600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

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The Way

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, October 06, 2007

It has been a few days where I´ve walked long long straight roads, with no mountains to climb, nor sites to see. It is just the road, the sky, and a straight path of little trees. Such roads leave little to distract one from whatever is in the head and the heart.

Along the way, I meet so many wonderful people. Short encounters, but nonetheless interesting. I found this german lady who is 65, as old as my mother, and her husband who limps along the way because his feet is not even. As we started to share about our experiences of the road, she revealed to me what the priest had said to me in the church in Sahagun. It may not be true, but I think it all fits together like a puzzle.

Margot said, "I have great respect for The Way. This is the Way which has been walked by many many pilgrims for many centuries. People today disregard what is old. But this has something to teach us." I asked what is it that it teaches. She shrugged as if there was too much to explain in so few words. "Just open your eyes and your heart. This is a way of tolerance. Look at everyone. We are all different, but we all have to bear our own baggage, and tolerate our weaknesses and our pains."

Later she said, "When you walk, let the earth take away the stress from your feet and let the energy of the soil strengthen you. Receive the spirit and blessings from heaven. What you receive from above, and from the earth, will meet in your heart."
"When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. And as you see them you will see yourself." - A Course in Miracles

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