Chair meditation

Last article of our journey in the posture meditation: how to meditate on a chair.

First of all it’s important to remember that meditating sitting on a chair does not take anything away from the practice compared to meditation with legs crossed or on your knees. I often encounter, in fact, the limiting belief that meditation sitting on a chair is a postural adaptation that takes away part of the meaning to the practice.

What really can do the difference in your practice is the comfort of the position. A meditation practice performed in an uncomfortable position for your body is counterproductive to the practice itself.

The best meditation is the one you do in an optimal postural condition because it allows you to contact yourself in peace.

How to practice meditation on the chair:

  • Be sure to keep your back off the back of the chair and your feet on the ground (without shoes, if possible).
  • Leave your arms soft and place your hands on your legs finding a position that allows you to let go of tensions in your shoulders.
  • Your back is straight, but not rigid, and the diaphragm area is free.
  • Be careful with your shoulders: do not approach your ears, leave them soft and open as much as necessary for you.
  • Do not close the throat with the chin towards the chest and do not arch the neck.

The characteristic of this position compared to the previous two , kneeling and crossed legs, (see previous articles) is mainly in the support of the feet on the ground. In this case the feeling of rooting on the ground, which comes from the contact of your feet with the floor, can be an additional point where to focus attention during practice.

Once you choose the best position for your body, it’s time to learn “to be with what’s inside and outside of you” one breath after another.

I hope I have helped you with these short articles on posture in meditation in finding your position and choosing to start meditating.
If you want I remind you that you can start by listening to this short guided breath practice: IT’S TIME TO BREATHE

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