Spiritual Journey, travel

The next stage of the adventure: snow in Atlanta, cancelled flight, deeper surrender

Yesterday I left Karme Choling where I’ve been living and volunteering in the kitchen for the past three months. Somehow I managed to take all the prerequisites there that I needed for the temporary monastic program at Gampo Abbey that starts in January. See my post about how the first three worked out thanks to the kindness of friends. Since…

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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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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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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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Self-Care, travel

Walking on the Beach & Playing in the Ocean

Seriously, it’s magical. I’m speechless. It’s therapy. I may feel frustrated, confused, sad, lonely, lost, and uninspired. I walk on the beach, and that energy is transformed. A dip in the ocean does the same. Negative energy transmuted into lightness of being. The combination of nature, healing rhythmic sounds, sunshine, soft sand, natural cleansing, and vigorous movement lifts my spirits…

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