Meditation is not only a mental workout, it can also be physically taxing. When I sit still and tune into my body for a length of time, my body usually becomes uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position causes legs to tingle, parts to ache and makes a person desire to move. That’s why I’m pleased with my purchase of a meditation bench. Here are five perks to my bench:
1.) It’s comfortable- I don’t need to sit cross legged and the bench removes pressure and weight from by lower legs and ankles.
2.) The bench helps me focus and keep good posture- If I meditate in bed, or even in a chair sometimes I get too comfortable and can’t always tell that I’m getting sleepy or zoning out. On the bench I find it easy to tell if I’m drifting because I can feel myself slump. When I notice this it’s a cue to refocus my mind.
3. My bench is lightweight and the legs come off if I wanted to pack it up and take it with me somewhere.
4. Animal fur doesn’t stick to it!
5. Meditating in the same spot better prepares the mind for what it is about to do. Having a routine, and a location that is consistent signals my brain that I am going to meditate, so get ready for this.
Of note* Using a bench does not make me a “better” meditator at all- it’s just an option to provide a tool where my knees can be beneath my hips, and I can find increased comfort.
I bought mine on the recommendation of the teacher of a stress reduction course I took that included meditation. It’s a big chunk of change at $110, but perhaps you could make your own or find a cheaper version. It’s located on Amazon here.