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Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
Thank you so much for posting this.

I began hiking a LOT a few years ago, in preparation for going on Camino Frances in October 2015. I hiked about 40 miles weekly, and immediately noticed that my attitude changed.

--I quit going back in time to unpleasant occurrences (losses).

--I found that I was able to go into a "zen-like" state of not thinking.

--My blood pressure and weight greatly improved. I am now twenty pounds lighter than last year at this time. That is a LOT of weight. So, I feel better, and I look better--so I'm a happier person generally.

Camino de Santiago planning--and walking--changed my life for the better in so many ways. My family gets to tease me and/or razz me about it all too, so everyone benefits!


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Camino Frances SJPdP - Santiago (April/May 2015)
Thanks, Scruffy. Great article.

Solvitur ambulance... It is solved by walking...
attributed to St Augustine

Going with out arriving... the Walking Meditation of Thich Nhat Hahn

and the whole emerging field of environmental psychology...

Walk On!


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Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Exactly! Though one really does have to cut out the technology connection stuff .. switch that phone off, stop listening to music ... and, well, if you want the Zen moments, the feelings of deep bliss, then you have to walk alone, otherwise you end up chatting about what Steve did at the last office party or which car has the best fuel consumption instead!



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Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
Because all of us are the result of multiple migrations caused by plagues, wars, famines, etc. I think that most of us have in our genes the tendency to move and feel good when we move.

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