May 3, 2014 | by Nancy Neff | Nancy, or Alternative Nancy as we affectionately call her at Parkinson’s Women Support attended a talk by Hyun Gak Sunim, an American Zen Buddhist monk, who discussed realizing your true nature and gave these instructions for meditation consisting of 4 aspects:

1. Posture:  Sit with your spine straight, preferably cross legged, but on a chair is fine.  Eyes are open, gaze is about 30 degrees below level.

2. Mudra: Position hands with one cupping the other and tips of thumbs touching, forming a sort of half circle which you place over your “center” which is a point 3 fingers below your navel.  This is to help focus at your center.

3. Breathing: Pay attention to your breathing.  No particular pattern.

4. Question:  Think about a question [relating to your true nature] that the mind cannot easily answer, such as before your parents were born, who were you, or after you die, what happens, or, if you hear a sound, “Who is hearing the sound?”

Don’t worry about pushing thoughts away.  Keep returning to your breathing and a question.  Meditate for 10 minutes a day.  It’s good for your brain waves!

To see a beautiful video about Hyan Gak Sunim: http://vimeo.com/73936096

About Parkinson’s Women Support
The  mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are either Parkinson’s Disease patients or caregivers. Check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen




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