All teachings are instructions for practice.
In our pursuit of happiness we are all practicing something.
Central to all of the Buddha's teachings is the notion that all teachings are instructions for our own spiritual practice. Every day we engage in actions of our body, speech and mind that seek to bring about our own welfare, our own happiness and peace of mind.
If you understand the principles of cause and effect, or karma, then you also understand that we continually shape our experience and reality each and every moment. But are we really sowing the seeds of our happiness or are we sowing seeds for our own suffering and discontent? Are we planting seeds that bear their fruit one time or are we planting seeds that bring a bountiful crop year after year?
Are you practicing generosity, patience and integrity?
What about the practice of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?
Do you find yourself unexpectedly practicing anger, attachment, jealousy or arrogance?
Would you like to be practicing for peace, contentment, mindfulness but instead find yourself practicing anxiety, stress and delusion?
If your life is your practice then what are you practicing? Are you experiencing the desired result?
Sorry if this seems rather heavy, but it is.
What is your practice?