Is it okay to lie on your back or stomach during meditation? I feel better lying down on my bed or on a recliner so that my body is completely relaxed.
It is preferable to sit comfortably in a chair, on the floor, or on a cushion when you meditate because sitting up helps you stay alert and awake so that you can enter a state of deep restful awareness. Since the mind has been conditioned over a lifetime to go to sleep when the body is lying down, when you meditate in a reclining position, your mind and body will automatically become sleepier instead of more alert.
If injuries, chronic pain or illness make sitting up very uncomfortable, then lying down is a reasonable alternative. Once you are feeling better, practice meditating in an upright position.
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