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Learning to Breathe: One Woman's Journey of Spirit and Survival Hardcover – August 14, 2008
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Photojournalist Wright has gone to the ends of the earth, including some mountaintops, in a career that has documented the human wonders of the world, especially resilient children and endangered cultures. In this memoir she turns her lens on herself and her own astonishing story. The victim of a horrific bus crash in Laos in 2000, Wright should have died of her grievous injuries. She survived, and in this book retraces the steps of her journey of physical recovery, spiritual development and literal return to the scene of the crash. An Asia enthusiast, the author was led by work and temperament to Buddhism and some of Asia's most compelling Buddhist figures, including Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama, who contributes a foreword. Wright's editors owe this tale of courage and gratitude more respect in the form of harder editing. The author's spiritual insights are fascinating and should have been teased out more. A chapter set in Australia is an interesting but irrelevant sideshow, and chronology is occasionally confusing. This inspiring story deserves a wide audience and better editing. (Aug. 14) ""
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"[A] profound writer... a true pilgrim...There is muscle and tears here, and the fiercest flame of inspiration."—Richard Gere
“Photojournalist Wright has gone to the ends of the earth, including some mountaintops, in a career that has documented the human wonders of the world, especially resilient children and endangered cultures. In this memoir she turns her lens on herself and her own astonishing story… The author's spiritual insights are fascinating.”—Publishers Weekly
“Wright's seize-the-day attitude and fierce determination to reach the summit will spur you to hurdle whatever obstacles might lie in your path.”—Self
“Alison’s story makes clear that if you have courage you can achieve what others consider to be impossible.”—From the Foreword by the Dalai Lama --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Having said that I was waiting for a bit more philosophical perspective and a little less self-promotion. This story is tragic and I don't discredit that by any means. My feeling is that as a reader I was looking for more spirituality on the journey. Sometimes the book feels like a "look what I've done" and less a story of where she is going.
I applaud Alison's courage, determination and hope. And I am impressed that her meditation practice helped her to live, for without that she would not have survived at all.
Miss Wright’s story is not just of near tragedy, but one that takes the reader into the world of Photo Journalism. A world that comes with great adventure, challenges, and rewards from helping people a cross the world…
Alison Wright is a true inspiration to all that follow her in all of her works. The world is a much better place with her in it and we should all feel fortunate that her passion carries on…
One can only hope that more literary works from her career are being planned. There is much to share and I know this reader looks forward to it...
This book is about her almost accidental survival from a horrific bus accident, her struggle to win her way back to life, and her eventual return to the high-flying career that took her all over the world, from the North Pole to the South, the bottom of the ocean to Tibet, and always with her camera to record the essential message of what it means to be human.
Her book is a compulsive read, interweaving the glamorous episodes of her life as a National Geographic and UNICEF photographer -- meeting Richard Gere, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and other world leaders -- with the painstaking business of her recovery. Every step of the way we feel we are with her, unable to put her book down, taking it in with a single gulp -- from the frightened Laotian boy doctor trying to stitch up her lacerated arm with an upholstery needle and thread, to the diffcult tests she put herself through afterwards, some of them impossibly brave.
Our attention is a given, our admiration is wholehearted. Like her many friends, we can only wonder what she is made of? What drives a person to defy every threat and toss eight out of her nine lives away in order to bring back pictures of humankind that may make the world care just a little more?
We can only guess, in this profoundly personal account, by glimpsing the world through her own eyes. The spiritual side of her voyage is present -- she is a committed Buddhist and a meditator -- but it is personal courage that dominates the book. I will give copies to the people I know will enjoy it and only wish that perhaps it had some more of her photographs -- there are certainly some good ones -- and that another, fuller edition lies ahead and gets the attention it truly deserves.
Author, Alison Wright, details her journey from near death to recovery and how she achieved that through a combination of inner spiritual strength and a vast support network that included family, friends and and the compassion of strangers.
If you want your spirits lifted, if you want to have your faith in humankind rekindled - this is a must-read.
Set your mind and soul back to its factory-defaults.
The woman starts living (has a strong life.). Makes photos. Learns dignity, meditation and breathing.
When she has a life changing moment, we can learn through her. In the end, she has more gratitude than anyone can imagine. The real gift is moment to moment mutual beauty discovered with people, places and within.