Meditation Posture






Overview

Some people will assume that the lotus position is the “proper” meditation posture. This is totally untrue. There is no need for the complex training required in developing the lotus position. In fact, there is no such thing as a “proper” meditation posture at all.

The essence of meditation is the attempt to restrict awareness to a single unchanging source of stimulation for a definite period of time.

By attempting to master a complex and sometimes painful meditation position, you sacrifice the quality of the meditation experience, which is the very thing you attempt to achieve. The meditation posture that will suit you best depends on your personal comfort and alertness level.

Lotus

The lotus posture is great for the intermediate meditator. Here's how you do it:

1. Find a cushion that can raise your bottom about 6-8 inches above the ground.

2. Sit on this cushion with the tip of your bottom. Above half of your bottom should be on the cushion.

3. Take your right or left leg and place your heal at your perineum (the place below your genitals).

4, Take your other leg and turn it in again until your heal rests on your other calf muscle.

Your knees at this point should be touching the ground, and your back should be straight. You can place your hands on your knees or your lap; whichever is more comfortable.

Recommended Posture

For meditation, the position I recommend is sitting down on a chair or cushion with your spine straight up. This position is ideal for tow reasons. Firstly, sitting is a very natural and easy position for your body to be in, which allows you to maintain mental concentration for long periods of time. Secondly, the erect spine increases your level of both awareness and comfort.

The hands your rest on your lap, facing up. Take both hands, and put your thumb and forefinger together just barely touching. This does wonders for increasing your awareness. Each finger has a slight polarity, and combining your fingers enhances a flow of electricity between the two sides of your body.

Important Note

Meditation will be a fight to stay awake for many beginners. Meditation naturally increases the level of relaxation that your body experiences, and most beginners won’t be used to this, and hence fall asleep. Thats why meditation posture is important. Keep in mind, there is nothing wrong with falling asleep when beginning.

If you fall asleep on occasion, it is ok. Over time your body will naturally begin to develop more control over falling asleep. Sleep usually occurs when you lose your focus. One way to prevent sleeping when attempting to meditate is to open your eyes more. There is no quick formula. Practice makes perfect.


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