We are walking to Lestedo — where we will be 12 kilometers from Santiago. We leave early in the morning, hoping to avoid the intense heat of the day.
I read Chapter 12 from the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.”
“Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.”
“Desires wither the heart.”
We see see a shrine, established by previous pilgrims.
The shrine is set within a living tree. People have left images and messages.
“The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.”
I look at a fountain, the view, and an airplane.
“He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.”
We are close to the Casa de Casal, where we will spend our last night as hikers — it is extremely hot.
Lao tsu expresses the motivation that stimulates the Inner Journey — the idea that something is wrong with normal reality.
We are close to completing our physical pilgrimage and I have the hope that my blog encourages you to follow a spiritual path. Some people will turn away from the physical realm while others will use it as a guide.
Physical shrines — special places for meditation — can be useful.
Here is something to ponder: Be cautious regarding your inner visions. Let go of all visions and encounter emptiness.