The Truest Gift of the Camino de Santiago
I often been asked since I have returned from the Camino de Santiago questions. Some include: Why did you go on this journey? What did you expect to get from this walk? Did you get what you were looking for? Was there any wisdom gained from this experience?
I have often answered these and other questions with standard rote answers. So it is now that I have decided to begin the Camino again; no, not the walk itself, but to use the concept of the walk to journey back to me.
The truest gift of the Camino de Santiago is that she keeps on giving. I am often amazed at how these few days have become the basis of my life. The one advantage of the Camino is that through her rolling hills, fields and streams, I was able to have the time to move inward, closer to myself. (Frankly not much more to do walking 15 miles a day). The real shock was when I returned home, this serenity turned into the hustle and bustle of daily life. And with each passing day I moved further and further from any truth I had discovered.
I found that “life” took over from that peace. It was no longer an option to quietly sit and reflect as cars zoomed by, emails needed to be answered and things needed to be done! What happened to that peace? Where did it go? I realized it’s easy to capture and keep safe in that safe space called the Camino, but perhaps a bit more challenging in my everyday life.
So I choose now, to begin again, to walk the Camino, in my life every day. To take the same journey inward with all that life avails me in this moment. To listen to the sounds of my soul, to really experience the world around me that I have created, and to honor the truth that lives inside of me.
I share this journey, not from a place of wisdom, as I am not wise, not from a place of knowing, because I know nothing, but from a place of perspective. All I can humbly offer are musings and thoughts with a sense of deliberate truth. Take what you wish or nothing at all as I offer it freely.
Bonnie was inducted into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at St. John’s University, New York City for her work in Business Resilience.
Bonnie is Past Chair of the Association of Contingency Planners where she served for 6 years.
She is a proud native of New Orleans and has experienced what she calls, “The Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and BP Oil Spill” disasters first hand. She has had to learn how being resilience leaders and businesses to increased performance, achieve stronger relationships, and build mental toughness that we all need in today’s ever increasing busy world.
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