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Couch Meditation

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Couch Meditation

Postby Guy » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:46 am

Hello All,

Normally I meditate sitting on a chair or on a cushion but today I decided to mix it up and try the couch. I have been reluctant to do this because I had assumed that the couch would be considered a luxurious extreme, thus missing the Middle Way. I didn't fall asleep though, there was a bit of dullness at first but as I got settled in my mindfulness got very sharp and had one of the deepest meditations yet. Has anyone else had success meditating on a couch? Is this not the right way to approach meditation or is it okay?

Thanks,

Guy
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1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby genkaku » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:28 am

Meditation is not about where or how you park your butt. It is about your mind and its potential for clarity and idiocy. And probably the most useful tool when addressing our clarities and idiocies is attention.

There is nothing naughty or wrong about sitting on a couch ... hell, most of us do it from time to time without a second thought. But 'without a second thought' can be a problem, one that encourages rather than clarifies our uncertainties.

A formal posture like sitting on a cushion or even on a chair is probably better suited to the attention needed in our practice. Not that it's somehow more virtuous. Just that it works better over the long haul.

Just my two cents.
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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:07 pm

Greetings Guy,

I do it... haven't seen a problem with it.

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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby appicchato » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:10 pm

Maybe...if I had one...nah, the floor is where it's at (it works anywhere, and everywhere)...if you have trouble sitting in the customary (legs crossed) ways try placing both feet going the same direction...one heel to the opposite knee and the other outboard near the butt...it provides a more comfortable (to some) position, while still utilizing the basic triangle base to rest upon...and there's no need for a cushion either...you might want to give it a whirl... :popcorn:

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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:32 pm

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby Guy » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:53 pm

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby appicchato » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:09 pm


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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby Guy » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:42 pm

Thanks Bhante, I will keep trying. :bow:

Thanks Genkaku, good advice.

Thanks Retro, my main concern is that I might get too comfortable if I made a habit of it and become less mindful.

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby phil » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:29 am

Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: Couch Meditation

Postby phil » Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:33 am

Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)


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