Anybody do it? What posture do you sit in? Any tips?
I’ve recently started doing 15 minutes of meditation a day. This is largely an attempt to salvage my afternoons. I tend to drift off around 2:00 and my attention span doesn’t really come back until 4:30. Suboptimal. I quickly discovered that if try to meditate on my own lying down, I fall asleep. Feels nice, but probably not as beneficial. So I’ve been trying to do seated meditation.
Finding the right posture has been tricky. Sitting cross-legged was too unstable. The tops of my legs get all tense, and I just can’t get comfortable. Full Lotus? Uh . . . no. Half Lotus? Kinda. I call it “Half-assed lotus.” I’ve been working pretty steadily on opening up my hips through yoga, so maybe someday I’ll be able to do real Half Lotus. But for now I just tuck my left foot under with the sole against my right thigh, and put the right foot in the crook of the left knee with the sole pointing upward as much as I can manage, with my lower legs roughly parallel. It’s not totally comfortable, but it feels solid and stable.
My posture in general (not just while meditating) sucks. It’s improving, but I still slouch. All the more reason to strengthen my back muscles through seated meditation, I guess. I sit with my hands together in my lap. Resting them on my knees tends to round my shoulders forward. But I can’t quite figure out what I should be doing with my head yet. Extend upward through the crown of my head? That gets old real quick. I’ve read that you should incline your head forward a bit, but I can’t seem to find the right angle.
I cycle through concentrating on physical relaxation, straight spine, my breath, straight spine, mental tranquility, and straight spine. I have the lamest mantra ever: “Manamanamanama.” I’m not doing a very good concentrating yet, but I know from the past, when I was doing a short yoga routine with meditation every day, that will improve with practice. (I know, I thought it was crazy, too. Practicing regularly helps you learn how to think about nothing. Huh.) I’ve been keeping my eyes closed, but I’ve been toying with the notion of putting together a small shrine. :dubious: Is that too woo-woo? Nothing overtly spiritual, just something uncomplicated to gaze at.
I wouldn’t say I’m having raging success. I’m still fidgeting a lot, and as I said, my concentration isn’t very good yet. But afterwards I have a pleasant stretched-out feeling in my hips, and a nice burny sensation from the muscles in my back. Plus, I can actually concentrate and feel less like biting the head off of every idiot who walks into my office. (Is the semester over yet?)
Okay, so that’s my seated mediation in microscopic detail. Maybe yoga geeks care. maybe not. So tell me what you do. I’m especially interested in advice from people who’ve been able to consistently practice meditation.