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Q&A
Q & A with Tami Simon
Q
I have a hard time sitting cross-legged for any length of time. Is this the only posture that works for meditation?


AThe best posture for meditation is one in which you are simultaneously relaxed and alert. You will notice that when your spine is erect rather than slumped over, there is a special quality of wakefulness or presence that becomes available. When you sit erect, with your sitz bones heavy and your chin slightly tucked in to elongate your spine, a natural alignment occurs; you feel attentive, open, engaged, and bright. The challenge is to combine this aligned posture with total relaxation, dropping all tension in the body, especially in the shoulders, face (including the eyes), and hands. So the ideal meditation posture is one that ...

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