|Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 09:24: |
I am a novice meditator, only one year. I find myself unable to meditate in a sitting position, only lying on my back and concentrating on my Dan Tian. My intuition says this is O.K., as I can feel my Qi running in circles around my body. Yet, all my readings point to the fact that most meditators are sitting and not lying on their backs. Can somebody in the forum, one who has mauch experience, tell me if lying meditation is O.K. or am I getting a bad habit by getting used to this posture?
|Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2003 - 10:16: |
Nice seeing you again in the forum, W.C. I am definitely not a teacher of meditation but I can assure you that there are no limits for the postures of meditation. As you can read through the forum material, even performing Tai Chi is meditation (seeking the stillness in movement - say the classics). Just a small bit of advice, do not choose to meditate when you are tired. Lying meditation can make you fall asleep much easily than sitting meditation.
|Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 12:36: |
Hi again W.C. hope you're still here, occasionally. Here's a nice excerpt from an essay by a very famous Chinese doctor and renowned Taoist, who is much revered in China, even today. His name is Sun Si Miao and the excerpt is from a very famous Chinese medical text he wrote, by the name of: 'The Thousand Golden Remedies';
"In order to follow the way of composing the mind and leading the breath, one should find a quiet room, close the door and arrange the bed or warm mat, with the pillow about 2' inches high. Lie down flat on one's back, close the eyes and breathe deeply into the diaphragm, so that if a bird feather were to be placed in front of the nostrils it would not flutter. Breathe 300 times until one's ears hear no sound, one's eyes see nothing, and there are no thoughts in one's mind."
Hope this speaks for itself...
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 13:46: |
Yes... I am still here and I liked this excerpt very much. Thanks again