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Blessed Self,

Hari OM and Namaste!

THOUGHTS:

Meditation Tips - The Physical Posture - By Swami Chinmayananda!

After having thus detached from the gross external world, the next step in the process of meditation is to withdraw one's attention from the physical body. The mind which has been pulled back from the world may still think of the body and continue to dissipate itself. To avoid this, the seeker is advised to maintain proper health and take precautions to ensure that the body does not cause any disturbance during the practice of meditation.

     Again, at the seat of meditation the strain in the limbs or the tension in the muscles may disturb one's concentration. To get over these disturbances the meditator is asked to sit in the correct posture using a thin, flat cushion (not too soft; a blanket folded twice may serve the purpose). In the seat of meditation a proper physical posture is advised, since the mental condition is always related to the physical state.

     For example, in trying to worship the Lord, a devotional attitude cannot be maintained if one has his fists tightened, eyes protruding, teeth grinding, and legs stamping the floor! A posture with arms pointed upward and a smiling face turned toward heaven is more attued for prayer. The correct posture for meditation is to sit with legs folded, having a maximum base, vertebral column erect (slightly bending forward in the pelvic region), with the left-hand placed on the left thigh and the right hand with the mala (meditation beads) on the right calf muscle.

     The eyes are kept gently closed and looking nowhere in particular, as in sleep. With the posture thus fixed, the mind is made to tap slowly the various muscles of t he body, starting from the neck and descending to the toes, with a view to inspect and release their stiffness and tension, if any. This process is called 'thought-massage'.

     With the completion of the thought -massage, withdrawal of one's attention from the disturbances of the physical body is complete.
 
Perhaps I walk slowly, but I never back-step. This is the secret of my success. Follow this in your sadhana. You too shall become Me.

With Prem and OM
Shivatmananda
 

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