Meditation to Tranquilize the Mind

This meditation will tranquilize the mind within 3 minutes. The hand position is called “the mudra which pleases the mind.” Buddha gave it to his disciples for control of the mind.

Here’s how to do it: Sit on the floor with your legs comfortably crossed or in a chair with both feet balanced on the ground, with a straight spine. With the elbows bent, bring the hands up and in until they meet in front of the body at the level of the heart. The elbows should be held up almost to the level of the hands. Bend the index fingers of each hand in toward the palm. Join them with each other so they press together along the second joint. The middle fingers are extended and meet at the fingertips. The other fingers are curled into the hand. The thumbs meet at the fingertips. Hold the mudra about 4 inches from the body with the extended fingers pointing away from the body.

Focus on the tip of your nose. Inhale completely and hold the breath while repeating the mantra of your choice (peace, love, Har, etc.) 11-21 times. Exhale, hold the breath out and repeat the mantra an equal number of times. Practice for 3 minutes.

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