Walking of the Camino has been an important event in my life because it has forced me to slow down and simplify my life. Walk for five minutes and it is a stroll; walk for a day and it’s a hike. Walk every day for more than 30 days and it becomes more than the sum total of its parts. It’s an accessing of the spiritual by testing the physical. Travelling on my own, I have found to be a meditation – a chance to reflect.
“I think about the difference between prayer and meditation. Prayer is speaking to the divine spirit, in whatever form that takes. Meditation is listening to the answers. Both are important disciplines.” From my book My Camino Walk – A Way to Healing (IslandCatEditions)
There’s a simplicity about walking: you put one foot in front of the other and propel yourself forward. Walking is straight forward. I love the simplicity of the whole journey and I will walk it several more times, health permitting.
This year, I had prepared a one-man stage version of my book with photos and musical keyboard accompaniment and was going to present it at both the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, both these festivals have been cancelled this year. However, I will present my show in 2021.
Meanwhile in Spain, because of the Corona Virus and the need for social distancing, the routes of the Camino are closed. However, this 1200-year-old pilgrimage route will open again. The real and the metaphorical Camino are timeless. Meanwhile, enjoy my photos along the Way.