Next week I will be leaving for my ninth walk on the Camino de Santiago. Its become an annual must-do-event because I am convinced that such a time-out period is essential in boosting my energy, my creativity and general feeling of well-being.
In our modern world our energies are constantly being depleted by countless distractions that make us forget who we are and what soul purpose we have. Worse still: We imitate “role models” hyped by mass media, making us look foolishly unauthentic.
The tradition of walking the Camino is many centuries old. In the Middle Ages, when life was cheap and short, people had a deeply ingrained fear of burning in the fires of hell in the after life. The best possible way of gaining redemption was in walking the Camino.
Today thousands of people are rediscovering the Camino as a perfect analogy of life and a fast-track course in self-development. Here are only some of the lessons I learned on the Camino:
- The less weight you carry, the easier your walk
- The ups-and-downs are cyclical like the ups and downs of life
- If you get lost you always find someone to help you
- Be open for the miraculous often hidden in the common
Never mind the enormous health benefits. I’ve noticed that walking between 20-25 kilometers a day not only detoxes the body but also the mind. It is truly “walking things off” and getting rid of the clutter, opening the channels and the senses of hearing, smell, touch and sight.
I will keep you posted on this site.
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