In September 2005 I made a 400 mile walking pilgrimage in Northern Spain, from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela. I took my Sony Minidisk recorder and a lapel microphone, with the idea of making a recording of the spiritual journey - at least the one that was happening to me.
Despite many struggles and mishaps along the way, I did just manage to make 30 recordings, which are now available as a set of three audio CDs. Included in the CD set is a booklet with some additional material.
Every stage consists of a meditation, reflecting on what happened that day, a short story to illustrate the theme for the day and a prayer to sum it all up. (Read an transcript of one day.)
The best way to enjoy these meditations is to listen to one every day or so. They are ideal for an i-pod or in the car, or just quietly listening at home.
A pilgrimage at home is a journey you make in your mind and heart, without walking anywhere. Now is your chance to enjoy this wonderful pilgrimage in the ccmfort of your own home. Read my blog of the journey and learn all about it.
I created 30 stories in all, some of them true, some more mythical but all of them illustrating some important issue in spiritual growth that had arisen during my walk that day. Some of the stories are avaiable as a PDF e-book, "Camino Tales."
There is something truly ancient about pilgrimage, which helps to put one's life back into the correct relationship to time, one's body, the seasons, and life itself. Engaging in pilgrimage is also about time for contemplation and space.
These materials provide reflections and perhaps inspiration to those who might feel called to engage in pilgrimage, or its modern-day counterpart 'hiking', in which one undertakes a journey by foot with the intention of arriving at one's destination having taken the time to intentionally and deeply meet oneself, light and dark, one's joys and sorrows.
"The pilgrim is the journey, and the foosteps make the road"