I follow the steps laid out in the Anapana Sati Sutta. Sometimes I follow all 16 steps and make at least some attempt to do what each step seams to me to be indicating. At other times I use my breath as a kind of anchor while I explore the spheres of; Body, Feelings, Mental activity, How things are. Its hard for me to qualify or quantify how this practice is influencing my life. I might speak of really wonderful periods of meditative enjoyment or of an increasing tendency towards allowing my actions to be influenced by a broader perspective. Also I, think of the substance recovery saying "Re-laps is part or recovery." Each time I come around to the ways in which I fall away from wise conduct I tend to see with a bit more clarity and remember how to practice. The practice seems effective on a number of levels and those permutations of efficacy seem to augment one another.
Recently Ive been reading some descriptions of what one might experience in meditation. All the levels and stuff. I can see how I find myself lost in a bliss at times where nothing particularly distracting is forming within my experience. Sometimes my sense of dimensionality sort of slips out of gear and nothing about me is delineated or located. I wonder if maybe these kind of experiences are what are being indicated by levels of djanna. But then I found that all this categorizing and wondering is having an influence on my practice of meditation. An influence which is really not all that helpful.
I have decided to label my practice of Anapana Sati "A practice in Non Attainment." It is really just a way to play with words but it helps me.
"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332