Physical Discomfort

Posture

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Physical discomfort distracts one from seeing things as they are. One should always maintain a physical posture that is comfortable.

Therefore, when we prepare for meditation we must adjust the sitting position such that we can maintain a comfortable posture for a long time. For some people the lotus position is very comfortable. For others, sitting on a chair may be more comfortable.

Physical discomfort is the first issue that should be addressed during meditation.

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MINDFULNESS PREP 2: Overcoming physical discomfort in meditation.

  1. It is important to maintain a sitting position in meditation with spine upright.

  2. You may sit either in a lotus position or on a chair. You may use support to keep your back upright.

  3. Choose a sitting position that you can maintain comfortably for at least an hour. Some fidgeting to make the posture comfortable is okay.

  4. Continual fidgeting, or trying to restrain oneself from fidgeting, is equally a distraction during meditation.

  5. Your body should be stably grounded during meditation. If you are sitting on a chair make sure your feet are flat on the floor, and your arms are resting on your thighs. Adjust your posture as necessary to feel grounded.

  6. As you are settling down in meditation start relaxing your body from neck all the way down to the toes. It is okay to adjust your position during meditation to make it more comfortable.

  7. When any physical discomfort occurs during meditation, experience it fully. Do not resist, avoid or suppress it. Sooner or later you will realize the reason for the discomfort and be able to fix it.

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Minor revision on 7/26/16
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