The breathing has its own rhythm, just like the watermill. When the water flows faster the wheel will be quicker, when the water flows slowly the wheel will be slow, when the water is calm the wheel will be still. Our mind is like water, when our mind settles down .the breathing will stay in harmony. We should just experience the breathing without disturbance. So we always say: just see and not expect to be.
The abdomen’s rising and falling is the tangible form of breathing, and it is the most obvious one. We just can’t recognize that our whole body is doing the same. When we are mindful of the rising and falling, we are cultivating the penetrating power into the phenomena. It is the same as keeping mindfulness on anything else we see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. We should not be deceived by our senses.
When our mind becomes sharper, it doesn’t mean we become wiser, but more able to recognize what truly is. Because when we are getting closer to what things really are, our mind will reflect them more sincerely.
When we are in walking meditation, our mind is accompanying the process of motions; the lifting step, moving step, ?falling step, and ?turning of the body; just as the shadow accompanies your body. The difference is that the shadow is the shade of the body in light, but the mindfulness is the light, which shines through the shade of our ignorance.