Real Work as The Great Work

I often feel like the time isn’t right to work on my spiritual well-being. I’m either too tired, too busy, too unfocused or too stressed. In short, I let real life get the better of my spiritual life.

But what if that is the way it is supposed to be? Is part of spiritual growth learning to integrate our spirituality into “real life”? What if we don’t need to go on meditation retreats in order to hear our inner voice or the divine? How would my life be different if I could hear Them on the subway or while making dinner? Maybe that is the way it is supposed to be.

Somewhere there is an ancient enmity between our daily life and the great work. Help me in saying it, to understand it.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke