Resilience – this is all I could think about when I saw this lone poppy growing on the side of a stone wall. How amazing is this!
Of course, poppies hold a special place in my heart as it was my dear sister Denise’s favorite flower. Resilience is something we all have deep inside us when we face difficult situations – Like this flower, we must fight and work and grow even in the barest of conditions…
Reflection – something we do all the time as we walk on the Camino… Self reflection on our past, on choices in life, the paths we chose and the direction we select…
What a beautiful location to take a picture – I am reflected but momentarily in the water, a moment in time which will never occur again… at least, no in the same way of this particular moment. How still was this moment for me – and I can assure you, the Camino journey is one of endless reflections…
Pilgrims die on the Camino. Often, crosses, tombstones and grave markers are placed in their memory and honour, ans as we walked by those markers, we remember them, even though we likely do not know of them. It’s a action of respect.
The Camino is NOT a walk in the park, but it also is something most can actually do, as long as one listens to one’s body and mind, and take one’s time.
Resting is just as important to a pilgrim as walking. One needs to rest when the body tells us to rest. This particular location is a special place to rest – special to me. My friends Rebekah and Patrick of Moratinos maintain this location. I knew nothing of them the first time I sat on this bench but got to know them during my stay in Moratinos.
It is people like them who care about the Camino, the pilgrims and the value of the journey who make our experience that much better… Thank you Rebekah and Patrick – from Canada, I send you my best!
There are moments on the Camino that take one’s breath away. I walked into this small church, tired, weary and somewhat a bit lost.
I sat down and started to think about my journeys on the Camino, and the sun was setting in such a way that it cast its rays through the windows. I looked up and saw this display of colours changing with each passing minute – and at a precise moment, I felt an urge to try to capture the sun peeking through the stained glass window. A perfect moment displaying the reflection of light.
Somehow, this just made my heart feel warm and I gained the energy and strength to walk an additional 8 kilometers. At times, inspiration and encouragement manifest themselves in peculiar ways.
Cheers from my virtual Camino tour!