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Saturday, October 08, 2022

Camino Day 5 October 7

Camino Day 5 October 7:
4th Stage: Vigo-Redondela (14 km/8.6 miles)
The weather has been absolutely glorious. Almost perfect for walking. The sun did make it rather uncomfortable around 11 AM yesterday, but then the breezes from the sea rescued us. 
We will continue to walk the coast of Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, always to our left. It looks bluer here in Europe than it does in The States. The smell of seaweed and the salt in the air is also stronger, more pungent. At least, that’s how it seems to me.
Another day of quiet today. Silence is such a luxury, especially in our busy lives and especially noisy world, pressing in on us always with such urgency. I am so deeply grateful to have this luxury of time, to walk in silence and in beauty. 
Here is today’s meditation from Valerie. 
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer 
Again the urge
to bring gauze
to the broken world—
and medicine
and a plaster cast.
Again the urge
to fix things,
to heal them,
to make them right.
Again the chance
to do the work,
which is to look in,
to touch the pain
but not become it,
to see the world
exactly as it is
and still write it
a love letter,
to meet what is cracked
with clarity,
to mirror and grow
whatever beauty
we find.
Questions for reflection: How will you touch the pain but not become it? What love letter will you write to this broken world? How will you mirror and grow the beauty you find in the world?

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