Homage to the Buddha. Homage to the Dharma. Homage to the Sangha.
If we are to practice effectively then practice must not become far down on our list of priorities. It is important that we do not become so “overwhelmed” with “things to do” and “family and job” that we neglect the very thing that will prevent us from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. “Stop and See” is very good advice here. Stop for just a moment and put your hands in gassho, stop for a moment to clean your altar and offer incense, stop for a moment when your attention is caught by something out of the ordinary, to arouse gratitude for this life. When you have a co-worker or situation that is troubling you write it on a piece of paper and put it on your altar. At the end of the day offer the merit of your day for all those who are suffering. Send an email to your prior or fellow lay person. Recite the Precepts. The means of training are thousandfold.
Because we are in a society that does not support practice then it is up to us to “make a way” so that our practice does not become stale or neglected. Sangha refuge is essential in this but we need to make the effort and push past “things and feelings” to attend a Zoom meeting with our fellow trainees. There are lots of them available.
Do not tell yourself “stories” about your life that result in despondency, cynicism, and neglect of the things that help or you will start to believe those “stories” and fall away from faith and practice.
All of the above require “grasping the will” and “turning the wheel” Try this and you will see instant benefit.
Homage to all the Buddhas in all worlds.
Homage to all the Bodhisattvas in all worlds
Homage to the Scripture of Great Wisdom..