“We can trust the fact that it’s enough to get in touch with the Now again and again, day by day, in rituals that might seem quite repetitive.
There’s the breathing and the sense perceptions. And there’s the mind. We feel our breathing, we get in touch with it and remain in touch with it. We simply receive the signals of our senses, we perceive them, while being awake, open and patient. And we watch our mind, we somehow look into it, awake, open and with compassion for ourselves and the others. That’s all. We do this often. We do it every day. We do it whenever we can. There’s not much else to be done.
This way we will liberate ourselves. Many others liberated themselves this way before us from constant dissatisfaction and fear. Why shouldn’t we be able to do the same?”
Translated excerpt from German: (c) 2014: “Gehmeditation im Alltag” by Volker Winkler, published by Windpferd Verlag; Italian translation published by “Edizioni Il Punto d’Incontro” (Oct. 2015)
“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
Why is walking meditation simple? Because there’s nothing to learn. We ARE already able to walk, we do it every day. And we’re also able to focus our attention on something, to concentrate whenever it’s necessary for example while driving or booking a flight on the internet. We only need to connect two kinds of activity we already master perfectly: walking and concentrating. So the main obstacle is not given by what we have to learn but by our habit which is a habit of living like sleepwalking, of living without being really awake and in touch with reality. We need to lose a habit, we don’t need to learn anything new.