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The Magic of the Camino

In Culture, Europe, Inspiration, Jesse's Journal, Narrative Essay, Personal development, Spain, Travel Stories by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

This is part of a series on walking the Camino de Santiago. Solvitur ambulando — Latin: “It is solved by walking” We all have problems. As the world gets more complicated, problems don’t seem to get much easier to solve. One solution—or at least the first step to a solution—is a good walk. A walk may begin with a mind …

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Vipassana Meditation: 10 Days of Silence and Fantasies

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The bullshit and buzzkills of life NEVER end. We want them to go away. But they don’t. ‘Mind over matter’ is the mantra, right? In 1863, Sir Charles Lyle first used the phrase to describe the evolving human mind. He wrote that “sensation, instinct, the intelligence of the higher mammalia bordering on reason—and the improvable reason of man himself—presents us with …

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Nepal Earthquake Survival Story: Day 3 into 4 (with photos)

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This is part 3 of my 3 part series sharing my experiences during the Nepal earthquake. Click here for part 1. April 27-28, 2012: Two days after the Nepal earthquake I woke again in my room at Mum’s Home hotel. It was the final day before my flight to Istanbul. But every day aftershocks kept flights out of Kathmandu grounded. Thousands of stranded people camped at the …

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Nepal Earthquake Survival Story: Day 2 (with photos)

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This is part 2 of my 3 part series sharing my experiences during the Nepal earthquake. Click here for part 1. April 26, 2015: One day after the Nepal earthquake I opened my eyes in the little hotel room in Kathmandu, took in a breath and stretched. Sunshine poured through the window and shone on a crooked painting hanging on the …

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Nepal Earthquake Survival Story: Part 1 (with photos)

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This was posted on the anniversary of the April 25, 2015 Nepal Earthquake, to the minute. For over fifty million years, Earth’s tectonic plates have shaped the continents we travel today. When the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate, the Himalayan mountain range was born. As India pushes into China today, the Himalayas rise one centimeter per year. Deep below the mountains, …

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My Guru Was a Seven-year-old Gypsy

In Culture, Featured Posts, India, Inspiration, Narrative Essay, Social Commentary, Travel Stories by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

I came to India thinking an old bearded Wiseman would come to me and teach me about life and who I am. However, my guru wasn’t old, nor a man, but a seven year-old, dark-skinned gypsy girl with a dirty pink t-shirt, short-cropped hair and a huge smile. She skipped up the dusty beach road to my friends and me …