This is partly an introductory post, and partly to open up a discussion.
My name is Zoe. My introduction to zazen was about 7 years ago. I transitioned from Rinzai-style to shikintaza about a year ago, and engaged in daily practice for a few months. A couple of months ago, I stopped practicing zazen.
I have found that with each passing day, life itself is all the teacher and all the practice that I seem to need. Life is so packed with different moments, different situations -- times to act, times to observe, times to be patient -- that zazen seems completely superfluous at this point.
There is that Buddhist parable about dropping the boat once you're on the other side of the river - yet to apply this to zazen practice seems practically verboten.
What do other people here think? I appreciate your observations.