Real freedom is not to feel limited when wearing this Zen robe, this troublesome formal robe. Similarly in our busy life we should wear this civilization without being bothered by it, without ignoring it, without being caught by it. Without going anywhere, without escaping it, we can find composure in this busy life.
Dogen Zenji says to be like a boatman. Although he is carried by the boat, he is also handling the boat. That is how we live in this world. Even though you understand how to live in the world like a boatman, that does not mean you are able to do it. It is very difficult, which is why you practice zazen.
Suzuki (2002), p. 97
Suzuki, S. (2002). Not always so: Practicing the true spirit of Zen. Harper Collins.