The Spiritual Dimension of Moving to the Mountains
This paper discusses the spiritual attraction of mountains and includes examples that show that spirituality is a significant factor in the migration of people to mountainous areas. Nevertheless, despite the certainty that this spirituality exists, its existence cannot be proven scientifically. The paper goes on to examine the spiritual values of mountains through an analysis of different cultures that recognize these values, and discusses the reasons why even today there are people who move to live in mountain regions. Amongst the commonest spiritual activities that are practiced in mountains are pilgrimages, the search for inspiration and several meditative and reflective practices. Nevertheless, the author concludes that the spiritual significance of mountains is different for everybody.
Locke, Harvey. “The Spiritual Dimension of Moving to the Mountains”. In: Laurence A.G. Moss (ed.). The amenity migrants: seeking and sustaining mountains and their cultures. Wallingford, UK; Cambridge, USA: CAB International, 2006. p. 26-33. ISBN: 978-0-85199-084-2.