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We first meet Greg trapped in an avalanche. This near-death experience makes him think. He is an engineer working on the West Coast, running a gold dredge. He describes his life as “abundant”, although he had some difficulties because of the stock-market crash. But he describes himself as tormented, with lots of doubts.
So what is the path to peace? “Make Money, Retire Young”. This takes Greg to Russia, during the fall of communism, installing meat plants exported from New Zealand. This is not my idea of peaceful! There are obstacles to overcome, vodka and girls to consume, and a long distance relationship with his wife in London to manage. Some of this is outright scary.
It is here that Greg begins to recognise his inner demons. He staggers out of Russia, and into establishing a successful chain of pet stores in New Zealand (not named, but only lightly disguised). Along the way he has a (benign) brain tumour dealt with, seeks counselling to help him calm down, and breaks up with his wife.
Now the unexpected happens. He reads a self-help book – in fact several – and starts to come to grips with his need for inner peace. He attends a weekend course on a meditation technique which promises to “reveal peace and joy on a perpetual basis”. And it works. It doesn’t work for everyone, but Hopkinson finds that the process makes him a better manager, and helps in all sorts of situations, from bars to beaches.
His inner life changed, and he got his demons under control. This was an overwhelming change – so much so that he went on a six-month Mastery of the Self Course in Canada, and ends up taking his vows as a monk. He now lives in a remote location with his partner – also a monk. He travels, teaches meditation, and does the things that give him contentment.
This book will appeal to a diverse range of readers. The chapters on life in Russia are a rollicking word-picture of a world which has gone. The later chapters describe the author’s quest for mental peace, but with the added objective of starting the reader on their own journey.
I was engrossed in the writing, which is down-to-earth, and no-holds-barred. The word pictures of the outside world are vivid and clear. So are the pictures of Hopkinson’s inner world.
Boundless the book is part of a larger project. The web site continues the story, and will take the searching reader on further self-explorations. For these readers the book is the beginning, not the end.
Even if you don’t buy into the search for inner peace and happiness, the book is worth reading for the stories, and to meet an interesting guy.
Reviewed by Gordon Findlay
Boundless: A Wayward Entrepreneur’s Search for Peace
by Greg Hopkinson
Published by Mountford Media