It’s not very much snow but it is a reminder of the stuff. Off to walk after I finish this post. The best part of new snow is being able to easily track in it, to see the whereabouts of the neighborhood critters. Always on the lookout for that elusive cougar.
So, it’s the second day of Lent and Annie’s book, Everyday Camino with Annie. Here is the quote that starts this day: “You need not do anything. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen just wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.” Franz Kafka.
Remember this book is about how to get a glimpse of the Camino without actually being there, physically that is. Just as I was walking my backyard Camino to get a glimpse of pilgrimage and of the Camino de Santiago so is this book attempting to get a glimpse of the essence of the thing. It was auspicious that the book came to me during the time of my effort.
This points to the fact that much of the “work” of pilgrimage is the interior journey of the individual pilgrim. And this is what was happening to me here in my “backyard”. I was intensely working on this. Although the quote points to sort of a none working attitude or posture, it took me a lot of work for me to get anywhere close to that.
On the proper level this all isn’t a contradiction. It is a process that takes commitment and effort mostly. And I am so glad that this all happened to me the way it did at the time that it did. It is largely a mystery to me still though.
Well, there is so much going on this weekend. I have unconnected from most of it so that I can concentrate on a memorial service for a neighbor of ours that passed this winter. Another death due to cancer. I am so immensely glad that he reached out to connect with our Father David in the midst of his struggle.
Time to go boot up. Still walking, still on pilgrimage. Always rom for one more. Snowy loves, Felipé.