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right2be

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Is there a correct Body position while meditating
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:59:16 AM »
Hello,

I have been meditating lying down for a while now. I would just like to know if is there a difference if the body is sitting upright while meditating as opposed to lying down meditation ? Is there also a difference in sitting down having crossed legs as opposed to having both the bottom of the feet pointing upwards ? I do not have the flexibility to have my feet in that position and always get pins and needles in my feet and legs after about 5 minutes in that position.


I feel as though it does not matter how the body is positioned because self enquiry meditation is not a practice of the body but a practice deep in the mind searching for the source of "I" And as long as I am fixed in the "I" it does not matter what my position is.

Does anybody have any knowledge about this ?

Thank you
Ivac_d
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Ravi.N

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Re: Is there a correct Body position while meditating
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 09:44:51 AM »
Ivac,
There are a few aspects that may be considered here:
1.If it self-enquiry or contemplation that has to be done,one may do it simply walking up and down a corridor or as we go about doing our work.
2.If you wish to concentrate and meditate,then body posture can be used to good effect.Here is an excerpt from Swami VivekAnanda's rAja yOga:
The next step is Asana, posture. A series of exercises, physical and mental, is to be gone through every day, until certain higher states are reached.
Therefore it is quite necessary that we should find a posture in which we can remain long. That posture which is the easiest for one should be the one
chosen. For thinking, a certain posture may be very easy for one man, while to another it may be very difficult.
We will find later on that during the study
of these psychological matters a good deal of activity goes on in the body.Nerve currents will have to be displaced and given a new channel. New sorts
of vibrations will begin, the whole constitution will be remodelled, as itwere. But the main part of the activity will lie along the spinal column, so
that the one thing necessary for the posture is to hold the spinal column free, sitting erect, holding the three parts -- the chest, neck, and head -- in a
straight line. Let the whole weight of the body be supported by the ribs, and then you have an easy natural posture, with the spine straight. You will
easily see that you cannot think very high thoughts with the chest in
. This portion of the Yoga is a little similar to the Hatha - yoga which deals entirely
with the physical body, its aim being to make the physical body very strong.We have nothing to do with it here, because its practices are very difficult,
and cannot be learned in a day, and, after all, do not lead to much spiritual growth. Many of these practices you will find in Delsarte and other teachers,
such as placing the body in different postures, but the object in these is physical, not psychological".

Ivac,you may sit in a chair and practice to avoid the pain in your legs.The idea of a good posture is to free the mind from being distracted by the Body.This is the basic guideline and all the rest is not imporatant.There is one excercise that you may attempt in the lying down position;'letting go' and simply relax.This would help you to recoup the energy level.
Wish you the very Best Ivac.Please rest assured that if we in right earnest,all help will be extended.
Namaskar.

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Re: Is there a correct Body position while meditating
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 11:19:57 AM »
Hello Ravin.N,

I much appreciate your advice, i feel it is going to be very useful in helping me clear my mind of thoughts of how the body should be and have more concentration in meditation.

Namaskar Ravi.N

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Re: Is there a correct Body position while meditating
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 01:59:27 PM »
Deae ivac-d,

Certain complicated asanas (postures) are there in Yogic meditation. But Sri Bhagavan says in Atma Vichara, any asana would
be okay. Sukasana, i.e. sitting in a convenient posture, even stretching legs, like old people sit, is also okay. Otherwise,
if it is not inconvenient to you, you can have padmasana or artha-padmasna, half lotus position. In fact, you can see Sri
Bhagavan sitting with legs extended or even in artha padmasana on many  occasions.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Is there a correct Body position while meditating
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 12:08:24 PM »
Dear Subramanian.R

That was the perfect and simple answer i was looking for.


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Re: Is there a correct Body position while meditating
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 12:24:03 PM »
Dear ivac_d

Once Sri Bhagavan advised some devotees:  "If you don't get sleep, lie down on the bed and do meditation."

Arunachala Siva.