What do you sit on during meditation?

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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:47 pm

SteveP wrote:What is the tailor position?

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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Bonsai Doug » Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:36 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:
SteveP wrote:What is the tailor position?

Tailor-Butterfly Asana.jpg
The jock strap is an optional extra!

Yikes! No, for me... just the "normal" tailor position:

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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:57 am

Oh, you mean Half Lotus!

I can understand your reaction though, I mean the jockstrap is just a little too much really, isn't it? :tongue:
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby zerwe » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:59 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:Oh, you mean Half Lotus!

I can understand your reaction though, I mean the jockstrap is just a little too much really, isn't it? :tongue:
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Paul » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:41 pm

The position I use is something of a combination of siddhasana and the pose that Dudjom Lingpa and others are pictured in.

I don't believe that lotus posture is possible for most, nor is it really necessary if you can get a good, grounded position.

Here's an excellent article if anyone does want to sit in a full lotus:Growing up a Lotus

As for something to sit on, I either sit on a sofa for some decent back support or on a zabuton and the edge of a yoga block.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby SteveP » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:16 pm

It is a mirical that I am sitting cross legged, nevermind sitting like that....I would be stuck that way forever.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby nirmal » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:52 pm

Sit on deer skin
Protect your internal resources
Insulate your seat
From disruptive earth transmitted energies
Could we benefit others
If we ourselves
Buffet back and forth
Under shifting currents of worldly energies.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby sangyey » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:26 am

Folded wool blanket and sit quarter lotus. Very simple and feel grounded.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Mal » Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:21 pm

My armchair.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:25 pm

Anders wrote:
Mr. G wrote:I used nadachair for a long time.


This looks awesome. Looks like it could be a very helpful tool for supporting the lotus for people working their way towards that as well.


I can recommend nadachair I have one - it's also useful to take for hiking, I can use it if I want to sit somewhere and enjoy nature without my back starting to hurt. I have lower back issues.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby TaTa » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:13 pm

Do you people strech after meditation?

I usually do a couple of streches before but im thinkin that i will also start streching after sitting
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby underthetree » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:56 pm

Outside I sit on a folded towel on whatever rock or log takes my fancy. Indoors I use whatever comes to hand - a rolled-up camping mat at the moment. This is more a result of being broke than hardcore asceticism... Though whenever I've sat on a 'proper' meditation cushion I've found them extremely annoying.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby mindyourmind » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:59 pm

TaTa wrote:Do you people strech after meditation?

I usually do a couple of streches before but im thinkin that i will also start streching after sitting


I normally do a bit of stretching, and have by now convinced myself that it is good to do so.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Jikan » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:49 pm

TaTa wrote:Do you people strech after meditation?

I usually do a couple of streches before but im thinkin that i will also start streching after sitting


I do. Some schools teach a series of movements (mostly stretching & self-massage) for after meditation. Tendai is one.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby TaTa » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:14 am

Jikan wrote:
TaTa wrote:Do you people strech after meditation?

I usually do a couple of stretches before but i'm thinking that i will also start stretching after sitting


I do. Some schools teach a series of movements (mostly stretching & self-massage) for after meditation. Tendai is one.


Thank's. I'll try to search for that series of movements since im starting to have some knee pain even though im constantly stretching my hips. (my flexibility really sucked before i started to get into meditation). If you have a link it will be appreciated

Also another question. is it better to switch between legs in the half lotus(for example one session right leg, another one left leg) or is it better to stay with the right leg and work on the flexibility of the left leg aside from the meditation? Im asking this to eventually have a healthy full lotus posture
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby Hickersonia » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:06 pm

Couch cushion. I've thought about getting a "proper" cushion but resources are limited and, quite frankly, the one I have is working so I haven't had much motivation to change anything.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby deepbluehum » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:19 pm

I have a 7"x18"x1.5" rectangle made of coconut hulls and covered in canvas which I put on the ground wherever.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby lowlydog » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:39 pm

catmoon wrote:These days I'm using two pillows off the bed and a piece of the foldaway bed in the living room. And earplugs.


Hi catmoon you seem like a really happy kitty so this probably isn't a problem for you. But if you or anyone else suffers from sloth and torpor :zzz: during meditation, they may want to rethink using pillows from the bed as cushions or sitting on a bed while meditating.

Every night you use this pillow and bed as a tool for sleeping, as a result of this they become infused with this sleeping energy, or to put it simply we associate these items with sleeping. If you can, your place of meditation, and props such as, cushions, blankets, etc... should be used for the purpose of meditation only.

Over time they will become infused with positive energy, and can work to keep the mind sharp. :meditate:
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby catmoon » Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:38 pm

I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I should cut loose some cash and get some dedicated gear. I've been meaning to for a long time now anyways.
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Re: What do you sit on during meditation?

Postby lowlydog » Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:28 pm

catmoon wrote:I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I should cut loose some cash and get some dedicated gear. I've been meaning to for a long time now anyways.


JUST TO CLARIFY:

You don't have to go out and buy "new" gear, if you are comfortable using a towel or pillow etc... great!!! But if possible dedicate these items for the use of meditation practice only. This will be benificial to your practice in the long run.

Don't want to fuel any unnessary consumerism. :oops:
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