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Tending the Soul: Tempo

Tending the Soul: Tempo

By Nancy Black

After last fall's Camino de Santiago week-long walk, I've been trying to live in the way this walk trained us. I'm watching daily for the signs, markers and arrows that God uses to point the way for my unique journey or life path.

Lately, I've also been invited to pay attention to the tempo of my life. Tempo is the speed or pace of a musical piece - how fast or slow it is played. I've just come back from a week of vacation in the Arizona desert, with leisurely mornings by a pool reading, reflecting and meditating... and afternoons lazily kayaking down the slow Colorado river. It was a time to bask in slow time and the renewal it brings.

Tending the Soul: Living By Signs

Tending the Soul: Living By Signs

Last fall I embarked on a week’s walk of the ancient Spanish Camino de Santiago with my husband and two other close friends. We arrived in Sarria, the start town of our 70-mile pilgrimage, excited and full of energy despite the many miles we knew were ahead of us. None of us had ever been to Spain, and only one of us knew some Spanish. Nevertheless, we trusted that we would find our way, have a great adventure, and learn about pilgrimage.

It truly was a simple way to do life. If we watched carefully for the Camino road signs, the concrete markers with the “shell” icon, or even the weather-beaten spray painted yellow arrows, we could be assured of the right path.