Meditation is a simple and yet effective tool for achieving relaxation. Contrary to what some might expect, it is not as complicated as they think. In the beginning, practitioners of meditation might experience a little difficulty, but they will soon get used to it and find that it is actually easy to practice and quite enjoyable. Their attainment of relaxation, resulting in getting rid of stress and anxiety, will be a very enjoyable activity that they will look forward to doing as often as possible. There are many different techniques that those who are interested in meditation can learn, and they can take their pick on what suits their tastes or even their lifestyle.
I’m quite familiar with the benefits offered by meditation myself, having experienced it first-hand. Choosing meditation as my way of getting past my troubles was an easy enough decision, when the time did come for me to decide. That was because I did my homework, so to speak, and researched thoroughly about what options I had and found that meditation offered me the best opportunity. So when I started meditating, I already knew what to expect, and was able to get maximum results as early as possible. I did mantra meditation which I continue to do today, and I never needed anything more than my quiet room to get myself going with my meditation. I never used any object or tool for meditation, although right now I am contemplating on trying to use a Zafu meditation pillow. In fact, I even intend to learn how to make a Zafu meditation pillow.
Making My Own Zafu Meditation Pillow
My intention is to go into Japanese Zen meditation, and that means that I am going to make use of the Zafu meditation pillow. It is of course meant for seated meditation practice. People like myself who want to make use of it can actually make my own meditation pillow, and here is how it is done:
• First would be getting the needed materials, of which a blend of cotton and polyester would be best. The material needs to be sturdy. Its length would have to be about 59 inches, with the length varying from six to nine inches, depending on the required and desired height by the user. Also, two circles of cloth, with a diameter of eleven to thirteen inches, again depending on the need and desire of the one who would use it. For the filling, used Kapok fiber or buckwheat hulls.
• With the materials all gathered together, next comes the pleating of the cloth. A total of fourteen pleats, each ¾ inch in size and about three inches apart.
• After the cloth has been pleated, take the right edge of the pleated strip cloth and then pin it to the left end of the strip about 3 ¼ inch from the left edge.
• The next step would be to mark each circle of cloth at four points that are equidistant. Then turn the pleated length of cloth inside out and then pin each circle to the pleated strip, with one circle to the top edge and one to the bottom, at each of all the four points.
• After that, pin all of the pleats into the circles, and then sew the circles to the length of cloth. Turn the inside out and put the stuffing, either of kapok or buckwheat. Do this through the side of the Zafu, and it is best to make use of a lot of stuffing material, as the Kapok will eventually compress and the buckwheat wears down. Placing a zipper at the side will only make the refilling easier.