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I find myself with a lot of free time. I commit to vipassana meditation at random times through out the day, but find myself without the wherewithal to do this all day long, so i go and do other things. My question is two-fold.

Should i strive to do sitting vipassana meditation for as long as possible, and how do i maintain mindfulness in daily life?  I am a lay practitioner.

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Try to do as much walking and sitting meditation, half walking and half sitting, as explained in our how to meditate booklet.

 During the rest of the day try to continue noting from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. Once you're up to an hour per day of formal practice you should join our at home meditation course where you can learn the rest of the technique.

https://www.sirimangalo.org/text/how-to-meditate/
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I find myself with a headache or tension when i can't note what is occurring. I find myself switching between words in an attempt to note accurately. Is it enough to simply note and experience as it is, or do i need accuracy?
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Accuracy is important but not to the point where you're obsessing over which word to use. The most important thing is to see it clearly. We note based on the 4 satipatthanas or references of mindfulness. The booklet gives some examples of what words to use for the most common experiences. Otherwise just note it in a concise way until it goes away.

If you find that worry arises over which word to use note that as worrying. If a headache arises or tension arises note that as pain or tension.
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