Fear is pain’s oxygen.
Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of disappointment, fear of lack, fear of pain itself.
The pain I got on the Camino, when I think back on it, was fuelled by fear. I was scared of the Pyrenees. I was scared of not completing the walk. I was scared of failure. I was scared of letting myself down. I was scared of letting others down, those who believed in me and my capacity to do what I set out to do.
My fear gave my pain oxygen. It allowed it to breathe, and grow.
Fear also fuels anger. And pain LOVES anger. If fear is pain’s oxygen, then anger is its gasoline. Anger ignites pain. And rising from those raging flames, like a fetid black smoke, are injury and illness.
If I can rid myself of fear and anger, then I can rid myself of pain, injury and illness.
The Camino has helped me begin that process.