Meditation for BeginnersPersonal TechniquesBy Ms. Margitta Dietermann (Switzerland)The first time when I began the Dhammakaya Meditation method : I was sitting on the floor on a 10cm high and round meditation cushion in the half lotus position or kneeling with my lower legs turned back. I straightened up my back and with smoothly closed eyes, I began to breathe more slowly and deeply. First, I concentrated on the relaxation of all muscles in my body. Afterward, I tried to visualize a clear bright object like a smallest finger – and I allowed myself to let it enter into my body. I automatically felt a warm and tingling feeling in the zone of my solar plexus, but I didn’t see any crystal ball or light.I was disappointed. Through days and weeks, I tried too hard. In the beginning, I was only able to sit 20 to 30 minutes, than my knees started hurting.When I was participating in my first seven – day meditation retreat in chiang Mai, north of Thailand, I felt more pain in my body than progress in my meditation. After realizing that I forced my body and my mind, I simply focused on relaxing and the feeling of happiness arose each time I got deeper inside. At the same time, I noticed that I didn’t see any light, but I had the feeling of sitting in a sphere of light and perfect harmony.After a year, the pain in my knees ultimately caused me to change my position and I had to sit on a chair. I always changed from chair to floor for short meditation sessions to let my body get accustomed and it worked ! After two years, I was able to sit comfortably in the half lotus position, the right leg across the left leg. Now, I am able to sit for one to two hours without pain.
The first time when I began the Dhammakaya Meditation method : I was sitting on the floor on a 10cm high and round meditation cushion in the half lotus position or kneeling with my lower legs turned back.Dhamma Articles > Meditation Articles and Techniques > Meditation for Beginners
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