Posture & Position
Am I doing it right? How do I sit? Do I cross my legs? Sit with straight back? What if that hurts or is too hard due to physical conditions? Can I lay down instead? Or maybe I can stand?...Sit? These are the most common questions in the history of meditation. Students ask, knights ask, even Masters will come back and wonder...Am I doing and teaching this correctly?
In truth there is no ‘Right’ answer. Throughout history Meditation has been developed in numerous ways with equally vast methodologies. Religious and Philosophies will bicker on and on about which way is the right in their perspective while physical combat and physical movement classes such as martial arts, yoga and Gi Gong will have developed their own styles.
Some prefer to be stiff and rigid, thus allowing the practitioners to learn how to put aside their physical discomforts to find peace. Others like to be relaxed and methodical such as the lotus position, legs crossed, back straight and ‘om’ hands perched just so on one’s knees or in one’s lap. And even some believe that the positioning of your tongue (Pressed at the roof of your mouth) to complete the energetic ‘Circuits’ thus completely the flow of energy or ‘The Force’ as it enters your body and circulates around in an endless and enlightening stream.
for now though we will just talk about the basics of position and posture.
Myself, I believe in applying the most practical and natural of forms in any subject or style of study. With that said however it is important to note that what is natural and what is bad habbit are two different things.
Sitting slouched and or rolling your shoulders forward in a hunched over manner is physically unhealthy and medically detrimental to any physically capable practitioner be they moving about their daily lives normally or especially during meditations. You should be practicing and training your body good postures no matter what you are doing through the day as it is medically important to be aware of such bad habits and I encourage you to further research into the subject.
Sitting - Some like to sit in a chair: Planting both feet flat on the ground and resting hands on lap or folding legs under you while using the backrest to assist in keeping your back straight.
It is believed that, when you sit with your feet planted on the ground, it acts like an energetic rooting system. Similar to that of a tree. Your feet become rooted to the ground to keep your spiritual presence stablized while your consciousness melds and reaches high into the embrace of the force
Some prefer to stand: Arms at your side and chin raised or hands held in front of ones chest in prayer as a visual image of connecting circuits (Hands) to allow the force to flow from one palm into the other. Standing is a style of grounding meditations. Applying the imagery of ‘being a tree’ which we will discuss later on in this manual in the “Grounding” Chapter.
Some prefer to lay down: I personally advise students away from this posture. It is very easy to become too relaxed and thus, fall asleep. (This is also dependant on the goal of meditation) At the whole of it however. This is your meditation and as such you must develop and find your own and natural way of doing it. Don’t allow others to pressure you into rigid thinking, the force is endlessly flowing, and it does so naturally as should you.
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