The Way of Saint James is chosen every year by thousands of people who are looking for a full, truly profound and meaningful experience. There is no script that tells you what you are going to live in, no article or report will explain with certainty that something that many people talk about when referring to the magic of the Way of Saint James.
The expectations, the beliefs or goals with which you have started are of no use. As soon as you start to take the first steps everything will be behind and you will only be you and your way. As a writer before a blank sheet you will be in charge of shaping the story, the construction of each character, the selection of each landscape, the plots, smiles, small encounters and great joys. The end will come but nothing will be the same, it will only be the beginning of what will come because you will not be the same.
The Way of Saint James and the Reconnection
The Way of Saint James is the return, it is the connection with a part of ourselves that is there, scared and shy, reserved for the one who only likes to accompany us in moments or fleeting moments always insufficient and brief. It will be the tranquility and silence of the Way of Saint James the ideal scenario in which with each step, you will feel more present until absences are the exception.
It will only depend on your strength, your physical and mental capacity to advance day by day to squeeze the experience to the maximum. This force is one of the values of the Way of Saint James, will accompany you from the beginning of the route and will grow bigger until you become your true ally.
The values of the Way of Saint James
The Way of Saint James is a unique experience. All those who cross some of their routes coincide in pointing out that it is wrapped in a special halo difficult to explain.
Each year the routes to Compostela receive thousands of pilgrims who decide to start the adventure motivated by different goals, challenges or objectives. From different parts of the planet they arrive ready to live in first person the adventure of the Way of Saint James.
It is the contact with nature, silence, multicultural exchange or the cultural and patrimonial wealth of a route declared World Heritage by UNESCO (French Way, Primitive Road, Coastal Road, Basque-La Rioja Road and Liébana Road), which makes it one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the world.
The values of the Way in 12 months
In collaboration with El Camino con Correos in iPeregrinos we launched the initiative “Values of the Way of Saint James in 12 months”. The objective is to highlight the 12 intrinsic values to the route and we will do it by dedicating each month of the year to one of these values.
It is about highlighting the values that make the Way of Saint James one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world.
Each month we will reflect on a highlighted value and we will raise debates so you can leave your comments and opinions. It is a participatory and collaborative initiative where what really matters is to know your experience and identification with the values of the Way of Saint James.
iPeregrinos is your place, the meeting point for travelers looking for that something special in every experience. A community that grows day by day and stays alive and dynamic with your testimonies.
The Strength: the physical and mental ability to overcome
Strength is the value of the Way of Santiago with which we started “The Way of Santiago in 12 months”. That strength both physical and mental becomes our true engine during the route to Compostela.
There are several meanings that define force, but when we speak of the values that the Way provides, the most correct definition is that which refers to the concrete channeling of physical and moral power (R.A.E). That indispensable and necessary will to overcome all the difficulties and challenges that arise in each stage of the Way of Saint James.
The complexity of some stages, weather conditions or accumulated fatigue can overshadow the experience, but your strength will be there to remind you of your goals and get the best of you to continue your adventure to Santiago de Compostela.
Tell us what your story is and how your physical and mental strength has influenced to complete the stages of the route and collect with pride the Compostela.