What does practicing in the right way feel like?

Q: Different things work for different people. What would indicate we’re practicing in the right way?

Sayadaw U Tejaniya: “When there is awareness, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom; when we feel light, alert, and awake. Over time, you find you’re discovering that awareness becomes more firmly established and that the mind becomes steadier. You understand things you didn’t before. If, however, you’re getting tired, agitated, or depressed, you are practicing the wrong way. You always need to check the quality of mind; only if the quality is good are you practicing in the right way. This is how the quality of practice should be measured; not by posture or by the number of hours of sitting, walking, or standing meditation you do.”

~ Sayadaw U Tejaniya, from “The Wise Investigator” at Tricycle.com

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