Proper posture helps you focus your mind

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The prefered meditation posture, to use for meditation.



meditation postureWhen we practice meditation we need to have somewhere comfortable to sit and have a good meditation posture. The most important feature of the posture is to keep our back straight. To help us do this, if we are sitting on a cushion we make sure that the back of the cushion is slightly higher than the front, this will incline your pelvis slightly forward.

It is not necessary at first to sit cross-legged, but it is a good idea to become accustomed to sitting in the posture of Buddha Vairochana (also known as the lotus pose). If we can not hold this posture, we should sit in one which is as close to this as possible while remaining comfortable.

There are a total of 7 features to the Vairochana posture that you need to be aware of they are:

1. The legs are crossed in the vajra posture (they cross each other), This posture is also known as the lotus posture in the west. This helps to reduce thoughts and feelings of material attachment.

  • 2. The right hand is placed in the left hand, palms upwards, with the tips of the thumbs slightly raised and gently touching. The hands are held about four fingers width below the navel. This helps us to develop good concentration.
  • 3. The back is straight but do not make the muscles in your back tense. This helps us to develop and maintain a clear mind, and it allows the subtle energy of our body's to flow freely.
  • 4. The mouth and lips are closed and relaxed, not tense. The tongue should touch the back of the upper teeth. This prevents excessive salivation, as well as preventing your mouth from becoming too dry.
  • 5. The head is tipped slightly forward with the chin tucked in so that the eyes are cast down. This helps prevent mental excitement.
  • 6. The eyes are relaxed and slightly open with the gaze downward and looking softly. With a soft and relaxed gaze we keep your attention active while the same time staying mentally relaxed
  • 7. The shoulders are level and the elbows are held slightly away from the sides to allow the lungs to expand fully.


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