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Offline ShadowK

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Meditation with a disability
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:33:12 am »
Hello, all!  With Buddhism, the common posture is sitting with your legs crossed, but for those of us with a disability, that can't be done.  I can't bend my left leg and my back, of which hurts from my disability, can't handle sitting on a floor for too long in the same position without support (I'm not obese, but my back is pretty messed up). 

Does Buddhism allow for other postures as a workaround for this? 

Offline Solodris

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Re: Meditation with a disability
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 08:50:34 am »
Very interesting question. As far as I can tell, getting used to meditate in a certain position seems to tell the brain: "Right! Time to meditate!" while being in the meditative position of your choice. So it seems that any posture would pass for a meditative position as long as you're not lying down, as that would be resting.

Hope this helps!

Offline lisehull

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Re: Meditation with a disability
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 09:20:01 am »
Have you tried sitting in a chair to meditate?

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Re: Meditation with a disability
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 10:14:29 am »
Have you tried sitting in a chair to meditate?

I find sitting in a cair to practice, especially in group meditation to work well for me.

I don't have a disability, per se, but I find sitting on a cushion to become painful after about 30 minutes, but not when I use a chair.

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Re: Meditation with a disability
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2017, 04:28:29 pm »
Thank you all for the incredible feedback!!

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Offline bernard

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Re: Meditation with a disability
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 11:02:39 pm »
As far as I know about meditation not need to sit crossed your leg.

Insight meditation/Vipassana is observe your mind and body every moment on 4 ways
1/walking
2/standing
3/sitting
4/lying
The meditators should mindful the above 4 ways.
But not easy for the beginners, b/c the mind is always disturbed or troubled in any way by what we saw, and if disable people can't sit crossed legs, so you can sit any position which make feel comfortable and then mindful every moment.
With much Metta!
Bernard

 


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