Inspiration to Practice
Keep your direction clear. There is something that moves you to practice, that points you in the direction. Then find your "try mind". Inspiration is wonderful, but if we just rely on inspiration, it fizzles out. And then we're lost. So i's not about inspiration or not inspiration. We say in Zen something very direct: Just do it.Like or dislike is what creates a prison that we live in. So if you only practice when you want to practice and then don't practice when you don't want to practice, tha's a fundamental problem. You are following the winds of your desire, and tha's what leads to suffering. The Buddha's teaching is very simple. We suffer because of our desire, our anger, and our ignorance. So if our practice is based on desire, all it does is lead us to more suffering.
So what I will suggest for you is look at your life realistically and see what you can do. And then set your sights and your direction on doing that. Likes and dislikes â€“ tha's what you will meet when you sit down. Just do it! And then, don't be too concerned about success or failure. Your direction says do it, wellâ€¦ I don't feel like it, so I didn't do it tonight. Then tomorrow night is a new night, just do it. Just do it! Don't get stuck in thinking, "well if I didn't do it tonight, then I am done."
Moment to moment, be fresh and alive. Just do what you set out to do. Not just for one week, not for one month, not for one year, not even for one decade. Day after day after dayâ€¦ moment to moment to momentâ€¦