The Camino Of Life Opens Our HEARTS!

Every step we take in life provides the opportunity to open up and experience more of the world around us. To move in the direction of our dreams and live life more fully. One of the greatest gifts of the CAMINO is how it naturally opens our hearts. Little by little with every step a new unfolding of the past like a snake that sheds its skin we shed the hurt, pain and sorrow and step forward into our NEW.

New beginnings, New opportunities, NEW POTENTIALITIES! We reflect on life and relive some of our life’s memories and our spirit invites us to express the dream that has been inside of us all along. With each step we gain a confidence to continue on our paths and with every pilgrim we meet a special opportunity of bonding occurs for in the faces of those we walk with along the way greet us with a SMILE, a special look, an understanding of life’s challenges and eternal hopes that are shared by us all.

We learn to connect, open up, and experience in new ways that are like fresh new breaths as if we were once again a baby being born we gasp for air and begin to take in all around us in new ways that will for sure lead us from crawling,stumbling, standing up and walking in new wonderful directions of our continued life CAMINO!

Wishing everyone a very special Happy 4th of July that this INDEPENDENCE DAY IS A NEW BEGINNING OF A SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE OF YOUR SPIRIT – With every good WISH and SMILES from the CAMINO!!!

There are NO Coincidences – Special Camino Connections – Carey & Carlos Alvarez Bacha

Beautiful Blue Camino Skies & Sunshine In O Cebreiro

Pilgrims were all smiles as they enjoyed a special day in O Cebreiro. A true favorite of mine as this is where I started my first camino in October of 2011. A magical village that I never get tired of visiting and always makes for an incredible day meeting pilgrims and enjoying some delicious huevos con chorizo y patatas fritas!!! Of course always extra special is strolling through the ancient village visiting the church and talking with pilgrims.

It was a wonderful afternoon and a fantastic pleasure to meet Carey and Carlos Alvarez Bacha who shared a few of their camino thoughts and insights with me. Having met in the camino and new it was “Love at first sight” what special camino connections and true life gifts that the camino brought them.

A very special thank you to Carey and Carlos Alvarez Bacha for spending a few minutes with me. Felicidades – Congratulations – Wishing you all the best as you continue your camino and begin your married life!  Bo Camiño!!!

Soaring To Greatness – Dolly Nguyen Brenneman

Spending time in Santiago de Compostela is always fantastic and I am always touched by the pilgrims that I am fortunate to meet and spend time with. Each pilgrim and every story is so very special. Wonderful connecting with pilgrims from around the world for a picture, a coffee or a wine and some time exchanging pilgrim stories.

It was a wonderful few minutes and quick photos with pilgrim Dolly Nguyen Brenneman – President & Founder of Soaring To Greatness – Coaching & Consulting for Business and Individual Transformation (Houston, TX, USA). Thank you Dolly for sharing some of your camino insights with us. Bo Camiño!

For more information please visit: http://www.soaringtogreatness.com

Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural & TV G In The Camino Invierno!

Fantastic Adventures With Lucie – Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural and TV G!

Sunny Summer Skies and flowers blooming made for the perfect day in Ribeira Sacra with Lucie Christensen at her Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural when TV G came to film some of the great local treasures.  From a little cooking time with a delicious recipe from Czech Republic we then went outside to explore the area on the local nature trails with Kris Pereira´s. Making our way through the beautiful woods with incredible views of the ancient heroic wine vineyards of Ribeira Sacra made famous by the Romans who first cultivated the land.

We soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed a wine by the river with friends Luisa Rubines of Quinta Sacra.es Excursiones at O Batuxo Belesar Restaurant.  A perfect river front table with views of the surrounding vineyards and a delicious lunch made for a wonderful afternoon followed by some local water sports kayaking with Antonio Lorenzo from Faragulla Restaurant. A day full of activities it was time to make our way back to Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural for a private tour where Lucie shared the beautiful setting that any pilgrim or traveler would love to enjoy.  What better way than to end the day than with a wine tasting at Cabo Do Mundo Bodega with Bodegeros – Winemakers Jose Rodriguez Mazaira and Camilo Rodriguez Fereiro, and some of the neighbors Jose Angel Moreno Fernandez, Lola and Cristina. It was a very special day with some incredibly special people and wonderful activities.

Thank you to Lucie for including me in such a FANTASTIC FRIDAY WITH FRIENDS Experience! It was a real pleasure to meet and spend the day with the TV G Equipo – Team: A la grabación fuimos Claudio, Lino (cámaras), Adrián (sonido), Juan (productor) y Alejandro Macías (periodista).

For more information please visit: http://www.cabodomundocasarural.com

Terry & Susie Porter Arrive Santiago with OBRADOIRO CAB!

Terry & Susie Porter along with their friends and OBRADOIRO CAB entered Santiago bringing the SUNSHINE with them as they arrived in Obradoiro Square to complete their Camino Journey! Obradoiro CAB created an incredible week of camino experiences filming their documentary that will be a very special expression of what it is like to share the experience with those who are passionate about pilgrimage.

It was a very special day for all who were in Santiago de Compostela to take part in their arrival and share in some of the fantastic festivities that marked the completion of their Camino Adventure. Wonderful memories shared with Cándido Pazos López who honored their arrival with two very special gifts with his special edition book the Códice Calixtino and Portones Del Camino Vino!, as well as, Terry Porter signing OBRADOIRO CAB T-Shirt with Julio Castro, Director of the Parador Hostal Dos Reis Católicos.

