Ghandi in San Francisco

Ghandi in San Francisco

So enjoying the book: The Art of Pilgrimage: Making Travel Sacred by Peter Cousineau. He shares his travel history and follows with small bites of inspiration for the trip around the block or the world. It’s full of amazing quotes and historical references that have me longing to wander more freely.

One of his issues is the stress of traveling. While my work with Drivetime Yoga and Flytime Yoga is about avoiding stress and melting it when you can’t, his perspective is to welcome the stress of travel as part of the journey that leads to growth. I feel like the grasshopper to his guidance.

UPDATE: Since first writing those paragraphs I had the chance to meet Cousineau briefly at the Book Passage 24th Travel Writers Conference. He is a modest man doing great things and among his many projects, books and television work is also conducting interviews on New Dimension Radio. Untiringly, he also is the host of the PBS series, Global Spirit, with John Cleese, one of the great wits behind the Monty Python comedy show in the 1980’s.

The program purports to “Take viewers on a mind and soul-expanding journey, exploring the relationships between ancient wisdom traditions, diverse belief systems, world religions, metaphysics and modern science.” If it’s not on your local station you can find it online at Link TV – Global Spirit.

One continuing thread in all Cousineau’s work is understanding the world and our place in it. Travel has become such a trend in the past few years and shows little sign of relenting. That he and his compatriots continue to ruminate, explore and discuss what it really means gives me hope for our species direction.

What do you do to make travel sacred?