A Restless Body Equals a Restless Mind
By Vedic Astro-Palmist Guylaine Vallée
It’s difficult not to notice a fidgeter—those of us who just can’t seem to sit still, who seem compelled to be constantly rapping their fingers on a desktop, tapping their toes under the dinner table, swinging their arms for no apparent reason, shaking their legs, twiddling their thumbs, cracking their knuckles, or a dozen other disruptive habits that are part of the fidgeter’s repertoire.
While fidgeting can be a minor (or major) annoyance to anyone who doesn’t fidget, it is, for those who do fidget, a sign of an imbalance in the body’s three energy systems of body, mind and heart. Fidgeting indicates a chronic mental restlessness, preoccupation, emotional edginess, anxiety, worry, agitation or fear. In short, when we fidget, we are physically expressing our disquietude of mind—we are not at peace and, therefore, we are separated from our inner peace.
According to Ayurveda, the Eastern system of holistic medicine, fidgeting is often created through an excess of energy from the planet Mercury, and Mercury’s related element, ether. The condition itself is referred to as “Vata derangement”, which can drain our life force and give rise to a slew of physical and psychological ailments.
A healthy presence of Mercury in our chart and in our hand endows us with the ability to understand the meaning of all we hear; it allows us to intuit what our heart (and the hearts of others) are whispering to us, and, if we are truly attuned, to be able to listen in on the mystical messages of the Universe floating in the ether.
However, an excess of Mercury energy overloads our system, it is like watching 500 television channels at the same time with the volume cranked to maximum. Eventually all that noise fills our mind with such relentless static that we can no longer hear our thoughts or listen to our heart—and that is enough to make anyone fidgety.
We can cure fidgeting by developing stillness in both body and mind. Meditation, mantra and mudras; regular and restful nightly sleep; calming exercises such as yoga and Tai Chi; and a healthy, natural diet will go a long way in helping us curb excessive Mercury energy and overcome restless fidgeting.
So, the next time you feel the urge to twiddle your thumbs or tap your toes at the dinner table, try doing the Mercury mantra and mudra instead. How to do it? Join the tip of your thumb with the tip of your little finger and silently recite: Aum Budhaya Namaha. You will see that you instantly calm down.
Guylaine Vallée is a teacher and consultant at the Birla Vedic International. In her 35 years as a professional Vedic palmist, she has helped thousands of clients improve their lives and has inspired tens of thousands lecturing across North America and through her many radio and television appearances.
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