In this blog, I will present some soothing finger "meditations" that can be invoked any time by simply holding on to one of the fingers by the other hand. Holding a specific finger intentionally is an expression of inner resolve and can provide support, grounding and comfort for the body and emotions, according to Acupressure Theory and the Yogic practice of mudras. The finger "meanings" can vary according to which system/ theory you follow. So as not to confuse, the next section presents simple finger correspondences from Acupressure Theory only. Think of them like reflex points to calm the emotions.
If you feel a strong desire to hold a particular finger when feeling a strong emotion that doesn't match this list, follow your instincts. I personally believe intention is everything. In other words, qi (energy) follows yi (the mind). What you focus on will override any "system's" dogma.
For a fuller meaning, each finger can represent a minister or particular personal quality that you want to develop, not just the emotion you want to subdue. As you practice holding, your intent and focus can strengthen the specific ministerial qualities of that particular finger. Whereas the hands can receive, emit, and move the natural energy of the universe, the fingers are like antennae - the medium to connect with the language and intelligence of the universe. .
Two additional places to hold for support, grounding and comfort are on the wrist and on the top of the shoulder:
Working with the fingers (and additional points at the wrist and shoulder well) can bring needed connection and a mind body strategy to address emotional distress. Because fingers are at the end of the meridians (energy channels or rivers), they are a strong support for change. Finger holding is a tool to bring awareness to the body and is easily combined with other techniques to calm the spirit, such as deep breathing, affirmations or imagining oneself to be in a relaxing scene. You can do it any time, anywhere, even in a meeting or waiting in line. Share your experiences with finger holding in the comments section below.
Marian Wolfe Dixon
MA, LMT (OR #3902)
NCTMB Approved Provider
Continuing Education for Massage Therapists, CHt, TCMBB.