Camino de Santiago - Day 5

April 16, 2016

Today we walked through a beautiful wooded trail.  I felt like taking my shoes off - at first I resisted, but the urge to walk barefoot remained strong enough that I could not ignore it.  The earth felt wonderful under my feet.  I walked alone - through puddles, over roots, on moss...  I massaged my feet with the cool mud.  I had to pay close attention to where I placed each foot.  For 10 kilometers I continued without my trusty boots... It truly felt like I was truly "kissing the earth with each step."  


9 years ago when I journeyed to Mexico for my Yoga Teacher Training, I spent the entire 4 months in the throes of panic.  Try as I might - I could not seem to stop the strong sensations of terror that gripped my mind and heart.   I was completely perplexed and spent many hours trying to understand what was happening.  I saw a Shaman, I received Reiki sessions, I walked and walked and walked, I prayed, I meditated, I did Bach Flowers, I received acupuncture ... nothing seemed to relieve the sensations... 


Today I was moved to tears to be in this magical place, to feel strong and present for this journey.  I was reminded that nothing lasts forever.  This is an illusion that causes us great angst.  I am grateful for the peaceful moments... would I know the depth of this peace without having experienced such strong suffering?  I don't know - but I am thankful.


Tonight - 2 large blisters - one on each foot and looks like I might lose a toenail!!  Ah yes - nothing lasts forever...





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