Over the last few months I have taken a break from daily meditation practice and it has left me determined to bring myself back to it (I always intended to come back to it by March, if not February) – definitely my overall sense of well-being and contentment was enhanced last year when I meditated nearly daily for over seven months. I also felt less prone to emotional outbursts and anxiety. I have recited a mantra a number of times in the last few days but I'm a bit rusty regarding the whole practice I was doing. Here follows my notes reminding me how to do a daily meditation practice.*
Find a place to meditate
Ideally one should create a special place where one goes to meditate. This place should be laid out in a way which promotes meditation. I ended up setting up a space on a small table on my balcony. On it I have placed a framed photograph of a statue of Padmasambhava, as well as a mosquito repelling candle, a singing bowl, and a couple of larger images of Padmasambhava in the background in a larger frame. You could say it is like a shrine to Padmasambhava, but I think that would be overstating it – for I have never made offerings there. Rather it is a space created to aid my meditative practice.