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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 20 days this month, totalling 10 hours practice. (20 entries total)


Wed
20
Mindfulness of Breathing Nice sit, outdoors, a bit cold. Focus was lacking in places, but a decent sit.


Tue
19
Mindfulness of Breathing Sat with my breathing until sadness kicked in (see yesterday's post), and then I'd sit with that until it dissipated and ...


Mon
18
We had to put the family dog down this morning, which was hard on everyone. Plus, that dog was closest to me, so I felt his sudden absence very k ...


Sun
17
Mindfulness of Breathing Nice sit, focused and calm.


Sat
16
Mindfulness of Breathing Turned 50(!) today, and between that, the kids' celebration festivities, and a sick dog, it was a bit hard to focus.


Fri
15
Mindfulness of Breathing Indoor sit at home (weather really not cooperating for outdoor sits as of late). I had a lot of things on my plate this ...


Thu
14
Mindfulness of Breathing Kind of cold, outdoor sit.


Wed
13
Mindfulness of Breath Disjointed sit, which is usual when my plans get changed at the last minute. I did settle in right towards the end. I not ...


Tue
12
Mindfulness of Breathing Outdoor sit, different park, pretty good results.


Mon
11
Mindfulness of Breathing Indoor sit while working from home. Nice sit. Metta again very impactful.


Sun
10
Mindfulness of Breathing Decent enough sit. Changes to my metta routine see to be having a big impact.


Sat
09
Mindfulness of Breathing Wonderful sit, very focused, and metta was particularly impactful.


Fri
08
Mindfulness of Breathing Very nice, calming sit. Had pockets of very deep concentration.


Thu
07
Mindfulness of Breathing Still at home sick, but a better sit.


Wed
06
Mindfulness of Breathing Not a great sit, fairly distracted (I was at home, sick).


Tue
05
Mindfulness of Breathing Difficult sit. Finally bailed on metta after having had to start over again and again. Finally, after 15-20 minutes my ...


Mon
04
Mindfulness of Breathing My lunchtime sit was interrupted by rain, so I sat at home after work, which isn't great because I always have difficult ...


Sun
03
Mindfulness of Breathing Another fairly distracted sit


Sat
02
Mindfulness of Breathing Semi-distracted sit


Fri
01
Mindfulness of Breathing Uneventful sit