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So I have been considering for a while the difficulties of finding a harmony between thinking, feeling and action while learning the dharma. It is easy to read dharma books, slightly harder to discern their meaning, but things really become interesting when you put the teachings into practice.
So let's say you decide for the sake of your Buddhism to give up alcohol (and other intoxicants). That's a single change you make to your life in order to adhere to Buddhist precepts. Then you find you want to take up a practice of seeing impermanence for a while, by reminding yourself mentally for a day that everything you see is impermanent. That's a day where you are implementing a Buddhist view, in order to get used to a certain idea that you've absorbed from the teachings.
So have you never wondered why your life has not been changed in a more manifest way by the dharma? Should you change your work so that you work for a foundation or a charity? Should you find an expression for your compassion, like helping out at a soup kitchen once in a while? In a way the dharma and mindful living have set your feet on this path, so should you not choose to actually live it?
Or is that just the mind? Perhaps what one should do is what you feel, considering the dharma. You feel generous today, express it by giving. You feel compassionate, make a connection with a friend and express it. Just wait for things to arise, and live your life as you see fit, following your emotional self which has been transformed by the dharma.
What are your thoughts on this? How do you arrange your lives?