One of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “What do I need so I can meditate? I haven’t got any special cushions or equipment, I don’t know how to sit…” and so on.
The answer is that you don’t need any special cushions or clothing in order to meditate. You don’t need incense sticks, candles or Buddha statues. And you don’t need even need to sit cross-legged on the floor if you don’t wish to – especially if you suffer from back problems. All you need is comfy clothing and something to sit on, in a quiet place.
If you decide to sit on a chair then try to sit slightly away from the back of the chair, in a comfortable upright posture. Rest your feet on the floor. You can, of course, meditate lying down if you prefer, but may find that you fall asleep!
If you choose to sit on the floor then a couple of cushions or pillows will do. It can help to place a folded blanket beneath the cushion if you wish just to make yourself more comfortable. Try to sit with your back straight and with your knees lower than your hips.
As for the meditation itself, I recommend the Insight Timer App as it has lots of guided meditations of varying length depending on the time you have available. There are also unguided meditations with background sounds or music if you prefer. If you are a beginner then I would suggest that you begin with the guided meditations as these will help to maintain your focus.
And that’s it!
When you decide that you enjoy meditation and would like to make it a permanent part of your life, then there are cushions and meditation stools available to make your experience more enjoyable. You may also wish to create a dedicated meditation space in your home. We’ll look at some suggestions of how to do that in a later post. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy trying out some meditations. Good luck and let me know how you get on.