Meditation, the Sitting PartJuly 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM | Posted in Golf, Meditation, Piano | Leave a comment
Tags: Alfred Brendel, Claudio Arrau, Jack Mackey
If my young grandson Jack were to ask me what is the first thing he should do to learn how to play golf, I would unhesitating say: learn a perfect grip. Everything in golf flows, good and bad from the grip and paradoxically, it is the easiest thing to learn – in a physical sense. You don’t have to have great hand-eye coordination, timing or swing speed. You do need a great teacher and patience.
I once read of a great pianist (Brendel, Arrau?) saying that he knew that he wanted to practice for many hours and over many years, so he had to learn how to sit properly at the piano, so his body could handle the strain.
Now that I am in my third round of meditating, the advice I’d give a tyro would be to learn how to sit in good posture and the sooner the better. I’ve noticed that Jack, not quite 2 years old, has perfect posture but the older people get, the worse their posture. Sitting well, once we get older, is quite difficult.
Sitting in posture is not the point of meditation, it is the medium. But then, sometimes the medium is the …. well, you know.