Meditation: the position is the master
There is a very valuable book for all meditator. It does not teach a method, but "the position" par excellence. The author is Will Johnson, and title: Meditation posture. In it are contained the keys to the well known phrase: the position is the master.
This booklet (editorial Herder) teaches us to take advantage of three components of the position: alignment, relaxation and elasticity. There is a paragraph full of significance that today we want to transmit.
The author compares the posture of meditation with a KOAN, which would be this: "sitting or standing, deliver all the weight of the body to gravity and at the same time stand as upright as possible" ·
The exploration of this KOAN -goes on to explain the author - goes far beyond the achievement of a stable stance. Unlike the inanimate materials used in the construction of high-rise buildings, the tissues and cells of the human body are animated by a vital force that adds an extra dynamic element. While this inner strength is always present, its full expression is numb or contained in the majority of human beings. If a human body gets balanced, you can begin to release such a force.
As a balanced body delivers its weight to gravity, that force is activated and the body can start gradual and spontaneous way to feel that elongates and stretches gently upwards and outwards. In the life cycle of the plant this force is responsible for attracting her body upwards towards the sky. In humans this may feel like a force of extension and irradiation. When the mystics say they feel raised or approached to God, is due to the activation of this inner body strength.
Reach this experience means to resolve the apparent contradiction that the KOAN It raises and begin to appreciate the profound wisdom embodied in the meditation posture.