Any kind of formal practice is a simple situation in which it is easier to cut off thinking. As we do formal practice, it will start to affect our everyday life. Any moment in our life can be understood as a kong-an.
As we are able to penetrate the simple situations of kong-ans without being confused by our discursive minds, our intuition starts to grow. Eventually, our intuition can grow so that when confronted with complex situations in our lives, the correct response will automatically appear.
By Zen Master Wu Bong