Tomorrow, I'll be leaving for 40 days on the Camino. I like to do a couple of "rituals" that are already part of the trip...
Slow down and feel my roots
I learn to slow down after a busy year. I try to live every moment intensely.
I feel a strong need for getting "anchored" to my home, my garden, my family, before leaving them for 7 weeks.
Leaving everything clean behind...
Emptying my mailbox and setting up my absence message for the 2 coming months is a great moment. I feel so relieved after a year of intense work.
I also clean my house: it makes me peaceful to know that I leave everything well tidied up behind me.
Time to think about my bag...
Although I have been preparing my mind for a long time, I always wait until the last hours to prepare my bag. Of course, it's not my first time on the camino and I know exactly what I need.
The rule for a light bag : never take anything "just in case". If you don't need it everyday, leave it home.
I repair and clean my old stuff : I hate to throw things away, even a dirty water bag!
I prepare a nice diary, decorated with pictures of the camino (of course) and with some inspiring texts and prayers (about peace). My husband and my children usually write me a note or make me a nice drawing.
And finally, I draw my "Free Hugs" sign...
Now, I am ready to go!
And you, what do you do during the last days before you leave on the Camino ? Leave a comment below!