It was a gloomy, overcast sky with light rain falling when I set out this morning. I don’t know how I did it but time just got away on me. It was 10.30am before I took my first step.

After about one kilometre the grape vines gave way to the mountains. It was then a two hour climb to a long, flat stretch before the descent. Prior to the climb i took off my wet weather gear. It’s far too hot wearing it if it’s not raining. I decided to have a meal break a little before reaching the summit and just as I was getting out my things down came the rain again. The only thing to do was to keep walking. Eventually I found a tree that would provide me with some shelter. I stood and ate.
The major problem with standing is that my feet don’t get a rest from my bodyweight and this begins to have a impact on them after about five hours of walking. On the descent I noticed the ruins of what was a small stone village. What struck me as unusual was it’s location on the side of a very steep ravine. One wonders what led to the village being established in the place it was, and what led to it being abandoned.

Today felt like one in which nothing happened. I didn’t have to change roads from start to finish. Rain always restricts my peripheral view because of the hood of my rain jacket I wear under my hat. I just walked. But what every day highlights for
me is the multiple-level healing that a walk of this kind provides. On the Home page of my website is a quote: “I walk the Camino as part of my healing journey.”. What does this statement mean?

The integrative approach to healing requires us to not just look at the health of the physical body, but importantly to ensure the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies are also in good health. Doing a walk like the one I’m undertaking provides healing for each of these bodies. You probably wouldn’t need much convincing to acknowledge that it keeps me physically fit. Mentally, it has toughened me up. Every
day I feel emotionally nourished by everything around me, including the countryside, the rivers, the mountains, the trees, and the villages I pass through or stay at. Spiritually, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with those entities with which I feel most comfortable. It’s not just a walk. It’s a wholistic healing experience. In spite of its sobering subject matter though, the rising offers a rousing how do you say i did my homework in french and anthemic refrain