Walking today was solitary event, so I put on Pema Chödrön on my iPhone, and listened to her talk. She was talking about staying, not running away when it gets hard. Not running, as in marathons, but running as in avoiding ourselves. When we are quiet, we are faced with the truth of ourselves, and it can be uncomfortable. The discomfort is inevitable, but our reaction or response to that feeling is not.
What do you do when you feel an itch? Do you mindlessly scratch it, the moment you feel it? (And now that I've said the word "itch," are you feeling itchy?) What would happen if you didn't scratch? Would you die? Would you drive yourself crazy? Would the sensation eventually just stop? It's in this way that we can begin to transform ourselves. We begin to notice the itch, the discomfort, and then we can decide if we are going to respond, and if we are, how we are going to respond. We stop reacting mindlessly. We stay with the sensation, we stay with the breath, we stay with the moment.
Happy walking, and happy staying.