The Exercise: Several times a day let your hands relax completely. For at least a few seconds, let them be completely still. One way to do this is to place them in your lap and then focus your awareness on the subtle sensations in the quiet hands.
One thing this exercise made abundantly clear to me, is that I do not know how to relax. I feel like I am constantly on the edge of my seat, waiting to jump up and deal with stuff constantly. I'm better than I used to be. Back when I worked for the bank, I had what seemed to be permanent half-moons etched into my palms from constantly clenching my fists. I'm not really sure what the ultimate goal of this mindfulness blog should be. I guess pointing out my shortcomings (like my inability to get a blog post done by my own deadlines, and of course, my inability to relax) is part of it. I didn't come up with any insight on how to solve this issue of mine, but I guess knowing is half the battle.