Before I ever used meditation cushions, I used pillows from my couch and folded up blankets—anything that would lift my hips a little and provide some sort of respite to my lower back. While my inventions were okay as placeholders, they did not make sitting for long periods of time comfortable or fun. It felt a little like plain yogurt tastes: smooth but lacking flavor.
The first time I used a meditation cushion, however, my hips and lower back rejoiced in the comfort. There was no question that this invention had been made for this exact experience and it made meditating that much easier and so much more enjoyable. I equated it to blueberry yogurt: creamy and bursting with flavor!
Here are my top four favorite meditation cushions: