“My destiny is in my own hands.” Mary Burmeister
According to the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can balance your emotions and nourish your body by holding each of your fingers in sequence. This is a subtle yet powerful self-help approach that can be done anytime, anywhere.
Each finger is associated with an attitude that can imbalance a corresponding function and organ system via the subtle energy channels that invisibly course through your body.
- Thumb: The thumb is associated with worry, the skin surface, and the spleen and stomach organs. When this system is in balance there is an ability to give and receive nourishment.
- Index Finger: The index finger is associated with fear, the muscular system, the kidney, and bladder organs. We find freedom from fear and discover joy when this system is in balance.
- Middle Finger: The middle finger is associated with anger, the blood essence, and the liver and gallbladder organs. When this system is in balance, our capacity for compassion is enhanced.
- Ring Finger: The ring finger is associated with sadness and grief, the deep skin, and the lungs and large intestine organs. When this system is in balance there is an ability to receive and let go.
- Little Finger: The little finger is associated with “trying to” (pretense), the skeletal system, and the heart and small intestine organs. Judging, comparing, labeling and asking “why” imbalances this system. When this system is in balance, we move beyond the “trying to” attitude and feel trust and receptivity to the inspiration of the universe.
Balance Your Emotions and Your Body by Holding Your Fingers
Sit comfortably, relax, rest your hands in your lap, deeply exhale and slowly inhale.
Then wrap one hand around the thumb of your other hand as shown in the illustration.
Once you feel a pulse or two minutes have passed, reverse and wrap the opposite thumb with your other hand. Gradually, work your way through all five fingers. See diagrams for each finger.
During the exercise, lightly keep your attention on the finger you are holding while allowing thoughts and emotions to pass by like clouds in the sky.
You can enhance the effect of holding each finger by coordinating it with the breath.
Inhale, hold, exhale and hold for the same count, for example, 7. It will be one round of cleansing breath. Find a rhythm that is comfortable for you and do 7 rounds for each finger.
The entire process will take 10-15 minutes.
If you are short on time or troubled by a particular imbalance, you can hold just that one finger until you feel a sense of balance returning.
A practice as simple as holding a finger can be one of the most powerful ways to harmonizing your emotions and balance your organ functions.
Try it out for two weeks and see if it makes a difference in your sense of well-being.
If you would like to learn more about the system of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I recommend The Touch of Healing, Energizing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Alice Burmeister. It could be a game changer for you!