It's true that you really can meditate anywhere you choose; you can even sit at your dining room table and meditate if you want. However, there are many reasons to consider using a proper meditation cushion for your practice. Without it you may find that your practice is not as relaxing and effective as you would imagine and you may find that your body is more stiff and sore than before you began, something that is contrary to the purpose of the practice itself.
A proper meditation cushion is something that is meant for this practice in particular; it is not just a floor cushion or something you would use to watch television. It's much more than just an oversized pillow, as it's meant to support the body's posture properly without making you so comfortable that you fall asleep. The right meditation cushion can also help to keep your body heat in place. This means keeping you comfortable and increasing your body's circulation.
When you're warm enough, as you would be with the right meditation cushion, you can be more relaxed and your mind can focus much more easily. When the body is cold and uncomfortable in any way, the mind is easily distracted and this takes away from the entire practice itself. When you're warm enough you also feel more calm and restful. A thicker meditation cushion helps to keep the body heat in place so you can concentrate more readily.
A meditation cushion is made specifically to cushion the spine so that the body's weight is spread more evenly over the area of the hips. This means less pressure on the back and the back muscles work as they should. The posture is then in place and the back isn't working improperly to keep the body upright. If you've ever had back pain after a meditation session, you know the importance of the right meditation cushion. Your lower body as well can be cushioned from the body's weight so it too is relaxed, meaning less pain and stiffness or soreness in the legs.
To choose the right meditation cushion for yourself, consider any space limitations you may have. Do you need something you can store on a shelf when not in use or do you have a special space where you can set up your room to meditate? If you have the room, opt for a large meditation cushion that will support your entire body. You can also choose smaller models that are typically round shaped, or higher on one end.
This helps to give the body added cushion and support as it pushes some of your weight forward slightly.It may also be good to opt for a meditation cushion that you can clean easily; one with a cover you can throw in the washing machine or that you can easily sponge off is typically the best choice. This will keep you healthy and safe during your practice so you get the most out of it.