Jikan wrote:Many people in the English-speaking world are obese. I am interested in finding out how obesity impacts meditation practice at the physical level (starting with breathing), and how it may impact the mind. I suspect that obese people may experience the nuts and bolts of meditation such as sitting on the floor much differently from those who are not obese.
David N. Snyder wrote:I have never been obese but I have had periods of being 10 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg) overweight and in recent years have maintained my weight at the ideal weight or just a few pounds at the most, over. And I can definitely say the meditation sessions and everything else goes much better at / closer to the ideal weight.
The breathing is normal and not hard breathing and it is easier to sit in a flexible position and just much more comfortable. Excess weight can make you more sluggish (sloth and torpor) and sleepy in meditation and in general. I say this because it is true and to encourage anyone struggling with weight issues to work on getting closer to your ideal weight for the meditation and health benefits.
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