When I was eleven, my mother sent me to charm school, where we learned to apply makeup (I had arrived!), walk with heads held high (books balanced on top), sit in a lady-like way (feet crossed at the ankles) and generally behave like the ladies our mothers hoped we would become.
The term meditation posture can evoke a similar feeling – the idea of a proper but somewhat artificial way of doing things, proscribed by tradition.
In fact, good meditation posture is not about anything artificial at all. Rather, it’s about understanding what makes a sitting position really comfortable (or not!).
I’ve just added a three-part guide to good meditation posture on Beautiful Meditation (my website), Meditation Posture – Your Guide to Perfect Balance. The guide shows you how to seat yourself in such a way that you’re aligned and balanced, yet at the same time sooo comfortable that you can sit in stillness and ease while you meditate.
The guide covers all the possibilities: meditating crosslegged (Cobblers, Burmese, and the Lotus poses), kneeling, in a chair, and even lying down.
This is part of a free online meditation tutorial that I’m developing – the rest is coming very soon. I did the illustrations myself – it’s the first time I’ve ever done such a thing and it was a blast. I hope you enjoy them too.
I’d love to hear what you think – do let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions!