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Why do people do that certain pose during meditation?

Like the one where they take their thumb and finger and make a circle for both hands, you know what I mean?
And what do people think about during meditation?
I do yoga, but I wanna start meditating because I’m stressed out sometimes. Any tips? =) Thank you!

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  1. The actual position in meditation is not that important as long as you’re not actually falling asleep. In meditation, you should focus your thoughts on a single word or phrase and breathe in and out slowly to a count of four. If you have a thought acknowledge it and let it go. Trying not to think at all is too frustrating and will keep you from entering a meditative state. Let yourself relax.

  2. Relaxation Through Meditation
    My preference would be to call meditation relaxation — conscious relaxation, chosen relaxation. These are words that are more universally understood, more comfortable. Constantly working toward the goal of discovering my own ability to reach a state of serenity, I have learned to meditate.
    Meditating is actually easier than you might imagine. Most of us have dabbled in meditation by participating in conscious relaxation. Maybe during an exercise class or to manage pain at the dentist or anxiety before a test. We start by paying attention to our breathing. The practical effort to focus completely on our breathing takes our minds away from the “mind clutter” that constantly tries to invade our mind and eliminate feelings that will lead to a time of calm. With repeated effort the goal of clearing your mind — to think of nothing, does occur and the process of meditation takes on its own energy. The result is, and I guarantee this, peace, serenity, calmness, eventually opening yourself to new insights.
    Meditating for Life
    Too much stress, stress reduction, chill out, let it go, detach — familiar phrases to all of us. Our world is fast, fun and exciting. It is also challenging, trying, demanding and frightening. These two sides of our lives produce stress, emotional reactions, anxiety, worry and anticipation. Our bodies and minds can tolerate only so much of any of these. After a while, each of us reaches a saturation point and the results become uncomfortable at best; for some it may be unbearable, even unendurable.
    No magic pill is available to eliminate these feelings. The reality is, as the wise old man said, the answer is inside all of us. To manage these universal concerns we must go inside ourselves. Among the steps we can take is the learning and practicing of meditation.
    What to Expect
    With time and faith in the commitment to practice frequently, (daily meditating is ideal), during your meditation time you may “leave the moment.” A feeling of separation exists where the mind is clear, clean and blank. You will still hear sounds around you, but they will not interfere with your meditation.
    Sometimes you may weep — you may not even be aware of what is making you weep. It is your own emotions having a voice of their own. Sometimes you may feel a smile across your face — that is contentment showing itself. Sometimes you may fall asleep and awaken truly refreshed.
    A sitting posture is better for meditation than lying down. This is because lying down is the normal sleep position and meditation lying down could easily lead to sleep. If you are not a person who easily goes to sleep during the day, you may like to meditate in a semi-reclining position on a sofa or large armchair with the back of your head supported. In traditional meditation postures, however, the back is normally kept erect, though not rigidly upright. This is called poised posture. The right attitude for meditation may itself be described as poised: alert yet also relaxed. Poised posture promotes the right state of attention-awareness for successful meditation.
    POSES—In the East, the cross-legged postures, with head and back in vertical line, are considered ideal for meditation. In classic Lotus posture, the legs are crossed with feet on thighs, and imparts the right feeling of poised sitting for meditation. These postures are difficult and even painful at first for those who are not familiar with them. We will describe two traditional oriental postures, half lotus and lotus posture and an easier posture called Burmese posture. For those who prefer to do the meditation sitting on a chair, we will describe a posture called Egyptian posture.
    1. Full Lotus Posture (Padmasana)
    The Lotus Pose (if you can do it comfortably) is such a perfect meditation posture. It’s a position in which you can sit perfectly straight and be absolutely still, relaxed, comfortable, and alert.
    1. Sit on the floor in an easy crossed- leg pose.
    2. Clasp hold of your left foot with both hands and bring it high onto the right thigh, up into the groin. Bring the right leg over the left and place the right foot in the left groin. This is the full Lotus Pose.
    2. Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana)
    With the Half Lotus Pose only one leg is placed under the opposite thigh. Generally this pose is used as a warm-up to the full Lotus Pose.
    3. Burmese Pose
    This is a simpler posture to master. Here, the legs are not crossed but the knees are spread and stay down, and the legs are folded and the feet pulled back in front of the pelvis with one foot in front of the other. The ‘cupped’ hands rest at the tops of the thighs or on the heels. It is essential to have a firm cushion to sit on and a folded rug or blanket below that to prevent pain in the feet and ankles. The buttocks should be pushed out a little to bring the back into easy uprightness.
    4. Egyptian Pose
    You can also practice meditation si

  3. when you sit up straight, your back is alined which is supposed to make the energy flow through you (it alines your chakras)
    i forgot about the hand gestures but I’m pretty sure it is a show of respect to the Buddha (in Buddhism)
    I actually never really did that thumb and finger thing i was just taught to put my hands upward because it symbolizes releasing yourself or something like that.
    As for thinking during meditation…your not supposed to think about anything! The point of it is to eventually be able to completely clear your thoughts and think of nothing.
    A lot of people can’t do this (I can’t even though i’ve been doing it since i was little) so instead, to keep their minds off other things like their daily lives they just say a mantra in their head.

  4. I think the thumb and finger thing you refer to is what is called Jnana Mudra (looks somewhat like the Western hand symbol for “ok”).
    A mudra is a religious gesture, probably most frequently associated with Hinduism and Buddhism.
    Jnana mudra has many symbolic meanings.
    The circle created by thumb and finger can represent The Wheel of Dharma.
    The touching of thumb and finger can symbolize the union of various concepts, such as the union of body and mind, the union of the self with universe, or, the union of wisdom with method.
    You can read more about mudras here: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Mudra
    There are hundreds if not thousands of different techniques for meditating.
    People have various opinions about what meditation is, or is not.
    Some will say meditation is the same as contemplation.
    Some will say meditation is attaining a state of no-thinking.
    I recommend the information on meditation at this site: http://www.meditationiseasy.com/mCorner/how_meditation_started.htm ,
    however, if you do a web search on phrase “beginning meditation” you find quite a few informative sites.
    Best wishes.
    Namaste’,
    dwb

  5. Mishy
    Lotus – full & half has that hand structure.
    The correct meditation posture for you is a comfy one that doesn’t allow sleep.
    Join our forum if you want to chat about Traditional Meditation.
    Sadhara

  6. Read the previous answers and take what you need from them. I will add some extra comments. If you don’t relax you will never achieve the level of the brain required for meditation. It’s called the Alpha level. Just by closing by eyes you automatically change your state of consciousness- a place to begin. Concentrate on your breathing. Remember a thought is a real thing so pay attention to your thoughts. When you begin you will find a lot of mind chatter. Ignore this as it is only your beta level of your mind not wanting to lose control as it has had up until now. This will take some determination to control but will eventually cease when you learn to master this skill. This will be achieved by practise. Hope you enjoy what we have enjoyed over the years. Good luck. Don’t give up.

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