People use different postures for prayer and meditation. Some prefer to stand, some to sit, some to kneel, others to lay prostrate on the floor — or in bed (one of my favorite postures). I’ve even heard it said that some people consider yoga to be a prayer position, and those who use yoga for prayer or meditation are worshipping a false god. To which I say, what a load of rubbish. The position is not important. The practice is. I would also propose that what name we give to the One we meditate or pray to is also not important. Obviously, the important thing when we consider our prayer posture is what works best.
I have tried several postures, and most have been beneficial. At the time of this writing, I use the prone, lying-in-bed posture the most, but I also enjoy a seated posture with my feet flat on the floor, eyes closed, and body relaxed. My posture is not too erect and not too slumped. I’ve also enjoyed the cross-legged posture while sitting on a zafu cushion, and a kneeling bench posture. Both of these have been enjoyable. When we find a posture we like, it’s okay to stick with it. But, don’t be afraid to venture into other postures. As far as I know, no posture belongs exclusively to one religion, so if other people find their form beneficial, maybe we will too.
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