JAPAN DAY 18
Temple 31-33 19km
Total km’s walked in Japan 376
Accumulative km’s walked 2093
After last nights frivolity it was hard to get going today and to make matters worse because my feet were so water logged a few days ago I have small blisters along the bottom of my feet.
When we were on the Camino a lot was said about the symbolism of the journey and one of the big things discussed was what did blisters mean? Many people got blisters along the way, people that had broken in their shoes, had trained lots, that never had blisters before suddenly whilst on trail got blisters. It was said that the blisters were an indication that there were issues in your life that needed dealing with, that until you had dealt with them you would continue to get blisters. So today I prayed for enlightenment of what issue I needed to address. What lessons did I need to learn? In other words why did I have blisters?
When The Spunky Rooster and I started to plan this journey we suspected there would be lot’s of steps involved and lots of mountains to climb and there is. Just about every temple is up some sort of hill and the entrance nearly always has between 20-300 steps. One of the obstacles we didn’t bank on was the tracks heading up the hills. These pathways are very defined and many are lined with stone...supposedly to help you up the hill. On some of the paths the stones are very helpful, in others they are a hinderance, as they get slippery are uneven and hard to keep up a constant momentum. I have likened them to the people in my life, most of the people you surround yourself with have your best intention at heart, yet sometimes they are less than helpful. Think about the people in your life, do they help or hinder you? The experts tell you that you become most like the five people you spend time with, choose those people wisely. This is one of the reasons I love being on trail, the people that you have the most contact with are usually very interesting and vibrant, they usually are people that aren’t taking life for granted but are grabbing it by the horns and giving life a big shake....I want to be like that.
Tonight we are staying for free at Temple 33 with another Henro Tashi, he is completing his 5th pilgrimage. I asked him why he continues to do the pilgrimage and he said to challenge himself both physically and mentally. I suppose that is why anyone undertakes a long journey of this type. I have often wondered whether it is one or the other....a physical challenge or......a mental challenge. I am a true believer in what the mind can conceive the body can achieve.
HIGHLIGHT: Just walking,
LOWLIGHT: The pain in my feet reverted to Nurofen to reduce the pain
Grateful for having a loving family, that supports my crazy wanderings even if they have no understanding of why. Grateful for the discipline of writing everyday and reflecting on what the day has contributed to my thoughts. Grateful for the amazing Guidebook for this pilgrimage, although a bit confusing it has all the information we require in it.
I found this little reminder on the back of the Guidebook, and it brought me to tears. As a Hobo we don’t have a lot of money to spare but all of the things below I can give others . They have no monetary value but in giving them I help others and myself.
SEVEN GIFTS NEEDING NO WEALTH (Muzai no Shichise)
A Buddhist alms practice that enables you to offer happiness to the people around you, even if you have no money or possessions. Offering these seven alms also allows you to improve the type of person you are.