The Benefits of a Meditation Chair

The Benefits of a Meditation Chair

One of the great benefits of meditation is that it can be practiced anywhere and anytime. But you will probably have noticed if you practice daily that it is not always simple.

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That's why a lot of accessories have emerged in recent years. Of course, none is mandatory, one only really needs his mind to practice, but let's say that meditation props like the chair we are going to talk about today can have a positive effect on practice.

Whether you use a meditation chair or a meditation cushion (zafu), you will quickly feel the benefits, especially in comfort. For example, the meditation chair is particularly useful for those who feel the need for support, support for the back, or who simply can not sit comfortably on the floor.

Finally, note that most meditation chairs are not strictly speaking chairs, but are more like seats. Some are also in the form of a bench.

WHY USE A MEDITATION CHAIR?

Most meditation chairs are compact and lightweight, so you can easily store and carry them (a little meditation in the sun in the garden does not refuse), ideal for meditators/travelers!

Some models are very low and very comfortable, others have higher. The principle remains the same: to relieve the pressure that gradually accumulates in the lower back and the legs in addition to favoring a good alignment of the back.

Rather chair or meditation cushion?

As a rule, cushions have no built-in backrest. It's up to you to see if you are able to sit comfortably in a meditation posture that naturally promotes back alignment (like the lotus or half-lotus) a cushion may be enough.

1) Helps maintain a good meditation posture

The posture is essential in any practice of meditation, it is said that good posture promotes rooting and awareness. Your back should be as straight as it can be comfortable to promote the flow of energy flow during the session.

Needless to say, long, regular sessions in bad meditation can lead to pain that can distract your mind.

A specially designed meditation chair will support natural alignment in the different sitting or kneeling positions. An ergonomic meditation chair (like the luxurious Alexia model above) will give you the support you need to keep your spine aligned.

2) Strengthens the concept of dedicated meditation space

I've already told you about an article, it is very important (in my opinion) to have its own space dedicated to meditation, even if it is only a small piece of a piece.

Having this dedicated space helps you develop your meditation habit.

As a practitioner, I think we all dream of having a beautiful well-appointed and well-decorated meditation room in which we find all our favorite relaxation tools.

The reality is that most of us do not have space and that's normal. But as I said, even if you can only devote one corner of a room (temporarily arranged for practice), this corner can be "formalized" by the addition of a meditation chair. Nestled in your daily meditation chair, you'll easily pick up the pace.

In addition, this chair is a visual reminder that you must meditate, you must grant yourself this time.

3) Brings comfort and removes any inconvenience

You have probably already meditated by sitting directly on the ground. If you're like me, you must have felt that after a few minutes, your buttocks start to ache.

Then follow a series of movements and readjustments and a distraction of the mind by this discomfort manifested by the buttocks, legs or back. As a result, you are unable to concentrate on your breathing, your mantra, or your visualization.

A meditation chair helps combat these discomforts to stay alert.

4) Makes meditation more accessible

If you are old or your body has suffered a lot of injuries, you may be looking at pictures of meditators kneeling or in a lotus position on the floor, thinking, " This is definitely not for me! "

Sitting properly is an important part of meditation, you must be able to sit upright and without feeling any discomfort. A meditation chair makes the practice more accessible and more attractive.

The Buddha would certainly never have accepted to use a meditation chair and this is probably related to our Western practice of meditation, but we must accept that meditation evolves. It is not a crime to use a little comfort or the use of a mobile phone to be guided in a session. I would say that any accessory that helps to acquire the habit of meditating regularly is good to take.

The essential thing is what's going on in your head.

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Having A Pet During College Is Smart And Benefitial, Change My Mind

As people work harder for the sake of their families, pets can have the same effect as they become a part of your family.

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Being a young adult means discovering responsibility in a whole new context. Suddenly, you're in charge of how you live. What you do for a job, where you live, what you believe…The list is basically endless. But, that's why it's so important for young adults to explore their new independence and responsibilities in a positive and exciting way.

A fun, yet serious, way of doing this is by owning and caring for a pet as a young adult.

Now, I've personally gone my college years without having and caring for my pet, not because I didn't want the responsibly, but because my required and available housing during these years have not allowed me to. On a surface level, it sucks. And that may not be the professional or adult way to express the situation, but it's the direct and honest one.

Through these years without my pet, who is currently cared for by my parents at home, I've thought a lot about how I have been affected by this. And how I would have and can benefit as an adult, and generally as a person, by having pets in the future.

Before I go any further, I think it is important to point out that what I write here is from personal experience and is dependent on my own personality. Caring for a pet is about more than selfish goals. But, I do think that these concepts and thoughts can be applied and adapted to the lives of many other young adults experiencing this weird and new time in their lives.

