Excellent questions, too bad I'm not qualified to answer out of anything except for my own experience. As a general rule, I like to be as strict as possible about the observance of the precepts whether they be 5, 8, 10, 12 or 227 (not that I've undertaken the patimokkha in this lifetime). An despite the fact that I am strict with myself about the precepts that doesn't mean I don't goof up occasionally-it just means I don't blur the lines for myself and see my akusala kamma for what it is. As for noticing when we're doing something wrong and ceasing to do so I think that doing so is one of the best definitions of right mindfulness. Sounds like you're off to a great start to me but please don't hesitate to ask more knowledgeable folk than me for pointers. Also, if you haven't joined our Facebook club, we have a thread for Confession of Faults so we can air out those slip-ups and get on with our practice. May you be well, happy and at peace!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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