Walk!! Inspiration From Phil’s Camino & Community As Medicine

All the great ones do it. Steve Jobs, Beethoven, Aristotle, Thoreau did it three or four times a day. Walking is integral to the human experience. We’re hardwired to walk, to move around, not to sit in front of a computer all day. The benefits of walking are endless, from decreased blood pressure, to less anxiety to lower cholesterol. I became a walking evangelist after doing the Camino de Santiago. That walk illuminated the meaning of life in 500-miles. It was magnificent and life changing. And I had huge, beautiful calves after my journey.

My favorite part? Duh, the people. My camino family that I will be connected to for the rest of my life.

You really have no excuse to escape from this form of movement. Anyone, anywhere can do it. Take Phil, for example. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and had a dream of walking the Camino de Santiago, but his treatment schedule would not allow it. So he built a 1/2 mile path in his backyard and walked it multiple times everyday, plotting where he would be along the Camino. Eventually, his doctor gave him a longer break between treatments and he was able to fulfill his dream. His story is such an inspiration to so many and the documentary of his journey will have its world premier at SXSW 2016 in Austin, Texas .  I have the honor of hosting the crew and I’m crossing my fingers to have a SURPRISE visit with Phil.

You’ll have an opportunity to see this amazing short on two occasions during SXSW. Plus!! I’ll be hosting a Pilgrim’s Party Brunch at my house during the festival.

Find out more about Phil’s Camino here.

So get out there, walk, walk, walk. And preferably with someone else. Walking and talking is one my favorite forms of therapy. Walk with purpose or walk without a destination, just do it. Your body and soul will thank you!

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