I read Chapter 4 of the Tao te Ching by Lao Tsu.
“The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.”
We run into a Spanish pilgrim who we had met a few days before.
“It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.”
I take a picture.
We walk up the mountain.
“It is hidden but always present.”
Karen is on top of the mountain.
Lao tsu writes,
“I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.”
We have coffee at a bar where the owner has all pilgrims write their names and country on a shell which he puts on display. The walls and ceilings of many rooms are covered with shells.
We pose for a photo.
I have a shot of local home-made liquor as recommended in our guidebook.
The top of the world
We descend toward Vilar de Barrio. Lao tsu implies that one can “use” the Tao — how is this done?
We eat a typical snack – bread, cheese, sausage, chocolate.
We walk to town on the road. If you practice regularly, you will be changed but there are things beyond explanation — beyond understanding. This is something you can discover.