Meditation 101 (1/4): How to Get Comfortable using Props

Nov 07, 2013
Ok, so you're not exercised enough to sit full lotus on a jagged rock underneath a waterfall. Join the club.

Ok, so you’re not exercised enough to sit full lotus on a jagged rock underneath a waterfall. Join the club.

 

This is part 1 of a 4 part series:

Meditation 101 (2/4): How to Get Comfortable Using Alternative Positions

Meditation 101 (3/4): How to Prepare Yourself for Meditation

Meditation 101 (4/4): How to Reach the Next Level

 

Hooray! You finally got into meditation. You bought the incense. You have the awesome mood music. You sent the memo to everyone in your house that on Tuesdays at 7pm it’s “Me Time”. And there you are, ready for your meditation. How exciting!

The only problem isafter five minutes of sitting, your body’s aching.

Your lower back hurts. Or maybe it’s your knee. Or maybe your foot always falls asleep. You get up when you’re finished, hobble away, and think, “Ouch, can’t wait to do that again”, right? If you’re like most, then probably not.

How are you supposed to get motivated and enjoy meditation if there’s so much hurting? Good question.

 

No Pain No Gain?

Many meditation “experts” will tell you that pain is a part of life and learning to live with it will bring you enlightenment. Yes, it is hard to argue that pain is a part of life. However, maybe there’s enough pain as it is. Perhaps you don’t want to invite pain through your front door every time you sit down to meditate.

And gosh, isn’t it hard enough already to find the time? Isn’t it hard enough to sit there in silence and do the “meditation thing”? How about let’s make it easy on ourselves, get comfortable in our meditation, and deal with the pain of life some other time?

Sounds good, huh? Alright, let’s figure how to get you feeling good in and about your meditation.

 

Props

Let’s consider the use of props. Perhaps your current meditation position just needs the aid of a block, pillow, blanket, chair, or wall.

Consider your half/full lotus or cross-legged sitting arrangement. If you’re already a pro and feel comfortable in these positions for medium to long amounts of time, then you might not need a prop. But if you’re reading this articleyou might need a prop.

So don’t toss these positions out with the garbage just yet. The next time you sit down to meditate, take some or all of the props mentioned above and use them where you feel it’s appropriate.

When you sit down to attempt a cross-legged mediation, try something that looks like:

  • Sit crossed-legged with your back against your bedroom wall
  • Sit on top of a pillow
  • Blanket under one or both of your knees
  • Pillow in your lap to rest your hands on

 

Sounds cozy, doesn’t it? Yeah, well just don’t fall asleep.

Get creative with your props. Maybe you don’t need the same props every day. Tune into your body and ask where you’re feeling like you need support.

Also, consider adding and/or removing props throughout your meditation. If you do this, keep your props close by so that you may make quick, smooth changes and maintain your focus. Let your prop game become part of your meditation.

 

Next time

In our next article, we’ll get into alternative positions, but for now, consider using those props. Also, get comfortable with the idea that you don’t need to suffer in your meditationunless you want to.

 

Leave a comment below and share with us what sort of props you have used in your meditation.

 

 

Comments

  1. Awesome article!

    • LogitheYogi says:

      Thanks Greggy. What did you think of the other articles in this series? Were you already familiar with the idea of the “observer” in 4/4 article?

  2. cool stuff.. :)

    • LogitheYogi says:

      Thanks Julz. I’m trying to collect some examples for other people who use props in their meditation. Do you use any? If so, will you please share?

  3. Love it! I’ll try to be more creative next time.. thanks!

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