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The Posture of Meditation: A Practical Manual for Meditators of All Traditions

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When it comes to meditation practices, the body is as important as the mind—a fact that may come as a surprise to the many people who regard meditation as a strictly mental activity. But, as Will Johnson shows, the physical aspect of the practice is far too often underemphasized. The alert-yet-relaxed sitting posture that is the common denominator of so many meditative tec ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published October 22nd 1996 by Shambhala
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John Davis
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dreaming
In no way "a practical manual." Much space wasted rhapsodizing on "energy fields", "feeling tones", argument by analogy, and general woo. The author is literally a Rolfer, and concludes the book with an advertisement for Rolfing. As might be expected, he seems to be under a number of factual misconceptions, including that gravity supports the body (no, that's the normal force) and that the military teaches recruits to pull their shoulders back in order to restrict the flow of sensations to their ...more
Paul
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meditation, how-to
A thorough and very good account of how to realize the posture of meditation, and the implications of doing this for your practice and your life.
Jonathan
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very simple, concise and clear information on how to actually sit.
Judy Lindow
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whether you're a Hindi, a Buddhist, or anyone who meditates, everyone sits. A nice book on the basics that will fit in your purse. It is less than a 100 pages.
David Park
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Will Johnson writes a wonderful book on the posture of meditation, and in the process delves into the act of meditation itself. Three gestures - alignment, relaxation, and resilience, combine to form a stable, relaxed, and open form capable of simply being aware. There are occasions where he describes patterns of sensations similar to that of insight meditation, which I found very understanding of the process. With my personal introductory experience with the Alexander Technique I've found this ...more
Nicole Matthiesen
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Checked this out from the library but there's so much good stuff in here I will be buying this for my own library!! Anyone practicing and/or teaching meditation should take a look at this. Johnson explores the importance of posture in meditation and life and provides some beautiful insights and practical exercises.
Marsha
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is of great interest to those who are practicing meditation in that it gives useful instruction on the actual sitting part of the practice. If you are not comfortable sitting, it is very difficult to fall into meditation. The Posture of Meditation is full of useful tips on how to find the best posture for you, how to align yourself, relax and be resilient.
Egor Azanov
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meditation posture is often neglected as in "sit back comfortable, straighten your spine and relax". Meanwhile your posture can be a great help or a great hindrance in your practice.

Many of us struggle while at the start precisely because of the wrong posture that creates additional tension (instead of relieving it) and invents pains out of thin air.

Definitely worth reading.
James
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I regard this as probably the most important meditation book ever written. It changed not only how I understand and practice sitting meditation; it changed my life. But this is just one of several books by Will Johnson which offer exceptional guidance in embodied mindfulness practice. And they are all equally valuable, though this one is the best to begin with in my opinion.
Cyberpayanee
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Small book but very useful. Not. To be under estimated by its size. Condensed practical wisdom. It works inwardly, once yougrasp the points. This is a rare find.
Kevin
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Short but beneficial
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There have been many enlightened sages who have emphasized on the vitality of "correct posture" for success in meditation. This book is solely for that purpose. It contains acceptable ways to correct the meditation posture which also could be applied to real life. Its a highly recommended book if you want to take a leap in your meditation practice.
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