Tonight I met with some folks from Beacon Hill Friends Meeting and neighborhood friends to share stories of the Camino de Santiago. Several of us had all sorts of good memories to recall and plenty of advice to impart on one of BHFM’s members who is going to hike the Camino in the fall. When I hiked the Camino in 2009, it was a significant turning point in my life- I walked with the prayer “God, teach my how to love, how to love myself and how to love others…” So many years later I would not have guessed this prayer to be so central to the work I do and the needs I still have in relationship with the Divine.
This past February, Friends Journal published a piece I wrote about pilgrimage and I got to reflect back on my journey over the years since then. This pilgrim spirit of mine that was birthed so fully in 2009, this faith in motion, continues to fuel and bring energy to my life. It is a spirit that I now try to nurture in my everyday life and with my work in chaplaincy.
The meeting of kindred souls tonight had me going back among my photos, and I thought it might be nice to post some up here on my website. Among the many photos I took, here are some of my best; and a few for sake of shaping the journey of mine across Spain in 2009.
Side Note: The photos that I took along the Camino of people didn’t turn out very well. I was using a challenging camera that took fantastic photos in certain light but terrible pictures of anything in motion. It was something that really stood out for me in 2009/2010 coming back from that trip and has turned my photography attention to capturing faces and expressions when I can.