When we arise from formal meditation, it is best not to become obsessed with our own thoughts. They are mere appearances in the empty luminosity of the mind, and most of the time are not worthy of more than a passing acknowledgment.
We tend to our everyday obligations while remembering our spiritual aspirations: the contemporary equivalents of “chopping wood and carrying water”, as Japanese Buddhists say.
On a “practical” level, we extend our spiritual cultivation by selecting ten or more times during the day when we stop briefly and recite om amideva hrih ten times.
We can recite om amideva hrih
- upon waking up
- during our morning hygiene
- before or after breakfast
- before driving or taking public transportation
- before or after work
- before or after lunch
- before or after dinner
- before retiring
The practice of 10 x 10 keeps our cultivation fresh. The key is regularity; disruption of the practice will reduce its effectiveness. When we recite consistently without interruption, we soon feel an increase in our peace and clarity.
Diligent practice of this method together with unwavering certainty in our Buddha Nature, observing our Vows, and living an ethical life can ensure quick progress in our spiritual cultivation.