The Art of Pilgrimage

The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred

The Art of Pilgrimage

A literary and meditative guide to bringing purpose and meaning to every journey you take, now updated with a new preface by the author. We are descendants of nomads. And although we no longer partake in this nomadic life, the instinct to travel remains. Whether we’re planning a trip or buying a secondhand copy of Siddhartha, we’re always searching for some kind of pilgrimage. With remarkable stories from famous travelers, poets, and modern-day pilgrims, The Art of Pilgrimage is for the mindful traveler who longs for something more than diversion and escape. Through literary travel stories and meditations, award-winning writer, filmmaker, and host of the acclaimed Global Spirits series Phil Cousineau shows readers that travel is worthy of mindfulness and spiritual examination. Whether traveling to Mecca or Memphis, Stonehenge or Cooperstown, one’s journey becomes meaningful when the traveler’s heart and imagination are open to experiencing the sacred. This edition of The Art of Pilgrimage includes a new preface by the author, more than seventy illustrations, and stories, myths, parables, and quotes from many travelers and many faiths.

Pilgrimage-the Sacred Art

Journey to the Center of the Heart

Pilgrimage-the Sacred Art

Integrates spirituality, practice, spiritual formation, psychology, world religions and historical resources. Examines how pilgrimages evolved as spiritual practices and the relationship between pilgrimage and transformation.

Art and Architecture of Late Medieval Pilgrimage in Northern Europe and the British Isles: Texts

Art and Architecture of Late Medieval Pilgrimage in Northern Europe and the British Isles: Texts

This collection includes essays on the visual experience and material culture at medieval pilgrimage shrines of northern Europe and the British Isles, particularly the art and architecture created to intensify spiritual experience for visitors. These studies focus on regional pilgrimage centers which flourished from the 12th-16th centuries, addressing various aspects of visual imagery and architectural space which inspired devotees to value cults of enshrined saints and to venerate them in memory from afar. Subjects include pilgrim dress, jeweled and painted reliquaries, labyrinths, elaborate processions, printed texts of the saint's life, shrines, sculpture and other architectural decoration, and pilgrim souvenirs. Profusely illustrated with 350 photographs, this work will interest scholars and students of art history, history, religious studies, and popular culture.Contributors include: Ilana Abend-David, Virginia Blanton, Sarah Blick, Katja Boertjes, James Bugslag, Lisa Victoria Ciresi, Daniel K. Connolly, M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Laura D. Gelfand, Anja Grebe, Anne F. Harris, Kelly M. Holbert, Vida J. Hull, Jos Koldeweij, Marike de Kroon, Claire Labrecque, Stephen Lamia, Nora Laos, Jennifer M. Lee, Albert Lemeunier, Mitchell B. Merback, Scott B. Montgomery, Jeanne Nuechterlein, Rita Tekippe, William J. Travis, Kristen Van Ausdall, Benoît Van den Bossche.

The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel

The Art, Science, and Technology of Medieval Travel

This sixth volume in the AVISTA series considers medieval travel from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, placing the physical practice of transportation in the larger context of medieval thought about the world and its meaning. The papers included cover vehicle design and logistical management, the practicalities of how travellers oriented themselves, and the symbolism of the landscapes and maps created in the Middle Ages.

Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage

Journeying to the Sacred

Christian Pilgrimage, Landscape and Heritage

This volume provides a theoretically and empirically-grounded study of the significance of landscape in the experience of Christian pilgrimage across different denominations and its intersection with cultural heritage and tourism. The book focuses on pilgrimages to Meteora (Greece), Subiaco (Italy) and the Isle of Man. These are each sites of scenic beauty that boast a rich heritage associated respectively to Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Ecumenical/ Protestant denominations. The study discusses different Christian theologies, practices and perspectives on the nature and the purpose of pilgrimage in these traditions. It draws on participant experiential accounts, archival research, and interviews with clergy, laity and local stakeholders. Special attention is paid to the themes of sacred space and practice, aesthetics, mobilities, embodiment and performance, emotional geographies, theology, cultural heritage, consumption and commodification, and the pilgrim-tourist continuum.

Personal Pilgrimage

Personal Pilgrimage

Busy, busy, busy. Your life is filled with endless day-to-day activities, and you love it! But, you know that you need to take time for renewal to maintain balance -- if only you could find a spot in your full calendar. Many people think of a pilgrimage as one of their ultimate lifetime goals -- an expensive, lengthy journey to one of the world's holy sites that takes years to plan. You don't have to wait until you have saved the money and can spare the time to start benefiting from a sacred journey. You can create rewarding, simple pilgrimages close to home. This book introduces a life-practice that fits into tight budgets and busy schedules. These short, affordable, local versions of the traditional pilgrimage rejuvenate, inspire and enlighten. Twelve personal pilgrimage templates offer innovative and flexible outlines for your sojourn. Try following the templates for a journey to a hilltop, or a night-time lookout, or a place just 5 minutes from home. You'll find wisdom and encouragement in The Index of Inspirational Guides, creative exercises and meditative techniques that promote peace and balance and encourage spiritual exploration.

Reframing Pilgrimage

Cultures in Motion

Reframing Pilgrimage

Reframing Pilgrimage argues that sacred travel is just one of the twenty-first century's many forms of cultural mobility. The contributors consider the meanings of pilgrimage in Christian, Mormon, Hindu, Islamic and Sufi traditions, as well as in secular contexts, and they create a new theory of pilgrimage as a form of voluntary displacement. This voluntary displacement helps to constitute cultural meaning in a world constantly 'en route'. Pilgrimage, which works both on global economic and individual levels, is recognised as a highly creative and politically charged force intimately bound up in economic and cultural systems

Public Art

Theory, Practice and Populism

Public Art

This book takes a bold look at public art and its populist appeal, offering a more inclusive guide to America's creative tastes and shared culture. It examines the history of American public art – from FDR's New Deal to Christo's The Gates – and challenges preconceived notions of public art, expanding its definition to include a broader scope of works and concepts. Expands the definition of public art to include sites such as Boston's Big Dig, Las Vegas' Treasure Island, and Disney World Offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional rhetoric and criticism surrounding public art Includes insightful analysis of the museum and its role in relation to public art

Awakening the Brain

The Neuropsychology of Grace

Awakening the Brain

"Awaken your brain and unleash your hidden potential.An awakened brain allows you to live life from the optimal brain state, discover your broadest range of skills, and unleash the growth and potential that too often lies dormant. Drawing from herunique background as a neuropsychologist and former nun, Charlotte Tomaino explores the impact of belief and spirituality on the actual function and structure of the brain. Through effective, hands-on exercises, Tomaino gives us the tools to expand our consciousness, raise our awareness, and fully utilize the power of the brain to create the life we desire.As a clinical neuropsychologist, Tomaino has helped hundreds of patients develop practical solutions for the loss of brain function due to trauma, which gives her remarkable insight into the potential for us all. Now, with Awakening the Brain, she teaches us to unleash this latent power and live up to our full potential.Tomaino, who has garnered broad media attention for her groundbreaking work in neuroscience, explains the basic workings of the brain in direct, simple language. No science classes required. In addition, Microsoft tags throughout the book link to free explanatory videos to enhance the experience for those who want more"--