This post is by Christine Valters Paintner, Online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts and a good friend of A Sacred Journey. I told Christine about my love for pilgrimage the first time we met, and since then I have gone on pilgrimage in her newfound home of Ireland twice—once as a participant, and most recently as a co-leader with Christine and her husband John. When I found out about her new book, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within, I knew it would be the perfect resource to share with you here. The book doesn’t release until May 7, but I asked her to give us a sneak peek of the eight practices. Be sure to get a copy of the book when it comes out. I’ll let you in on a little secret—I’ve chosen it for our June read in The Journey Book Club! (Learn more about the new book club here and consider joining us as we read The Naked Now together in May!) -Lacy
My newest book, The Soul of a Pilgrim, developed out of my own lifelong love of journeying.
My father worked for the United Nations when I was a child and we had the privilege of traveling back to Austria where he was from, as well as other European countries and once through Asia.
As an adult, as I grew into my own spiritual practices, I discovered that pilgrimage is something that breaks me open to new discoveries each time. But I also found that because the journey is an inward one, in response to outer movement, that there were qualities and practices that could be cultivated in our daily lives. I work a lot with the creative arts and have long referred to creating as a pilgrimage as well, that journey made with intention and mindfulness and open to discovery along the way.
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