Addiction, Psychology, Spiritual Journey

The Meditator’s Performance-Enhancing Drug

Society is trying to wake up. And, it is using coffee to do so. You don’t have to be very perceptive to see that nearly everyone is addicted to caffeine. Unfortunately, this habit only leads to a pervasive fixation on speed, efficiency, and distraction. People race through their lives faster than ever before, neurotically ticking boxes off their to-do lists.…

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Awareness, Spiritual Journey

Metaphor is Reality

The ocean of samsara is literal. It’s not a metaphor. The ocean is composed of many water molecules. The water stores information. It stores memory. It stores the memory of all of human existence. It stores the memory of samsara, the cycle of birth old age sickness and death. It reinforces this pattern and this cycle. The cycle is conditioned…

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Spiritual Journey, travel

Traveling Alone: Experience & Tips

When people hear that I have been traveling since January, their first question is some variation of: “Have you been traveling alone this whole time?!” The answer is yes and no. Yes, in the sense that I did not depart with a travel companion, such as a spouse, partner, friend, or family member, who has accompanied me to all the…

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Thai Island Paradise Retreat: Koh Mak

I am hesitant to write this blog in fear of tarnishing the tranquil perfection that is the Thai island of Koh Mak during the low season.Intermittent torrential downpours and cloudy days failed to discourage me and my two friends from enjoying the plentiful near-empty beaches, swim spots, and jungle treks available to us. It truly felt like our own private…

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low fat, Overexercise, raw vegan, Special Diet, travel, vegan, Weight Loss

Chanthaburi, Thailand Fruit and Adventure Retreats

I debated back and forth whether I wanted to go to Grant Campbell’s Thailand Fruit and Adventure retreats. After my spiritual experiences in India, raw vegan retreats seemed trivial. I felt I needed to spend time in Nepal in a Buddhist monastery or at a vipassana meditation retreat. I was in super serious spiritual mode. As chance would have it,…

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Places Not To Go: Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

After a splendid couple of weeks spent in the beautiful Thai island Koh Mak, my friend Ale and I decided to go to Cambodia for a visa run. Instead of illegally crossing and recrossing the border in a day with a small bribe, we planned to stay in Siem Reap a couple nights to see Angkor Wat and visit Cambodia…

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Spiritual Journey, travel

Traditional Hata Yoga

India changed my life. Studying at Shrimath changed my life. Being at Shrimath changed my life. It changed me. It changed everything. Rather, Shrimath facilitated a major internal transformation for me. I feel much more at peace and centered than before I arrived. It provided a safe space and container within which I was able to study, practice, learn, and…

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Spiritual Journey

Clearing Memories & Letting Go: A Nonlinear Perspective

As I proceed forward along the yogic path, memories emerge from subconscious storage into the conscious mind. They dislodge from the safety of their compartments where they indirectly influence thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Memories visit my inner eye clear as day. I see the situation, surroundings, and┬ápeople involved, myself included. I smell the smells. Hear the sounds. Feel the feelings.…

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Awareness, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Movement, Nutrition, Psychology, raw vegan, Self-Care, Special Diet, Spiritual Journey, travel, vegan, Weight Loss, Yoga

9 Keys to Wellness

I’ve remembered the keys to feeling really truly deeply good. This is my personal recipe for success: Meditation. Every morning first thing. This is nonnegotiable. I enjoy guided meditation and have found my visualization and clairvoyance really open up since I began using Jai Release last October. The humming meditation helps clear away any energetic residue from dream time or…

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