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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 19 days this month, totalling 10 hours 15 minutes practice. (21 entries total)


Mon
19
Attention to Breathing Very nice sit in the park.


Sun
18
Attention to Breathing A later sit than usual, and I didn't expect it to be a good one because it was at the end of a road trip, and I was very t ...


Sat
17
Attention to Breathing Morning sit, which usually doesn't work out very well, but this one did. I was probably more alert than I would have been ...


Fri
16
Attention to Breathing Great sit outdoors in the sun.


Thu
15
Short sit after class

Short sit before class

Attention to Breathing Very nice sit. Different park this time, but enjoyed sitting in the sun in (relative) peace and quiet.


Wed
14
Attention to Breathing One of those weird sits where you don't think that you were very focused, but you feel as if you were.


Tue
13
Attention to Breathing Outdoor sit, trying to keep warm in the sun. Had a person approach me afterwards, "Sir, were you meditating?" S ...


Mon
12
Attention to Breathing Another indoor sit, pretty relaxing while still being a bit scatterbrained


Sun
11
Attention to Breathing Inside sit (it's been relatively cold out lately), not remarkable in any way other than that it was a much later sit than ...


Sat
10
Attention to Breathing Not a terribly focused sit, but extremely pleasurable. That was almost certainly due to the fact that right before the sit ...


Fri
09
Attention to Breathing Another distracted sit. Hard to focus.


Thu
08
Attention to Breathing Deep, relaxing sit.


Wed
07
Attention to Breathing A somewhat distracted sit.


Tue
06
Attention to Breathing Periods of serene focus, nice sit.


Mon
05
Attention to Breathing Late sit, as I had things to do during lunch. Usually, these sits are difficult, as I'm tired at the end of the day, but t ...


Sun
04
Attention to Breathing Right before this sit, I found out about one of those things that starts happening after you become a practicing Buddhist: ...


Sat
03
Attention to Breathing Wonderful sit, outdoors in a park. Some teenagers asked us afterwards, "Are you guys meditating? Cool! Man, we should ...


Fri
02
Attention to Breathing Odd sit, as it took place at 7:45 AM in a hospital chapel.


Thu
01
Attention to Breathing Very pleasant sit