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I meditated for about 40 minutes in a full lotus posture - it was hellish, physically. Pain in my back, legs, etc.
But amazingly enough the mind did not wander because it was 'consumed' by the pain, I guess.
So it got me thinking. Is it possible that meditation postures are aimed at creating pain? You're so overwhelmed with pain that you give up your regular thinking patterns and obsessions. There is only pain, so your mind sort of comes to a standstill. It just doesn't have the opportunity or time to think of anything else.
Does pain serve a higher purpose, then?
Could this be the reason that zen emphasis sitting meditation?