To be clear, I don't think that everyone should randomly go out and get a pet. It's not a decision that should be made on a whim. It's a decision that requires thought and preparation. One that rests on the acknowledgment of the person to believe and decide that they are ready and capable to take care of a living thing.

It is the epitome of responsibility, albeit on a smaller scale than having a child, but one that can help shape how people view responsibility as a whole. I don't have scientific facts or a bunch of sources, but in my experience, having something or someone dependent on you helps make you more purposeful about your actions and thoughts. In a parallel universe where I had my cat during college, maybe I wouldn't still be such a procrastinator? I guess now we'll never know.

Having a pet as an adult, even just in college, is very different than having one while growing up at home. You are now the sole provider and the sole caregiver for a living being. The decisions you make have more serious consequences since there aren't parents or siblings to help you out when/if you forget something or want to put yourself first.

Pets require a kind of sacrifice that you need to be willing to give. And at the same time, provide a better understanding of responsibility and dependability than simply getting yourself to scrape-by.

With this thought in mind, pets require a routine as well. Which, pet or not, I've realized that routines are super helpful in figuring out a schedule and getting things done on time. You gain a better sense of timing and planning, things that I feel I'm still struggling to master now as a senior.

And as long as the owner is aware of and understands the reality and financial responsibility of having a pet, pets can help young adults, and people overall, better understand a sense of authority and decision-making. Even if you aren't sure the best way to take care of yourself, you can learn the best way to care for an animal. A pet can provide a motivation to do better and be better in life.

As people work harder for the sake of their families, pets can have the same effect as they become a part of your family.

In this, caring for and having a pet can help promote better mental health and socializing. As someone who lives alone, it can be hard to socialize outside of class. And as depressing as it can sound, pets provide a (usually) unconditional love that can help you feel loved and important. I cherish the small amounts of time when I get to see and interact with my cat during breaks.

As a college student without that ability to have a pet, I've been looking forward to the day when I move into a new place and am reunited with my own. And I would be lying if I said I haven't also been quelling a bit of puppy fever the past year or so. But, even though I'm a young adult who may not seem mature at all times, or always have myself together, I do understand what it takes to own a pet. And, I feel that that is the case with most young adults.

As people, we sometimes need something bigger or outside ourselves to work for and towards. A step toward greater responsibility and a new experience, and I whole-heartedly believe that pets can be that.

Yeah, the initial pull might be the fluffy coats and little toes (and honestly everything about pets cause they're freaking adorable), but pets provide realistic and important life-long understandings for young adults.

So, when I say I want another pet after I graduate, that doesn't mean the thought has just popped into my head, it means that I'm ready for more responsibility in my life. A responsibility that is appropriate for where I'm at in life as a young adult.

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Exclusive Interview With Soul Singer December Rose

Exclusive Interview With Soul Singer December Rose

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Soul Singer Rosie La Posta who goes under the moniker of December Rose releases the ballad Hanging On. Finding a vocal style of her own, she hits all the notes effortlessly. You can hear past influences but she still keeps contemporary. Think Andra Day'smega smash Rise Up. As far the inspiration behind the song, Rosie says, "Besides the grief of a crumbling relationship, the hardest part in moving on is realizing neither person ever really closed the door. 'Hanging On' really paints the melancholy of the process." She first made waves her first single "Ball Game" which received a New Artist Spotlight award and was featured on AOL/Slacker Radio's "New Pop First" channel. Give it a stream.

Can you tell us a bit about your new song Hanging On?

For sure! So 'Hanging On' is about the "elephant in the room" everyone is ignoring. The relationship is crumbling, no one's letting go and closing the door to that chapter in their lives. The song carries listeners through the reminiscing sweet encounter and desperate plea for truth to set them free.

How would you describe your sound?

Always the hardest question to answer!! haha With all the new music I've been working on, there's been a huge musical maturation. With that said, there is a lot of influence of different genres, but to keep it simple, I'd say Adele meets One Republic, meets Gavin DeGraw, meets Amy Winehouse.

What's your song writing routine like?

This has evolved a ton over the years and still haven't really found a routine. My most creative moments are usually in the mornings, in the shower, and while on public transit around the city. Super random!!! I think on average these are the times my mind has the freedom to just think about anything. So, little melodies or song concepts might come to mind, or lyrics. Sometimes on a great day, all of these things come together at the same time. Little by little I build it. I don't force the song to come together in one day if it's not there. I let the idea "sit on the slow cooker" until it's ready (can be super quick or super long).

Are you playing any shows soon?

With the holidays approaching, no shows for the rest of 2018, but booking for 2019 already so all that information will be up on my website shortly. (https://www.DecemberRoseMusic.com)

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