Never Lose Hope
Sit on the floor and close your eyes. Concentrate on your breathing until you are absorbed in your slow breath, in and out.
Continue your breathing as you read the following passage. When you have finished, continue breathing with your eyes closed.
Remember that your soul is, in essence, happiness itself and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of your mind.
Never Lose Hope
If you have given up hope of ever being happy, cheer up. Never lose hope. Your soul is, in essence, happiness itself.
If you keep the eyes of your concentration closed, you cannot see the sun of happiness burning within your bosom; but no matter how tightly you close the eyes of your attention, the fact nevertheless remains that the happiness rays are ever trying to pierce the closed doors of your mind. Open the windows of calmness and you will find a sudden burst of the bright sun of joy within your very self.
The joyous rays of the soul may be perceived if you interiorize your attention. These perceptions may be had by training your mind to enjoy the beautiful scenery of thoughts in the invisible, intangible kingdom within you. Do not search for happiness only in beautiful clothes, clean houses, delicious dinners, soft cushions, and luxuries. These will imprison your happiness behind the bars of externality, of outwardness. Rather, in the airplane of your visualization, glide over the limitless empire of thoughts. There behold the mountain ranges of unbroken, lofty, spiritual aspirations for improving yourself and others.
Glide over the deep valleys of universal sympathy. Fly over the geysers of enthusiasm, over the Niagara Falls of perpetual wisdom, plunging down the hoary crags of your soul's peace.
If you have made up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or later you shall find it.
by Parahamsa Yogananda
This mudra improves circulation and the quality of blood, which leaves the body refreshed. It increases inner strength and fortitude and relaxes the blood vessels for full body relaxation.
Join the tip of your thumb and little finger.