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Published on Jun 8, 2016
If we are to live well on Earth, we humans must change our sense of who we are. We must learn to see ourselves as part of, rather than strangely apart from, a living planet. This conviction is the inspiration for my book, In Search of Grace, the story of ecological pilgrimage in my small yacht Coral from the south of England, round the west coast of Ireland to the far north of Scotland.
The book tells the story of the voyage as pilgrimage: separating from everyday life, venturing forth, and returning home. It tells of meeting wildlife, visiting sacred places, confronting danger, expanding and deepening my experience of time, of silence and of fragility. Each chapter of the book recounts an aspect of the journey, weaving descriptions of the seascape and wildlife with philosophical, ecological and spiritual reflections. In the final chapter I explore how the lessons from pilgrimage in the wild can be brought home and integrated into everyday life.
‘Moments of grace’ occur in the terror of tumultuous seas, in the wonder of the night sky, in an encounter with a whale. They are moments when a crack opens in my taken-for-granted world and I experience myself as part of the wider whole. It is these experiences I want to share with the reader, along with the adventures of an ambitious voyage.