Eventually, after years of travelling, Jed happened to come in contact with a spiritual teacher in India who would forever change the direction of his life. This teacher would help Jed to realise that real peace and happiness come from within, and that he would only be able to find true freedom in his life once he had faced his problems head-on. This was the start of Jed’s inner journey.
I was in the yoga studio in the building I work in when I was handed this book by one of the yogi instructors. At first I was mainly drawn to it for the title, ‘Breaking Free,’ because for those of you who I know follow my posts fairly often, you’ll know I’m always on the hunt for new travels and adventures in life.
The second thing that drew me to the book was the yellow italic writing under the title reading, ‘A Journey of Self Discovery.’ Self-discovery is a big part of my life and it always will be. I will never stop growing and finding out new and exciting things out about myself that make me who I am.
Thirdly, the photograph on the cover is of a man with a rucksack slung across his shoulders and he is walking away from the camera, down a path into the unknown.
I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover but I was already sold.
If I wasn’t sold enough by the front cover - when I flipped the book over the read through the little blurb on the back (found above) I was hooked!
Regardless of whether the writing is fantastic or not, it is the messages within the pages and between the words, nestled in each chapter that make this incredible true story what it really is – and what it really is, is an absolute masterpiece.
In the book, Jed Matthews (the main character / author) suffers from panic attacks – which I do as well. It was amazing to have it described and explained in such a way that I totally related to that I literally got tears in my eyes and a little bit shaky.
He also has certain issues about himself that he was finding hard to deal with, as am I. He was diagnosed with a skin-disorder that the doctors’ told him was incurable and I also have one or two things that plague and bother me about myself. It’s not incurable skin-conditions but they are things that for years made me miserable and self-conscious about myself. I guess everyone has them right?
He goes on a spiritual journey for years, which I have been doing myself as much as I can. I’ve explored and learnt in the temples in Thailand and hopefully next year at some stage I’ll be going to China where a few of my friends are already meditating down the road from their apartment in a temple.
His travels and spiritual journey inspired me beyond belief but throughout the entire book, there was one paragraph in one specific chapter that took my breath away and changed my life. That might sound dramatic… but it’s meant to.
Chapter fifteen, page 106, the first paragraph… in just over 100 words the author summed up absolutely everything that I have been feeling for so long.
He writes about how to transform into who you can and want to be and to have true inner awakening, you need to be away from all of those people that know you the best. This is because when you are around the people who know you so well you automatically act a certain way around them. You develop masks that you wear around certain people and for inner awakening and to blossom into what your body and soul wants to become you need to break free from all attachments and familiarities.
Within moments I knew this was my calling and exactly what I was supposed to do – so when I started reading this amazing book my dreams to travel and teach English overseas was only fueled by the author’s words as it turned out he was teaching English to children in Korea!
I mentioned there that now I would love to work on the ski slopes. At first I thought Austria or Switzerland would be amazing but seeing as I’ve been to both of those places already, my hearts fairly set on Canada now. As I have a few friends in Canada that would be pretty perfect too!