Back Support

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Back Support

Postby Collective » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:12 am

I've just realised that I can only reach really deep levels of concentration when I do not support my back during meditation. If I prop aganst something ot doesn't happen for me

Why is this?
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Re: Back Support

Postby catmoon » Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:13 pm

Collective wrote:I've just realised that I can only reach really deep levels of concentration when I do not support my back during meditation. If I prop aganst something ot doesn't happen for me

Why is this?


I'll take a crack at it.


An unsupported back requires constant adjustments, several a second, to maintain an upright posture. This ongoing activity in the nervous system requires a degree of stimulation and alertness, which in turn benefit meditation by combatting sleepiness. Sitting unsupported puts a hard limit on how sleepy you can get. If you pass the limit you fall over. It's self-correcting.
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Re: Back Support

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:42 pm

Hi Cat,

That would be my understanding. You have to maintain a certain level of mindfulness and energy to keep upright. Same applies to standing or walking.

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Re: Back Support

Postby Collective » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:42 pm

Agreed, alertness is very important, and keeping an upright posture has that right amount of effort needed
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Re: Back Support

Postby Guy » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:47 am

If lying down was the best posture I am sure I would be enlightened by now.
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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