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I feel pain in the souls of the feet but
nothing will stop me from moving
forward. Sometimes progress hurts but
whatever happens I just have to keep
As my body digests the physical
pain of pilgrimage, I become stronger.
Its 15km to the next village, I have
no food & only a sip of water left. I easily
slip into the rhythm of the march and go
into a trance. Deeply, fantastically. When
I awake from the dream I feel pangs of
hunger & I hear church bells. I am on the
edge of a village. I dreamily walk towards
the sounds of the bells & I find a public
toilet near the church. I enter the little
hut, bend over the sink and tilting my
head sideways drink joyfully from the
tap, nourishing myself with cool flowing
water as it gushes. I pull away from the
tap suddenly realising how hungry I am.
‘I need food’, I think to myself. As I turn
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to
away from the tap to exit the toilet I am
shocked to find a man holding 3 loaves
test our courage and willingness to change; at such a
of bread standing in the doorway smiling
moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing
at me. He holds out his hand & offers me
the bread. I smile back, with tears in my
has happened or in saying that we are not ready.
eyes & hold out my hand to gratefully
accept the gift. As I walk towards the
churchyard the impact of what had just
happened begins to take effect. There is
Santiago is a step closer to myself, closer cold & there’s dew on the inside of my
nothing to fear. No-matter what happens
to my truth & closer to the Divine. tent. I hear movement close by & look
I will be taken care of. God loves me. My
One evening I hobble into a large out of my tent door. To my absolute
faith in the world around me has just
French village towards the south of amazement I see a giant Camel walking
taken a giant leap. I am learning that as I
Brittany, my feet hurt so much that around the little wooded French car
let go to life the universe communicates
every step feels like punishment of the park! Am I still dreaming?! No, whilst
with me through meaningful coincidence
worst kind. I look for a place to put my I have been asleep part of a circus
or Synchronicity. It says, ‘It is ok I am
tent, somewhere I won’t be disturbed. caravan has parked up all around me &
here if you need me, no need to worry’.
I head down to the river hoping to find the camel is being taken for a walk by a
After days of walking through
something & sure enough I find a quiet very hairy looking Chinese man! What
woodland I find a spot for camping
little car park lined with trees right next a way to wake up! What a testament
amongst the friendly and tranquil trees.
to the river. There’s one other camper to the spontaneity of life! I won’t forget
Except for the occasional whoosh of a
van but apart from them it seems very this morning in a hurry & with my feet
passing vehicle & the soft beckoning
empty. I quickly make myself some still not completely recovered from
sounds of birdsong it is silent. After 12
rice with my gas stove & after saying yesterdays march I determinedly hit the
hours of blissful deep sleep I awake
a little Bonjour to the campers I bed road again.
under the trees on a comfortable patch
down. Completely exhausted I fall into a For several days I walk from
of grass. Camping on top of long-
deeply healing sleep that is encouraged morning until night, only stopping to eat
grass is like sleeping on nature’s own
by the hypnotic trickling sound of the & occasional rest. As I walk the drummer
mattress. I lazily scramble out of my
slow moving river I am camped next of my body beats out rhythms in my feet
tent door & stretch my arms out wide.
to. I awake into freshness, it’s a little & my surroundings dance ecstatically.
‘YAAWWWNN.’ My face is flooded with
adrenaline rainbow
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