A 500 mile walk from St Jean Pied de Port, France in the French Pyrenees, across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the destination for Pilgrims on all routes of El Camino. Then if you are an ocean person like myself, to walk another 50 miles to The Atlantic Ocean at Finisterre, Spain. This Journey is also known as The Way...
Then? How do you prepare the Spirit?
As I shared in my prior post of preparing The Heart, it is said that when walking The Way, we carry what we fear in our packs. Since announcing I was planning to walk, I have noticed an interesting thing. People ask me about it and have many questions. The first question tends to reflect what the questioner fears. By far the most common concern is that I am choosing to walk alone. We all fear loss of connection. Yet that fear is an illusion. Our body can walk around alone… Our Spirit is never alone. We are never separate from The Divine. The source.
Central to my Spiritual practice is mantra, silent meditation. From the silent spaces between thought, rises infinite potential. When I spoke in my prior post about preparing the body, walking alone, without the distraction of conversation, is the only way to deeply listen to my body. Silence, is also how I listen to my Heart. Silence then allows the chattering of the mind to be known and choices made.
For me, the most important part of preparing to walk The Way… Was making the choice to do so alone. I love meeting people and vibrant conversation. I will be-with and meet people everyday and at times make the choice to walk in conversation. That said, my intent is clear. The majority of the time I will not make this choice. The Way is a solitary Journey for me.
In seeking integration of body, mind, Heart and Spirit… I choose to Be With my body. Be With my mind. Be With my Heart. Be With my Spirit. The paradox is that Being-with-My… Is how the illusion of separation falls away. I walk every step of The Way… With(in) The Divine.