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    Do volunteer work.

    Maybe WWOOF if you want something less emotionally-straining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by altern8tif View Post
    Wow thanks all for the suggestions...
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    @limwhow: What Land of Snow are u referring to? North-west? Meaning Europe?

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    altern8tif, I am referring to Tibet.
    I have been there twice. Each time I come back, I find myself changed in ways which I cannot described.
    Each time is a life-changing experience.
    Each time I come back home and realise that I begun to accept things more readily. I fight much lesser with myself inside.
    And I am more relaxed.
    There has never been a place like Tibet that has changed me so much.
    Sincerely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forward View Post
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    Certainly everyone at one time or another encounters
    dark clouds and storms in his life which threaten to
    wreck his emotions and attitude. To start changing
    there are three robbers you have to put in jail. Their
    names are Mr. Pride, Mr. Anger and Mr. Hatred.

    Another perspective to look into is to forget yourself
    unto greatness. Man must lose himself to find himself.
    ...
    Well said, forward, well said.
    If I may add in. Aside from Pride, Anger and Hatred that you have mentioned, also Greed and Ignorance. After seeing how a very harsh and unforgiving environment nurtures a people who is intrinsically gentle and compassionate, one just finds that Greed and Anger is so much more meaningless.
    .. and yes, let go of himself, as forward also aptly pointed out. Like a butterfly - the more you want to catch it, the more it flies away. Let it go, and it will naturally come back and rest on your shoulder.

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    I personally feel, the place where you contemplate life, is the place you will be living in.

    It may backfire if you go somewhere else with different living conditions, experiences etc,

    only to come back to the place where you will face reality, which may be different.

    Why not try to find the quiet and peacefulness in you locally? It could be here.

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    TS,

    It took me 1+ year (without work) to contemplate about life. Initially, I thought it will only be 3-6mths. Haha.

    The best and most comforting place which I found is actually ... right beside my parents.

    My Parents accept me whoever I'm ... and gave me the best advice.

    About money:
    "Money is not everything, but without money, how did I buy everything that is around you?"

    About problems:
    "When you are young, you have problem wearing your shoes and tying your shoe laces. The problem is gone now because you are willing to learn and solve it yourself."

    About future:
    "You can get all the wealth/power/etc, but during the last days in your life, all you have is a spoon of porridge."

    But nonetheless, it is still good reason to find excuse to travel the world for 2 months ...
    Last edited by Rendell; 14th December 2009 at 03:34 AM.

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    http://www.jhanagrove.org.au/bookings.html

    how about a meditation retreat in w.a, by ajahn brahm? he is a very good teacher.


    you don't have to take it as a buddhist retreat, but just a motivation retreat
    hope this helps...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapster View Post
    I personally feel, the place where you contemplate life, is the place you will be living in.

    It may backfire if you go somewhere else with different living conditions, experiences etc,

    only to come back to the place where you will face reality, which may be different.

    Why not try to find the quiet and peacefulness in you locally? It could be here.
    Agree with this too

    Heard some people contemplate their daily life every night just before sleeping. I can't do that yet, most of the time I lay down it is too tiring to think about anything
    Simplicity, it is just an encapsulation of complexity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChef View Post
    You should go to a place without any distractions. A monastery perhaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forward View Post
    To contemplate and reflect about your life is not
    by taking a two months trip to remote places with
    your camera in the aim of capturing beautiful scenery,
    people and their activities.

    To find out who you are, the first thing is to find
    out how you can live right. The current pursue of
    pleasure, entertainment, sightseeing etc can jolt
    you from achieving what you intend to achieve.

    You must adjust your thinking right now in the
    aim of finding out who made you so that you start
    to reinforce your mind with excellent perspective
    of your life.

    Somehow you may have certain people who had came
    into your life at various time but they didn't help
    made or break your perspective.

    Certainly everyone at one time or another encounters
    dark clouds and storms in his life which threaten to
    wreck his emotions and attitude. To start changing
    there are three robbers you have to put in jail. Their
    names are Mr. Pride, Mr. Anger and Mr. Hatred.

    Another perspective to look into is to forget yourself
    unto greatness. Man must lose himself to find himself.
    So if you have decided to take a break by getting away
    let the time and the journey be not in the state of
    anxiousness and picture taking expectations. Instead
    have your goal on human connections. Sincere and
    real connections starts with the heart. To me this is
    one real purpose of life.

