Practice - 實踐 - Shíjiàn
The success of self-cultivation,
spiritual, mental, physical,
is determined by one's dedication.
If you practiced today, then you have won.
If you were lazy, then you are lost.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Working on one's self is the heart of spiritual attainment. Gaining insight is not the result of grand statements, dramatic rituals, or sporadic static images of enlightenment. These merely highlight a life of consistent activity.
Whichever path towards spiritual truth you follow, do it every day. If it is prayer, then pray. If it is meditation, then meditate. If it is exercise, then exercise. EVERY DAY. Only then, will you be able to say that you have been practicing spirituality.
The methodical approach is reassuring in many ways. First, you are provided with a process to follow, and a means of maintaining progress even when certain days are less than inspiring. Just to practice is enough. Secondly, it gives you a type of faith. If you practice every day, then it is inevitable that you will see gain from it. Third, constant practice, in and of itself, is satisfying. How can you say that you have truly ventured a spiritual path, if you cannot look back on the years of daily practice and take comfort in the momentum given to you?