We are walking from Zamora to Montamarta. We come to the town of Roales del Pan.
We see a monument and art pieces in someone’s yard – animals, people, and eventually a nativity scene.
I read Chapter 67 from the Tao te Ching:
“Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.”
We pass a church.
“And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.”
We see a tree line at the top of the hill. What is beyond it?
“I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.”
We walk past the tree line — more of the same!
“These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.”
We follow 3 hikers on the road – far ahead of us.
“Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
We reach Montamarta and check the place where the trail leaves town. It follows a path toward a church.
Simplicity, patience, compassion.