to the Six-Sense Doors
not confined to a crossed-legged posture, especially not insight
meditation, which is a dynamic practice of paying close attention
to what you are doing in whatever posture or situation you happen
to be in. In fact, the first base in insight meditation is to establish
an orientation to the sense doors.
The way to orientate
yourself in this practice is to literally 'come to your senses'.
That is, a strategy of being fully aware of all your activities
through a conscious orientation to the five senses and the 'sixth
sense' - the consciousness. The Six Sense Doors is the name for
the five physical senses: eye, ear, nose, tongue and body and the
sixth sense which is a collective term for the five kinds
of consciousness: eye-consciousness, ear-consciousness, etc.
So, the practice
is to be present and consciously attentive at the predominant door
or sense base. For example, being on guard at the eye-door allows
you to notice the effects of the contact between the eye and the
visible objects and how you are relating to them. This orientation
to any sense door brings awareness of what is happening during any
sense impression and with it the ability to monitor the associated
feelings and consciousness that arise.