As others have suggested, its a big experience. It will have an impact - whether or not it is exactly what you are looking for. Hope you have a wonderful time.
At the end of forty days you will be the same person. Perhaps a better person. You will have a new chapter added to your life and perhaps a better chapter than the ones before it.
I know what you mean. When I arrived in Sarria I saw three beautiful sculptures at their museum (old prison) that depicted the three stages of personal growth with a wonderful description. I wish I would have seen/read them before I started. But still found them very inspiring and set me on the right path to change. Highly recommend stopping by.
I don’t think a pilgrimage changes you directly. There is peace, there is joy, there is friendship and all of these things affect you. But ultimately the change comes from applying what you learn. Enjoy the silence, enjoy the beauty, enjoy the peace, be open to friendships, and be open to wisdom. And write things down!
I always look forward to reading your posts. Very inspiring and insightful. I too am about to embark on my first Camino on November 9th.In 40 days we will all have changed. For you, on camino, those changes will be great or small, profound or subtle. Take slow breaths; put one foot in front of the other; walk, eat, sleep, repeat.
Meanwhile, gather up all that fear. Go deep into that need. Pull all that emotion in close. Then put it into a stone or a relic. Take that totem with you. And somewhere on camino when the time and place is right put it down and walk away.
Buen camino @Barobins
By the end of 40days you will have changed. If you just let the Camino wash over you I believe you will come out the other end with a calmer broader vision of life. However if you throw yourself into it and enjoy all of the inevitable interaction with all of your fellow pelegrinos, many from countries that you have never heard of before, you will emerge from the other side with the biggest grin that you have ever had and will sit down at your PC to start to plan your next Camino. Well that's what happened to me.
I agree. I asked the camino a question. I thought about the question all along the route. I found the answer, it was not what I initially thought or wanted but the answer it gave me was the truth. It may not end nicely for me but I least I walk forward now in truth, and that's something.Pilgrimage alone does not change the pilgrim. It gives the pilgrim a safe environment to orchestrate their own change.
We are all overstimulated in our modern lives. And the Camino reduces us to eat, sleep, walk, wash clothes, and talk to our fellow pilgrim. That is a great environment for change.
Change comes to those who work—and some preparatory work with your minister, counselor, sponsor, priest, shrink, dietitian, prayer, meditation, or reading can go a long way to helping achieve the change you want or need. Essentially the ‘spiritual preparation’ that goes along with a Camino.
However, the physical work will guarantee you become more aware and listen more acutely to your body—it is far more physically taxing that we experience in our everyday lives.
And keep expectations low—no ‘Paul on the road to Damascus’ is likely to happen. No magic; just some fun and rewarding work!!
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