Here at Blue Sky Escapes, we believe in curating journeys to discover a truer life – one brimming with rich experiences to continually inspire our travellers and encourage self-discovery. It has been said that “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey.” In our first edition of Blue Sky Escapes Reads, we share our favourite companions for the ride – as you take the pilgrimage within.

 – By Sam Anna Lee

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle

Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.

For every traveller in search of personal spirituality and self-improvement. Eckhart Tolle provides a spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves – in a quest to make this world a better, more spiritually evolved place to live – with his expositions on modern ideas of ego and entitlement, self and society.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” 

Paulo Coelho tells the fictional tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy leaving behind his home in search of treasure at the Egyptian pyramids – and in so doing, dispenses pearls of wisdom relevant to every traveller that has ever left home and gone in search of themselves.

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

“I don’t believe in the wisdom of children, nor in the wisdom of the old. There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of the living. We are never so wise as when we live in the moment.” 

In his poignant memoir, Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his mid-thirties, tells his story and shares his ideas on how to approach death with grace and what it means to be fully alive.

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