- Day 15.
- And La Meseta goes on… 👣👣👣👣
Today we decided to take an alternative route to the Camino Frances which parallels it but takes you over what would have been an old ancient Roman route used by soldiers for both commerce and battle. The last 3rd of this route is generally believed to have been the oldest and one used by emperors and of course their many servants and soldiers. The route eventually hooks back up at the end Camino Frances.
We decided on this route because we knew it would be less traveled. We had heard that a number of people bus past this because ‘it’s boring’. We specifically chose it because of the silence it would offer and the opportunities to pray and meditate. No regrets with this decision. Like sitting and meditation it offered it’s moments of challenges.
Day 16 Headed to Moratinos.
The Meseta seems endless. It’s funny how it works on you though and how your mind latches onto things arising in your mind, good and bad. Sometimes you stay on the surface. Sometimes you go deeper but not always because what you see there is very pleasant, especially if it’s about yourself.
Day 17. Heading towards Calzadilla de los Hermanillos and yet MORE of La Meseta. 👣👣👣
I found myself thinking a good deal today and many days about Father Joseph my novice master in the monastery. I’ve come to regard La Meseta very much like the zafu cushion he gave me. It was in using the zafu that he imparted to me a deeper knowledge and understanding of meditation and contemplative prayer. There were days when I’d complain that my meditation was lousy. On other days that it was a good sit. Finally in exasperation he said to me in his thick Vietnamese accent,”Your only job is to get your behind on cushion. It not your job to judge. You just get on cushion, let God take care of the rest”. That has come back to me time and time again on Le Meseta and the whole Camino. I guess no matter my mood, aches, tiredness my only job is to just get up and be on my way. The rest is in God’s hands.