Setting an Intention for your Camino.

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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?

Living with intention deepens and enriches your experience of life, supporting you to see and hear what comes to you. 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

Ask yourself before heading to Camino de Santiago what you hope to gain, learn, or understand about your life. What healing or changes would you hope for? Write it out on a piece of paper and tuck it away to refer to on your return.

Note; If you are walking #hercaminosolo or #hercamino women’s guided group you have an Intentions setting Oracle/support session included in your pack. 

Walking Camino de Santiago

Develop a ritual, perhaps while you are preparing your feet 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 with you 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 will become clear. Or maybe as in my case, something you could never have thought up 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 

Keep your insights safe, they may not all make sense immediately. It may make sense in days, weeks, or months after. The trick is to practice staying present. When you get to your final Camino destination and turn around to go home, if you are not clear on your intention, please be patient and keep listening.

“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 trip opens you to… you also have a chance to open yourself to live differently and take the Camino home! 

Buen Camino!
Bom Caminho!
Bon Chemin!

If you need any support around this topic please contact me here, I am only too happy to have a conversation with you!