Camino De Santiago: Living in the Now

How many times in life do we actually take the time to get our minds to a quiet place, away from distractions, and be in the ‘now’?
 It was not until I started walking the Camino de Santiago that I was forced to truly quiet my soul for the first time over a period of time. 
 
With hundreds of miles to walk mostly alone over a span of 31 days, silence became quite normal for me.  Given the fact that I had blisters from walking so far each day and all sorts of other pains, I had to take it one step at a time.  In the silence of my walk, my mind was tempted to dream about arriving at Finestre, the final destination of my Camino, but with the amount of pain I was suffering most days and knowing that I had hundreds of miles ahead to walk, the thought of the end only made me feel weak.
 
I learned for the first time to shut off my mind from thinking about future plans. 
I focused on my current state.  That state included five necessities: hydration, alimentation, urination, sleep, and pain control.  
 
“How does Sarah feel right now?  Where is her mind?  Is she eating the right foods, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep?” 
During the month I was on the Camino, I was so aware of these five areas.  When one of these areas was unbalanced, it was instantly obvious to me.  I made a conscious decision each day to scan my body, keep it in a state of balance, and give it the attention it needed in order to have the proper energy to function to the best of its ability.  This focus on the now established the basis for a successful Camino for me.
 
You may not have the time in your schedule to walk the Camino, but there are different things you can do each day to be in the ‘now’:
  • ·Meditation (even if it is only for 5 focused minutes a day)
  • Deep breathing exercises (start with just 10 deep breaths a day)
  • Putting down the electronics and focusing all your attention on one thing (a family member, a pet, etc.)

 

 

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