My personal meditation practice
I started my regular practice with a 1,000 day vow to sit every day. That was a bit over 1,600 days ago, so I guess it worked.
I sit for 32 minutes every day. Usually first thing in the morning, but not always.
My style is a mix of shikan-taza and self-inquiry.
1 – settle in
2 – do Douglas Harding’s pointing experiment to hone in on the target of inquiry, namely me
3 – watch my breath for a 10 count, re-starting however many times it takes to get all the way to 10 without getting pulled away by thoughts, or losing my place
4 – turn attention directly to me for one moment
5 – sit and attend to whatever happens
I do prostrations after to honor the practice, dedicate it to the awakening of all, and get feeling back on my legs.
Well, that there vow was an intention if ever I’ve seen one! Your practice shows the diversity and similarities of meditation practices. I’m impressed at your continuing resolve and commitment and how it’s obviously working for you.
Really curious to know what lead you to set the vow in the first place or did it just seem like the ‘right’ thing to do?