Camino Intention.

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What is an Intention? This passage explains Intention quite well.

“Determine what it is that you need to focus on. It is this intent that will be mirrored back to you, through your experience, interactions with others and the land as well as your engagement with the process. The Journey begins and the gifts received can then be seen in this context, challenges also can be met in this context.”

-Taken from the teachings of Joseph Campbell

Why set an Intention?

Setting an Intention for your Camino is a great place to start seeing, feeling, and understanding the effects of intention while away from your usual schedules and distractions of day-to-day life.

How to set an Intention for your Camino

Before heading to Camino de Santiago, ask yourself “What do I hope to gain, learn, or understand about my life”…”What healing or changes do I aspire to” Write your intention down and tuck it away to refer to on your return.

While walking Camino de Santiago

Develop a ritual, perhaps while preparing your feet each morning for example. Take this time to be mindful of why you are there. Thank the spiritual energy (Gods, Angels, Ancestors whatever sits with your beliefs) for supporting you along the way.

Then pay attention to conversations, thoughts, and feelings. See what ideas or memories bubble to the surface…

Carry a journal and pen to jot down any “aha” moments. Perhaps a different story for your life will unfold. Maybe a new understanding of where you are in your life, how you are “being” and how you might want to make changes as you move forward could become clear. Perhaps something you could never have imagined may come to you. I had a continual pattern of dreams and daydreams with the theme of running women’s groups on Camino de Santiago. 

Review your Intention 

When you arrive at your final Camino destination, if you have not had an “aha” moment relating to your intention, be patient and keep listening. Keep your journaled insights safe, they may not make sense immediately. They may make sense in days, weeks, or months after your Camino. The trick is to practice staying present.

“It is not the end, yet the beginning, of an opportunity to be more authentic and true to you”

So you see… aside from connecting with Pilgrims from every corner of the planet, the fresh air, breathtaking landscape, witnessing great historical monuments, villages, and cities, meeting the locals with their warm hospitality in a way that only a Walking Adventure opens you to… you also have a chance to open yourself to live differently, then Bring Camino home! 

Buen Camino!
Bom Caminho!
Bon Chemin!

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