Morning Glory! Camino morning reflections and photos.

Posted: August 26, 2018 in Uncategorized
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What’s your favorite time of day on the Camino de Santiago? For me, there is no contest; it’s early morning.

I feel great having my boots laced, my pack on my back, and my body moving forward just as the sun is starting to rise behind me in the east. My heart is starting to pump and my blood is beginning to flow. Most importantly, I know that I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing: walking.

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I understand that some prefer to stay up late, enjoying the late-night Spanish dinner schedule, and then sleeping late in the morning before setting out on the Camino. Others have told me about the spectacular sunsets they have seen in the western sky as they are walking toward each new town in the evening. But for me, it’s all about the morning.

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Henry David Thoreau once said that, “an early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” I’ve been hiking the Camino del Norte from Santander for the last few weeks and have come to believe that an early morning walk on the Camino de Santiago is a blessing for a whole lifetime!

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It’s in the misty morning that I am most filled with gratitude and hope and love for the world. The temporal issues of our day suddenly seem very small, at times even non-existent, compared to the timelessness of the universe – particularly the continual rising of the sun. Nationhood, politics, and religion take a backseat to the glory of the new day. Like Marcus Aurelius, when I awake, I “think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

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As the sun rises on the Camino each day, everything looks sweeter, purer, even holier to me. All is quiet. I am still. I experience a deep knowing that I am not God; the world doesn’t need me to be God. I am free. Whether you are religious, spiritual, or just filled with wonder, you can’t help but feel the presence of something much bigger and more benevolent than yourself in your midst and very much at work in the universe.

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Buen Camino! Vaya con Dios!
Mark

Comments
  1. Jennifer says:

    beautiful Words! Buen Camino

  2. Jutta says:

    Hello Pilgrims, searching for another Camino to Santiago , I found this blog. Do you remember mother and daughter from Germany (BiTerra, shuttle-car)? I often think of this wonderful experience: walking to Santiago. I hope, you are well and I send you my best wishes
    Jutta

    • Hi Jutta. Yes, I remember you well! What a joyful surprise to hear from you! Already we are planning this year’s camino. Maybe in Canada, or maybe in Vermont, USA. Maybe both. Buen Camino!

  3. Jutta: If you go from Porto, please let us know how it works out. We are considering that for down the road. Blessings and Buen Camino!

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