Have you ever really thought about your arms and hands and what they actually do? Mostly I think of my hands as tools, but this barely does them justice. This poetic excerpt from the book Nia Technique helps me fully appreciate the expressive and creative force of my hands and arms. We dance through life as we go about our everyday routines and chores.

The Voice of the Arms and Hands

To your physical body – I offer you a way to touch, hug, and love. When you desire, I open like a fan and reach out to fulfil your wishes. When you are scared, I hold you. When you need love, I touch you. Use me and discover the joy of play: throwing, grabbing, scooping and pushing. I am alive. Awaken to my endless possibilities.

To your mental body – I offer a way to outwardly express what you are thinking and imagining. When your thoughts are free, I am open and relaxed, available to the sensation of life. When your thoughts are rigid and fearful, I become tight and bound. When your thoughts are free to move, I expand and dream. I am agile, strong and powerfully available to help you create.

To your emotional body – I offer visual aids for expressing what you feel. As you open to what is moving inside of you, I respond, without needing any thought. I speak without words. I am clear, direct, and exact. I do not lie. I cannot.

To your spiritual body – I offer ways to experience becoming the angel, the warrior, the goddess or god. My energy is magic, and fills you with the power of lightning, to become strong, or liquid, to become full and soft. My divine essence allows you to hold space for yourself and for others, through the magic of touch.

~ The Nia Technique, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas

I especially love the voice of the emotional body, that the hands do not lie. We can command our thoughts and voice to say things that are not true for us – even a kind ‘white lie’ to put someone at ease, but our body language, expressed through our hands give it away. It could be as subtle as a brief clenching of the hands, or a fidgeting. There are also times when I do not immediately know how I feel about something, perhaps not wanting to acknowledge discomfort in that moment; noticing what are hands are doing at such times is an ’emotional barometer’ that can helps us get to the core. Are there patterns of movement you make whenever your are tense or anxious?

And for the spiritual body – what do your angel hands look like?  What are your goddess/god hands? (I think of mudras.) What are your warrior hands like? Can you take a few moments today, to play with  your hands and appreciate them on all levels of your being: body, mind, spirit and emotions?

© Deborah Redfern 2010. All rights reserved.

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