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The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Summary
  1. Peter Matthiessen recounts his travels to India, Nepal and the Himalayas and his spiritual and transformative journey along the way
Key Takeaways
  1. In India, human misery seems so pervasive that one can manage to only take in stray details
  2. Shakyamuni, The Buddha, never involved himself in efforts for social change for he believed the greatest contribution one could make to mankind was self-revelation
  3. The Buddhists he encountered all had the wonderful trait of doing their work for its own sake, to do it in the most beautiful way and to their best capacity, rather than for pay or the sake of the employer
  4. Ecstasy is identity with all existence
  5. To become one with whatever one does is true realization of the way
  6. One must go oneself to know the truth – others can’t travel or do any type of work for you in one’s spiritual quest for enlightenment
  7. Through meditation, he was able to transcend his ego and intuit truth immediately.
  8. Being calm regardless of circumstances is not fatalism but a deep trust in the universe in that things will work out
  9. It is better to be true than strong
  10. The point of meditation is to train the ability of letting go and to be wholly present in the eternal now
  11. It is meaningless to try to capture and hold onto experiences and things as one can never truly express reality
What I got out of it
  1. Vivid storytelling but honestly was a bit disappointed after having heard so much about it. However, looking back there are some gems and clear insight on meditation and enlightenment

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Summary

  1. In the most simplistic sense, Vagabonding shows you how to travel for extended periods of time with minimal gear and plans. The uncertainties and simplicity are part of what will make your travels so memorable.
Key Takeaways
  1. Vagabonding– Deliberate and mindful extended travel on your own terms
  2. People get too caught up in their social standing and making money that travel becomes part of your lifestyle, something else you buy
  3. Simplifying life takes 3 steps – stopping expansion, reigning in routine and declutter
  4. Do pre-trip homework but never assume anything and don’t plan too much
  5. Bring as little as possible. A couple changes, one nice outfit, sandals, sunglasses, ear plugs and eye covers, some small gifts, toiletries and some medicines
  6. Slow down and don’t rush. Be deliberate and aware of everything around you
  7. People you meet are what make or break your trips. Be trusting and things will work out
  8. Do things which push your limits and get you out of your comfort zone
  9. Be cautious but open to new experiences. Take the good with the bad and accept it all as part of your story
  10. Always travel for personally inspired reasons
What I got out of it
  1. So many good tips and tricks for those looking to take extended travel trips. And if you’re not looking to take these kind of trips, maybe you should. It is much easier and cheaper than most people realize and the life changing experiences you’ll have will stay with you forever. More than a vacation, vagabonding is a way of life

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