Meditation While Lying Down

This article was first published in Huffington Post

 

Quiet meditation commonly refers to traditional seated meditation but includes any meditative form where you’re not moving. Active meditation refers to meditating while in motion in the midst of daily life.

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Active meditation is considered more advanced and confers the advantage of not having to set aside a special time and place to meditate. Practically speaking, however, in order to get to this level we first have to learn how to meditate in a variety of physical postures. Recently, I’ve shared with you “How to Meditate Sitting in a Chair, Part 1 and Part 2″ and “How to Meditate Standing Up.” Today I would like to present a method for meditating while lying down.

If what you’re lying on isn’t long enough, bend your knees so that they jut up like small peaks and place your feet down flat. Your lower back should be flush against the bed or floor so that it’s amply supported. On the other hand, if what you’re lying on isn’t wide enough, then tuck your arms against the sides of your rib cage while keeping them straight with the palms up. If even that’s impossible, clasp your hands by interlocking your fingers and place them over your lower abdomen. In your meditation practice, feel free to be creative. Then, you’ll be able to practice meditation lying down on a small sofa with your legs hanging off of the armrest or even in the backseat of a car. The point is, anywhere you can lie on your back, you can meditate.

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