What is the “art of living?” I living an art, like playing the piano, painting, dancing, sculpture? How do we make living an art but through practice. That what you do when you have an art. Even golf is an art, and look how much practice golf players do. The whole game is practice.
The artist practices to become his art. He/she practices so that the art does the artist, the brush makes the painting, the fingers play the piano. The artist practices to get the mind out of the way. The artist creates controlled spontaneity. The control is the rules of the medium; the artist want to be absolutely free within the limitations of the medium. You can’t. paint unless you stay within the rules of paint. You don’t paint with nails and a hammer.
The Art of Living is to practice life within the limitation of your life, the conditions that are given and your personality, your karma. You can’t practice you life by imagining you are in a different place. You must surrender to the limitations of your conditions, and within those limitations becomes spontaneous. Using a Biblical word, conditions are the Law. Christ comes to fulfill the Law. You come to fulfill the law of conditions with spontaneous creative life. Then you and your conditions are One. That is the Art of Living. That is Zen.