A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A deeper look at meditation (positioning yourself)

To begin seated meditation, you need to find a spot where you can stay seated for about 30 minutes without interruption. This means if you have a family, it might be the bedroom, or if you just have a pet, someplace where they can’t come looking for a scratch under the chin, or a walk outside. You don’t need to sit in the classic full lotus position, however you can possibly work your way towards it, however if you’re not very flexible, find a comfortable chair, and not the Lazyboy. You don’t want to be falling asleep so one that has a straight back or a bench next to the wall is ideal. Sit upright with your back straight, but not stiff, both feet on the floor, hands on your knees. Rotate your head, roll your shoulders, and then with the head centered, and tilted just slightly forward, gently close your eyes. If you want to be able to sit in a half or full lotus in the future, here is a tip. When watching TV, cross one leg so the foot rests on the opposite knee, and gently rest your hand on the knee, and the weight of your arm, will slowly cause the knee to drop. Do not use much pressure or rush this. One of the most important things is that you are comfortable, you can learn the half or full lotus later. Tomorrow I will cover breathing.

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