Imagine having a meditation session, or returning from a yoga and meditation retreat and feeling sore all over - to the point of asking for professional help of a professional masseur to ease the painful sensations. Is it you doing something harmful? Can it be right if it feels so wrong? In the article below, we’ll talk about the roles comfort and discomfort have in meditation.
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There’s a universal truth to meditation: If it hurts or you don’t feel comfortable, you’re not doing this right, because meditation is not based on the “no pain, no gain“ principle.
So it’s fine if it takes some time for you to find the positions you’re most comfortable in. Someone find that a single cushion is enough for them to sit on, some can’t help but make a tower of cushions. Some like sitting on a bench, some find out that a plain chair is fine. Various supports and postures to support various needs.
However, there’s the paradox of being too comfortable or not comfortable at all during meditation: too many readjustments to your position should not over-eclipse the reality that you do naturally shift between being comfortable, not comfortable, and just ok.
Meditation is just embracing life as it is, with all its elements, whether you want them or not. If you’re feeling sore during meditation and/or relaxation, think about it as another experience - if you can, become comfortable with your discomfort.
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Take just a few minutes out of each day to bring yourself to a state of calm and wellness and balance your life using a combination of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques. The techniques are a simple, practical relaxation method for anyone.
So, yes, find the position you’re ok with, but try to learn to look at soreness as a valuable work and a lesson in unpacking your sensations and not treating them as a tragedy. After all, if you keep maintaining same position for several hours per day several days in a row will result in physical soreness. Moreover, those who find the way to uppease, relax their inner tension, have found out that this is a good way to lessen the said tension!
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And remember: you can always turn to your wise and experienced teachers and fellow meditators for advice; they will know what you mean.
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