Book Review: The Art of Pilgramage
The Art of Pilgrimage
The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred
By: Phil Cousineau
The Art of Pilgrimage is about the pure, simple art of travel, whether your journey takes you on a long adventure through foreign countries, a religious site or to a famous grave stone, no matter your destination the truth is the journey is just as much inward as worldly. At first I must admit I was leading to disappointment when I first starting reading The Art of Pilgrimage, as it was not in the slightest of what I thought it would be. I thought it was a traditional travelogue about this man’s pilgrimage, but though it is, it is only an undercurrent in the book. But after getting over my marred expectations I realized the true potential of the book.
“Don’t be satisfied with the stories that come before you, unfold your own myth.” ~ Sufi mystic Mevlana Rumi
Phil Cousineau takes you around the world, introducing you to other travellers who have set out on pilgrimage, and weaves their stories with his poetic and quote littered narrative to help guide you into the varied steps you can take to make travel sacred. His guide inspires you to open your mind, heart and soul for your journey and gives you tips and insights to help you to create the most memorable travel experiences and memories that will last a life time and truly enrich your life.
“if we truly want to know the secret of soulful travel, we need to believe that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey.”
I ended up falling in love with this book, I felt like I needed to read it – like it was destiny that I had stumbled upon it in a small used bookshop in Seattle’s Pike Market – especially for my upcoming solo adventure next spring. It taught me that if I prepare myself before my journey to be aware and attentive to my mood, my surroundings, people, my environment and life in general in everyday life I can better harness that power while travelling and truly get the most from journey, and hopefully help me be a better writer.
Whether you’re a life long or first time traveller, seeker of inspiration or simply looking to enrich your life, then The Art of Pilgrimage will entertain you with a world of knowledge and delight your senses.