Laza – Chapter 3

We walk from Campobecerros to Laza.



I read Chapter 3 of the Tao te Ching (translated by Steven Mitchell):

“If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.”



“If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.”



Be aware when thinking about Jesus — pay attention to His words. Jesus said, “Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind with us (John 17:21).


You can do this by focusing your mind on the One.

“The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughening their resolve.”

Empty your mind. Become One.

We drink coffee and eat a snack.


We walk past small villages in the valley below.


We walk on the hard surface road for many miles.

“He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.”


We arrive at our lodging, a casa rural.

I read a poem by A. Machado on the wall at our lodge. It can be translated:

“Wayfarer, the only way

is your own footprints and no other.

Wayfarer, there is no way.

Make your way by going further.”

I practice the Inner Way by going to the church in Laza. Pilgrims, throughout the ages, visited the church in each village they reached.

“Practice not-doing,
and everything will fall into place.”



I practice by meditating — I sit and do nothing.



Let’s practice again — we walk to the church.


We approach in a sacred manner.


We sit and do nothing.



Back in our room, we look out of the window and see the moon.

We pilgrims make our way by practicing.


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