Sitting for meditation is a personal practice, as is the posture we do this in. There’s the ‘right’ way - the way we often see in images of people meditating, sitting cross-legged on a cushion or just the floor, sometimes in lotus, sometimes not - but what if that’s not what’s accessible to your body that day?
Whether your practice is five minutes or an hour, I wanted to outline a few considerations that might help.
The actual process of meditation creates an energy (prana) within our bodies (more on that to come), an energy that we want to build and conserve in order to heighten the benefits of our practice. To aid this it’s good to keep in mind that the feet should be covered in some way. In your practice your hands might be in a particular mudra, in your lap or on your knees, but the soles of the feet might get over-looked. All three of the postures pictured here ensure that the feet are not ‘leaking’ energy.
- In the first image (on the left), Miriam is sitting on a chair with her feet flat on the floor. She’s demonstrating that if one can’t sit on the floor, meditation is, of course, still possible. Take care not to slouch back but to sit up tall as Miriam is here. This will stop you from falling asleep and keep the energy flowing effectively throughout the body.
- In the centre image, Fil is sitting with her shins either side of a bolster. Here, she has her feet covered by a blanket. This is a lovely way to sit for meditation if you have any issues with hip mobility. As in the first image, her knees are lower than her hips (another consideration to make), meaning that it’s easier to keep the spine straight and protect the lower back.
- In this one, I’m sitting in the ‘traditional’ posture, on a bolster with my knees lower than my hips and the soles of my feet tucked under my thighs. Here, as in the other images, my feet are covered.
Perhaps this helps to highlight how it might not be beneficial to sit for meditation in lotus, even if it feels ok for you...just think of all that gorgeous prana leaking out of your feet!
Enjoy your practice, beauty! Helen x