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Mindful : April 2014
April 2014 mindful 49 A The Eeyore Poor Eeyore. It’s hard to feel good and present when your back is slouched, your hands are sliding off your knees and your chin is down. Getting sleepy, anyone? B The Peacock It can be a proud moment, finally getting down to meditat- ing. But with your back this stiff, your chest puffed, chin angled up, and elbows back that far, it’s going to be a strain. C The Daddy Longlegs If your lower ex tremities are lengthy, it can help to find a higher cushion. When your knees are above your thighs, your back and neck will strain. It’s also helpful to lower your chin a bit. How Not to Sit Getting your posture right helps you focus on meditating and be attentive without tensing. Your body will thank you. D The Cliffhanger Being eager is great, but what you’re aiming for here is ease. So shimmy back toward the middle of the cushion and sit up straight instead of pitching for ward. Your back will thank you too. E The Dude It’s amazing how a straight back can help you focus. Scoot a little more forward on the cushion, too. This is about taking it easy, but don’t be mistaken for someone who is simply hanging out. F The Daydreamer This is a wonder ful position if you’re hanging out with a child or sitting by a fire. But your slouched back, arms around your knees, and feet flat on the floor aren’t conducive to drop- ping into meditation. A B C D E F For a selection of audio and video and other resources on posture and body in meditation prac tice, go to mindful.org/ gettingstarted