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Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed

Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed

by Sonia Choquette


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Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. "You’re a world-renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide," people jeered. "How could you not have seen this coming?" Having intuitive abilities didn’t make her superhuman, however. Nor did it exempt her from being wounded or suffering the pain of loss and the consequences of our all-too-human traits such as anger, resentment, and pride—traits that can lead even the best of us to stray from our spiritual path. In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 820-kilometer trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. Day after day she pushed through hunger, exhaustion, and pain to reach her destination. Eventually, mortification of the flesh gave way to spiritual renewal, and she rediscovered the gifts of humility and forgiveness that she needed to repair her world. In this riveting book, Sonia shares the intimate details of her grueling experience, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, humor, beauty, and companionship that supported her through her darkest hours. While her journey is unique, the lessons she learned—about honoring your relationships with others as well as with your own higher self, and forgiving all else—are universal.

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ISBN-13: 9781401944520
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 291,832
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sonia Choquette, a world-renowned intuitive guide and spiritual teacher, is the author of 19 international best-selling books, including the New York Times bestseller The Answer Is Simple . . . ; as well as numerous audio programs and card decks. Sonia was educated at the University of Denver and the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Website: www.soniachoquette.com

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I The Humbling

1 Death 3

2 Humpty Dumpty 8

3 Spiraling Downward 15

4 A Pilgrimage? 18

5 Making the Decision 24

6 Getting Ready 27

7 Two Backpacks and Counting 35

8 Taking the Pressure Off 42

9 Packing Up 44

10 The Last Night at Home 47

11 Chicago to Paris 51

12 Get Ready, Get Set 57

Part II The Healing

Day 1 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles 67

Day 2 Roncesvalles to Zubiri 77

Day 3 Zubiri to Pamplona 88

Day 4 Pamplona to Puente la Reina 100

Day 5 Puente la Reina to Estella 112

Day 6 Estella to Los Arcos 121

Day 7 Los Arcos to Logroño 134

Day 8 Logroño to Nájera 139

Day 9 Nájera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada 146

Day 10 Santo Domingo to Belorado 154

Day 11 Belorado to San Juan de Ortega 161

Day 12 San Juan to Burgos 176

Day 13 Burgos to Hornillos del Camino 182

Day 14 Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz 189

Day 15 Castrojeriz to Frómista 195

Day 16 Frómista to Carrión de los Condes 204

Day 17 Carrión to Calzadilla de la Cueza 213

Day 18 Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún 221

Day 19 Sahagún to El Burgo Ranero 231

Day 20 El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas 238

Day 21 Mansilla de las Mulas to León 244

Day 22 León to Mazarife 250

Day 23 Mazarife to Astorga 257

Day 24 Astorga to Rabanal del Camino 264

Day 25 Rabanal to Ponferrada 271

Day 26 Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo 277

Day 27 Villafranca to O Cebreiro 285

Day 28 O Cebreiro to Triacastela 292

Day 29 Triacastela to Sarria 299

Day 30 Sarria to Portomarín 304

Day 31 Portomarín to Palas de Rei 310

Day 32 Palas de Rei to Arzúa 316

Day 33 Arzúa to Amenal 323

Day 34 Amenal to Santiago de Compostela 332

Afterword 339

Acknowledgments 341

About the Author 342

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