JAPAN DAY 17
Temple 29 & 30 25km
Total km’s walked in Japan 357
Accumulative km’s walked 2075
After yesterdays horrendous day, today was a complete contrast.... The sun was up, it was warm but with a gentle breeze, so not as oppressive as it has been. Walking into Temple 29 was like sinking into a warm bath...peace just washed over you. It was so beautiful with tall straight trees lining the entrance way. I was so content to just sit and absorb the atmosphere. I didn’t take any picture except for the one above as we entered. I wonder if I am seeing this beautiful place as peaceful due to me actually feeling more at peace. Again I question whether if the outside environment effects your internal or vis versa .
My feet are a mess after walking 31 km yesterday in wet sock they are very “spongy” and shedding skin like crazy. A good friend reminded me that growth and change could be describe as “continually shedding your skin” so just maybe my feet “shedding” is the physical manifestation of what is happening in my mind. Food for though!
Tonight we are staying in a backpackers in Kochi City a really lovely little place called Tomarigi Hostel (see pic). Unfortunately they don’t have any food options at night so we got cleaned up and headed out for dinner. Well what a great night......ended up at this little hibachi restaurant and ordered what we thought was a selection of meat hibachi, well it was a selection but a selection of offal. We laughed and ate most of the kebabs.
HIGHLIGHT: Temple 29 I really didn’t want to leave
LOWLIGHT: My feet yet again
Grateful for fun times, times when you just laugh not because a situation is particularly funny but just because it feels good and lightens your spirit. I am grateful for moving forward in both the pilgrimage and in my life. So many people I know spend years stuck in the same spot. I think this is one of the lessons from the pilgrimage ...... To achieve anything in life, you have to move forward. Whether it is painful or there are obstacles in your way you still have to keep going. Look for little rewards along the way, they will be there. Lastly I am grateful for the weather today, it made the day a lot easier.