I have to say, honestly, that since I invested in your bench, I have used it daily and my sits are able to get longer and longer because I don't experience physical pain. I have an autoimmune arthritic condition that has hindered my practice for about 4 years. I found, during that time, that no position was comfortable- not a chair, not two cushions, not a couch and so my sits became an exercise in enduring physical pain. And now, that has vanished. I am able to rediscover what first drew me to meditation, with all of its own challenges and rewards, and not feel physically broken. I am so grateful to you and your company for that. There really aren't words. Over these four years, I have tried so many things- classes, exercises, techniques, vitamins, herbs, medications, doctors and doctors and doctors - and none of them improved my condition to any speakable degree. Then I get this bench because that little voice inside my heart said: "Yes, it is expensive and it is way more than a cushion, but your practice is worth it. Try it. Be open." And I went to a meeting on Wednesday night and sat for 1 hour and 10 minutes without pain. So, I hug my heart voice every day. And hold all of you in a place of deep, deep gratitude.
Thank you very much for sharing your labor of love with the world! Like you, I have had years of discomfort that resulted in impeded breathing, aching feet/back, slouching etc. This made my practice rather distracting and left me somewhat uninspired. So, I realize how important an ideal posture is for meditation was well. With your amazing invention, I am simply motivated to meditate with my go-to seat daily, and we know how important consistency is!
After 20 years of meditation, I recently bought a seat from simplysitting and it's the first time in my life I've been truly comfortable. I have mild sciatica and my left leg would always go numb in any seated posture. I just accepted it as part of my Buddhist practice. Then I saw an ad for your seat and decided to try it. Now it's all I use. I travel five days a week and bring it with me to the hotel. I use it in my meditation room at home, and I bring it with me to the zendo each week. Thank you!
A beautiful meditation seat — it’s aesthetically perfect and thoughtful.