Can posture during meditation make a difference? Absolutely yes! Posture in meditation has a purpose and should not be underestimated.
With this first article, I want to introduce a series of articles that will cover the meditation posture. For the next 3 weeks we will make a journey together in the discovery of positions in meditation and the differences between them.
Why should I write about it in a blog dedicated to creativity and fiber art? Because meditation is one of the doors to creativity and it is important to understand how to experience it better. My aim is to help you understand which sitting position is best for you and what you need to bring your attention.
When you meditate your body helps you to connect with your center, if it is in a favorable condition, otherwise the greater the time you will have tingling, itching and pain!
When talking about meditation usually appears the image of a figure sitting cross-legged. If this is a comfortable position for you, there is no problem, but if it is unthinkable for you to sit in this position for more than three minutes, then you may think that meditation is not a practice for you. Nothing could be more wrong!
Everyone can approach meditation, but it is important to know the position before starting.
Meditation posture: the areas of the body.
Before going into the merits of each position, to which I will dedicate specific articles, I want to start to point out, on a general level, the areas of the body that you need to observe when you decide to sit down to meditate.
Keep these areas in mind as you read the next articles.
Back: You need to find a sitting position that allows you to keep your back straight (but not stiff) effortlessly. The diaphragm, muscle “elected” for breathing, must be free and not closed from the position.
Head, neck, chin: keep the chin away from the chest so as not to “close the throat”, similarly do not aim up the chin not to arch the neck. To find the right distance try to make some movement with your head up and down.
Eyes: you can choose to close your eyes to have a greater connection with yourself and less distractions, but you can also keep your eyes open while keeping your attention inside. Your eyes can be directed to a distant point on the floor or on the horizon.
Shoulders: shoulders should be away from the ears and sufficiently relaxed.
Arms and hands: The arms will adjust according to the sitting position you choose and the position of your hands. I will dedicate a specific article to this topic in which I will also talk about the use of the hand position in meditation.
For this time I will stop here, in the next article I will treat the sitting position with crossed legs.
P.S. In these articles I will refer to the practice of meditation in general without going into detail of the different styles and different schools of thought. The focus is on the body and posture.
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