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Meditation Positions

If you are a beginner just starting out and beginning to enjoy the benefits of meditation, you should know that there are various meditation positions that you can try. It is probable that you will find certain meditation positions that will work the best for you and make your time of contemplation and reflection the best it can be, but it never hurts to give new meditation positions some consideration. It is important when trying to attempt new positions that you do not force your body into a position. If one of the meditation positions is uncomfortable for you it will be best to keep attempting the position from day to day until your body is limber enough to get into the proper position. The following are a few meditation positions that you may enjoy trying during your time of thought and reflection.

The most common and well known of the meditation positions is the lotus position. The lotus position is also known as the Padmasanam position and is a position in which you sit cross legged. To accomplish this position, you need to be able to sit cross legged with your right foot on your left thigh while your left foot is on your right thigh. In this position, the soles of your feet should be upturned. This position was developed to open up the chest cavity for better breathing and also for promoting the stability of the body while using deliberation of thought to achieve a state of rumination. If this position feels tight or uncomfortable, do not force yourself to stay in it too long, but over time your body’s flexibility will increase so the position is more comfortable.

Another of the various meditation positions that you may want to try is the Burmese position. This position was named the Burmese position because of its origination in the country of Burma. This is one of the meditation positions that people find to be very comfortable for meditation and contemplative thought. To achieve this position, you need to sit with your feet in front of where your pelvis rests and bend your knees until they touch the floor. Your toes should be touching the ground and pointing away from you while your heels point inward toward your pelvis. If you are a beginner in meditation, this is one of the mediation positions that will be easiest for you to achieve fairly easily.

The seiza position is another of the popular meditation positions and it originates from the country of China. This posture requires that you kneel down with your feet beneath your buttocks with your toes pointed out behind you. While this position may seem easy, it can take some time to find the right way to get your feet underneath your hips so you do not lose circulation to your legs.

There are many other meditation positions that not only include sitting, but also standing and lying down. The most important thing when you are choosing between meditation positions is that you find what works for you. Finding the position for meditation that is comfortable for you will help you achieve the level of contemplation and meditation that you are striving for.

By Karen Basfield

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