Gravity Support Meditation
This exercise is a variation on a traditional meditation. More commonly known techniques use the breath as a focus. The thinking behind this practice is that the breath is a constant but that we rarely pay attention. When we focus inward, we come to recognize how our breathing changes when we are stressed, anxious, or angry. We can then use that knowledge to rebalance ourselves.
Another constant on our world is gravity. Yet, unless we are falling off a building, we rarely think about gravity. Since we are not mindfully aware of how gravity supports and sustains us, we often overcompensate and fight against gravity creating tight, sore muscles. It is using this technique that monks are able to meditate for hours without discomfort.
- Lay down in a comfortable position, eyes open or shut (whatever you are comfortable with) and take a few slow deep breaths.
- For a moment, think about the concept of gravity. Think about how gravity allows oxygen to be present on this planet, the role gravity plays in the formation of water, and how gravity holds us close to the earth. Without gravity, none of us would exist.
- Now, notice your body as a whole. How is gravity supporting you? What parts of your body are touching the surface that you are laying on?
- Focus your attention to those locations. Check your shoulders, your back, your hips, and your legs. Are these areas fully relaxed or are they tense?
- Look deeper at each area. If you feel tenseness, make a conscious effort to relax those areas. Trust in gravity to support you. Play with this process until you feel supported but not strained.
- Continue the process until you are deeply relaxed.