Walking to Zafra – Chapter 35

We are coming into harmony with Spanish meal times — eating supper after 8:00 PM.

We walk to Zafra – a short day, allowing us to see the Plaza Grande and the La Nuesta Señora de la Candeleria — which has paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664)- born in Fuente de Cantos (where we were the day before yesterday).

The Camino leaves Puebla de Sancho Perez, goes past the church, and through the town.

I read chapter 35 from the Lao te Ching:

“She who is centered in the Tao
can go where she wishes, without danger.”

“Do you see that couple walking in front of us?” I ask Karen. “I can tell that they get along very well.”

“How can you know that?” she asks.

“I can tell by the way they walk,” I tell her.

“She perceives the universal harmony,
even amid great pain,
because she has found peace in her heart.”

“Music or the smell of good cooking
may make people stop and enjoy.”
But words that point to the Tao
seem monotonous and without flavor.”

We arrive at the Nuevo Albergue en Zafra.

We see a drawing that shows all the towns that we have walked through from Sevilla to Zafra.

We see a map that shows all the routes — Caminos — to Santiago de Campostela, the holy place.

We meet the president of the Asociación de Amigos Del Camino de Santiago de Zafra. He is a good man who has helped many pilgrims.

“When you look for it, there is nothing to see.”

The castle.

We walk past the Castle of Zafra and see the Plaza Grande.

We follow the Camino to the church, La Nuesta Señora de la Candelaria. I will pray inside that you will find your Inner Way. One church is as good as another. All the Names are One Name.

The Inner Way is vey different from the Outer way. Lao tsu, the author of the Tao the Ching, points out that there is nothing to see — yet the Tao is useful.

“When you listen for it, there is nothing to hear.
When you use it, it is inexhaustible.”

How can this be?

We see the paintings of Francisco de Zurbarán. He is famous for his stark, religious paintings.

Why would anyone follow the inner path — where there is nothing to see?

Because it is the way to understanding.

Find a quiet place. Sit or lay down. Relax each part of your body — your feet, your legs, your stomach, chest, shoulders, neck, head. Practice relaxing as you breath out.

When a though comes to your mind, let it go. Focus your attention on your breath — the breathing in and the breathing out. Practice every day.

You can come to see which things you can change and which things you cannot change — you can perceive that it is possible to be happy even though there are so many things that cannot be changed.

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