You may know intellectually that the right thing to do is calm down, center yourself, focus your mind, and move forward, but it’s not always easy to put this good will into action. So, what do we do to break through mental blocks and calm the chaos in our own heads? Meditate, of course!

This is one of five meditations taught specifically to prepare for the grey period of the planet and to bring mental balance. It’s said to support you in developing a calm mind and strong nerves. It will also help protect you from irrational behavior.

Meditation for Strong Nerves

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine, and a light Neck Lock.

Mudra: Left hand is in Ravi Mudra (thumb tip and Sun [ring] finger touch; fingernails don’t touch) at the level of the ear, palm facing forward. The right hand is in Buddhi Mudra (thumb tip and Mercury [little] finger touching, resting in the lap, palm up).

(Individuals who identify as male should reverse the position so that the right hand has thumb and ring finger touching, hand at ear level, and the left hand is in the lap with the thumb and little finger touching.)

Eye Focus: The eyes are 1/10 open.

Breath: Make the breath long and deep.

Time: Start with 11 minutes and work up to 31 minutes.

To End: Inhale deeply, raise the arms up overhead, open the fingers wide, and shake them rapidly for several minutes. Relax.

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