During our walking meditation, our concentration is on each step in the process: lifting-moving-falling, there’s not necessarily any logical thinking, just direct experiencing. Because any affected thinking will influence us to read the reality of the process. So we always say “Let it be what it is”.
But at the same time, we should know why we do so. Our ultimate purpose is to recognize that the real situation of physical forms and mental forms is not like what we see or think normally on the surface. The legs and feet are the physical forms, their moving is not only linked with, but also derived from mental forms. Each step includes all five aggregates and none of them has an “inherent existence”. Each step is a key step towards the truth of reality and freedom from afflictions.
In our daily life, we always give more emphasis to a “key step” because of a deadline or the happening of a specific event now or in the future, and tend to isolate it from the “normal steps” in the past and future. Then we put all stress on this “key step” which will become the “hero” or the “unforgivable loser”. The fear and worrying of each “key step” is the source of stress to our sub-health until it becomes obvious mental or physical disease.
We need to understand that the “key step” is an effect of the steps we’ve made and a cause for the future. The deadline is a temporary moment to manifest the result of steps we’ve made and also a starting point for later, and the specific event is another cause or condition for the current step or the steps thereafter. The so-called “key step” is just another “normal step” with different causes and conditions. So what we can do is to find better ways to coordinate with these causes and conditions, without any burden of “fear of failing” or “worrying of loosing”, because they are the causes or conditions to increase the stress and possibility of failure. We have to choose what we can do and what we must give up, and remember there’s nothing really specific, while everything is specific.