We walk from Castro Dozón to A Laxe.
We pass a house with sculptures — Santiago (St. James), a crucifix, gate ornaments.
I read Chapter 10 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:
“Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?”
“Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?”
“Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?”
“Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?”
During recent weeks we have seen few fellow pilgrims but today we have encountered Spanish pilgrims who started off recently and are walking the final 100 kilometers to Santiago.
There are many bugs in this area.
“Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?”
We enter a deep hedgerow-road cut.
“Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?”
We see a mole, who seems anxious — he probably prefers to be underground.
“Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.”
We walk in the hot sun. It is unpleasant to walk in the heat.
Lao tsu asks if you can do things that are difficult to do — having no expectations — not trying to control — not imposing your will. I don’t think that many people can do these things.
Follow your own Inner Way. Practice without concern regarding how well you are doing. The Inner Way is not a contest. Realize that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do. Everything will fall into place.