Lying down to meditate, while comfortable, cultivates the very
sense-data one's attempting to limit I'd think.
Lying down on ones back is called the "corpse" pose. It has been used
by many yogis, and is particularly useful for meditating on the death
of the body-ego.
But like the previous Crowley qoute said, any pose will do as long as
it is done in the right way. The primary danger with the corpse pose
is that one may fall asleep. If one is doing dream or sleep yoga, in
which one endevours to remain continuously concious from waking to
dreaming to dreamless sleep, then even this is not an obstacle.
The important thing, imo, is to dis-identify with the body before
then dis-identifiying with the mind. Mindfullness meditation is
sufficient for this. By simply being aware of having a thought or
bodily sensation that thought is objectified. Once it becomes an
object of awarness, rather than unconciously fused with the subject,
it can be transcended. Mindfullness is surprisingly efficacious for
something so simple, which to me suggests that it is perhaps inate to
the human condition.
This unconcious fusion of subject and object should be distinguished
from super concious union. First pure awarness must destroy all of
it's attatchments to what it is aware of, so that it can recognize
itself as that pure awareness. Then - and only then - can that
awarness recongize the complete non-dual unity of subject and object.
It is only natural that this process begin with the most fundamental
and primal level of awareness - that of the body.
Personally, I prefer the active alternatives to asana, such as hatha
or the martial arts, or in my case gardening, for dealing with this
level. Just as any pose can be an asana, any activity can be an
active alternative. What matters is the interior awareness that is
brought to bear. But to each his own.
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