I hazard a guess that most of us, Pureland cultivators, would have fixed periods of recitation and unfixed periods of recitation.
For me, my unfixed periods could be confined within office hours, within the home when I doing housework for example, etc.
I do have daily fixed periods as well (1 hour, between 9pm to 10pm), during which I fully concentrate on reciting Amitabha.
However, just before I start my fixed periods of recitation, I like motivate myself and push myself towards greater concentration by reminding myself the following:Why I Recite Amitabha Buddha?
1. Because the name Amitabha encompasses all my future happiness, bliss and wisdom; there is nothing that I need beyond Amitabha in the future
2. Because I sincerely want to break all fetters that bound me to the life-and-death cycle
3. Because I sincerely wish to have my lotus blossom as much as possible in Western Pureland
4. Because I want to walk among the great shravakas and bodhisattvas in the Western Pureland
Do you motivate yourself in similar or other way? Or do you automatically (and easily) enter deep recitation ?
Please share your experience