Sojourns of the Soul
One Woman's Journey Around the World and into Her Truth
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Sojourns of the Soul differs from other inspirational travel books by providing a rare mix of in-depth wisdom and literary insights from the holistic view of one experienced female traveler. Dana Micucci gives a compelling account of her growing spiritual illumination through visits to some of the most sacred places on earth. Her lively, engaging narrative takes us to seven sites in all: the Australian outback, Angkor in Cambodia, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Lhasa in Tibet, Chichen Itza in the Yucatan; the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Micucci links each visit with the awakening of a particular chakra- the chakras being the seven energy centers of the body associated in Hinduism with progressive enlightenment. In the afterword, she reflects on how her experiences continue to shape her life after resuming her career as a journalist in New York City: she finds she is more tolerant, can engage in daily activities with more heart-centered awareness, and can sustain states of joy and gratitude for longer periods of time.
The book will be a page turner for readers who yearn for long-delayed adventure, with the added benefit that it is not just a journey log but more of a seeker’s manual; travel is simply the vehicle. Readers will find that they don’t have to travel to far-flung places for the spiritual inspiration available in their everyday lives. As Micucci says, “Each day brings new remembrances of our divinity, of the Divine presence in all beings, and of our eternal connection to each other. I am so grateful to be here NOW . . . with you.
"In a growingly skeptical and uncertain society, the search for meaning has become more urgent and critical than ever. While many of us may desire to achieve enlightenment, most of us don't know where to start. Sojourns of the Soul explores this dilemma while chronicling seven trips that span 14 years of Micucci's life as she explores the connection of inner growth to world travel that eventually leads to her own self-actualization." --Excerpted from: The Girl from the Ghetto Blog
"Travel is a restorative, but it is also an opportunity to broaden our horizons and delve into our most authentic selves. As New Mexico resident Dana Micucci observes, "In a society shaken by uncertain times, the search for meaning has become increasingly urgent and necessary. Travel is one of the most powerful ways to deepen that search. It broadens our understanding of other cultures, beliefs, and wisdom traditions and teaches us ultimately about ourselves--what attracts and repels us, what we want, who we are." In Sojourns of the Soul, we travel with Micucci to Australia, Cambodia, Egypt, Tibet, the Yucatán, Peru, and New Mexico. But we also accompany her on a "souljourn," taking in the spiritual lessons of each location. Micucci's journey tracks with the seven spiritual centers of the body called chakras. Her trip to New Mexico chronicles a curative visit to Christ in the Desert Monastery. Though reluctant at first, she delves into the monastery's life, from uplifting hikes to the ritual of prayer. Micucci's journey will inspire your own--whether it takes you around the world, or just to New Mexico for a bit of our healing magic." --Ashley M. Biggers, New Mexico Magazine
"In Sojourns of the Soul, Dana shares the fascinating details of her outer journey and the equally rewarding insights and lessons she learns as she embarks on her empowering and amazing adventures. Dana's journeys took her to the Australian Outback, the pyramids of Machu Picchu, the tombs of Egypt, the heart of Tibet and more. She came to realize that each of the seven sacred sites she explored held a deeper personal meaning than one might imagine -- each correlated with one of the seven chakras in her body. As she moved from sacred site to sacred site, she realized that each chakra was, in turn, being activated in a new way." --Randy Peyser, Excerpted from: Awareness Magazine
"Buddha may have found enlightenment by simply sitting quietly under a bodhi tree, but journalist/wisdom seeker Dana Micucci describes herself as "a bit of an adventure addict" and, for her own circuitous path to nirvana, compiled a bucket list of seven of the world's must-see spiritual hot spots for her signposts." --Robert Woltman, Excerpted from: Albuquerque Journal North
"Sojourns of the Soul differs from other inspirational travel books by providing a rare mix of in-depth wisdom and literary insights from the holistic view of one experienced female traveler. Dana Micucci gives a compelling account of her growing spiritual illumination through visits to some of the most sacred places on earth. The book will be a page turner for readers who yearn for long-delayed adventure, with the added benefit that it is not just a journey log but more of a seeker's manual; travel is simply the vehicle." --Excerpted from: DailyOm.com