Types of Meditation

Meditation postures

Over the centuries human beings have discovered certain movements and postures were more conducive to calming the mind than others. From this understanding came two forms of meditation:

Active and Passive

Both forms have the goal of stopping thought.

One of the things that they have in common is the idea of good alignment –keeping your spine straight and your head not leaning in any direction.

Passive meditation practices


treesPassive meditation practices have the idea of stopping the body and then stopping the mind.

The most popular postures for this are sitting on the floor in a crossed-leg position, or sitting in a chair.

Standing postures are also popular.

In the East, sitting on the floor in a cross-legged position is popular because it doesn’t require any props

and many people have been brought up squatting down to talk and hang out.

Most Westerners find it hard to sit cross-legged for any length of time

If you are sitting on the floor,

we recommend using a pillow under your butt to relieve the stress on your knees and hips.

The pillow also allows your lower back to be supported

Chair-sitting postures have become popular in the west because

most of us find it hard to sit cross-legged on the floor for any length of time.

Sit in the chair with both feet flat on the ground

Your spine should be straight

If you are uncomfortable, shift your position

Active meditation practices

Active meditation practices usually promote stillness in motion.

Tai Chi Chuan and Yoga are examples of that principle.

Walking meditations also have the power to lead one into a meditative state.

A popular type of active meditation is paying attention to your thoughts during your day.

 

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