Villanueva de Champeán – Chapter 63

We walk by the church as we leave El Cubo.


We are tired due to difficulty sleeping in the albergue. We begin walking to Villanueva de Champion.

I listen to a bird song.

I read Chapter 63 of the Tao te Ching by Lao Tsu (translated by Steven Mitchell):

“Act without doing;
work without effort.”



“Think of the small as large
and the few as many.”


How is this possible?  Meditation can help you adopt new perspectives.

“Confront the difficult
while it is still easy.”

“Accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.”

“The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.”


The ants clear a path through the vegetation.

“When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.”


A beetle walks across the pathway — missing a leg on the left side.

“She doesn’t cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.”

We see a sign for the place that we will stay at when we arrive at Villanueva.


After we arrive, I wash our cloths and put them up to dry before the window.

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