2 W E E K S [Français 👇] This walk is not easy. We knew it before beginning the pilgrimage. And yet, every night (or almost) we tell ourselves that we are crazy. That's too much. Too long. Too hard. Too heavy. Too many constraints and challenges (my knee, François's backpack weighs almost 4kg more than expected and Manea who has gone through a growth peak with diapers to change all the time with the threat that they can overflow if we are not fast enough! ...). Enough is enough. Every evening (or almost), we list these difficulties, look for solutions without finding (to lighten the bag of François, change portage system for Manea ...) ... and found no satisfactory answer. So we pronounce sentences that we would never like to say: "We will not get there. We stop. We will find at a beautiful place to stay and spend a relaxing family holiday. To the beach. Or in Kyoto ... " Then we share the meal with other pilgrims. They send us good waves and a beautiful image of us ... And they help us put things in perspective: all pilgrims know these phases of doubt and difficulties. They remind us of what we said before starting : "We'll see! ". Welcoming the present. Be grateful for the past (already two weeks that we are on the pilgrimage routes of Shikoku) and let space for the future and its surprises. And there are also all these encounters, all those smiles, all the encouragements and help we receive every day and that feed us with energy even more powerful than a night's sleep. Thus, every morning, we look at the blue sky, the smiling faces of the pilgrims ready to take the road ... and we feel again full of positive energy. We don’t know how far we will go ... and this is probably the most beautiful reason to continue! • • • 🇫🇷 Cette marche n’est pas facile. Nous le savions avant de débuter le pèlerinage. Et pourtant, tous les soirs (ou presque) nous nous disons que nous sommes fous. Que c’est trop. Trop long. Trop difficile. Trop lourd.
Joined Shikoku walking pilgrimage for few days in Kochi. Kept on walking passed rivers and farms, through bushes and mountain forests, on sandy beaches to reach the next temple. As the distant view comes close by, the fresh smell and noise surround the space and then gradually goes by. Each scene hold its vibrant rhythm, feeling and warmth. I come to realize walking speed is just the right speed to feel most harmony with the things around. お遍路歩きのため高知へ。 次のお寺を目指し、薮や山道を掻き分け、 畦道や川のほとりを、砂浜の上は裸足で、 ただひたすらに、歩き続ける。 遠くに見えていた景色が、徐々に近づき、 季節の匂いと生き物たちの賑やかな音が周りに溢れ、 やがて過ぎて行く。 ひとつひとつの景色に、鮮やかに リズムと手触りと温もりが息づく。 歩く速度は、周りの出来事に感覚を澄ませる ちょうど良い速さなんだと気付く。 #shikokupilgrimage#walkingislife#お遍路#高知#traveljapan#kochi#ohenro