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The pain in sitting. - Dhamma Wheel

The pain in sitting.

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


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Re: The pain in sitting.

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