A very special thank you to Obradoiro CAB Team, Terry & Susie Porter, Cándido Pazos López, Julio Castro Marcote, José Luis Penedo Del Rio, Carmen, Sienna & Ivan Leis, and Marc Heffner for sharing in a very special day making more wonderful memories in Santiago de Compostela.

For more information please visit: For more information please visit: http://www.obradoirocab.com and Facebook: Obradoiro CAB

Walk With A SMILE!!!

The Camino Spirit In Every Step!!!

Pilgrims from around the world come together and share in a unique journey – a collaboration of spirits – as they make their way to Santiago de Compostela.  With each step new feelings, emotions and experiences are created adding to the special memories of a lifetime that will be forever be with us. Having transformed us in ways that can be hard to put into words at times but the expressions on our faces from SMILES of happiness to tears releasing old fears and blocked pain make for a truly incredible healing and feeling adventure.

All around we see signs of those that have passed before us. From their footsteps that still leave their prints on the trail before us. To the wonderful stone sculptures where at one time a tiny rock pile started by a single pilgrim greeted another and inspired the next stone to be placed on top. So to is it with our pilgrim stories and connections that inspire not only ourselves to continue on our journey but to encourage others to make their own camino travels.

In all directions there is something BEAUTIFUL, AWE INSPIRING, and MAGICAL for us to take in and for each a special memory is created.  The camino helps us to reflect on life, the lives we have lived, inspire dreams for our futures and look on the past in unique ways.  Have fun looking all around and also behind you as you camino for their are your SPECIAL SIGNS waiting to be found!

Wishing everyone Bo Camiño!!!

DESTINATION UNKNOWN – John Henry Clark, III

DESTINATION UNKNOWN?

A powerful thought provoking title for a profoundly honest sharing on one of life´s biggest questions – What happen´s after we die? Is there life after death? In living we come closer to dying but what is it that makes life more full and engages us in ways that we feel the deeper effects of our spirits experience…

When we CAMINO along The Way or are continuing our Camino of Life these questions and many other “big life” thoughts come to us and are part of our pilgrimage journey. An experience that is hard to put into words but touches us all deeply at our core forever changing us and guiding us as our adventures unfold.

It is a very special honor and privilege to share in John Clark´s latest book Destination Unknown and for the opportunity to share some of my life reflections as the foreword to his book.

The question of life—its meaning, significance, and purpose—is a question that all people, cultures, and individuals face at some point in time. The power of this very act contains within it the ability to transform us all, to change our emotions and the course of our lives. It is a seed that is born inside us, growing as we grow, waiting to blossom, and its blooms are the actions, expressions, and creations of our lives.

Contemplating our existence, life, and death, both personally and as a whole, can have a profound impact on how we live our lives. It is one of the most difficult and challenging concepts that everyone faces at some point, or many points, in one’s lifetime. I have reflected many times on this concept, and it has been an ever-evolving understanding of my spirit’s journey—a journey that will be an eternity of continual growth and expansion. A constant state of discovery, learning, and evolving as our consciousness opens to more love and peace that flows harmoniously with all in this universe and beyond.

I was touched deeply by every persons honesty, clarity, and heart felt sharing in their expression of the personal stories and their boldness in sharing their emotions freely of some of the most difficult experiences that have touched them on their life journeys . It is not easy to share with strangers our deepest held beliefs, fears, regrets, or failures but it is many times through these lessons that the most profound insights in our spiritual journeys occur. I believe it is in this honest sharing that we become more of our authentic selves and that this helps others to have the strength and courage to continue on their journeys of discovery which help us all to move in the direction of fulfilling our life purposes and provides true meaning to living and makes a difference in the world.

For me it is in us using our gifts and talents working collaboratey together to make a difference in the world. I believe and have come to know that it our True Source or God Given Gifts And Talents working collaboratively together that make the most profound differences in the world and provides the most satisfaction and meaning in our own lives.

When we work to remove the masks we so careffully and unknowingly placed there as forms of protection that these masks only shield us from truly living. In letting down those masks and returning to our more authentic and original state of our spirits desire of expression that miracles become a part of every day lives and life holds more happiness, joy and peace.

A very special thank you to John Clark and to the other authors he included in his book. With each story I was moved to reflect on my own life, beliefs, and experiences and am encouraged and inspired to find more ways to express love, happiness, joy and peace to those that my life comes into contact with.

Your stories encouraged me to strive to become a better person opening my heart more and to know that in all things and all ways from small to large our spirits impact in connection with others is beyond our full comprehension and appreciation of the true magnitude that sharing our love and light truly has around the world.

It is a magnificent miracle and mysterious journey we are all on and though at many times it feels we are alone that is never the case as our eternal spiritual connection is far deeper than one can imagine and forever unbroken though our energy form may change it is indestructible and continues to make its journey on to more incredible experiences and Destinations Unknown….

About The Author:

John Henry Clark III is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer, author, and avid golfer who was born and raised in Texas. He grew up in northwest Houston playing sports at Oaks Dads Club and attending church with his parents, but decided as he got older that things he learned in Sunday school no longer made much sense.

Since then, he has spent a lifetime seeking answers and exploring a variety of beliefs. After a successful career as a newspaper reporter, Clark turned his lifetime love for learning into a new career as a public school teacher, and that gave him time during the summer months to pursue his project to research and write a book describing what people believe about God and why they believe what they believe.

That effort turned into this book, Finding God. A tireless seeker, researcher and questioner, John has written a number of other fascinating books dealing with the human experience, from tragedies to triumphs and more, including Camino: Laughter and Tears along Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago. To read more of John’s books, find answers to the meaning of life, and maybe discover something new about yourself.

For more information please visit: http://www.JohnClarkBooks.comhttp://www.archangelink.com

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