Posture, Posture, Posture
In the Buddhist tradition, mind and body are considered interdependent facets of our experience. A relaxed body helps relax the mind. The traditional meditation posture is designed to create a supportive physical structure for your awareness practice.
Many people experience some physical discomfort when they first begin sitting meditation. This is due partly to the unfamiliarity of the posture, and partly to the practice of awareness revealing more deeply held tension. We recommend that you sit comfortably and experiment until you find the posture that best supports your clarity and mindfulness.
If you sit on a chair, try not to lean your back against the backrest. Keep your spine as erect as possible without straining; your feet should be flat on the floor in front of you. Traditionally, Buddhist meditators have used a seven-point system to help them develop an optimal sitting posture on a cushion:
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