Today on my 42nd day of walking since I started the Camino in St. Jean Pied de Port, I arrived in Finisterre, the so-called end of the world. It feels good.
Since I left Santiago I met some new Camino friends. Three of us had the traditional bath in the sea together and took each other’s photos. Tonight we’ll meet at the lighthouse to burn a piece of clothing and watch the sunset. All three pilgrim traditions. If you follow those there is a chance to wake up as a new person the next day.
The atmosphere on this last part of the camino was very different. To me it felt like we left a lot of stress and pain and blisters behind in Santiago.
It really felt like entering a new and time-less field. Relaxing. I spread the last 88km for 5 days to arrive on the 42nd day, expecting to receive the answer to everything tonight.
I am booked into a private room in an albergue for two nights and have no plans what to do afterwards. That feels weird. A part of me clearly prefers to have a plan, however recently it mostly came as an impulse, so we’ll see.
What a privilege to walk to beautiful places and then wait for new impulses. At least for the next two weeks, as my flight is booked from Porto for June 19th.
The most interesting insight on the way so far for me, was to see how seemingly everybody was in a bit of a rush to get to Santiago, often because of the time of the vacation ending or other commitments. And that is ok, of course, but to feel, how I was affected by it and how difficult it was for me to find my own pace. Only when I had found my own pace, I could bring more focus to my walking practice. Then to notice how much focus it needs to go deep with the practice while being on a trail that so many people walk on = being in the marketplace of life.
That is partly what the practice is about, bringing sacredness to every day. And I feel like a beginner in practicing. After my little meltdown in Santiago, I noticed how I tend to not respect the light and sacredness I am here to bring to this world. I feel a little bit closer to believing in myself now, grateful for being accepted as a scholar.