Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to america said; ‘My heart burns like fire, but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.’ He made the following rules, which he practiced every day of his life:
– In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
– Retire at a regular hour.
– Partake of food at regular intervals.
– Eat with moderation, and never to the point of satisfaction.
– Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone.
– When alone maintain the same attitude you have when receiving guests.
– Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
– When an opportunity arises, do not let it pass by.
– Always think twice before acting.
– Do not regret the past, look to the future.
– Have the fearless attitude of a hero, and the loving heart of a child.
– Upon retiring, sleep like you had entered your last sleep.
– Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly, like you had cast away a pair of old shoes.
To incorporate any of these into ones daily life would improve it. But don’t take my word for it!