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Sitting for long hours

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Re: Sitting for long hours

Postby Ytrog » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:25 pm

I had the falling over problem too. It was always in the right leg. Recently I discovered that it was caused by having my wallet in the right leg-pocket. This blocked my blood flow when I was doing sitting meditation. I never had that problem ever since, so check your clothing and everything else you carry.

I imagine that such problems are a lot less present when you wear robes.

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Re: Sitting for long hours

Postby Jack » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:54 pm

Have you tried using a meditation bench?

I use a chair almost exclusively now.

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Re: Sitting for long hours

Postby alan » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:34 am

Yoga. It's good for you. Do it.

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Postby mikenz66 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:25 am

Something that helped me was hanging out with Thai people and thus sitting on the floor a lot. I now routinely sit on the floor (on a cushion, Burmese posture) and eat dinner or use my laptop on a coffee table. So sitting on the floor isn't something special that I do only for sitting meditation, it's just part of normal life.

I would advise not being too anxious to be able to sit for long periods. Just keep increasing the time gradually to build up your confidence that you are not damaging something. E.g. if you've been sitting for half hour periods for a month or so and your legs haven't fallen off, sit a little longer... :meditate:

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“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Postby Sobeh » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:34 pm

It's good to note the connection between mudras and shoulder placement - shoulder and back alignment should definitely take precedence over hand gymnastics.

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Re: Sitting for long hours

Postby rowyourboat » Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:48 pm

Hi Dazzy

Pins and needles is not a medical condition. Your leg going numb is completly safe as long as you limit your sitting meditation to one hour. It will stop being a hindrance once you get into samadhi.

Your attachment (and fear) about your body is getting in the way. I hope you overcome them. In the suttas there is talk of sitting fearlessly:

"That monk, your majesty,
on the flank of Pandava,
sits like a tiger, a bull,
a lion in a mountain cleft."

Later the monk (the Buddha) is offered a place in the arm:

"You are young, youthful,
in the first stage of youth,
endowed with the stature & coloring
of a noble-warrior.
You would look glorious
in the vanguard of an army,
arrayed with an elephant squadron.

Now, here is a good teaching. We sit like a warrior going into battle, not like a weakling complaining of the slightest strain.

I wish you well

RYB
With Metta

Karuna
Mudita
& Upekkha

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Re: Sitting for long hours

Postby bodom » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:30 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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