As mentioned in sunning, calming involves covering your closed eyes with your hands in such a way that there is no pressure on your eyeballs. The palms of your hands are slightly cupped over each eye, with the left hand over the left eye and the right hand over the right eye. Usually, the fingers are partly interlaced on the forehead. There should be no light, or as little as possible, allowed to enter the eye.
Once you are palming, open your eyes and look around to see if you can adjust your hands in such a way as to exclude as much light as possible. Close your eyes and repeat.
It is important to note that palming is supposed to be relaxing, but you may end up tightening your hands and arms in order to exclude more light. Don’t overdo it, and if necessary, compromise. The next time you palm, you may find a better position for the hands. Palming in a darkened room can be helpful.
Here are some palming positions:
- Sit on a dining-type chair in front of a table with a stack of cushions on it. The cushions are for resting your elbows. There should be enough cushions to allow you to easily bring your palms to your eyes without stooping forward or having to look up. Rest your elbows on the cushions and bring your hands to your eyes. Close your eyes, rest in the darkness, and don’t forget to breathe.
- Lie down on your back with a few books or pillows under your head. Put your knees up and keep your feet flat on the floor. Bring your hands to your eyes and start palming. The disadvantage of this is that you have to hold your arms up, which can be difficult if you want to palm for a long period.
If you like palming, then find at least one time in each day that you will be able to palm without any disturbances.