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13 steps To Start Traveling the World

In "How-to" Travel Guides, Inspiration, List, Personal development, Travel Tips by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

People often ask me how I got started with the whole ‘world traveler’ scene. Given my interest in culture and nature, mixed with my craving for adventure, it was pretty easy. I’ve long envisioned a fulfilling future that involved traveling the world. The more I stuck my fingers into the travel pie, more bits of inspiration popped up. It kept …

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My Facebook Hiatus was Liberating. Here’s why.

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When I joined Facebook in college, circa 2008, I wouldn’t guess I’d ever need a Facebook hiatus. Before that I was a regular on MySpace. Facebook seemed so boring in comparison, yet everybody was jumping on the Facebook bandwagon. Like a good netizen, I reluctantly followed suit. Year after year it’s the same story: one day it’s useful, the next it’s wasteful. It’s entertaining, …

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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

In Featured Posts, Inspiration, Jesse's Journal, Narrative Essay, Personal development, United States of America by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

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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Overcoming the Culture of Bullshit

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When asked, “What makes you angry about the world?” a long list of depressing, fearful situations came to mind. Bullshit was at the center of it all.  What is Bullshit? It’s neither true nor false, but it is misleading. It’s rooted at the intersection of selfishness, excuse and ego. The bullshitter’s principal aim is to make an impression on whomever …

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How NOT to do a 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course

In Asia, Inspiration, Jesse's Journal, Nepal, Personal development by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

What is a Vipassana meditation course? Vipassana meditation is a specific technique originally mastered and taught by the Buddha two and a half centuries ago. It’s now taught at 10-day residential courses all over the world. These courses are the only way to learn Vipassana. Once committing to the entire ten days, students take an oath to abide by five …