One Mind Dharma does not sell meditation cushions ourselves, but here are a few different items we recommend. These are cushions from different vendors we love, offering high-quality meditation cushions and mats. Take a look below, and feel free to reach out to us for our recommendation!
Mala Collective Cushions
These cushions are truly beautiful and we have a few ourselves in our meditation center! They last, are beautiful, and also make great gifts!
Organic Meditation Cushions
Although they not look the same as the meditation cushions from Mala Collective, these ones are solid. Bean Products makes 100% organic zafus and zabutons, and offers the option to fill them with buckwheat. Personally, I prefer buckwheat to cotton, as it helps the meditation cushion retain its shape longer!
Inscribed Meditation Cushions
These cushions have beautiful inspirational messages stitched into them, which can serve as a reminder of our practice. In addition, Buddha Groove has many other designs and patterns available. At a decent price, these are definitely one of our favorite cushions!
Here are some other cushions worth checking out. Although were not crazy about buying from Amazon ourselves, these are sold through independent vendors using Amazon’s selling platform to sell their meditation cushions!
Meditation benches are a great alternative to meditation cushions. You use it by resting on your knees, and this can be better for some people with tight hips. There’s also the backjack, a wonderful tool we use frequently.
A meditation cushion is a tool for you to use in your practice. Cushions are the utility of choice for many people across the world, and for good reason. They offer a stable way to sit, a dedicated item to sit on, and a somewhat universal meditation tool. The benefit of sitting on a meditation cushion is that you can keep your back upright, rest on the skeleton, and relax the muscles.
However, the truth is that you don’t absolutely need one if it is not right for you. Every individual is different, and some people don’t find cushions a comfortable way to meditate. You may be more comfortable lying down, sitting in a chair, or on a meditation bench. The meditation cushion is not one-size-fits-all. We have to find for ourselves what works and if a meditation cushion doesn’t feel right we don’t need to force it.
Finding the Right Posture
There is not one perfect posture for meditation. Some people prefer lying down, while others prefer chairs. In our experience, one of the best guidelines is to try to keep the spine as straight as possible. In a chair or cushion, this means tilting the hips slightly forward and stacking the spine. Laying down, this may mean lifting the legs to flatten the spine. You don’t need to sit in a full lotus position to be a good meditator!
It can be useful to do a mindfulness of the body or body scan meditation to get to know our bodies and what feels right. I like to start my periods of meditations with a brief body scan to help settle into the body and see what adjustments need to be made. Sitting on a meditation cushion, we can tune into the body and see where we are experiencing tension and pain, and mindfully move to find a more comfortable sitting posture.
Whether you’re sitting on a cushion, a chair, or a bench, longer periods of meditation may bring some pain. This is natural. We train ourselves to understand the difference between minor discomfort and serious pain. We learn to deal with the pain, and not give up every time some tension comes up. Sitting still takes practice, so be patient with yourself!