Posted by Tony (188.8.131.52) on April 25, 2000 at 18:19:39:
In Reply to: Meditating posted by Michael Pollard on April 25, 2000 at 16:55:27:
I find that a really good time to do meditation, even if only for 5 minutes, is first thing in the morning when I wake up. Don't make a cup of tea or anything, just sit up and take refuge, and continue with any other practices you are accustomed to do. I myself have my only little system of taking refuge, then doing a brief Shakyamuni breathing purification, then my short Vajrasattva purification practice (I need a lot of purification!). After that I go through the mantra from the Heart Sutra while concentrating on the death process (they sort of correspond) and then concentrate on being enlightened (tantric idea of imagining your goals having been achieved) while repeating Om Mani Padme Hum. After that I wish for long life for my various teachers, my family and friends and all sentient beings.
The whole process can take a long time or be compressed into a few minutes. But over the years I've found that it has become very important in putting me in a good frame of mind for the day and giving me a good start. Try it, even if you feel quite sleepy at first, you'll find that because your mind has not yet started racing away to deal with the day's problems etc the effect of the practices are that much stronger. Anyway, that's my experience!
Best wishes in the Dharma,
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