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Try Different Positions for Sitting Meditation

Try the Burmese position on the floor.

The Burmese position is a fairly comfortable cross-legged sitting position. Place a mat or a soft blanket on the floor. On top of that, place a firm meditation cushion or several soft cushions on top of each other.

Have a stretch (especially your legs and back) to prepare yourself to sit.

Sit cross-legged on the cushion. Allow the sides of your knees to touch the ground. If your knees don’t touch the ground, use more cushions to support your knees or try one of the other positions suggested.

Allow the heel of your left foot to be close to or gently touch the inside thigh of your right leg. Allow the right leg to be in front of the left leg, with the heel pointing towards your lower left leg. If your legs aren’t that supple, adjust as necessary, always ensuring that you’re as comfortable as possible.

Invite your back to be quite straight but relaxed too. Gently rock back and forth to find the point where your head is balanced on your neck and shoulders. Tuck your chin in slightly, so the back of your neck isn’t straining.

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