When our bodies are correctly positioned in meditation, the practice of meditation is much more enjoyable and rewarding: we concentrate more easily, more deeply and it helps us avoid the common obstacles of pain, sluggishness and dullness. This video is a step-by-step guide for how to position our body in the correct meditation posture to ensure that we can get the most out of our meditation practice. It also briefly discusses the correct motivation we should try to adopt before we meditate to strengthen our resolve so that we can overcome any difficulties we encounter during the session.
Here are also two interesting quotes about meditation postures relevant to my video which I thought I would share with you. These are from Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, Glimpse After Glimpse:
“The most essential point of the meditation posture is to keep the back straight, like ‘an arrow’ or ‘a pile of golden coins.’ The ‘inner energy,’ or prana, will then flow easily through the subtle channels of the body, and your mind will find its true state of rest.”
“One practical tip in general is that whenever your mind is wild, it is best to lower your gaze, and whenever it is dull and sleepy, to bring your gaze up. Once your mind is calm and the clarity of insight begins to arise, you will feel free to bring your gaze up, opening your eyes more and looking into the space directly in front of you. This is the gaze recommended in the Dzogchen practice.”
You can find a complete collection of my videos on Buddhism and meditation at The Enthusiastic Buddhist Society.
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