About: Jnana Mudra
26 August 2016
Jnana Mudra (also called: Chin Mudra) is one of the most well-known hand mudras, to which we referred earlier in our blog about mudras.
Jnana means: wisdom. Chin translates as “consciousness.” The forefinger represents the ego or the self, and the thumb is seen as consciousness or God; when we place them together, there is a sense that the small self connects to the universe. Creating this attitude of connection in our hands influences our mind to create the same attitude.
Jnana mudra can be practiced with the palms facing up as a gesture of receiving, or it can be practiced with the palms facing down, which encourages a sense of grounding.
Take a comfortable seated position either on the floor or in a chair, with a straight spine. Rest your hands upon your knees or thighs. In each hand bring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger. Start to focus your mind by bringing attention to the points where your thumb and index finger touch. Then move your attention to your breath. Allow yourself to slight into stillness as you sit in meditation for as long as is comfortable (we suggest at least 5 minutes).