Grounded: A Journey Into the Landscapes of Our Ancestors

Grounded: A Journey Into the Landscapes of Our Ancestors

By James Canton

For thousands of years, our ancestors held a close connection withthe landscapes they lived in. They imbued them with meaning: stonemonuments, sacred groves, places of pilgrimage. In our modern worldwe have to a large extent lost that enchantment and intimate knowledgeof place. James Canton takes us on a journey through England seeking to see through more ancient eyes, to understand what landscape meant to those who came before us.


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Book Information

Publisher: HarperOne
Publish Date: 04/04/2023
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9780063212145
ISBN-10: 0063212145
Language: English

Full Description

From the author of The Oak Papers comes a beautiful meditation on how to foster a profound and healing spiritual communion with the natural world, exploring how the sacred can be accessed by looking to the past, to our ancestors and how they tread through their worlds.

"Canton's writing has an exquisite, somewhat dreamlike quality."--Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees

When James Canton walked into Suffolk's Lindsey Chapel, it was the beginning of what would become a new journey in his life--hours away from the bustling city of London and distant from the years in his early twenties when he traveled from Egypt to Argentina. Standing inside the quaint chapel, Canton realized that his past cosmopolitan desires had been replaced by an intense yearning to understand the history of the place he called home, a burning curiosity about the past and the spiritual ways and beliefs of the people who came before us.

In Grounded, Canton retraces his steps into the places where our ancestors have experienced profound emotion, otherwise known as numinous experiences, to help us better understand who we are. Through lyrical meditation, reflection, and a thoughtful consideration of the ways and beliefs of the people who came before us, Canton seeks to know what our ancestors considered to be human, and what lessons we can learn from them to find security in our contemporary selves. Steeped in literary and folklore references, Grounded is a powerful exploration of the power of nature to soothe, nourish, and inspire the human soul.

About the Author

Dr. James Canton runs the Wild Writing MA at the University of Essex and is the author of Ancient Wonderings and Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape, which was inspired by his rural wandering in East Anglia.

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