Position For Meditation – The Seven-Pointed Meditation Posture of Vairochana
Each of the five rLung (winds) relate and balance by the seven-pointed posture. The posture helps calm excess circulation of one type of wind, and supports the settling of mind.
1. Legs crossed *in vajra (full lotus) position or crossed sitting.
2. Hands in meditation mudra: option 1 – right hand under left at the level of the groin. Option 2 left hand under right at the level of the groin.
- These first two postures work directly with the functions of the Thur Sel rLung Wind ཐུལ་སེལ་རླུང་ the Downwards Voiding Wind.
3. Spine and back straight (as if vertebra are a stack of golden coins, just as is described in yoga practices) to allow the flow of the wind more easily.
- This third posture regulates and harmonizes the Me mNyam rLung མེ་མཉམ་ Fire-Accompanying Wind.
4. Jaw relaxed, tongue against pallet.
- This works with our Srog aDzin rLung སྲོག་འཛིན་རླུང་ Life Sustaining Wind.
5. Head chin tilted very slightly forward and down (to open the throat and straighten the back of spine).
- The chin tilted elongates the neck and very clearly will help work with our Gyen rGyu rLung གྱེན་རྒྱུའི་རླུང་ Ascending Wind.
6. Shoulders level and relaxed, scapula’s (wings) laying down the back.
- Khyab Byed rLung ཁྱབ་བྱེད་ཀྱེ་རླུང་ All Pervasive Wind is nicely balanced with the shoulders relaxed, allowing for the energy to the arms and the legs to flow more freely.
7. Eyes slightly open, gaze directed downwards or twelve or so inches ahead fro the tip of the nose.
- The gaze is very important for calming the wind, or preventing stupor. In placing the gaze at the appropriate location for your primary energy the Srog aDzin rLung སྲོག་འཛིན་རླུང་ Life Sustaining Wind is assisted in remaining in its own location.
It is important to know your bodies limits and comfort level. It is neither important nor helpful to suffer in pain if there is a limitation to sitting on the floor or in full lotus (legs crossed) posture. The pain will distract you and that is not good for developing or cultivating calm or stillness! Rather you can adjust as needed, use cushions under your feet or knees, or sit in a chair. You will not hamper your path to enlightenment – promise!
Yoga is the perfect adjunct or preliminary to meditation practice. In the Tibetan medical tradition yogic practices are an integral part of the path of meditation. Not only does it open up the gross and subtle channels, help purification through breath and movement, but helps release physical muscular tensions which can lead to discomfort while sitting in meditation. Even just 5 minutes of stretching before you do meditation and the nine-fold breath purification can greatly enhance your bodily and mental comfort during meditation.
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