What we are doing is important. There is a seriousness to this work. We are serious about it. It is important to us.
And so we are contrived in its seriousness. Contrived in its importance. It's 'big deal'-ness.
Magic never arises from contrivance. Art never arises from overtly conceptualized effort.
It manifests spontaneously. Naturally.
We need to relax.
We need to take the practice seriously, but not ourselves so seriously. We still need to show up, everyday. We still need to put in the work, put in the time and effort. We need to commit and be dedicated and have a sense of urgency.
Just don't get too hung up on yourself and your practice.