Meditation Instruction. From Turning the Mind into an Ally. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

I'd like to talk about and explain and demonstrate the sitting posture, and how we're actually going to do meditation. We're already sitting down; we're on the cushion; but if we're about to begin a session, we could almost begin a session by.... As we walk towards the cushion, as we walk towards sitting down, that each step we take, what we should in our mind start saying to ourselves is that. even if we're meditating for just a very brief time: five minutes, ten minutes. That we think ,"family responsibilities"; we're studying, you know; we have an exam or something's coming up, just sort of saying, you know, "For now, just let those thoughts go". And it's important just to say, "I'm going to try to just let the bigger concerns I have go". And as I walk towards the meditation cushion say, "Oh, I'm going to do peaceful abiding. develop the clarity of mind and strength of mind". And as we begin to do that, that's our intention; so we know we're doing that. Because if we don't do that, we just walk up to the cushion and plop down and just sort of, you know, sort of haphazardly begin the meditation session, then it's, you know, going to be a very murky process, and when we actually began and when we're ending, everything becomes very convoluted. So really one of the most important things is just change of attitude and approach as we're beginning to sit down. We can look at the cushion itself as like a throne, you know, we are a king or a queen, or whatever sitting down on our throne, so there's a sense of purpose, you know. And when we sit down we become very powerful individuals. It doesn't matter whether we're sitting on a cushion or we're sitting in a chair, just so it's something that is supportive and stabilizing and comfortable for the period of time. Now, the sitting posture is really the best of both worlds. Ideally speaking I suppose, you know, we could meditate in any posture. We could be meditating, you know, lying down or walking. But most of us, if we lie down we tend to fall asleep. If we're walking it's too much stimuli, so it's able to kind of stabilize the mind. So the sitting posture is sort of the ideal between the two worlds. We're sort of resting; yet at the same time we're still awake. So, you know, we have that kind of good middle ground; and people have been sitting in this kind of meditation posture

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