Camino de Santiago: Physical, Mental and Spiritual Change

Between May and June 16 of this year, I embarked on a journey  called the Camino de Santiago, where I walk over 630 miles from a small down of St Jean Pied de Port in France to the very west coast of Spain to a town called Finisterre. Each and every day I was walking around 25 miles and on some day more than others.

It is said that the Camino has 3 stages: physical, mental and spiritual

In the first part of your adventure everything is new for you and your body. This is the time you may develop serious blisters and have pain in places you never knew you could even get pain. Everything is an adjustment and you may form a dependency to your two new best best friends: bandaids and ibuprofen. 

Right when you start to get the pain under control (although some continue on with the pain), you move onto the mental game.  You will have been walking for many days straight and you enter into what is called the Meseta. This is a section of the camino that many people may take a bus, due to its repetitive flat scenery and lack of shade in the hot summer days.

When you start to move out of the Meseta, you enter in the spiritual stage. Most likely you will have gone through the worst part of your physical pain, mentally you probably will have worked through many different feelings and emotions and thats when you really start to feel the freedom in your spirit. 

In the last week of the camino my soul felt more alive and physically and mentally I felt stronger than I have ever felt in my life. I felt such a deep feeling of accomplishment. I had a new belief in my myself and my abilities. I was a completely changed Sarah. 

The Camino de Santiago truly changed my life forever. Even until this day, I can still close my eyes and remember those precious moments like they were yesterday.

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