When my group got toward the end of the Camino walk, we could see the church where the pilgrim ceremony takes place. The Pilgrim Mass is usually held daily at 12 noon in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. At the beginning of the Pilgrim Mass in Santiago de Compostela a list is read out of the number of pilgrims who have been received in the Pilgrims’ Office in the last 24 hours, where they come from, and where they started their pilgrimage.
We got so excited, thinking we were almost there! However, we weren’t really as close as we thought. (It was a bit like the hotels in Las Vegas, they look close, but they aren’t really close at all.) We still had about 1.5 miles to go and my sciatic nerve was giving me big problems. Pain radiated from my lower back and all down the back of my leg. I could barely take a step without a jolt of pain, but there was no way I was going to stop. It was worth all of the pain to finish.
If you start something, keep going even when it is...
As we neared the end of the Camino, I was determined not to fall behind again. In the morning I would walk with the fastest walkers while my energy was high. I knew I had to keep up with them or walk alone. I was too scared not to be the fastest.
I get excited from the energy of people who are confident about who they are and passionate about what they do. Like the mentors I wrote about earlier, they take you to the next level with them.
High achievers understand that time is their most valuable asset and like-minded people are a close second. I can’t always see what makes someone successful, but I know a high achiever when I see one. They seem to have a sense of who is worth their time and who is looking for instant gratification.
Find people who have what you want and become friends who help each other. These people will be invaluable to exchange ideas, stay grounded, set new goals, share your successes, and hold each other accountable. Peers help you remember what you're...
Everything seemed abundant on the Camino: oxygen, lush leaves, time, and beauty. There were lovely animals freely roaming. I fell in love with the sweet, golden-brown cows who seemed so happy in their meadow.
It made me realize that this incredible planet we live on has everything and enough for everyone. This can refer to resources and things, but also to love, friendship, good will, or ease. Abundance is really the ability to see more in life. See the options, choices, and resources. That all begins with noticing more.
People stoke fear about immigrants being a drain on resources, but I don’t see that. This is seeing life through the fear-based filter of scarcity. This is choosing to believe that there is limited abundance in the world and we have to fight to get a piece of it. It is a decision grab “our share” and decide that it would be a struggle to get it.
Living from a place of lack assumes that we need certain things to be who we want to be. We need a...
There was so much beauty on the Camino. There were golden rays coming down from the heavens, waves crashing onto huge rocks, green fields, and peaceful blue skies. God created all of that resplendent nature, and perhaps for the first time, I felt how I was part of it. I am also part of nature. I felt so how big and how small I am all at once.
We all have times when we beat ourselves up or make assumptions about what other people think of us. We discriminate against ourselves, making judgments that we are not smart enough or we don’t have anything interesting to add to the world. It’s common, but it’s so wrong.
Being on the Camino among the majestic trees and beautiful animals, I felt how worthy I am just by being part of this tremendous world. There is a oneness and equality to it. We are all able to choose this outlook. We just have to appreciate our place and the gift we have been given to joyfully participate in life.
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The number of people who walk the Camino annually is growing. There are more than 200,000 certificates of completion handed out each year. Historically pilgrims made the walk to Santiago de Compostela for religious reasons. Today, there are other reasons that people travel to make this walk; to reconnect with nature, to escape and distance themselves from digital influences, to test themselves physically, or to reflect and find more purpose in life.
I think most people make this journey to discover or re-discover something that is missing in their lives. It was marvelous for me to spend time with myself. I find that God can speak to me when I am silent and letting my thoughts flow freely. I can find answers to problems.
Falling out of touch with yourself often happens when you follow what you think you should be doing rather than what you want to be doing. Ask yourself questions. What will lead me to happiness? What is my real passion? What brings me pleasure? What am I...