CHAPTER 5

Live in the Moment

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The author on the Camino.

A PILGRIM EXPERIENCES SO MANY MOMENTS ON THE CAMINO, HE IS overwhelmed by the volume and forced to “live in the moment.” Deb, a pilgrim from Australia, captured it this way: “To walk is to see and hear what is not possible in a car. To hear the quiet, to feel the rough pilgrim-walked ground under your boots, to taste the sweat on your lips. . . . We take for granted what we have, we are all too busy to look up at the sky, at the shape of the clouds. To stop and feel the wind on your face or the warmth of the sun on your skin. To walk in the forest alone, to hear the birds and the water trickling ...

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