, or was blessed. More recent research has discovered that water can actually absorb and store the energy of thoughts and words.
Second (charging water): Water can be either weakly or intensely charged with energy. It depends on the movement that arises when it flows. In a natural stream, where the water is guided from side to side by the stones (and not straight ahead as in a pipe), the energy level is considerably higher. This is why I always stir the water in a glass in the form of an eight for a while.
Third (linking water to the Divine) and probably most important: I consciously connect myself with the Divine, and take in its element with reverence and gratitude. Before I drink the water, I take the glass in both hands in front of my chest, speak my affirmation, and then remain in silence for a few moments. If you drink tap water, please inquire locally about the quality of your water.
Imagine a clear little mountain stream cheerfully splashing as it flows. Dip your feet or hands into it and let it caress you. Draw the water in the hollow of your hand; drink the precious cool liquid; let it refresh you. While you do this, repeat three times:
The great spirit that lives in the water purifies, refreshes, and strengthens my body, mind, and soul.
Bend your index finger and let its tip touch the ball of your thumb. At the same time, the tips of the middle and ring fingers touch the tip of your thumb. Extend your little finger. Do this with each hand.
Use as needed until you feel the effect, or practice three times a day for 15 minutes as a course of treatment.
This finger position can have a first-aid function when you use it at the first sign of a heart attack, according to Keshav Dev. It regulates many heart complications. In an emergency, it can even have a quicker effect than placing nitroglycerin (the most frequently used immediate remedy) under the tongue.
Heart attacks, as well as chronic heart complaints, don't just come out of the blue. Instead, they are an indication that a person's lifestyle must be rethought and planned differently. (The Ornish Program has been very successful in this respect.11) This mudra can also be used for the general healing and strengthening of the heart.
Heart patients are often so tied up with obligations that they no longer perceive what appears to be "senseless" from the outside. They
1' Dean Ornish, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease (Random House, 1990).
have no time to relax. They also have a hard time coping with stillness. Something always has to be going on, and they often give so much support to something or someone at work or during their leisure time there is no room for their own needs. Yet, it is precisely these quiet moments that are the ones to nourish our souls. Permit yourself some time for the rosebud image—even if you barely have any to spare. Perhaps you can listen to some music—music that brings you a feeling of lightness—while you do so.
herbal Remedy: Vitamin E in wheatgerm, magnesium, and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) also promotes relaxation in the heart.
Imagine a red rosebud in your heart. Whenever you exhale, a petal opens, until the entire flower is completely open. The petals now form a rosette, and the rosette gets a bit larger with every breath until the flower is oversized as it rests upon your chest. You can even feel its weight. Just as your chest rhythmically rises and falls while you breathe, the flower moves as well. Perhaps you can even imagine the fragrance of the rose.
I have the time and the leisure to see beauty and enjoy the silence.
Right hand: The thumb, middle finger, and little finger are touching; the index finger and ring finger are extended.
Left hand: Place your thumb joint on the nail of the index finger.
Do four times a day for 4 minutes or, against acute complaints, until it has an effect.
This mudra is primarily effective when someone with a weak back has engaged in an activity (for example: garden work or cleaning) that has strained the back too much and caused painful tensions, or when someone has sat too long in the wrong position. Backaches can have a great variety of causes. Most people have waste deposits and signs of wear, but these don't necessarily have to be painful. A diseased organ whose nerves run through the spinal column can also cause pain. Continuous mental strain, fears, meals that are too heavy, too little sleep, and/or too little exercise are other causes of pain.
This mudra can be even more effective in a position that relieves the back (see illustration on page 93). When doing so, keep the chin pulled in a bit so that the neck is stretched. This little bit of tension has an effect down to the small of the back. After just 20 minutes in this position, the
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