Unclench Your Hands:

by Carole Bourne

“Don’t worry, push or over think. Trust there is divine timing for everything.  Simply hold the space in your open palms with complete knowing”


Your hands tell a story.  Clenched and closed hands are a sign of stress and tension in the body and mind. It may also suggest a problem with letting go, moving on and trusting in the unique flow of your life.  Relax your hands, open your palms and release the tight hold you have on “over controlling or forcing” life’s outcomes.

There is something wonderfully humbling when I open my hands out in front of me, palms facing up.  It instantly puts me in a different mind space.  I let go. I feel more relaxed.  I get a sense that everything will be OK. And, above all else feel profoundly connected to something greater than myself.

Opening my hands energetically and symbolically has beautiful consequences.

It physically shows my willingness to surrender any internal urgencies I have.

At the same time energetically encouraging me to release the need to push/control/manipulate life’s little outcomes.

Open palms in front of me brings me back to my heart (getting me out of my head) reminding me that” forcing life” simply blocks support from the universe.

So with that in mind here’s my simple two minute hand relaxation ritual come meditation that I happen to believe has the potential to change your life.  It has mine.

It’s part of my current morning practice along with sprinklings of it throughout my day.  Quite simply it takes me to a place where I can let go and trust in the flow of my life.  Now that has to be a great thing.

Fingers crossed you get the same sense of release and satisfaction with it as I do.  Let me know what you think.

Open palm relaxation ritual:

“Your ability to profoundly relax is in direct proportion to trusting deeply the unique flow of your life”.

1: Open your hands in front of you, palms facing up. Relax them.  Notice the effect this has on the rest of your body. Other parts of you start un-clenching as you release your grip on life. Your jaw un-clenches, shoulders drop, stomach relaxes and buttocks un-clench.

2: Welcome the unknown.  Invite new inspiration, new beginnings, new understanding and new adventures into the palms of your open, spacious, relaxed  hands.

3: Intimately feel the pulsating energy that now swirls in ever increasing circles in the palms of your hands.

4: Sense you are connecting to something greater than yourself.  A feeling of being supported.

5: The more open and spacious your hands the more open and spacious your thoughts, body and life becomes.  Your hands have created the space for support and inspiration to flow your way. You are now connected to the pulse, rythum and heart beat of the universe.

Trusting it brings a little pocket of peace into your day as it often does for me.

xox Carole


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Beatrice September 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

Carole, this is a wonderful way to relax and open. I will use this practice in my yoga class. I think it will do wonders for my students, and me. Thank you. You have quite a beautiful blog here.


umesh September 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

believe me , i am truly happy to read your articles,,, i have always believed in alternate healing , if i may add a small addition to open palm article.
Wash your hands before doing it and press slightly in the center of the palm with your other thumb. Feel the energy flowing through the point and let the energy play with you .Its a sensation you have to feel , cant be described in words . even while walking on grass ,keep ur palms open facing downwards and let the energy of mother earth come in .

god bless .


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