July 25, 2011
Practicing the lotus mudra can instill a sense of purity, unity, and openness. The lotus flower represents compassion, and the beauty of the soul, as it grows out of muddy swamp waters, reaching above toward sunlight. As it lengthens above the water line, the petals open to reveal its magical beauty.
In our physical sense, we practice the symbolism of the lotus blossom, remaining pure of heart so that the muck of earthly matters, do not cling to us. The yogi knows this muck as the dirt of avidya, the great mistake of identifying with ourselves with something other than our divine nature. In many cultures, it is believed that our soul is located at the heart, and practicing this mudra can open our heart chakra, allowing for a greater sense of compassion and inner peace.
We define ourselves by our names, careers, family, injuries, age, race, religion and all things that separate ourselves from one another. If we are not careful, and aware, these labels keep us submerged in the muck of duality, and we fail to see others and ourselves as being part of one whole. Yoga seeks to join, or unite all beings, no matter how they define themselves.
Bring the hands together, maintaining connection at the heels, and open the fingers, bringing the thumbs together, and matching the little fingers together as well. The fingers represent the blossoming of a lotus flower. Hold the hands at the heart, and affirm: “With a compassionate heart, I am open to receiving all that comes to me at this time.”