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Finding Oneself on the Camino de Santiago

by Dee Andrews

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A gentle rain came down, further dampening the Galician countryside, but my mood was euphoric. I was full of energy after our Spanish lunch of pulpos and bread, a beer to wash it down, and my husband by my side, no one else in sight on the trail. There was a canopy of trees providing coverage and the only sounds the birds, raindrops, and my hiking poles tapping in the dirt.

This is our 28th day walking the Camino de Santiago; we are two days from the finish, and it hit me… what this journey is about for me. It very suddenly reminded me today that the things we discover on the Camino that are important to us ~ whether that be solitude, community, a fast pace or a slow one, taking time for self or introspection ~ they are always accessible to us, wherever we are in life. We don’t have to be on one particular trail to find them, we only have to be aware of what is important to us, what are needs are, and then give ourself permission to make them happen.

So I say to you, walk 500-miles if you like, but know whatever journey you experience, even that daily one of life, know yourself and fulfill your needs. You’ll feel euphoric.

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alicia June 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Love that – you inspire me 🙂

Nomadic Samuel October 18, 2012 at 12:57 am

What a wonderful adventure! I found this very inspiring. It’s also quite interesting to see the Korean national flag in your photo. I’m now based in Korea teaching English.
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alicia-joy May 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Thank you for sharing this experience. I plan to walk The Way…someday. As you shared, it is about discovery and awareness. I would guess it’s the solitude and total change of pace from usual life that makes it grounds for awareness to flourish. Looking forward to experiencing it myself.

Thanks again.
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Dee Andrews May 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

@ Alicia. I hope you make your plans happen… to walk The Way or any other paths in life. The experience reminded me to slow down and make time in my life for reflection and awareness of where I am and where I want to go. I wish you well! ~ Dee

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