- Camino(s) past & future
- Camino Francés May-June 2016
I remain intrigued by my Camino experience. What made it so special? Why was it so profoundly rewarding? I have a reasonable awareness of how I was physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in the lead up to, during and following the walk, but less clear is an understanding of the ways in which the Camino context itself was conducive to what I can only describe as a flourishing of the self. I’ve had some thoughts, including:
- The term ‘Camino’ connoted a spiritual journey (not necessarily religious), which influenced how I conceived of it, what I expected from it and how I engaged with it. I couldn't fail to be affected by the aura that surrounded it.
- To do it, I had to step away from my normal day-to-day life and out of my comfort zone, which liberated me from the familiar and helped open me to new possibilities.
- It was a significant physical undertaking that required resolve and resilience to complete.
- The sense of camaraderie with other pilgrims and of sharing in a common endeavour was uplifting, and the coming to know and forming (hopefully lasting) friendships with like-minded souls was deeply satisfying.