Like most things in life, not all meditation pillows are created equal. There are many key details that can mean the difference between meditation that is distracting due to the discomfort, and a powerful meditation that allows you to soothe your mind, body and spirit. To ensure you find the highest quality meditation pillow for your practice, here are the key elements you’ll want to consider.
If a meditation pillow you are considering is filled with kapok (or buckwheat hulls), chances are that you’re looking at a high quality meditation pillow. Cheaper versions are often filled with cheaper fillers and when you use cheap meditation pillows, your discomfort is sacrificed.
Now, you may be thinking that sitting on any cushion is better than none but in order to harness the benefits of meditation, you need to disconnect your mind and body; sitting on a meditation pillow that feels like you’re sitting on hard concrete will make that difficult to do.
But why are kapok meditation pillows better?
There are many reasons, with the main benefit of kapok meditation pillows being increased comfort for long periods. The material provides a supportive cushion that promotes proper blood flow, which helps to deter aches, pains, and feelings of pins and needles.
Kapok is also the traditional fill for zafu meditation cushions, and it’s a natural, biodegradable filling which is always a nice touch.
Another popular choice for high-quality meditation cushions are versions that use buckwheat hull as the filler. Similar to kapok meditation pillows, this material is 100% earth friendly. However, the main difference between the two types of meditation pillow fillers is that buckwheat hulls allow the meditation cushion to form to your body, whereas kapok filled meditation pillows offer a soft, comfy place to sit. Think of buckwheat hull as sand, and kapok as cotton; this will help you see what the difference is in feel.
Buckwheat meditation cushions are quickly growing as a popular fill, particularly for zafu meditation pillows, due to the increased comfort and stability they bring to your practice. They feel like you’re sitting on a mound of soft beach sand which also helps to create a grounded feel.
The really interesting thing about buckwheat hull meditation cushions is that you will not have to fluff them up, even after many uses as they do not flatten. The comfort remains regardless of how many times you use them.
In addition to the type of filler used in meditation pillows, you’ll also want to consider the materials used to house the filler. Cotton twill fabric is an excellent option that is comfortable, soft and soothing, while also offering the durability you desire.
You’ll also want to take a look at the stitching to ensure the job was done well. Generally, if you’re buying meditation pillows that have kapok or buckwheat hull, the quality has been put into the entire design as they are not cheaply made. In other words, you wouldn’t put diamonds in a plastic bottle but you may put diamonds in a crystal jar.
Outside of the material, there are some things to consider to ensure the best meditation pillow for you. Everything from the size, shape and type of meditation pillow will play a role in your practice. So, once you have decided on either kapok meditation cushions or buckwheat hull meditation cushions, go over the different types of each.
Awakened Self has a great selection of high quality meditation pillows that will bring comfort and calmness into your practice.
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