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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Focus on Your Walk

Thus we see that the all-important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being lucky or unlucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die; finally, how we choose. We walk, and our religion is shown (even to the dullest and most insensitive person), in how we walk. Living in this world means choosing, and the way we choose to walk is infallibly and perfectly expressed in the walk itself.

~R. H. Blyth

James's comment: I thought this was a great teaching on keeping perspective. I often walk too fast. I think this is a sign that I am not always in the present moment but rather trying to force the future. I need to slow down and give myself plenty of time so that I do not have to rush around everywhere.

-Peace to all beings-

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Gareth said...

I think it's amazing, how by simply paying attention to our walking, we can bring our minds to the present, and how our bodies appear to react to our states of mind as well - and how this is picked up on by 'even the dullest person'

Thanks James

Zen Unbound said...

How, not what.

It all gets boiled down to something very straightforward.

"James" said...


Yeah, "even the dullest person" can tell when their lives are missing that "something."

Again, science has caught up to Buddhism in seeing the mind, body connection.



Johnny Newt said...

Simple wisdom , how much more can we do with each moment but, breath and walk with complete devotion. If we do this and nothing else what have we missed?

"James" said...


I bow to the Buddha within you.

Name_As_Signed said...

such simple wisdom, james! thank you. i usually walk every other day or so, and i read somewhere to walk as in strolling, looking about, and breathing from the stomach. my walks are much more nurturing now.

i will remember these words of yours in my future walks.


isaiah said...

"Living in this world means choosing, and the way we choose to walk is infallibly and perfectly expressed in the walk itself."

Yes- choose with abandonment, for in the end, the walk itself is neither right or's just walking perfectly as we are.

"James" said...


I'm glad that you do this kind of walking. Walking is such a great way to be in the present moment.


Exactly. Be here now.

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