Hiking across Spain towards Santiago de Compostela on the ocean must be an uplifting experience. Chèvrefeuille provided us with this wonderful photo as part of theCarpe Diem Road to Santiago series based on The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.
The Carpe Diem Haiku Kai journey with Paul Coelho’s The Pilgrimage continues, providing a deeper understanding of how leaving all behind and going on a pilgrimage or trip can be a path of growth. Carpe Diem host, Chèvrefeuille, harvested this nugget from Paul Coelho’s book:
‘When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in difficult situations. And you accept any small favor from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life.
‘At the same time, since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them, and you feel happy to be alive….
Every day is a new day, what is in the past doesn’t exist anymore in the present, don’t look forward … be there right in the moment. Isn’t that what we try to accomplish with our haiku or tanka? …. Be part of the present, be in the moment, be one with the moment … be the moment.
This haiku sequence is my response to the Seed Exercise described in Paul Coelho’s The Pilgrimage. It’s a body/mind/spirit exercise that starts you off close to the ground on your knees (child pose in Yoga) and has you slowly rise as an unfurling seedling, ending up standing and reaching for the sky with open arms. The full description is quoted at Carpe Diem #1120 Seed.
The joyful image is in the public domain and made available by Pixabay.
I am reading The Pilgrimage by Paul Coelho and following a Carpe Diem Haiku Kai poetry prompt series on the theme. My haiku can be understood both as related to the book and/or as independent.
The Pilgrimage is about a spiritual journey to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (‘field of stars’) situated by the ocean in northwestern Spain, where Saint James the Apostle, of the Christian tradition, is said to have been buried. The pilgrimage has been called many names, such as St. James Path, St James Way andRoute of Santiago de Compostela. In Spanish, the Milky Way galaxy is known as El Camino de Santiago—the dust from pilgrims’ boots was said to have risen up and formed a path of stars. Read more about this ancient pilgrimage at Carpe Diem #1115 Buñuel’s The Milky Way; The Road To Santiago.
This month’s theme at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is The Pilgrimage by Paul Coelho. I’ll be reading the book and Chèvrefeuille’s inspiring posts, and writing haiku and tanka along the way. This first tanka is in response toCarpe Diem #1113: the Pilgrimage starts—the prologue.