purple planet wrote:Because of pains i get in my joints i cant go to a retreat
what about a self retreat; or seeking a stay at a place that would allow more meditation time? there are many ways to be able to do a retreat and I am sure you could self guide and alternate walking sitting standing and Lying down practice for a suitable duration!
if i meditate 3 hours a day will i make progress - or is constant mindfulness the only way ?
both are benefiscial, but you need to live why not one hour a day AM and one hour PM or another amount of time?
day to day practice is far harder that monastic or retreat practice but also very worthwhile. The Eightfold path is the Eightfold path for a reason FWIW.
i practice vipasana noting (Mahasi Sayadaw) with labeling is there a better technique which fits better with not going to retreats ?[/quote]
try just being mindful of daily activities? when a though comes up that is not an intentional act bring your mind back to what you are doing.
progress is possible with establishing the correct pattern, this doesn't need to be 100% at first but that is what the aim is.