Everything is an emergency is like the saying “practice like your hair is on fire”. It is to help you see the urgency of bringing your mind into every moment emerging through the practice of meditation. You might find yourself saying that you are too busy today and you’ll practice tomorrow. Don’t take your life for granted.
Sokuzan teaches a class on how to give meditation instruction. He emphasizes that is is important to “meet people where they are at” when teaching others how to meditate.
Observe what comes and goes and the space in which that occurs. Prioritize the space. Sit down, hold still and find out who you are. That is the basic instruction.
Set aside time for retreat practice. It could be a short block of time like four hours or for multiple days. It could be solitary or with a group. Whatever your meditation practice is, it is important to retreat from your everyday busy world and take some time to look at your mind. Receive whatever arises…and don’t evaluate. Whatever you can do, schedule it ahead of time and just do it.
You can’t really think your way out of addictions. Rather than talking about recovering from addictions by controlling behavior, Sokuzan teaches addiction awareness meditation. Through sitting meditation practice, by training the mind to observe what is happening in all of the sense fields, mind and body not separate, we are training awareness to see situations as they arise so what to do becomes clear without evaluating or trying to get rid of anything. You need to spend a lot of time training your mind. Dedicate at least an hour a day to your practice.