Your Root Instructions and The Posture Lesson For Sitting Meditation

The posture lesson for sitting meditation has three primary purposes. The first purpose is to bridge the gap, if a gap exists, between your root instructions and your ability to have your body be comfortable with an erect spine during longer meditations. Almost everyone can sit comfortably for fifteen minutes. But what about sitting comfortably with an erect spine for an hour or for an hour and a half?

Your root instructions give you the posture instructions that you need to know to sit properly during meditation. Yet most people, even after decades of daily meditation, are not sitting comfortably in good posture for an hour or more.

Most people start their meditation in good posture. And most people after forty five minutes are failing to either keep their spine upright and/or they're failing to have their muscles maintain a low level of tension. Many people sitting cross legged have leg pain or numbness develop when sitting in one position for forty five minutes.

If you do not have any fairly severe physical injuries or conditions, then there is only one reason that you're having trouble during of an hour or more when you're sitting for meditation. That one reason is that you're not fully applying your root instructions; that you're not sitting in proper posture.

The second purpose for the posture lesson for sitting meditation is to decrease the amount of distorting tension and the amount of disturbing tension that you have. The third purpose is to establish a cycle in your body during your sitting where proper posture and muscle relaxation continue to reinforce each other. this posture alignment-muscle relaxation cycle keeps pain and tension to a minimum during your sitting. This cycle of alignment and relaxation is not mind directed. To read more about distorting tension, disturbing tension, and the alignment-relaxation cycle, click here.

The posture lesson for sitting meditation is designed to help you to comfortably maintain the directions of your root instructions. This posture lesson is being taught so that your root instructions will stay alive in you for sixty minutes or more at a time. Some people who have taken this posture lesson can sit for over two hours at a time while maintaining good posture and having a low level of muscle tension. Yes, various aches can arise; that is almost inevitable. These aches also can leave fairly quickly and not build up to the point of pain.

The "old campanions" now no longer stay with you with during long meditations. These old campanions are those likely places for pain to come (and often stay) and for you to have an "on again, off again" struggle with your spine staying erect.

Many people who have taken this lesson now experiencing a healthy relationship with their body during a sitting. Their body can grumble at times. Now they can correctly respond to the grumbling and truly solve the reason for the pain to arise; just a mother knows that her crying baby wants to be fed. Soon the mother and the baby are both at peace again. You and your body also soon can be at peace when you correctly answer the call of pain from your body.

My usual posture for meditation is sitting cross legged. It's very common for me to sit for an hour with no major disturbance. In the past, it was quite common for me after forty minutes to be asking "how many more breaths will I need to take before they ring the bell (before the sitting is over)?" That is where my attention used to be. And this was after being a chiropractor for twenty five years and meditating for twenty four years.

I do not remember when the last time was that I sat for an hour and where the thought was strongly present at the end of a sitting of being in discomfort. Am I lucky? Yes, I'm very lucky. Very lucky that I, and many others, know how to keep our root instructions alive during a longer sitting. The testimonials will show you that many people are now, and many for the first time, being able to keep their root instructions alive during longer times of sitting.

This posture lesson is not an instant fix for all of the distractions that come up during your sitting. After decades of being incorrect to some degree, your body will need some time to be able to comfortably maintain your root instructions. Most people leave the lesson with a significant improvement in keeping their root instructions alive that continues to progress in the coming weeks and months.

Usually within two or three months, the gap between your root instructions and keeping your root instructions alive during your time of sitting meditation is significantly lessened. Your sitting posture will be noticeably better and easier to maintain. Various aches, and even pain, can still arise. When these visit you in your sitting and if they stay, you'll be able to respond in a correct and effective way to bring your body back to ease.

This posture lesson is designed for everyone who sits during meditation. The lesson applies to people who have meditated regularly for years and for people who are new to meditation. It's designed for people who sit cross legged, who sit in a chair, or who use a kneeling bench during meditation. In some lessons, people who sit on a cushion are sitting next to people who sit in a chair. People whose eyes gaze up during meditation are sitting next to people whose eyes gaze down.

Whether your eyes gaze up or down, whether your eyes are open or closed, whether your breath leaves your mouth or your nose, what we all have in common is that we're sitting. And we all have in common that we want to sit correctly so that our body is truly a support to our meditation. This lesson explores how to have your body be more of a support during your time of sitting meditation.

This lesson is an anatomy lesson for sitting posture during meditation. This lesson does not address any meditation or breathing techniques. Nothing in the lesson is meant to take the place of your root instructions about sitting posture for meditation. So far no one has shown me that what I teach in the posture lesson is contrary to their root instructions.

Root instructions are based on properly positioning your body while you sit. This lesson is also about properly positioning your body while you sit. I'll present instructions that your root instructions don't specifically say. And your root instructions may say something that I don't specifically cover. We can have differences in what we say and still have no contradictions between your root instructions and what I'm saying.

By the end of the three and a half hour lesson, you'll know why an area gets tight/painful and why your posture moves away from being upright. You'll how to simply respond to your body's signal that it's stressed. Everyone that has taken this lesson has left with an improved ability to sit in meditation more comfortably with an erect spine.

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