Practice is like a roller coaster. Each new high is usually followed by a new low. Understanding this, it make it a bit easier to ride with both phases. ... There is in addition to the up-and-down cycles an in-and-out cycle. That is, there are stages at which you feel pulled into inner work and all you seek is a quiet place to meditate and get on with it, and then there are times when you turn outward and seek to be involved in the marketplace. Both of these parts of the cycle are a part of one's practice, for what happens to you in the marketplace helps in your meditation, and what happens in your meditation helps you to participate in the marketplace without attachment. ... At first you will think of practice as a limited part of your life. In time you will realize that everything you do is part of your practice.
~Ram Dass, 'Be Here Now'