Our life is the sum of many little steps. Walking meditation teaches us that we can decide about the quality of our steps ourselves. We relax our body, follow our breath and synchronise our steps with breathing in and out. We can walk in a driven or free manner, upright or stooped, consciously or unconsciously, joyously or sadly. Walking meditation has changed my life by teaching me that every step and every moment has its values, its dignities, its special qualities and its inevitable effect.
Happiness is neither a matter of luck nor something that we can force by external success, by possessions, power or any other external condition. Happiness is rather a quality of being which we can cultivate by training the mind. By paying attention we can recognise the effect of our words, thoughts, emotions and physical deeds on us and others.