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25 Nov 2019 21:34 #346154 by KingNothing
Sitting cross legged on the floor has always been my preferred posture for meditation, but I'm finding as I re-introduce myself to meditation it causes a ton of back pain. It has been a number of years since taking the time to meditate and though I'm not very old I have a few old injuries and a lot of back pain from military service. If I lay down to meditate I fall asleep.

Any recommended alternate meditation positions with a little more back support that still doesn't feel lazy?
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25 Nov 2019 21:38 #346155 by OB1Shinobi
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Any position is fine. Theres even ways of meditating while you walk, lol. For the kind of meditation i assume youre talking about, the main things are just to be physically comfortable and be able to breath as easily as possible.

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25 Nov 2019 21:41 #346156 by Carlos.Martinez3
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I’m on the move a lot- every day. When I wake up if I’m not chasing babies and teaching some home school lesson I’m catching up on my hubby boyfriend duty’s kissing and stealing kisses- it’s even just a moment for me - is hard. Meditation, some days it’s not in the car ride home it ain’t gunna happen.
I find a “Za Zen” type of meditation which if I sit and no matter the position just get to that point where I don’t feel my legs - not like dead legs or asleep but just - no felling of - presence or even anything just sitting and getting to that point can be as relaxing as making it there as well. Not numb or asleep but just no feeling... might help might not - ya might always fall asleep - put yourself body and mind into a relaxed state - if ya need sleep your always gonna fall asleep.

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25 Nov 2019 22:06 #346161 by KingNothing
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I just find it helpful to sit still and center myself without any distractions. I've always done it in a sitting position, but I'll have to try walking.

I know that meditation can technically be performed in any position during any task, but I like to take at least 10 minutes to set aside for more traditional meditation a day and practice mini-meditations throughout the rest of my day. My day is basically constant motion so I find a certain peace in sitting still and not rushing.
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26 Nov 2019 01:08 - 26 Nov 2019 01:10 #346181 by Rex
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Do you know what parts of your back specifically hurt, and whether it's dynamic movements that cause pain or just holding specific positions?

If you have a pool or hot tub you can use, the buoyancy generally helps quite a bit with back/knee pain. I get it's not exactly a quick 10 minute meditation, but it's very relaxing.

Honestly it's all about what best fits your lifestyle and mindset needs, so we can give you ideas, but only you know what works best for you.

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26 Nov 2019 02:23 #346187 by KingNothing
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The whole spine. Movement doesn't cause much pain, but sitting anywhere without some support kills it.

I think the water idea is awesome actually, and all I'm looking for is ideas. I appreciate any and all suggestions.

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27 Nov 2019 16:18 #346318 by Skryym
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Have you tried kneeling meditation (seiza)? I generally experience less back pain when I kneel, but slightly more knee pain. However, I'm only a beginner and there are lots of techniques to reducing back and knee pain. Personally, I think a great way to meditate is to engage an activity with your hands that doesn't require much thought. Juggling, archery, and slinging rocks works for me. He wouldn't call it meditation, but my brother has been reloading .556 cartridges for a while and I think it's helped him deal with stress since returning from overseas.

I just got the idea... what about a brace? It's just a shot in the dark, but maybe wearing a weight lifting brace or tying a pillow around your back might help. Otherwise, I'm with Shinobi: walking is probably the best form of meditation that causes the least stress.

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27 Nov 2019 16:30 #346319 by KingNothing
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Somehow, I never thought of a brace. I'm going to give kneeling meditation a shot today. I'm also looking for a good spot to meditate in water for the buoyancy. Thanks so much for the ideas everyone! It's been super helpful!
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27 Nov 2019 16:57 #346322 by Eleven
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Maybe a little yoga before you mediate? Help warm up and put yourself into alignment? Just a thought. Also, maybe a pillow or mediation mat? Just some food for thought.

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