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In the preparatory practices before meditation in Tibetan Buddhism we're encouraged to visualise the Buddha and the Merit field in front of us and then imagine rays of light coming from the Buddha into us.
The idea is that we're inviting the actual omniscient Buddha into the room with us.
This may be something you could explore as it's helped me feel a closer connection to him in my life.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche actually says we should visualise the Buddha at our heart all day every day so we can continue to make offerings to him throughout the day and night. It's very beautiful!
not trying to be nosy, but do some people find it easier to meditate in daylight or darkness?
Hi @Sophie101 - welcome!
I am always impressed to hear young people taking an interest in meditation. I didn't discover this practice until I was almost 40! Good on you.....
I find about 30 minutes after I get up in the morning as the best time to meditate.