Sitting is the most usual posture for meditation, but there are many
ways to sit. IE: with feet tucked under the buttocks, crosslegged, on
a cushion, flat on the ground, on a tiger skin, in the lotus
position, and so on. Maintaining a straight line from the head to the
neck, and down to the spine is probably the most common general
suggestion. But the real key is to be in a posture that will allow
you to not be distracted by the itching, twitching, shaking, and the
other ways your mind will use your body to cause you to be unable to
maintain your focus of attention. To extrapolate further, whatever
bodily position (including lying down, sitting in a chair, etc.) that
allows you to know that you are aware now, in this moment, is the
right one. If you find that you tend to fall asleep in one position,
try another. Eventually you will find the one that's right for you.
On another level, what is important is well told in an ancient
story...Once upon a time, the Buddha was asked, "What do you and your
disciples practice?" and he replied, "We sit' we walk, we breath, and
we eat." The questioner continued, "But sir, everyone sits, walks,
breathes, and eats." The Buddha told him, "When we sit, we know we
are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we breathe,we
know we are breathing.And when we eat, we know we are eating."
So, being aware of your sitting is what is important, not how you
are sitting. Find the method that allows you to witness your life
without comment, physical reactivity or emotional swings. Practice
makes perfect sitting, standing, lying down, walking,...living.
- <junu_t@y...> wrote:
> I would like to know what is the correct posture for
Meditation. Is it sitting straight or is it lying down on the floor.
Or is there any other good postures. Would someone advice