The Virtues of Lying-Down Meditation

“JATHARA PARIVARTANASANA”, Fairhope, AL, October 2011, Photo: MBuffett

“The most important thing to keep in mind when practicing meditation lying down is that it is about falling awake… There are many virtues to meditating lying down… We can surrender completely to the embrace of gravity, and let go into the floor or mat or bed and let it do the work… In practicing dropping into the embrace of gravity itself, we are more motivated and more willing to drop unconditionally into now, to bring a radical and open- hearted acceptance to whatever we find is going on in our minds and our bodies and our lives in any moment or on any given day, in a word,  to be and let go.”

-from ‘Coming To Our Senses’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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