The pain in sitting.

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The pain in sitting.

Postby Samsara » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:04 pm

Anyone know the average time it takes for the back to not HURT LIKE HELL everytime i sit up straight for more than 15min??
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Re: The pain in sitting.

Postby Prasadachitta » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:26 pm

I recommend doing Hatha Yoga or a similar physical practice to prepare the body for meditation. I have found yoga immensely helpful for creating a comfortable meditation posture.

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Re: The pain in sitting.

Postby Wind » Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:56 pm

Growing up as a westerner, we are not used to sitting without back support. So it will take time to allow our bodies to adjust to a comfortable posture. If you are experiencing extreme pain, then readjust again and find that balance where there is not much strain. Sometimes I would lean my back against a wall or a tree for support. The posture isn't as important as there are four main postures for meditation: Sitting, Standing, Laying down, and Walking. So the most important thing in meditation is what you do with your mind.

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Re: The pain in sitting.

Postby cooran » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:06 pm

Hello samsara, all,

Browse through this page plus all the topics listed in the Left Hand column.

The importance of meditation posture - The first thing to learn in meditation is how to sit effectively.
http://www.wildmind.org/posture/intro

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Re: The pain in sitting.

Postby Mukunda » Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:55 pm

Samsara wrote:... everytime i sit up straight for more than 15min??


That's probably part of the problem. The back should be upright, maintaining it's natural curves as opposed to straight. If at all possible, I suggest getting with an experienced meditator and having them instruct you in the proper position. At first, the proper position can seem a bit awkward, like one is leaning backward, but it really helps to prevent muscle strain and promote alertness.

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Re: The pain in sitting.

Postby Guy » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:22 pm

Wind wrote:Growing up as a westerner, we are not used to sitting without back support. So it will take time to allow our bodies to adjust to a comfortable posture. If you are experiencing extreme pain, then readjust again and find that balance where there is not much strain. Sometimes I would lean my back against a wall or a tree for support. The posture isn't as important as there are four main postures for meditation: Sitting, Standing, Laying down, and Walking. So the most important thing in meditation is what you do with your mind.


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Re: The pain in sitting.

Postby Samsara » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:53 pm

Excellent info and links, thanks people.

Its got surprisingly better in the few times i have sat for more than 20min in the past week, its still uncomfortable but it doesn't hurt to the point of shaking (which is always good) Ive started to lean back slightly and support my hands higher up on my lap and its much better :) Although i have no idea how people get their feet to sit flat against their thighs, mine just do not bend that way :|
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