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The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred Paperback – April 30, 2000
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Phil Cousineau is a bestselling author, editor, photographer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, adventure travel leader, and independant scholar who lectures around the world on a wide range of topics from mythology, mentorship, and soul. His books include The Art of Pilgrimage, Soul Moments, Riddle Me This, and The Soul Aflame. A protege of the late Joseph Campbell, Cousineau is also the author of The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work. He lives in San Francisco, California.
This interesting production presents the idea of traveling in a new and novel manner, that of a pilgrimage. Cousineau teaches listeners how to get the most out of a place or activity by playing its music, reading its literature, etc., so that the experience becomes almost spiritual. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.'s, voice is soft and evocative of the traveler who is enchanted with all that he sees and experiences, lending credence to the work. From planning the trip, to going there (whether in your armchair or for real), Zimbalist's delivery will inspire you to think and experience the world around you more fully. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of the highlights of travel is attaining those moments of travel nirvana. Turning a corner and seeing the Eiffel Tower was one such moment for me. It's the times when you suddenly realise you've arrived somewhere that you've always dreamed of. It's a strange sense of achievement and pride and excitement and awe. It's stepping into one of your fantasies, all the while feeling the ground hard beneath your feet.
But all too often that rush of emotion is reserved for the big ticket items: Woohoo! Eiffel Tower/Grand Canyon/Big Ben/Robben Island/Victoria Falls. And yet even for the regular traveler, in practise those moments are few and far between. They're two hours in two weeks. And in between?
I suspect that "in between" there is a choice.
There's routine and familiarity (possible even in the most remote of places) and frustration, maybe a general level of interest with what is passing us by. It's enough to fill a day and feel rewarding but doesn't necessarily speak to your soul, or kindle that fire in the pit of your stomach.
Or there's, what shall we call it? Mindfulness? Awareness? Presence? It's the art of seeing what you're not conditioned to see. It's looking up and down, and in gutters, and on rooftops. And all around.
It's watching the orange fall off a cart and roll down a street, dodging between feet, chased by a stranger and then thrown through the sky, back to its rightful owner. It's a cat in a thunderstorm hiding from the rain under a brown plastic stool. Or it's a man running from his building on his way to work, kicking a coke bottle top with the energy of early morning and then almost dying of embarrassment when it collides with a passerby.
But perhaps most importantly it's finding a way to not only to remember to notice, but to stop and enjoy and capture those moments, and bring them inside, preferably with a sense of wonder and pleasure, and holding them there forever.
And it all takes practise. Reading this book is one of those practises.
I could see why some reviewers have an issue with the term "pilgramage" because this is NOT a book about the 'true' spiritual pilgramage (e.g. an Islamic pilgramage to Mecca). But it does really encourage bringing a more spiritual perspective to 'regular' travel.
More personally, I experienced a few astounding synchronicities while reading this book--actually finding myself sitting in THE cafe in Paris having a beer _while_ reading about the exact same cafe in the book! (I didn't go there because I read about it, but read about it after I was sitting there.) Also read about other places a day or two after I had just been there. I realize of course that the fact that I'm a Parisophile and the author probably is too (since many examples take place there) increased the synchronicity probability... but still...!
Especially with the awareness of how 'green' FLYING anywhere isn't, I find making travel choices much more challenging. So when I do decide to increase my carbon footprint by flying anywhere, I also at least want to make sure that the trip is as satisfying and beneficial as possible. To me, that means that it promotes personal and spiritual growth, that I stay relaxed and engaged in all (people, places and nature) that I encounter, and that I return home refreshed and not exhausted and needing a vacation from my vacation because of having rushed around like a frantic tourist trying to cram in as much 'touristy' activity as possible. This book certainly helped (and helps) me in this regard.
The book can also serve well to refocus your daily life at home by helping to shift your perspective about and approach to your everyday surroundings. Especially helpful to get the most out of a "staycation" or perhaps make everyday one.
One of the tips in the book is to ask a local where the best place is to view the sunrise (or sunset). In a city, the experience of waking up before dawn and travelling (hopefully by foot if your sunrise destination isn't too far) in a just awakening city will become one of your fondest and enduring memories. And do you know where the best place to view the sunrise is where you live? And when was the last time you made a 'pilgramage' to view it?