I agree with Oliver Sacks that it should be required reading for everyone.
Right now, I am particularly entranced with this paragraph. She has returned to the admitting ward after time away and time walking a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
“It was in the way the admitting ward had changed for me. It was just as hectic, chaotic, and noisy as ever; its patients were as sick or sicker, but somehow - perhaps it was the pilgrimage - I’d learned to key into the calm, order, and quiet that lay underneath its hecticness, chaos, and noise. That quiet was the opposite of interruption. It was the quiet of walking, the quiet that underlies all activity. It’s where everything is connected. Once you key into it, there are no emergencies, and you have all the time you need.”