Commit to Sit: Seated Tips

Getting the most from your seated meditation

Commit to Sit: Tricycle's 28-day meditation challenge
Introduction: The Five Precepts Working with Metta
Week 1: The Breath Working with Sense Doors
Week 2: The Body Seated Meditation Tips
Week 3: Emotions & Hindrances Working with Hindrances
Week 4: Thoughts Meditation Supplies
Supplementary Material 7 Simple Exercises

  • Experiment with posture. Sometimes, very slight adjustments can ease discomfort.
  • You might also want to try different types of meditation cushions and benches; or see hot it feels to sit in a chair
  • Use what might otherwise be considered "dead" time (eg. in your car, or waiting for someone to show up for an appointment) to focus your awareness on your immediate experience. If you find it helpful, use your breath as the primary object of concentration. This practice will help you to expand the sense of presence and connection you're developing in formal meditation into your everyday activities.

Adapted from Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, an interactive learning program from Sounds True.

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