November 30, 2009

How does sitting upright help? Sylvia Boorstein answers.

Q: So, how does sitting still, upright, and resisting the temptation to move, focus and clear the mind?

A: It is, indeed, a helpful technique. First, holding a styled position requires attention—attention brought to bear on the present situation—and so random thoughts are less likely to distract the mind. Second, the decisiveness in the mind that intends to be awake and present—“I’m doing this now”—also guards against distraction. And third, the mind itself, in a context of simplicity, has the natural tendency to return to ease. (I often think about the snow globes with lovely scenes at their center, scenes hidden from view as long as the “snow” is shaken up. Once the globe is left alone on a steady surface, the snow settles, and what is meant to be seen is revealed.)

-Sylvia Boorstein, "On the Cushion," Tricycle, Summer 2002

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Helps to keep from falling asleep. As the organs are hanging up and down the spine, they get crunched together and become inefficient as you bend over. Makes you tired.

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