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, September 26, 2009
Steep Hills & Facebook Links
I've reposted "The Word of the Day" from gratefulness.com (see below). I expect my fellow pilgrims will appreciate it. Read on:
Researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone. The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.
Tara Parker-Pope "What Are Friends For? A Longer Life" in the NY Times (April 20, 2009)
Today I discovered a Facebook page for pilgrims who walked the Camino in May-June 2009. Search for this name: Camino de Santiago 2009 (Mai/Juni)
There are many Facebook pages filled with photos and observations by a variety of pilgrims.
I recently received a link from a pilgrim (from Poland I think) who walked last spring. He captured me in a few shots and kindly forwarded them to me. What a delightful surprise to open the link and see familiar faces and locations that conjure up meaningful memories. The gift was even more meaning ful when I realized he had posted THOUSANDS of photos. Imagine him taking time to e-mail individual photos to strangers he befriended along the long walk.
Isn't it wonderful how we can reach out and touch other pilgrims who have had similar experiences. We can also mentor those who wish to make the walk themselves. I am so grateful for the technologies that bring us all together as friends.
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".