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How to Practice Gassho Meditation

Article by Stephen Parato

Gassho meditation is a crucial part of any Reiki practice.

The word Gassho literally means “two hands coming together”. It clears the mind, opens the heart and strengthens one’s connection to c. I’ve personally found it to be incredibly peaceful and heart-opening, even when done for a short period of time.

Gassho meditation is ideally performed for 10-20 minutes, but you can get benefits from as little as 5 minutes. It can be done sitting or standing, whichever you prefer.

Gassho Meditation

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How to Practice Gassho Meditation

  1. Close your eyes and fold your hands in prayer position. Your fingers should be pointing up and your thumbs should be against your heart chakra.
  2. Focus your attention on the space between the palm chakras. Move your consciousness into that space.
  3. If thoughts come up, simply observe them, let them pass and gently bring your focus back to the space between your palms.
  4. When you reach the end of the meditation, take a couple deep breaths, bring your attention to your eyes and open them slowly.

Instead of using a timer, I prefer to perform this meditation until I’m intuitively guided to stop (I’m not a fan of meditating around electronics). But, like everything in life, find what feels right for you.

Gassho meditation is a simple practice and when used consistently becomes the foundation for powerful healing.

Much love.

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Stephen Parato
Stephen Parato

Stephen Parato (aka Stevie P) is your friendly, neighborhood Earth traveler. A Reiki Master, anxiety annihilator, holistic health & wellness advisor, unorthodox yogi, explorer of consciousness, philosopher, author, poet and positivity connoisseur. Stevie takes a deep dive into the topic of release and the many methods of release in his new online course Primal Release. Stevie P’s home base is Portland, Oregon and you can find him online on his blog Feelin’ Good, Feelin’ Great. Website link: http://www.feelingoodfeelingreat.com/. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FeelinGoodFeelinGreat.

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  • nivedita September 10, 2016, 5:22 am

    Thanks for this information. Short n sweet article. Will try this meditation

  • Colleen September 10, 2016, 6:03 pm

    I find meditation difficult and my mind often wanders. This technique seems ideal. The hand position ties into my Catholic upbringing and may help me maintain focus just as I did while praying.

  • Julie Narewski October 30, 2016, 8:18 am

    Lovely and useful article, never tried it quite this way, but already feels a lovely way to conect. Thank you.

  • Sriyani February 5, 2017, 3:53 am

    Thank you

  • Lesia January 9, 2018, 2:01 am

    Thank You! I will try that.

  • Brenda Friesen December 19, 2019, 12:51 am

    Hello – Curious, are the thumbs making contact with the heart chakra? Thanks!

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