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Question for May 12, 2013: Non-sitting Meditation
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
Have you tried postures other than sitting in meditation? Why? How did they compare?

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jermur1 — 5 years ago — permalink
I usually lie down as I have way 2 much energy otherwise and I never fall asleep when meditating...well almost never:)

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
That's interesting.
I've tried lying down, but usually for the *terrible* reason that I don't feel I have enough energy to meditate. As you may expect from the prior sentence, the result is usually either that I do in fact fall asleep, or else drift into this low-energy, low-awareness state that definitely isn't quite sleep, but is also definitely not meditation.
I'd be curious to hear more about how it works for you, and how other postures feel too energetic.

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jermur1 — 5 years ago — permalink
Hey,
Well basically I just lie down on my  yoga mat and I never feel tired:) Its so much easier for me to let go and just focus on my breath. I do try to spend some time sitting though to build up strength as I would like to do a retreat. I feel very restless sitting but maybe its just an excuse as lying is so easy!!
I walk my dog everyday trying to be as mindful as possible easier said then done but getting a little better all the time. Also do Yoga for an hour.
only in last few weeks I've started doing so much. This site is helping keep me focused though.
You been a meditator long?? What kind do you practice

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
Slow to reply, but thanks a lot for sharing.
I do think I understand what you mean about being better able to focus on the breath, whenever I do lie down the sensation of the breath was different in a very interesting way.
I've actually been meditating for almost two years now. We started Medivate a little after that, though not as a result. Meditation's been really interesting, and certainly a fair number of highs and lows. Medivate's helpful for me too, but I don't think we've yet made it the case that's is sufficient to keep people motivated. That's the much harder goal.
I typically do mindfulness of breath meditation. I've tried a few other forms once in a while, but that's what I do 99% of the time. It's still teaching me things and challenging me on a regular basis.