There is always a gap between our realization and our ability to actualize it in our daily lives. Closing this gap is called practice. Realizations always come suddenly; actualizing our realizations simply takes time. The historical Buddha was quite clear about this. Late in his life, after nearly fifty years of teaching, he offered these eight awarenesses as what it is to live an awakened life.
— Genpo Roshi
Have few desires
Know how to be satisfied
Be diligent (in practice)
Preserve awareness of the dharma