Citta Mudra (Chit-ta) - Gesture of Heart-Mind
Citta Mudra, with its emphasis on consciousness and mental clarity, can be a valuable tool in practices aimed at mental purification, emotional release, and enhancing awareness.
- Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine.
- Bring your hands into Anjali mudra.
- Touch the pads of your index fingers to the tips of your thumbs on the same hand.
- Keep the middle, ring, and little fingers extended straight out.
- Keep the shoulders relaxed, pulling them back and down, with the elbows held away from the body.
- Aids in releasing limiting beliefs and enhances self-awareness.
- Helps in reducing tension from the shoulders and neck.
- Improves mental clarity and focus.
- Encourages a sense of calm and centeredness in the mind.
When to Practice
- During meditation or mindfulness practices for mental clarity and self-reflection.
- When feeling mentally cluttered or burdened by limiting thoughts.
- Regularly for maintaining a balanced and clear state of mind.
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Best Time of Day: Morning
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Citta mudra is a little difficult to practice with my hands but not impossible to hold for a few minutes at a time. I had to practice this one in my lap until I could comfortably hold it at my heart center.
The citta is our mind that remembers all experiences, everything we've ever done, seen, felt, smelled... the citta remember faces we weren't aware we saw and every other possible thing within our awareness. This much information would overwhelm the conscious mind and so it goes into the citta without awareness.
When we hear of mindfulness, what the teacher is most likely talking about, is connecting with the citta, and observing the immense amount of information we're absorbing at all times. By placing Citta mudra at my heart center, I find I'm immersed in the sensation of that very moment.