A Highway to Awakening

A Highway to Awakening

“Our mind works and develops itself mostly based on habits. This is true for both its parts, the rational part and the one we call in buddhism Bodhicittà (mind & heart),

When we learn something new like a foreign language, driving a car, playing the piano or using a new computer software – all this at the beginning is difficult. There is only one reason for that: we haven’t done this often yet, we are not used to doing it. After a while we might be able to do the same things without any effort or difficulty in a precise and reliable way and also for that there is only one reason: we have done this now so often now that our brain has developed strong and effective routes of transmission. The whole thing has become a routine or a habit.

Simplifying we could say: we have to do everything we really want to do or learn only often enough  and success will be virtually unavoidable. Only two things are important: begin and continue.”

Translated excerpt from: (c) 2014: “Gehmeditation im Alltag” (Walking Meditation in Everyday Life) by Volker Winkler, published by Windpferd Verlag; translation here: Volker Winkler