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Part 2: Proper Sitting
Last year in 2020, shortly after the pandemic had begun to spread around the world, I began to research to get my home to a more refined clean and healthy space.
The first article in a series of other articles which were dedicated to the topic of getting the own home and work space to a more healthy and inspiring place was about the Indoor Air Quality, which can be found also on my blog here.
Before we get to tackle the task to get our homes and ultimately ourselves in order, one needs to have a clean space and environment in which one feels comfortably and inspired.
For this we wish to have a clean white unused canvas that can be seen as room for everything new and inspiring.
Cleanliness as I have experienced myself is definitely a pathway to openness for new ideas and possibilities.
Previously as explained in article part one, one needs to make the right decisions, and to learn to live richness and exuberance while actually having less, and we need to consider to be conscious in one’s own choices.
As I have written in my first article about fresh air, this article will be about sitting.
More precisely we will highlight the importance of how we should sit so that we sit properly and consciously.
After we got rid of all our burdens and made place for fresh air and fully taken care of the air aspect in our indoor environment, now it’s time that we simply sit, hopefully in a healthy and conducive manner before whichever task we start to tackle.
Nowadays the act of sitting has somehow become so ordinary and natural, so that we are often no more sensitive nor conscious where and how we should sit.
It seems further that most of us are quite lost when we are asked how to sit in a correct way so that it is beneficial for our health, I think most of us are not well enough informed what unhealthy sitting means to our health and how it can be achieved.
The lack of information and education on this topic seems to become a quite big health issue in our society, because most people who are working in offices are doing their work primarily in a sitting posture, and unfortunately more often the sitting opportunities are less than ideal nor are they chosen in a wisely manner, resulting in the increase of cases in which people suffer from backpains.
But why is that so?
We will see later in this article, that not all chairs described and advertised as ergonomic chairs are really good for you.
So let‘s talk about sitting now
For millennia, since ancient times, right at the very beginning of human race, we have been able to sit. Today we see sitting as as an act as a given, but if we look into the past over let’s say a period of 100 years ago, we discover many famous master-artists like Michelangelo and sculptors like Rodin, who had been studying the posture of sitting in all it’s depth and detail so that they were able to successfully express this particular posture in their sculptures and paintings.
This raises the question in me, that maybe we should also have a deeper and conscious look on how we sit.
May it be the ancestors of the homo sapiens that were sitting in front of a campfire after a hunt in the stone age, or mighty kings of all ages, pharaos for example who had been sitting on their artistically beautifully crafted thrones, or extraordinary devoted, humble people like the Gautama Siddharta the Buddha who had sat under a tree to have the experience of enlightenment on a still full moon night, or revolutionary rebels like Steve Jobs who preferred to sit under his favorite Tiffany Lamp in his nearly empty home in Woodside in California when he was in his late 20s, no matter how extraordinary, famous, or just being the broad average of the world’s population, we people all have in common that we can all sit.
The act of sitting seems to be so simple but why is it that so many of us suffer from backpains while sitting over an extended period of time?
In fact we all do a lot of things during our daily lives, and a great part of it maybe we can say in general that most of us do spend most of the time working.
And those many hours of work each day we tend to spend while we are in a sitting posture.
On a daily basis we also indeed sit for different purposes: We eat our meals sitting, we write e-mails and messages and we do our work in a sitting posture, we sit to meditate, we sit to get entertained in front of the TV and so on.
So why should we talk about sitting, which seems to us to be something so widespread, so ordinary, and does it have any value that we talk about it now?
Why it should matter to you
It’s my assumption derived from my own experience that we are in some point no more conscious of something as simple as sitting, so that the quality of how we sit further seems to be degrading, which most of the time irreversibly leads to chronic ailments and pains in different areas of the shoulder and back region and specific regions of the spine.
It further appears to me that the ability to sit, which is deeply rooted in the fundaments of our physiology, is taken for granted by most of us because we have simply become too familiar with it, so much that we no more recognize and handle the act of sitting in a conscious way.
Sitting seems to be that much effortless that in fact babies can sit before they learn how to walk years later.