I have only recently begun meditation practice and feel that I fail quite horribly at it each time. I know this takes time to develop. If I may outline my basic practice first, then ask a couple of questions.
The first thing I do is light a candle and some incense. I make prostrations before the candle and incense, usually reciting a refuge prayer. After that, I usually take my seating position and try to control and focus on my breathing. I may look at a spot between myself and the floor or I may watch the dancing flame of the candle or the smoke of the incense. This morning, I was having a lot of trouble focusing and so started playing the On Tara mantra on my phone and focused on that. I found a beautiful version of that chant on YouTube and it always puts me in such a good space. When I can just no longer sit still, I make more prostrations, maybe reciting the I'm Tara mantra or reciting the Refuge vow. Sometimes in my meditation I pray (if that's even the right word) to Buddha or to Tara for help with my practice.
Now, after all that, my question is what do I do when I'm sitting and I have an itch or my nose runs, or any of the thousand other uncomfortable things that happen to our body? Do I ignore them and keep trying to focus or do I deal with them and go back to breathing or chanting? I know my practice is all over the place, but I'm trying lol.
A comical note to this morning's practice. I place my candle and incense on the table that holds my son's PS4 steering wheel. I do not have a shrine set up yet and this is most convenient for me right now. As I was doing my prostrations at the beginning, I guess the steering wheel went into sleep mode or something (it's one of those fancy force feedback things) and began turning left and right by itself. I about came out of my skin when that happened 🤣🤣🤣
Thank you all for all your answers to all my questions ❤️ Namo Buddhaya!