October/November 2013 - Vol. 70

Grace Touched My Face
oil on canvas, 100cm x 100cm, 2013

Image by artist Jamie Treadwell
Text drawn from Chris Larsonís notes of his pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela

I walked my Camino in gratitude, for gratitude. 
A few years back I lost this sense of personal gratitude. Donít know where. Somewhere along the way.

The Camino is an ancient route, 80% loosely packed gravel and dirt lanes. Some not so well marked. 15,000 walked this path last summer. I started alone. You walk to think. You walk to pray. You walk to see things clearly.

Iíve never done anything so beautifully simple. Exhausting myself physically creates an attitude of deep receptivity. To others. To nature. To God.

I walked as a pilgrim. Itís the tourist who demands, the pilgrim thanks. The pilgrim is grateful, engaged and present in each moment. I knew my destination and used my map, yet stayed open to inspiration and the surprise of detours.

This is how I want to live my life and lead others Ė as a pilgrim engaged in a purpose bigger than me.

Why are you walking the Camino?

To see more art work by Jamie Treadwell and limited-edition prints visit www.jamietreadwell.com/artist/

Jamie Treadwell is a life coach and a noted artist who works in pastels, watercolors and acrylics. He is a member of The Servants of the Word, an ecumenical lay missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord, and mission leader in the Sword of the Spirit. He is currently based in London, UK. 
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