A long time ago when I was a Girl Scout, we played a game called Listening Post. The object of the game was to stand with your back against a post, close your eyes, and make no noise for one minute, listening to the sounds around you. When the minute was up, we each shared what we heard and the results were very interesting. We could hear the wind rustle the leaves in the trees above, birds chirping near the creek, the roar of the waterfall a mile away and even insects digging in the logs we used as benches around the campfire. Every now and then, I still play this game and I always feel so much calmer and connected to The Universe when my minute is up.
The single most important thing you can do for yourself and your personal growth is to sit quietly for a few minutes each day and just listen.
Don’t worry about “doing it right”.
Don’t compare your experience from day to day.
Don’t get caught up in the dogma of the practice.