Gassho meditation is a meditation practice that Usui Sensei practiced as part of his personal meditation practice, twice a day. Gassho means “two hands coming together” and is the equivalent of the prayer position in western culture.
The purpose of meditation is to become your Self more fully so that you may drop attachments and let go of attachment and resistance. Through a regular meditation practice we are able to reconnect to source, have a more truthful relationship with our Self/soul and have a more truthful relationship with the planet and others. The benefits of this include allowing the body and mind to have a chance to rest and heal, resulting in a clearer and more peaceful mind, a more centred and relaxed body and more presence, love and connection to the current moment.
How to perform a Gassho meditation
When doing Gassho meditation find a quiet space and time to sit down comfortably. This might be first thing in the morning, after your morning chores such as the school run but before work, before lunch, after dinner or before bed.
Close your eyes gently and place your hands together in the prayer position about 10cms in front of your chest. Gently have your palms touching about level with your heart. When you are settled, bring your awareness to the point where the two middle fingers meet and allow that to be a gentle focal point. If you find your mind wanders, simply return your attention to where your middle fingers meet and bring yourself back.
It is recommended that you practice Gassho meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. If you find it difficult to hold your hands up for the whole time, it is permissible to let them rest in your lap, but continuing to keep your palms and fingers touching.
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