When our goal in life changes to tranquility of mind, our thoughts, speech, and actions will fall in line directed towards this goal. You don't have to push yourself to meditate. Meditation will automatically occur in you because meditation is the means to the goal you are pursuing. Your life is going in that direction. You don't have to make any effort. You don't have to make any resolution. You don't need to have will-power to meditate. Willpower is the result of meditation, and not a means to it. You don't have to force yourself to meditate. You don't have to say, "I don't have any time, I have to make time." You will automatically have time because that is what you want to do. If you really want to do something you will have time. You don't have time only when you are not really interested in doing something.
Dukkhanirodha wrote:Well some items may be added to the above mentioned lists.
What happens during your meditation time is connected to every single other thing you do in your day. Therefore it is impossible to devellop in meditation if outside of that time you keep fulfilling your cravings. You must get your 5 sila perfect.
You must absolutely abandon any sexual activity, otherwise you can't even reach the first jhana, not to mention intoxicants.
You must restrain yourself in entertainments, ideally suppress them all (TV, movies, music, getting out with friends who are deeply concerned with fulfilling desires, parties etc.).
Don't get yourself busy with the world. Guard your sense doors, don't get involved in sense pleasures. Give up as many responsabilities as possible, they bother your meditation very much. Don't watch the news, you will always be told when something really important happens.
Cultivate wholesome thoughts for everyone. Practice metta bhavana after each sitting for a few minutes.
You also better restrain yourself in food, not eating at night, or very lightly. Restrain in sleep, decrease your time of sleep, because you don't need to sleep 8 nor 7 nor even 6 hours a night. You can very rightly transform your time of sleep into time for meditation.
Generally speaking, go to the essential, only perform deeds which are absolutely necessary, give up all other activities and get to sit whenever you managed some free time.
But the best instructions are given by the Buddha himself
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