“After 9/11, I felt impotent,” said Mony. “I wanted to contribute something for peace. Walking was the only constructive thing I knew to do.”
“Peace in the world begins by creating peace within,” adds Alberto. “We are all looking for the easy answers, for someone else to solve our problems. We don’t realize that the power to create change in the world resides within us.”
The couple met in Spain on the Camino pilgrimage path in northern Spain. Accustomed to walking on marked trails, they would now face the hardships of walking along the side of the open road, over mountains and across cities, sleeping in whatever accommodations are offered them that night-cold floors, long tables, warm beds- and suffering through bitter cold and unforgiving heat. They had no sponsors, and no political, social or religious affiliations.
More than physical hardships, however, their journey would force them to delve into the depths of their fears and judgments, and to confront those elements that prevent peace from taking root in one’s heart. Their 13-month odyssey across 13 countries would lead them physically to Jerusalem, but more importantly, to what was perhaps the intended destination all along: their true selves, where peace consciousness originates. Told from a deeply personal and spiritual perspective, in a refreshingly honest narrative, this book speaks to the longing in the heart of each one of us to create meaningful lives and make the world a better place. It also reminds us that it’s never too late to listen to our hearts and follow our dreams.
Mony formalized her studies with an MBA and, for ten years, pursued a marketing career in the software industry. Her growing dissatisfaction with the lack of meaning in her work led her to abandon her lucrative career in 2001 and to embark in earnest on a search for self.
Alberto, a naturally gifted artist and sculptor, set aside his innate abilities to follow the socially-acceptable path of working in the insurance industry. Family and cultural pressures kept him there for many years until his personal “dark night of the soul” impelled him to seek a more fulfilling path. His explorations would eventually lead him to the Camino (Path of St. James), where he would fatefully meet Mony and her plans to walk for peace.
The couple has lived in Cadiz, Spain and now live in Ottawa, Canada with their eight-year-old daughter.
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