The most important things during meditation is to have a firm foundation to sit on, have proper support and alignment of body and complete comfort. This fact holds true for any and all types of meditation.
It is only with achieving a complete level of comfort that the mind is able to focus. If the mind is continuously distracted by aching knees and ankles, correct posture is not possible. The key to successful meditation is for the body to be so comfortable that the body basically ‘disappears.
This leaves the mind free to focus. There are many different types and styles of meditation cushions available on the market today. The cushion used by most practitioners of meditation is the Zafu cushion.
The cushion that is in actual fact just as important is the Zarbuton meditation cushion. Most people ask the question why a Zafu cushion is not sufficient. The Zafu cushion is basically a large and comfortable rectangle.
Complete Comfort Ensured
The Zarbuton meditation cushion is often referred to as the perfect companion to the Zafu cushion. The reason for this is that the Zarbuton meditation cushion is especially to give comfort to ankles and knees during a sitting meditation session.
The Zarbuton meditating cushion is placed under whatever basic meditation cushion has been chosen. When the body is being aligned properly in the classical sitting meditation position it creates extra pressure on knees and ankles.
Many experienced practitioners of meditation will use a Zarbuton meditation cushion. One that can be affixed to the main meditation cushion with straps or even Velcro strips. This is to keep the cushions together and prevent any movement.
When people assume the Seiza or kneeling meditation position they most often will use a yoga meditation cushion as well as a rectangular cushion. The important thing to remember is that there are many different meditation cushions and each have a specific function and place to be used.
The different meditation cushions are there to be used as tools to enhance your meditation experience. That is why it is wise to decide which of the meditation cushions you are going to need when you start out as a beginner.
The most people start with the basics, which is a Zafu meditation cushion and a Zarbuton meditation cushion as these two cushions will be used the most. As your meditation skills and routines expand, you can easily add extra meditation cushions.