Friday, April 26, 2013

Lessons from the Camino

Along the Camino are hints on the art of living.  Here are a few I have learned along the Way.

Open your heart wider.
Do the things that make you happy. 
Go with the flow.

Follow the yellow arrows.

Pay attention.
Look and really see.
Listen and really hear.

Listen to the chirping of the birds, the gurgling of the stream.
Feel the sun on your face, the cool breeze on your skin, the rain on your cheeks.
Smell the scents of the earth, the tilled ground, the wildflowers, the pine trees, the woodfires, the damp earth in the rain.

Be with yourself.
Be yourself.
Love yourself.
Forgive yourself.
Forgive others.

Do not judge.
Do not let others judge you.

Hug someone.
Compliment someone.
Be able to accept compliments.


Travel light.
Bring only what you need.
You need less than you think you need.

Sing out loud.
Listen to music.
Be with people you like.
Do not be with people you do not like.

Learn another language, or two.


Hold on.
Let go.

Listen and learn.


There are no shortcuts.
Enjoy the view.
Walk on.
You can do much more than you think you can.

Stop looking for happiness, it's right in front of you.


  1. An additional lesson -- thanks Bendi A!

    Life is beautiful!

  2. It would be great if other Camino pilgrims could also share the lessons they learned here.

  3. Superb blog! thanks for the sharing..I will be going this coming august, a bit worried now of the long journey

    1. No need to worry, Yee Peng -- you CAN do much more than you think you can! Just take it easy for the first few days of walking -- not more than 20 to 25 kms, and once your body gets settled into the rhythm it will get much easier. Enjoy!