Horse stands on the windy ridge of the Pryenees Mountains
“The mind can go in a thousand directions. But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step a cool wind blows. With each step a flower blooms.” Thich Nhat Hanh
I have been reading poetry by Thich Nhat Hanh and it often reminds me of the quiet days of walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. My mind could wander in a thousand directions, but it wasn’t until I focused my thoughts on the path before me, on the beauty around me that I truly began to enjoy the walk. But if I wasn’t in the present moment I could walk and not see a thing, not remember the road I walked.
While on the Camino I learned that I had to stay conscous, I need to be thinking of what is in front of me, how it was shaped by the light, I and to think the story I wanted to tell, if I didn’t I was just getting snap shots or passing events. But it wasn’t work, I somehow managed to make it sound like work, but it wasn’t, it make the Camino, our journey, more enjoyable, more memorable.
This is a bigger problem for me at home, driving to work, thinking about all the things I have to do that day, and before I know it I am at the office, and I don’t remember the trip, what did I miss? Did I miss waving to a friend, or the beauty of the sunrise. Or while at work, getting caught up in the job, the chaos, going through the motions, and not really being engaged.
How about you, are you on a beautiful path, is your life blooming before you, are you finding small nugets of joy in your day/chaos?
- Dancing to Basque Music in Pamplona Spain (jmeyersforeman.wordpress.com)
- Tips for walking the Camino de Santiago (traveldestinationbucketlist.com)
- Day 6: Home Stretch to Santiago de Compostela (niftyfiftieswalkthecamino.wordpress.com)
- back on the camino/”lovah” part deux (releasingthetiller.wordpress.com)
- Galicia (hablarachel.wordpress.com)
- Easy Meditation Exercise (happysuburbanchick.wordpress.com)