|How the tipped pile looked - although this was taken|
after I had stacked and tidied about a third...
Today I awoke to a cool and cloudy day - perfect for walking the dogs, so we headed off in the car to a location right up above the village and walked and ran and played for an hour before heading home. The clouds were still with us and the temperature perfect for a bit of wood stacking! So, after breakfast, I got stuck in.
What could have seemed like a depressingly huge task turned out to be fun - like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Planning to walk the Camino and planning the stages, how to make sure the dogs don't do too much and how to break it down into manageable parts has been a good lesson in breaking things down. To think of a 1300km walk is overwhelming, but to think of 10km one day or 15km another... maybe with longer stretches occasionally - makes it all seem possible. Some years ago one of the horse trainers I studied with used to say of seemingly impossible tasks or problems "isolate, separate and recombine". Both the walk and the wood stacking can be subjected to this formula and it works... isolate the issues (break them down into smaller chunks), separate them off so that they are all individual, smaller pieces that they can be more easily dealt with, and then put it all back together again.
|The stacked jigsaw|
It's not always easy to do this I know - especially with emotional issues. With physical labour it is easier and you can see the fruits of your labours, plus the physical work feels good for the body. All we can do is keep practicing and working at taking this kind of thing into the more challenging areas of our lives. Something about the Camino walking and the wood stacking feels good - it is more earthy, more grounding I suppose and feels more like how we are supposed to be... Living here in Spain and doing these things again. things I have not done for a long time (in fact many years) certainly brings it home... that we spend far too much time in our heads and that this is not always healthy, especially if we spend too much time there! Coming back to the now and just stacking wood is essential!
(Thank you to all my teachers who have helped me to stack wood xxxx)