50% of the Quality of Your State of Mind Depends on Your Posture

Buddhism teaches that half of your mind or mood is reliant on how you carry yourself, your posture. Learn more below.

Synchronizing Mind and Body in the Present Moment = Effortless Elegance.

Let us have good head and shoulders—the basic elegant posture of enlightenment.  ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Growing up, I studied Buddhism with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. I can’t tell you how many times he’d remind us that half our state of mind was dependent on our posture.

Rinpoche is a meditation teacher. But he’s also an athlete—and he knows the importance of posture, of yoga, of proper breath. He’d remark that, of course, you can tell when someone is depressed—they slump. Problem is, it’s self-fulfilling. It’s hard to cheer up, mentally, when, physically, you’re slumped.

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