The Seven Point Meditation Posture
Correct posture allows the energy of the body to stabilise and flow throughout the body, allowing the mind to become clearer and the body to heal.
1 Lower Body
We must sit comfortably in a relaxed position. Become aware of your legs and the floor under your feet/legs. Concentrating on our lower body gives us a feeling of groundedness and helps us develop stability and endurance controlling effusive energy. The lower body expresses confidence and determination and is the foundation of the body symbolising the harmonising of the earth element.
Our right hand represents the masculine part of our body and mind, kindness and activity, while the right, represents feminity, wisdom and passivity. Place the hands in the lap with the two thumbs touching slightly raised like a small flame, just below the navel, the body’s largest power centre. This is a posture of balance and equanimity allowing the fire element to burn away all our negativities. The 10 most important subtle veins of our bodies are located in the finger tips and for meditation these need to be balanced by this posture.
While maintaining a relaxed posture straighten your back pulling up the top of the spine to the ceiling, inducing the mind to be awake, alert and attentive. When the central channel is straight it allows energy and blood to circulate properly throughout the inner organs and allows the mind to become aware of everything happening in the body and mind, cleansing and shifting localised pain. If your mind becomes dull during meditation pay attention to your back and straighten it further. This allows the water element to flow in the body and revives the regenerative fluids in the body.
4 Elbows and shoulder
Relax the shoulders and let tension, worry and burdens drop away. Keep your elbows slightly away from the trunk of the body so air can flow and you avoid overheating. Feel supported by the air and space around you. Model yourself on a vulture flexing her wings before flying, synchronising all the body’s elements.
5 Neck and Chin
Lengthen the neck at the back and tuck the chin in slightly forwards - a posture of humility. It helps guard the ascending energy and controls coughing, sneezing and burping during meditation. Feel the strengthening of the spine from the base to the crown.
Hold your lips naturally or as if you are about to smile, while resting the tip of your tongue on the upper palate, as though you are about to say ‘La’. This avoids dribbling and reminds us to be always mindful of our speech.
Your eyes should be half open with a soft focus without blinking, looking inward rather than on external visuals. The eyes contain the nerves which govern discursive thoughts and it is crucial to control them. This takes practice. Shut eyes induce sleep and a dull mind. An immobile gaze helps control the secondary energies revitalising the nervous system, reducing blood pressure, stress and anxiety. This is symbolic of the calm and serenity we are seeking to attain.