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In CAMINO stroll, Marie-Laure Valandro takes readers on a truly own pilgrimage alongside the centuries-old Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela (the manner of St James) is actually a direction of devotion to the beings of Christianity-to Christ, to Mary, and to Saint James, for whom the Camino and the cathedral on the finish are named. The Camino de Santiago winds its means via terrain that levels from excessive plateaus to rugged mountain trails. it's a difficult pilgrimage within which internal and outer paths meet. starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port within the Pyr?n?es-Atlantiques of southern France, the writer traveled nearly 800 kilometers to Santiago at the northwest coast of Spain. alongside the best way, with the numerous different pilgrims at the direction, she skilled a global group of the center, shared by means of the various hundreds of thousands of pilgrims of prior, current, and destiny who've walked the trail for greater than 1000 years. Marie-Laure Valandro bargains her attention-grabbing and private observations of the Camino and its fellowship, joys, pains, and hardships. She describes the various pilgrims she encountered and, most crucial, invitations the reader to proportion her inside trip to Santiago and to wholeness. CAMINO stroll deals a step by step account of the transformation that's attainable whilst usual lifestyles falls away and we make room for gratitude and sweetness for all that we stumble upon on our personal direction.

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But if this gesture, which justifies and sanctifies the exercising does not occur, it—the process of exercise—remains egotistical. The gesture of humility is the gesture of releasing one’s self, of letting oneself fall—a paradoxical gesture, whose power consists of relinquishing the power of the ego so that the existence of the ego is destroyed in the interest of the True being which is unimaginable, neither to be fathomed nor thought up. As long as I am in the “right,” as long as I hate, as long as I have fear, as long as I live in anxiety, as long as I wait for the other person to begin—just so long can there be no love in me.

It is a lovely city, full of young families with children. Thanks to the influx of pilgrims, the town looks wealthy. Beginning to have an aching back, I decide to stop for a bit. I saw great colors, but not so many animals now. There were more wheat, asparagus, and other well-tended fields. I walked alone to the next town, Mañeru. The path was not as well marked, and I got lost a couple of times. Following some elderly Germans I found the path again. I met a young Italian woman, with whom I walked off and on for the remainder of the journey.

The backpack hurts, everything hurts, but there is nowhere to go but up—slowly and patiently, allowing my body to become accustomed to this new burden. Thoughts come into my mind, questioning my sanity. My body asks, why are you doing this to yourself? My mind ignores the question, encouraged by the scenery and these ancient, sacred paths. How wonderful to get back to the essence of things. Yes, I have legs and a back, and they were meant to take me places and carry things, not to sit and be taken somewhere.

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