It’s not that we don’t want to have elegant hands with smooth skin. No, we’d love to. More often it’s a feeling of having so much else to do, so many tasks requiring our attention, that we don’t feel justified in taking time out for ourselves to look after them.
Whilst I don’t doubt the powers of meditation helping us heal, my discovery is fairly basic. Here it is. If you know you’re going to be sitting down for at least 15 minutes, why not let some hand cream work its magic while you meditate?
Many perfumed creams don’t suit my skin, some even sting! Then there’s the gloopy greasy stage while you’re waiting for it to soak in and for your hands to be back to normal – and nourished – so you can get back to what ever you were doing, without them feeling sticky or leaving smears over everything. Imagine trying to handle photographs, fabrics or an instrument while your fingers are still oily.
I know I find it hopless trying to make wearable compass jewellery in my workshop with hands like that!
Your hands help you soothe and heal others. They are the tools with which you create, form, paint and build. Your hands allow you to play a musical instrument, to write, type and draw. They make it possible to cook for your friends and to hold hands with loved ones.
The list is endless. Your hands tell a beautiful story.
Just think of what your hands make possible for you in life and take a moment to cherish them.