Sounds boring, huh?
And maybe even uncomfortable.
You really should be, deserve to be and even need to be comfortable while you’re meditating. Especially while learning how to meditate.
If you’re uncomfortable, with your legs twisted up like a pretzel, your back aching and your neck stiff, you’re not going to want to do much meditating.
But if you’re comfortable, lots of good things happen.
- Your mind has one less excuse to stop you from meditating.
- You can focus much easier on the important stuff –like your breath.
- You can meditate longer.
- You’ll discover the benefits of learning how to meditate much faster.
It’s those benefits that really enthuse you about learning how to meditate and keep you going.
The greatest benefit is discovering your brilliant inner luminosity. When this blissful event occurs, all doubts and questions about meditation vanish.
To discover more about how to meditate in comfortable positions, keep reading.
Some of you really are comfortable meditating in the traditional Eastern poses. It’s certainly worth the effort to learn and use them because of the way energy flows through your system when you’re in them.
It’s much easier to experience Earth (Female or Yin) energy while seated on the floor with your base chakra in direct contact with Earth rather than in a chair where only the minor chakras on the bottoms of your feet are in contact.
We’ll briefly discuss the Full Lotus, Half Lotus and Burmese positions before going on to easier stuff.
Full Lotus This is the one you always see emaciated gurus in. Both ankles rest on the tops of both thighs. It’s very, very effective for doing powerful energy work because energy that normally flows down out of the feet is turned back up into your aura to recycle through your system. It’s also very stable. Here’s a YouTube video that demonstrates how to get into the full lotus safely. Getting out…?
If you experience pain in your ankles, knees or lower back when attempting the Full Lotus, please switch to an easier posture immediately. You can do yourself permanent, long term damage trying to force this posture to work.
Half Lotus This gives you nearly the same benefits as the full lotus, but it’s much easier. Watch this YouTube video. It very clearly demonstrates three important points.
- You can sit on the edge of a cushion. This elevates your body just enough to greatly reduce pressure on your pelvis and lower back. You gain a lot of comfort.
- When your legs cramp or go numb, you can switch legs.
- Notice the young woman’s hand position. This is the Heart Mudra that we use extensively in all our courses.
Burmese Position This is the most comfortable of the floor positions. It’s the best for sitting for long periods. You get to use a cushion AND put both ankles on the floor! Watch this YouTube video for a demonstration and excellent discussion of comfort in learning how to meditate.
Postures for the Rest of Us
On a Chair Sitting on a chair works quite well for those of us who just aren’t made for the floor. Important points are:
- Sit comfortably erect with your spine straight for good energy flow.
- Keep both feet flat on the floor without crossing your legs. This gives you that all important contact with Earth energy that you need to stay grounded.
- Laying on a bed with my legs hanging over the side of the bed so that the bottoms of my feet are flat on the floor. Chi Gong Master Mantak Chia, the world’s foremost English speaking Chi Gong master, taught me this position when he saw that my disability precluded me from sitting for long periods.
- Savasana or the Yoga Death Pose. I prefer this posture because I can do it on the floor or ground. My whole body is in full contact with Earth energy.
Being a little relaxed about your posture won’t hurt your meditation. Next week we’ll talk about a much more important aspect of meditation that you really have to get right –Your Living Breath.