Author: Karin Kiser. Camino Chronicles Press, 2019.
Your Inner Camino: Your Pocket Guide to Inspiration and Transformation along the Camino de Santiago
This little book is not designed to be read before you start your Camino walk. The words are more meaningful when you are actually on the Camino. In an easy to read format, this little book provides the encouragement to put things in perspective, prioritise what is important and create a map for the journey within. It is the ideal companion on the Camino, especially for those days which are challenging.
A quote in the book from Howard Thurman, ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive’ provides encouragement for more awareness and positivity on the road.
After the Camino: Your Pocket Guide to Integrating the Camino de Santiago into Your Daily Life
This book is a gem and guides readers into changing their mindset so that the spirit of the Camino can live on when we return home. The contemplations and suggestions help us to simplify our lives, let go of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and add more meaning to daily life. I appreciate the simple, yet thoughtful way in which the author supports us in integrating the learnings from our Camino walk into living with more awareness at home.
One example is ‘Forget about someday.’ On the Camino you were probably not thinking that someday you would do something significant. You were anchored to the present, through the need to be focussed on each step. This guide encourages us to continue living like this, to take up the opportunity to live life now.
Unlike most other Camino guides, Karin Kiser does not provide advice on equipment, the routes or accommodation. Instead she addresses the deeper issues that prompt all sorts of people to walk the Camino. Karin is the founder of ‘Radical Simplicity’ and the author of the bestseller Lighten your Load. She lives in California and has been on and off the Camino de Santiago since 2011 – as a pilgrim, as a albergue hospitalera and as a volunteer rubbish collector along the route.
This set of 2 books was published earlier this year and are certainly worth reading. To order the digital or Kindle editions, see www.Amazon.com To order the light, thin paperback editions, see www.CaminoChroniclesPress.com $14.95 per set.