General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
I was born Jewish and in Judaism, when we pray, we rock forward and backward for really no reason besides that it feels natural and relaxing. Praying while rocking is considered the Jewish way of meditation.
When I meditate, I found it extremely relaxing to rock forward and backward gently.
Does it have any less benefit than absolute stillness? Will it hinder my quest for Nibbana?
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I think if you like it, and you get good results then it sounds like a good meditation posture for you. The only thing I can think of is that you might have a little less concentration. Generally lying meditation has the strongest concentration, followed by sitting, and then walking. I am not sure where your "rocking meditation"fits on the concentration spectrum
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In vipasana meditation that i do you note experiences and move on -
i had a short period where the body rocked automatically (might happen to you but might not ) - i read about this before experiencing it and it was written that its happening when you feel big joy or very calm - i didnt feel good or calm at that time lol it didnt feel special even - just the body rocked - and so i noted it and as all stuff it soon stopped and never returned
In meditation and i believe its in all meditation types vipasana and samatha -we try to get rid of craving - attachment to stuff - so if you want to rock cause it feels good that might be a hinder for niravana
But whats important is if it helps you meditate more and by that it might help you get rid of bigger cravings and desires then maybe its good to do it - im just giving you a different view point - for food for thought purpose
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