This is close to my view on this subject.
Different people have different motivations & working methods, e.g., Mozart v. Beethoven.
Not everybody has to achieve this so-called "Empty Mind" to be creative.
Originally Posted by Chris101
Sure. You will become complacent and bored with it.
Your friend motivates himself the way he does it, and you have your own separate motivation. If shooting with your DSLR is producing the type of work you like, then keep it up. If you want to go back to your Leica, do that. I don't really see the conflict. It seems as if you are trying to become The Photographer
that your friend envisions.
be happy with your work.
But what will make you happy with it?