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    I would still go to Ladakh and not Tibet. The original Buddhist culture is better preserved in Ladakh than in Tibet, and there's no politics like the rubbish that the Chinese are doing in Tibet. There are 3 Han Chinese to each Tibetan. Most of the monks are now refugees in Ladakh or Dharamsala. As much as I'd love to recommend Tibet , I don't think it's the best place to contemplate life. The PRC is notorious for torturing Tibetans since 1950. The number of original monasteries built before 1950 has fallen from around 6,000 to something like 13 or 14.
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    Going away to a secluded spot is always a good way to throw away the thoughts clouding your mind and you are indeed fortunate to be able to afford to do it. But actually, many people have already found the meaning of life without having to travel far.

    They found it in religion.

    Good luck in your journey.

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    Default Re: Where to go to contemplate life?

    perhaps TS wants to share with us nature of his crisis first?

    money ?
    love ?
    death of loved one?
    trapped at a artistic plateau ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna91 View Post
    He's probably referring to the Himalayas. Or i'm just presuming.

    India - I'd go to Uttaranchal, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh
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    :........... to the place where you originated................
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    Quote Originally Posted by shogubong View Post
    That's really nicely written, but I think it really helps to get away from everything for a while. When we are in unfammiliar surrondings we discover other parts of ourselves that we didn't know before. We can look at our everyday life from a distance and from a different perspective... Travelling opens your mind and changes who you are as a person.

    And you can both take photos and contemplate life at the same time. Actually, if you are truly engaged in some kind of activity, then you don't think about anything else and you can take a break from all the problems that are bothering you. When you think about them again, maybe you will look at them in a different light and find another solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jctan77 View Post
    Agree with this too

    Heard some people contemplate their daily life every night just before sleeping. I can't do that yet, most of the time I lay down it is too tiring to think about anything
    I don't agree
    Travelling changes the way you see reality. You never come back the same person from your travels. You can actually see your current circumstances in a different light after you come back.
    It usually helps people, not the other way round. Maybe there is something you need to change in your life, but when you stay at the same place all the time, you are not able to see it.

    But we are talking about real travelling here - getting to know the place and the people, learning about their culture etc. If you go for a 2 week holiday to a nice resort, well... that's a different story I don't think it will teach you anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eva F View Post
    I don't agree
    Travelling changes the way you see reality. You never come back the same person from your travels. You can actually see your current circumstances in a different light after you come back.
    It usually helps people, not the other way round. Maybe there is something you need to change in your life, but when you stay at the same place all the time, you are not able to see it.

    But we are talking about real travelling here - getting to know the place and the people, learning about their culture etc. If you go for a 2 week holiday to a nice resort, well... that's a different story I don't think it will teach you anything.
    Agreed... going overseas and living there for a while, absorbing the culture and the way people live there, observing everything around you.... it changes your mindset. Especially if you're alone, you'll reflect in a different way from how you do it (if u do it at all) back at home.

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    If you're going back to Nepal, I highly recommend a visit to Manang (it's along the Eastern half of the ABC circuit). It certainly helped me to contemplate the meaning of my life as I sat drinking apple tea while enjoying the vast view of the mighty Annapurnas

    I'd love to go back someday. But of course, if I had more money, Iceland or South America would be other good candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna91 View Post
    I would still go to Ladakh and not Tibet. The original Buddhist culture is better preserved in Ladakh than in Tibet, and there's no politics like the rubbish that the Chinese are doing in Tibet. There are 3 Han Chinese to each Tibetan. Most of the monks are now refugees in Ladakh or Dharamsala. As much as I'd love to recommend Tibet , I don't think it's the best place to contemplate life. The PRC is notorious for torturing Tibetans since 1950. The number of original monasteries built before 1950 has fallen from around 6,000 to something like 13 or 14.
    Hello, krishna91. I see where you come from, and I agree with you on the political situation in Tibet. As much as I feel injustice for the native Tibetans, I would perhaps like to express that if anyone were to go to Tibet for so-called contemplation, or to see the real Tibet, don't stay too long in the big cities like Lhasa or Shigatse. These are too politically moulded.
    There are so many other small towns that are still very much un-touched.
    And for the TS, I am referring to these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limwhow View Post
    Hello, krishna91. I see where you come from, and I agree with you on the political situation in Tibet. As much as I feel injustice for the native Tibetans, I would perhaps like to express that if anyone were to go to Tibet for so-called contemplation, or to see the real Tibet, don't stay too long in the big cities like Lhasa or Shigatse. These are too politically moulded.
    There are so many other small towns that are still very much un-touched.
    And for the TS, I am referring to these.
    Ah, of course, it's a huge place, almost the size of India i think. But maybe a 'lower' place would be more relaxing .. For example Himachal Pradesh or as a matter of fact anywhere in the Himalayas.. But I have to agree that no other place in the world has such a mystical charm as Tibet...
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