“When your palms are up, you have an easier time being calm and honest than if your fists are clenched… Palms up means you have nothing to hide and nothing to gain or lose. Palms up means you are strong enough to be vulnerable, even with your enemies. Even when you have been tremendously wronged. Jesus was palms up, to the end.” – Bob Goff, Love Does
Have you ever taken a yoga class and practiced Shavasana where you lay on your back with your arms by your sides and your palms up to the ceiling? Praying or singing with your hands up? There’s something about the simple act of turning your palms up that helps you to relax and unwind. It’s as if you can feel the energy flowing into and out of your body through your palms. Living palms up is about being vulnerable, calm, and opening yourself up to new things. If you’re interested, you can read more about how living palms up can affect many parts of your life on Joshua Becker’s blog, Becoming Minimalist.
Game Plan: Turn your palms up to the ceiling right now and notice any feelings or sensations in your palms and the tips of your fingers. Consciously try to incorporate the palms up approach into your life, and when you find yourself in a situation where you’re feeling nervous, angry, or hurt, unclench your fists and turn your palms up.