I read this wonderful book before my pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland last summer. It challenges you to look at every travel experience as a pilgrimage. The definition of pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place, to be constantly looking for the hand of God and those traces of grace that are everywhere if you have eyes to see. When we look at travel as a pilgrimage, we look through the lens of the sacred, the transcendent, the holy. In the end, our trips can become a pilgrimage of the heart as well. “In other words, if the journey you have chosen is indeed a pilgrimage, a soulful journey, it will be rigorous. Ancient wisdom suggests if you aren’t trembling as you approach the sacred, it isn’t the real thing. The sacred, in its various guises as holy ground, art, or knowledge, evokes emotion and commotion.” ― Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage: A Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred.

by Cathy