“Taking life seriously does not mean spending our whole lives meditating as if we were living in the Himalaya Mountains or in the old days in Tibet. In the modern world, we have to work to earn our living, but we should not get entangled in a nine-to-five existence, where we live without any view of the deeper meaning of life.
Our task is to strike a balance, to find a middle way, to learn not to overextend ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in modern life is simplicity.”
from Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, chapter 2 by Sogyal Rinpoche (on a photo left)
Well, I would like to add a few words:
Following the psychological-transpersonal identity development to the letter, spiritual realms are to be attained only after a practitioner has cleared out the so called shadow and only after he has attained the Centuar or the Authentic level of awareness.
To my understanding in practice that means that there is of little use to strive for spiritual enlightenment if one is not really satisfied (individualized and self-actualized) in his daily life, here and now.
Once the shadow (traumas, inner conflicts, guilt, anger, shame etc…) is thoroughly dealt with, the spiritual realms are safely and easily attained, permanently. To my mind, being really happy and satisfied with oneself in daily life means attaining inner peace and harmony in daily matters (job, relationships, finances, sex etc…).
Being a psychotherapist and seeing my share of people trying to be spiritual and enlightened before they have actually cleared out all the debris of personal negativities, well, all I can say is, it is simply not possible.
So, the path I am advocating is to learn to walk first and when walking is really mastered (i.e. when inner psychological climate is tranquil in daily life), then and only then it is safe to move on to the spiritual realms (the Subtle, Causal and Nondual levels) where one can really fly.
Heaven can and does indeed wait.