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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 23 days this month, totalling 12 hours 50 minutes practice. (28 entries total)


Wed
23
Lamrim Day Nine - Remembering the Kindness of Living Beings Wonderful sit, everything about it was great. I stood up calm, relaxed, and filled w ...


Tue
22
Lamrim Day Eight - Recognizing That All Living Beings Have Been Our Mothers Very nice sit, calm and relaxing.


Mon
21
Lamrim Day Seven - Developing Equanimity So-so sit. Didn't get a lot of sleep last night, so I'm sure that had something to do with it.


Sun
20
Lamrim Day Six - Developing Renunciation for Samsara Nice sit, started off a bit slowly, but locked in right when I needed to.


Sat
19
Lamrim Day Five - Actions & Their Effects Decent sit, started off very distracted (probably because my day was running 4 hours behind on ever ...


Fri
18
Lamrim Day Four - Refuge Practice Greg Great sit, very focused throughout. Greg sit? Nice, autocorrect.


Thu
17
Short sit at end of class

Short sit at beginning of class.

Lamrim Day Three - The Dangers of Lower Rebirth Nice sit, not nearly as scatterbrained as I'd been earlier in the week.


Wed
16
Lamrim Day Two - Death & Impermanence Better sit today as my focus problems weren't nearly as bad. They were probably just a passing thing t ...


Tue
15
Lamrim Day One - Precious Human Life Another sit plagued with loose focus. Going to try a cup of coffee before tomorrow's sit.


Mon
14
Lamrim Day Twenty-One: Relying on a Spiritual Guide Difficult sit in that I had a very hard time concentrating throughout. I think it was due to ...


Sun
13
Lamrim Day Twenty - Superior Seeing Pretty nice sit, even though the dogs interrupted midway through.


Sat
12
Lamrim Day Nineteen - Tranquil Abiding I LOVE the tranquil abiding meditation, even though it can be difficult at times. I feel as if the one me ...


Fri
11
Lamrim Day Eighteen - Bodhichitta Ok sit, had some trouble focusing on my object. That's been happening a bit lately, so I think I'm going to do ...


Thu
10
Short sit at the end of class.

Short sit at the beginning of class.

Lamrim Day Seventeen - Giving Ok sit. Weather still holding, making it barely possible for me to sit in the park.


Wed
09
Lamrim Day Sixteen - Wishing Love Another calm, relaxed sit during which I was distracted and found it hard to focus.


Tue
08
Lamrim Day Fifteen - Taking Weird sit. I was happy, calm, and looking forward to sitting, which is usually when I have great sits. Instead, it ...


Mon
07
Lamrim Day Fourteen - Great Compassion Tired sit, as I was short on sleep and it was very warm outside. Probably need to move the sits indoors un ...


Sun
06
Lamrim Day Thirteen - Exchanging Self With Others Wonderful sit, I felt very focused throughout, and came out of it relaxed and peaceful.


Sat
05
Lamrim Day Twelve - The Advantages of Cherishing Others Sat under a tree in a park. A lot of noise (which, of course, stopped the instant the si ...


Fri
04
Lamrim Day Eleven - The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing Very, very nice sit. Felt locked in and peaceful throughout.


Thu
03
Lamrim Day Ten - Equalizing Self & Others Nice sit at home, relaxing with a nice "body buzz" sensation. A little tired and distrac ...


Wed
02
Lamrim Day Nine - Remembering Kindness of Living Beings Make-up sit for the one that got rained out this afternoon. Very nice.

Sit interrupted by rain.


Tue
01
Lamrim Day Eight - Recognizing All Living Beings as Our Mother Nice sit, outdoors, perfect weather. Calming, relaxing.