Preparing for My Camino – Spiritual part of the Journey
They say that your Camino begins when you decide you are doing it and I agree. My approach to preparing, my decisions along the way, the new people I have met, are all a part of my Camino. I am also noticing that it begins to consume you more and more as the departure approaches. I am so glad I began actively planning in January and I have had ample time to plan, adjust and come up with the next decision.
“I think that whenever soul is present, its because what youre doing, whom youre with, where you are, evokes love without your thinking about it. You are totally absorbed in the place or person or event, without ego and without judgment.” ~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
“Embarking on the spiritual journey is like getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands.” ~ Pema Chodron
I have taken time to pause and reflect about what is drawing me to do this trip. I really want to expand who I know myself to be: physically, mentally and spiritually. I want to connect with my heart to myself, to others and to God. I go with trust, not knowing what to expect, but knowing that is part of the journey. I am open to learning and growing and I believe the Camino will provide that in it’s own unique way. I feel like I want to peel away the layer of me that is guarded and allow myself to be vunlerable and even more fully me.
I used Brierly’s book complete with asking myself the spiritual questions he poses. The spiritual side of our lives often is not black and white, nor does it have clear words to describe it, but it is a most important part of my everyday life and this trip only amplifies that. I am using quotes and images as they capture spirit a little better than words by themselves can do.
I’d like to think that fear does not hold me back and by stepping up to do the Camino, I am investing energy in not letting fear stop me from my next adventure. I was grateful to connect with the Portlandia Pilgrims about a month prior to my departure and to go to a shell ceremony in which they gave me a blessing on my journey. It felt very special and tears came to my eyes when they read
“Blessed are you pilgrim, if on the Camino you meet yourself and make yourself a gift of time without hurry, so that you may not neglect the image of your heart. Blessed are you pilgrim, if you find the Camino is rich with silence and the silence is rich with prayer and the prayers are encounters with the Father that awaits you. Blessed are you pilgrim, because you have discovered that the true Camino begins at the end.”
A BIG thank you to my daughter Myra and her husband Ryan for hosting a fun Buen Camino party for me tonight. Knowing others are backing me up at home will provide comfort for those days when challenges strike. Thank you to all who came to the party or sent their good wishes via phone, email and in person. I am richly blessed. In just 12 hours I’ll be at the airport ready to fly to Paris. On June 4th I will start my Camino. Stay tuned for what I learn along the way. ~ Namaste