Live your life in whatever manner enables you to practice mindfulness of the Buddha. Renounce everything that interferes with remembrance through recitation.
If you can’t utter the Name while living in just one place, become a vagabond and recite. If it is difficult because you constantly travel, then establish a fixed residence and recite. If you are under monastic vows and have trouble reciting because of them, resume the householder’s life. If you can’t practice as a householder, abandon the home life.
If you are living alone and it doesn’t work, try to find a companion, a fellow cultivator who will encourage you. But if reciting with others is a hindrance, then live by yourself. Should you be prevented from reciting by the necessity of securing food and clothing, accept the charity of others and continue your practice. And if no one will help you, then get by somehow, but keep practicing!
If you have a spouse, family, and servants, it should be because they make it easier for you to cultivate mindfulness of the Buddha. By no means should you keep them if they get in the way. Property and high standing are to be appreciated insofar as they serve to support mindfulness of the Buddha. If they become hindrances, they should be given up. Anything is acceptable, provided it helps you to achieve true serenity and to fulfill your wish to be born in the Pure Land.
—Honen Shonin, Words of Dharma