I’ve realized over the last few days that the Camino was meant to be lived. Now is the time for processing. There were times while walking on the Camino when I thought: “Ah yes, I’m alone now. So, it must be time to think.” But I found myself resistant to that notion. I pictured myself at a laptop, as I am now, or writing at my desk in my journal. I was pretty resistant to purposely “thinking.”
So, I yielded. I focused on the way. I focused on continuing to take footsteps. On uphills, I sang. On downhills I watched my footing. But, often, I flew down, allowing gravity to run down the path with me. Sometimes I distracted myself with random thoughts, so I wouldn’t think about how tired or sore or how hungry I was, or how much I was wishing I was already at the next albergue (hostel). Other times I noticed the trees, the sky, the mountains, the fields and rivers, the flowers, the birds and butterflies, the people ahead of and behind me. At times as I walked, I looked in my guidebook at was coming up or munched on a snack from one of my side pockets. I debated whether to make this next town a bathroom and snack stop — or if I could continue on through.
That was my Camino. I was in it. It was me, and my backpack, and the open road. It was enough. And it was wonderful. ❤
Blessings, love, and light. ❤
What if every day was your “Camino”?
Do you know where you are right now? Mentally? How often are you fully grounded? How often are you in your head? You may want to check in with yourself every so often.
I’ve discovered that unless I’m in a direct conversation with someone or working intensely on a project — I may not really be there. I may be thinking of what just happened, or what I need to do, or mulling over an idea. I think that’s the reason I sometimes have trouble remembering things, like what I’ve done, memories from the past, etc. I just wasn’t present. I wasn’t really there.
The present is a present. So, if you are like me, and you’d like to take more advantage of this gift, check in with yourself every so often. Where am I right now? Am I here? Or am I in my head?
The next step is to put your attention on something that will keep you in the moment.
- Sometimes I take a look at one of my hands. (This is also a great practice for increasing lucid dreaming if you then ask yourself: Am I dreaming?)
- I may also put my attention on one of my senses by touching something in my environment or feeling my feet in my shoes or looking at items in the room.
- Perhaps the easiest thing to hold your attention on is your breath. Don’t try to change it, but notice the inflow and outflow and gently follow it.
Opportunity comes in the present moment! Are you taking advantage? What will you try today?
Much love and many blessings! ❤
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Today’s Mistake: Going on Facebook
I told myself I wasn’t going on Facebook today. And then sometime later I sat down on my couch, laptop in my lap, and I said “Just 5 minutes.” Then, “Just til 2:30,” and then 40 minutes later I finally got off.
And it brought me down.
Conspiracies surrounding the events of the Boston Marathon, criticism of Fox News network and some of their newscasters’ wishy-washyness on the Bill of Rights, and negative comments on one of my posts. Plus, I felt the guilt and disappointment of my broken commitment not to go on today. The frustration, the anger, the overall negativity. . .I became upset and depressed..
And then came —
Today’s Good Choice: Going Outside
First I went for one of my backwards walks with Bowser (to build up my hamstrings). It was gorgeous outside, and I took in the view, hugged my favorite tree, and saw an egret!
Then Brian got home and we went for a bike ride. We’ve saved some time by starting out from the house and making our way to any paths along the way. The wind was tough, but we had a beautiful ride (6 deer near the path!) and made good time. We got home at 18 miles, and then Brian had us bike our nearby walk path and a couple times around our court so that I got my full 20 miles. in 🙂
So, I got back on track with exercise since the flooding. and the endorphins restored my emotional balance. There were a few moments today — right after yoga and at times when I was outside — when I realized — “Wow! I’m truly happy.” And: “No matter what happens in the future, I am happy right here, right now.”