How we sit in meditation makes a huge difference to the outcome of your practice. It’s important to be comfortable, relaxed and alert.
1. Choose to sit on a chair with a cushion behind your back and feet firmly on the floor (they can be on a cushion if your legs are too short to reach the ground). Your feet should be comfortably apart and please don’t cross them.
2. A cushion or bolster on top of a yoga mat is suitable if your knees are lower than your hips and you can be comfortable for 15 + mins. Cushions can also be used under the knees to support them on both sides. Choose another option if you get uncomfortable.
3. Meditation stools. For me these are excellent. You use one on a yoga mat with knees apart and big toes touching (Seiza position). Available for purchase from Rainforest Reiki.
Lying down. If you are unwell or suffer from back problems this is a good option for some of the meditations. Lie on a yoga mat. Pillow under your knees and one under your head if that’s more comfortable. Use a blanket if cold.
Left palm resting over right palm with thumbs GENTLY touching. This is a popular position as it guides you as to how tense you are during meditation. If the thumbs are tense they will be pushing hard against each other. This is usually an indication that your mind is excited and busy. If they drop it will be a sign that you have lost concentration and become dull. You can remedy this as soon as you become aware during meditation
Palms up on the thighs.
Palms face down on the thighs.
Experiment with a different positions during meditations and see what’s most comfortable for you.
If lying down your palms should be a few feet away from the thighs with palms up.
Often we are reluctant to ask for help. Having your own small business you tend to try and balance many things – websites, cleaning, gardening, reiki treatments, teaching, cooking, to name a few.
A few months ago I contacted my friend & reiki student, Mel Irvine. Knowing SEO might help my business I wanted to know if Mel could help. Mel is based in Iloilo, Phillipines.
She has done a great job for me and working on the website felt inspired to reconnect to her meditation practice and start teaching others. She put a notice on Facebook and 30 local people turned up for her first class.
She’s now teaching at a local gym there as well.
Mel originally went to the Phillipines to help out after cyclone Yolanda in 2013. It changed her life and the lives of many local people she came into contact with. Her story since, and projects she’s involved with are compelling and inspiring.
Mel is totally committed to the local people there and selflessly gives whatever she can. Melinda is one of the most honest and kindest people I know and I highly recommend her. Rainforest Reiki is busy and I am very grateful to Mel for all her hard work.