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

I remember, too, reading that the Sakyong’s father, Chogyam Trungpa, remarked on how friends would edge to their seats and sit up bolt upright in the movie theater when they were excited. You can see a sort of peace and presence in calligraphy experts—and that physical elegance, whether manifested through art or dance or everyday life—further manifests in our inner and outer actions.

This is such a simple point that it’s easy to overlook how easy, and powerful, a tool this is to keep in mind. When you’re depressed, make an effort to sit up, and relax. When you’re excited, make an effort to breathe.

It’s an easy way to bring your state of mind into a happier place.

Resources to Improve Your Posture to Better Your Mind:

In Buddhism, there’s 5 points of posture for meditation.

  1. The Burmese Position

If you’d like to practice on a cushion or mat (rather than a chair or bench) and want an accessible pose, the “Burmese” position might be just right for you. Here, you simply sit on a mat, with a cushion if needed, bend your legs with the right foot on the outside, and pull your feet gently towards your pelvis. Ideally the tops of your feet are touching the mat.

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