Zenainder wrote:If I may encourage early practitioners: do not fret quantity of time meditating, but rather QUALITY of time spent practicing. If you are worried about how long you are meditating, you are completely missing the point!
I agree. Yet, this is the very part of the Dhammic Path to first "become a meditator" then to un-become by direct and actual realisation. Its a trap most (if not all) practitioners fall into at the start of their practice. Solidifying into a "meditator" will create suffering. Anicca teaches us that nothing is solid. If trying to solidify any phenomena Dukkha is born. Can't talk about Anatta because I have no direct insight about it. Was drowning in the Sea of Dukkha Nanas for a few years though, all because of "becoming" a meditator (feeling guilt when not sitting daily or feeling guilt if sitting short sessions, or feeling guilty if not being concentrated/blissful/didn't gain new insights, etc, etc, etc ...)
Practiced daily for 3 years. Stopped practicing for 2 years. Now feeling to get on with the practice again (but without becoming a meditator)
That said I will start using the Insight Timer App again from tonight and just keep rafting up the river ...
May we all benefit from the Dhamma