While agreeing with Bhantes advise I would say to develop
The other three-factors of the eightfold path can be incorporated initially or not yet these are a good start to begin with.
Should I be doing chanting and prostrations? As someone born in the West, these both seem very foreign to me. I think I would feel silly doing them. Anyway, just curious to see what a good set a practices should look like. Also, do some of you follow the eight precepts? If so, when do you practice them...on the Sunday? My biggest concern about the eight precepts is not being able to eat after noon. I think by the time I went to sleep I'd be starving if I could only eat from dawn tell noon. Also, if I sleep on a regluar bed does that mean I need to sleep on the floor or something? What sort of bed is acceptable?
You can get all the food you need in the morning and it is done on the lunar days, although if it is easier doing it on a specific day each week is just as good. the worst part about fasting for any amount of time is the thought of fasting. and you may find you prefer the lesser amount of food during the day.
Try learning a text related to the eightfold path, and the four noble truths, you need not learn it as a chant but a daily practice of learning one sutta on this and or the precepts is excelent to be able to bring to mind what you need to remember at any time.
Prostrations... are peculiar things for westerners so if you are not comfortable with it wait untill you are in a group setting (i.e. monastery/meditation group...) and learn/incorporate it from then. don't jump in head first into practices alien to you.
any bed is acceptable really, but my personal guide is if I can sit on it as I would a chair it is the tallest hight, if my feet dangle any it is too tall.
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