I have been in the process of seriously establishing my practice and commitment to the Dhamma this week. The will/viriya to do this emerged randomly this week, but I feel more saddha than I ever have before and I have a strong sense that now is the time, that the conditions are perfect, and that my path has led me to this point in time. I find I am able meditate for longer periods of time whenever I have this type of true conviction, which has been absent in previous attempts.
My challenge is to use my summer before college to create the conditions for a lifetime practice. For me, this involves meditation 2-3 times every day for a least thirty minutes per session, with gradual increases in duration on days whenever the conditions feel right. But at least thirty minutes each time. I also commit myself to maintaining ardency, alertness and mindfulness of the present moment and to study of the Dhamma.
This summer is perfect for this because I have no job, no responsibilities, and no external impediments to interfere with my practice. I also spend most of my time alone, which speaks to the fruits of practice "born of solitude."
Now, for the supportive aspect of this thread, I have a question for anyone willing to answer. How can I get my feet/legs to stop going numb in cross-legged positions? I'm young, flexible and sprightly (until anicca gets me), and I can get in to the position easily. But at least one foot always goes numb.
I do not want my house to be walled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.- Gandhi
With persistence aroused for the highest goal's attainment, with mind unsmeared, not lazy in action, firm in effort, with steadfastness & strength arisen, wander alone like a rhinoceros.
Not neglecting seclusion, absorption, constantly living the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma, comprehending the danger in states of becoming, wander alone like a rhinoceros.- Snp. 1.3