Healing Through Growth
Blackberry bushes can be a real nuisance to get rid of from your yard as they are amazingly resilient and strong. I was talking with a man that had to deal with getting rid of a large area of blackberries that had overtaken his property. After many attempts (including burning them to ground), the best approach he found was to “shade them out”. To grow other vegetation around that puts the blackberries in shade.
This “blackberry story” came to mind, recently, when I read an article about healing of our addictions, bad habits and moral flaws. I liked this article because it was an approach I felt made some sense to me. Here is a quote from the article that summarizes this idea:
“We get rid of the coldness, bitterness, and pettiness in our hearts by lighting inside our hearts enough warm fires to burn out the coldness and bitterness. The algebra works this way: The more we grow in maturity, generativity, and generosity, the more our old wounds, bad habits, temperamental flaws, and addictions will disappear because our deeper maturity will no longer leave room for them in our lives. ” (“Healing – A Theory by Fr Ron Rolheiser)
This theory of healing through growth in maturity and generosity might even has some roots in the Camino de Santiago. In the Medieval times, if one committed a serious or grievous crime their penance was the physical strain of the Camino de Santiago. They would be required to walk the Camino to work out their healing it seems. I understand that even today in Flanders, Belgium, there is still a tradition to award freedom to one prisoner who will complete the Camino de Santiago carrying a very heavy bag under supervision of a guard.
There are many reasons that folks walk the Camino. It turns out it can be a healing therapy!
Camino Pano of the Week
When I was walking the Camino, I often would walk off the path if I saw something that attracted my attention. After taking my photos, I would scurry back and catch up with Terri. I found this forest scene on the walk between Sarria and Portomarin.