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Day 15

What Position Do You Meditate In?

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Show today's brain activity
Alpha 43%
Waves which occur when relaxed and calm
Beta 37%
Waves which occur when, for example, actively thinking or problem-solving
Gamma 20%
Waves which occur when involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information

I haven’t really written a lot about what positions I am using to meditating in. I have been playing around with a few different poses but I have started thinking about it more after my meditation class the other day, simply because my back was so sore from sitting up straight for most of the 40 minutes!

A lot of meditation resources say to find a position that is comfortable for you – so either sitting cross legged, (with or without supports like pillows or a wall), sitting in a chair or lying down. Lying down is definitely my favourite (of course ;-) it’s so relaxing but as I found yesterday, if you are tired it can be hard not to fall asleep.

I don’t like sitting in a chair to meditate. I think it is just a personal thing – I tend to gravitate to the floor even when watching TV.

meditation-poses

I would love to be able to comfortably meditate in a seated cross legged position. And, I can only assume it is beneficial for your posture as you are training your back muscles to sit up straight. I did feel my back muscles the next day after my meditation class so there was some strengthening happening for sure.

I’ve decided from today, and for the next week, I will work on meditating sitting up straight with my legs crossed in front of me (Burmese), and see how this effects my meditation and potentially my posture.

Here is an article on how to sit comfortably during your meditation practice.

And here is a short video from the guys at 1 Giant Mind on what to do if your meditation position becomes uncomfortable.

Today’s Meditation

15 minute 1 Giant Mind session

Today’s Brainwave Activity

150515 Day 15 Graph

 

Blue = Alpha waves, 43% (Day 1 was 43%) — this is the one I’m trying to increase.
Yellow = Beta waves, 37% (Day 1 was 38%)
Pink = Gamma waves, 20% (Day 1 was 19%)

Image credit: Michael A. Michail