General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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I'll take a crack at it.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?
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.
If lying down was the best posture I am sure I would be enlightened by now.
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