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By popular demand... I have a common household remedies request.

What's the best posture to meditate? Is there one?

I'm really not sure I'd be able to use the lotus posture, because the sound of cracking bones and the pain would really be a distraction.

NOTE And do the meditation sites, when posting pictures, really have to use beautiful women in tank tops for models? Doesn't that work against the whole concept? At least for some people?

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BDBlue's picture
Submitted by BDBlue on

A lot of people meditate by sitting in a chair, others on the floor on a small pillow. And there is even walking meditation.

I am assuming, of course, that what you're trying to do is insight meditation (also known as vipassana meditation) and not zen meditation.

So, via the insight meditation center, here are a variety of positions conducive to meditation (pdf).

While yoga positions and meditation are related, and some believe certain sitting posture can help you reach enlightenment, you shouldn't give up on meditation simply because you can't sit in a particular position.

FWIW, I highly recommend against lying down - there's a thin line between meditation and sleeping.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

a lovely piece by Buddhist monk and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh on walking meditation. There is peace in every step.

Vipassana is a movement within Theravada, primarily in the U.S. So, yes, Theravada.

Submitted by lambert on

.... there's not a lot of detail about method. I like the ones that say "breathe out through your nose..." and so forth.

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Submitted by dkfennell on

I think it depends on what you are meditating about.

When I meditate about the Senate's handling of health care, I do it while pacing very fast in a very small circle.

When I meditate about how the Democrats are handling regulation of the financial services industry, I do it face down with a pillow over my head.

When I meditate about how the Administration is going to escalate our involvement in Afghanistan, I do it with palms over my eyes and holding my breath.

When I meditate about global warming, I do it in the fetal position.

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

I could really use some practical info about meditation.

I do know however that for me lying down is not a good option. I'm with BDBlue on that one. I cross the fine line into sleep quickly. But, that's not altogether bad, as I often have trouble sleeping.

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Submitted by caseyOR on

In my experience almost no one who comes to meditation as an adult can do the full lotus. We just are not that limber.

I sit in a chair. Used to do a semi-lotus, but my rugby abused knees and 50 something year old body now require a chair. So, I sit in a straight-backed chair. (I use a chair from the kitchen table), feet flat on the floor, back straight, lightly cupped hands in my lap. Eyelids are lowered but not squeezed shut.

In zen, it's all about the breath. Count the breaths-- 1 in, 2 out, 3 in, 4 out, etc. Go to 10 and start over at 1. Every time you catch your thoughts wandering just acknowledge the thought, let it go, and start counting from 1 again. Do not think about not thinking. Focus on the breath.

Walking: stand straight, hands together steeple-like (you know, prayer-like), walk slowly putting the right heel down and rocking forward on the right foot. As the right foot comes to the toes, place the left foot in front, heel first and roll forward to toes, lifting right foot and placing in front heel first. When I say to place the foot in front I do not mean put it directly in front of the other foot. Keep the right foot to the right, the left to the left. Walk very slowly, concentrate on the breath and the placement of each part of the foot.

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Submitted by skippybkroo on

i usually keep some munchies nearby, and the tv remote. and i lay in my recliner.

oh, i thought you said medicate.

never mind.