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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 …

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Inspiration Series: Hailey the Clown

In India, Inspiration, Interview by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

This is part of a series on what inspiration means to the people I meet while traveling in search of my own inspiration. Hailey’s a bubbly, free spirit. We met in Chennai, India in 2015 and traveled together for a while. We met again in Kathmandu a month later. She’s a clown by profession, making her a delight to be …

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Traveling to the Happiest Place in the World

In Book Review, Inspiration, Personal development by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

Where are the happiest places in the world? One grumpy dude goes on a hilarious, worldwide pursuit and what he discovers might surprise you. “The pursuit of happiness” is more than just a line in the United States’ constitution. It’s a universal human pursuit. People want to be happy. Not only do we pursue happiness in people, things, and experiences, …

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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 …

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A Few Observations From My First Month in India

In Culture, India, Jesse's Journal, Social Commentary, Travel Stories by Jesse Anderson2 Comments

After a few hours in India it became clear that I was in for an experience much more vivid than any image books and films painted in my mind. Flashing scenes of street vendors, potent smells of food and waste, and cluttered sounds of activity and traffic all bombarded my senses. One thing went through my mind one scene after …