In july 2011 I found a meditation seat I have never seen before. I was in Switzerland in a very beautiful location whose name is Felsentor. It is a place for meditation retreats and courses, zen styled and open to an amazing view over the lake of Luzern.
I was there to attend my second retreat of "Pointing Out Way Style of Meditation" with Daniel Brown.
I went into the room that I was given and I met Juerg, my room mate. He even speaks Italian quite well. We start to talk about ourselves to know each other. He is an architect and he works as a professional designer. After a while he takes something out of his suitcase to show me. In few seconds he puts together few pieces of wood and he shows me a meditation seat that he designed and made himself.
Until then I was used to meditate sitting on a regular chair. I had never used a meditation stool or pillow because I don't like the crossed legs position. Only few times in retreats I used a zafu pillow.
So Juerg makes me see how to sit on it in different positions and how easy it is to assemble it, disassemble and take it with you. It was the very first prototype he build and I wanted to try it.
I thought: "Well, very comfortable, it allows an optimal position, my back stays straight and my butts do not hurt ... ok for a while, but what about a long meditation ? "
I asked him to use it during the retreat. So, that evening I went to the meditation room for my first session with this new small and cute bench. It was really comfortable even for an hour long meditation. Unfortunately for me the day after in the afternoon Juerg asked it back.
It was really comfortable and I wouldn't have wanted to seat on the cushion again, but I had to.
... I immediately understood the difference ... Juerg's seat really gives you the energy of the earth back into your backbone, while the meditation pillow sinks down in itself and becomes even harder the more you move on it.
I quickly asked Juerg a new stool for myself.
Now I use it all the time.
I love this meditation seat. It is comfortable, light, simple, cute, small, unsophisticated, you can choose the kind of wood you like the most and even personalize it with precious stones if you want. Different heights are available !
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