Exercise: Meditative Posture

Reference: A Scientific Approach to Meditation

Meditation Exercise:

Meditative Posture

Purpose:

To determine the optimum meditative posture.

Pre-requisite:

Complete Section I–Study.

Instructions:

Find a quiet location, where you may sit undisturbed for some time. Check out both the lotus posture, and the posture of sitting in a chair. Use cushions as necessary to stabilize the posture.

Continue in each posture for at least 5 minutes. Set an alarm to indicate the end of that period. Observe the body without interfering with the posture. You may become aware of physical reaction of discomfort as the body settles down. Differentiate such reactions from discomfort caused by the posture. Adjust your posture as necessary.

Observe the following points:
(1) This posture comes naturally to you.
(2) You can be comfortable in this posture for a long time.
(3) Your mind can remain alert in this posture.
(4) This posture keeps the body erect even without attention.

Decide upon the posture most practical for you. Maintain that posture for at least twenty minutes. Keep your attention extroverted on the meditative posture. Simply follow the basics of meditation.

You may repeat this exercise as many times as you wish until you are fully satisfied with your meditative posture.

End of Exercise:

When you can BE there comfortably without being distracted by the meditative posture, this exercise is passed.

NOTE: If you find the sitting meditation difficult to do then do the walking meditation exercises. You may then come back to this exercise.

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