The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
I am honored to be a guest blogger on Unplug & Hug! Thank you for reading.
Let’s get started by visualizing a pair of hands reaching out to feel a soft rain or waving to a friend.
Now, let’s rewind to a month ago when I received my first Accunect healing session.
During this amazing experience, the Accunect healer explored and assessed my key energy systems (Chakras) where stress could potentially be disrupting my natural functions. The point of this “hands-free” healing method was to help me unlock my body's natural ability to heal.
Long story short.
The healer shared images on which I should meditate, and told me where she sensed energy blockages or other interesting sensations. Her assessment resonated with me, so we proceeded with the session.
For example, during our time together, she mentioned a profound image of my hands producing and “giving” in the near future. I found it comforting, settling and quite enlightening. The image transported me to several of my favorite songs that mention or allude to the idea of hands.
Like, the lyrics to “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles: “...and when I touch you, I feel happy inside…”
This is literally true when it comes to human physiology. For example, when you hug a loved one or a pet you’re giving freely, so you both produce honest-to-goodness, feel-good hormones.
In another song, “Sky Fits Heaven,” Madonna sings to us, “…hand fits giving, so do it…” To me this is a metaphor that the open hand is a sign of “reaching out” to others.
Hands change the world through loving, giving and service!
In the song, “Hands,” Jewel says, “my hands are small, I know, but they’re not yours, they are my own…” To me this means that no matter how large or small the gesture, you can demonstrate love, a sense of giving and service.
Fast-forward to today.
I define “embodiment” as focusing on and creating visual images of a thing or concept for the purpose of deeply understanding and being fully aware of something that you otherwise would not take time to think about in a thoughtful or purposeful way.
Like, the embodiment of our own hands.
Take a moment to look at one of your hands and compare it with the other. Notice the textures and wrinkles, and the bends and curves of the soft tissues and bones. Do they evoke any images? Now notice the pressure you are using to touch the other hand - what does it feel like to use a soft or harder touch? How would you describe what you notice about your hands in words, images, drawings, coloring, music or movement? This is the essence of embodiment.
You may ask, what’s the purpose of embodiment?
Focusing on my hands like this is a simple way to unplug. Noticing my own thoughts and feelings, as well as my body, helps me to take a moment to pause and slow down. I’m able to sit with my thoughts and “just be.” I find it rather enlightening to check-in with my body parts because it’s a metaphor for what I do (or have the potential to do) with them in the sense of giving to others.
When I focus on my hands in this way I’m also “hands-free.” I’m literally detached from the distractions of my phone and laptop. I have the opportunity to consider how I can put my wonderful hands to good use in a more meaningful way. For example, when I put down the digital devices I can:
Meet a friend at Starbucks for an actual conversation.
Take time to notice a leaf floating and swirling in the breeze or spot the tallest tree while on my daily walk.
Hold the door open for someone and do a sweeping gesture that says, “welcome!”
High-five a coworker who rarely gets recognition.
Pick up something the person in front of me dropped.
Now it’s your turn.
Give embodiment exercises (like hand meditation) a try. I think you’ll find it to be a great way to unplug so that you can embrace the real world happening around you (hug). And when you realize the benefits of this practice, I encourage you to pass it along to someone else. You’ll be sharing a gift of peace, tranquility and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.
I conclude with a favorite, inspirational quote from the exquisite Audrey Hepburn:
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Learn more about our guest blogger, Nancy Sanchez, Owner & Master Instructor at AnatomyFlow.