This blog is a record of my observations, experiences and crazy thoughts about my 800 kilometer pilgrimage across northern Spain: the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (April-May 2009).
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Waiting for the Irresistible...
My decision to walk the Camino came as a quiet, urgent desire. It was like a small seed, planted deep in the earth, pushing upward toward the light and warmth.
The poor little plant was almost trampled under the plans and agendas of the busy world around me!
In a world that generally honors logic and checklists, goal-setting and efficiency, promotions and paychecks, we often fail to recognize our own needs and desires. We rush around designing, planning, consulting, outlining, budgeting...controlling. We fail to take time to dream or to feel.
In the past few years I have been consciously cultivating the capacity to listen to my heart and my feelings. (Events in my life have conspired to lead me back to this way of living more simply and making better choices.)
In the past few years I have nurtured dreams and waited for them to unfold like the blossoms on a rose. The seed has grown, the foilage is lush and green, the buds are ready to burst into flower.
So I am walking the Camino this April. And what's next? I do not know, but we shall see ...meanwhile, I am expectantly (and gratefully) waiting and anticipating…no checklists or outline, just openess and wonder.
Yesterday I read a wonderful post from the Great Work Blog. (firstname.lastname@example.org ) See the excerpt below and you will understand what I mean when I quote Cate Blabchett, “I’ll just wait for the next irresistible thing.”
I hope you do too!
_________EXCERPT FOLLOWS_________ “I’ll just wait for the next irresistible thing”Posted: 12 Jan 2009 03:28 AM CST
Cate Blanchett: possibly the best actor in the world at the moment, a stunning talent and beautiful too … and being Australian is just the cherry on the cake.
She’s the cover story of this month’s Vanity Fair, and manages to come across as wise.
When asked “what’s next?” her answer is a beauty:
“I’ll just wait for the next irresistible thing.”
In that simple answer lies wisdom that allows Great Work to flourish: * Trust that the next great thing will show up * A willingness to wait for it * An ability to keep awareness and space open so, when it does show up, there’s the capacity to receive it
What does “irresistible” look like to you in the work that you do?
And how are you holding the space open enough so that you’ll notice it when it shows up?
In April 2009, I began my 500-mile trek across the rocky paths and mountains of northen Spain. I finished my walk on the the ancient Way of St James (the Camino de Santiago de Compostela) in early June 2009.
I consider this a pilgrimage of gratitude. Each step was an opportunity to express gratitude for the abundance life offers; each footstep, one of finding joy. It was a humbling experience. It was a character-building experience. It was a spiritual adventure and a physical one too - who knew I was such a mountain goat? I hope you will enjoy my rambling, stream of consciousness obeservations of my experiences as a pilgrim on this historic pilgrimage route that really is only the begining.
Of course veteran pilgrims know: the Camino never ends - once a pilgrim, always a pilgrim. So, wherever YOUR path takes you, I wish you "Buen Camino".