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Why do you practice?
I meditate to: a) Increase my happiness; b) Decrease my "un-happiness"; c) Directly and indirectly increase the happiness of others.
How do you practice?
I've been keeping my meditation simple for quite some time now (years) because I felt that my mind was too active and untrained to dive right into some of the more advanced meditations.  But now that I feel that I can regularly calm myself during meditation, I've moved on to the Lamrim, which is 21 meditations that you cycle through (one a day). The Lamrim is a grouping and condensation of the Buddha's teachings, and it's designed to gradually take you down the path to enlightenment.

Sat on 22 days this month, totalling 11 hours practice. (22 entries total)


Sun
22
Lamrim Day Six - Developing Renunciation Stress is on pause for a bit (plus I have a much better outlook about it now), and as a result this sit ...


Sat
21
Lamrim Day Five - Actions and Their Effects Big stress last night, and as a result, I'm tired and frazzled. This sit was mainly my mind reacting ...


Fri
20
Lamrim Day Four - Refuge Practice No idea why, but it was very hard to focus during this sit.


Thu
19
Lamrim Day Three - The Dangers of Lower Rebirth Pretty good sit, calm, able to focus, etc.


Wed
18
Lamrim Day Two - Death and Impermanence Nice outdoor sit.


Tue
17
Lamrim Day One - Our Precious Human Life Sit at home, pleasant but I have a lot of stress in my life the last couple of days, and it was hard to ...


Mon
16
Lamrim Day Twenty-One - Relying on a Spiritual Guide Nice sit in the park (although it was pretty muggy).


Sun
15
Lamrim Day Twenty - Superior Seeing Late afternoon sit at home.


Sat
14
Lamrim Day Nineteen - Tranquil Abiding Another nice sit, indoors at home.


Fri
13
Lamrim Day Eighteen - Bodhicitta Nice sit, indoors at home.


Thu
12
Lamrim Day Seventeen - Giving Very nice sit, relaxed, calm, focused...


Wed
11
Lamrim Day Sixteen - Wishing Love Nice sit amongst the ducks, who seem to view me as a harmless oddity, although one that requires that they sit ...


Tue
10
Lamrim Day Fifteen - Taking This was an interesting sit, as I had a "realization" pop up out of nowhere. Actually, it was more like my ...


Mon
09
Lamrim Day Fourteen - Great Compassion Very nice sit, outdoors and the heat/humidity was something to deal with, but overall not much of a problem.


Sun
08
Lamrim Day Thirteen - Exchanging Self With Others Nice sit, although it was hard to get focused for some reason.


Sat
07
Lamrim Day Twelve - The Advantages of Cherishing Others Very nice sit, extremely focused with periods of bliss.


Fri
06
Lamrim Day Eleven - The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing Ok sit, had a lot of environment noise to deal with.


Thu
05
Lamrim Day Ten - Equalizing Self and Others Another very nice sit, although I drifted in and out of focus.


Wed
04
Lamrim Day Nine - Remembering the Kindness of Living Beings Nice sit, very relaxing.


Tue
03
Lamrim Day Eight - Remembering That All Living Beings Have Been Our Mother Nice sit, but the heat allowed drowsiness to set in.


Mon
02
Lamrim Day Seven - Developing Equanimity First outdoor sit in almost a month (I was on an extended vacation from work), and while it was differen ...


Sun
01
Lamrim Day Six - Developing Renunciation for Samsara Extremely pleasant sit, very locked in and focused.