EMOTIONAL MOMENTUM

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION

Discovering Your Deepest Wisdom By Leaving Everything Behind

A BOOK WRITTEN AS BLOG POSTS.

 CHAPTER 1 – EMOTIONAL MOMENTUM (Part 1)

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river rapids in japanMomentum.

It’s the force or speed of movement.

Momentum picks up, momentum slows down. An object can build momentum, like a boulder rolling down a hill or a car pulling onto a fast moving highway. The same boulder can slow down to a halt. The same car can run into the resistance of bumper to bumper traffic.

Ultimately, there is a vitally important type of momentum that I want you to consider as you read this book. Emotional momentum. This is the force or speed of emotional movement, the increase or decrease in power of feelings moving through your body. Feelings that keep moving through you over time as you interact with the people, situations and things that show up in your life.

So think about it… are there emotions that you’ve been feeling for a long, long time? Feelings that keep moving through you again and again for longer than you can remember?

Emotions that seem to erupt within you when you think about certain partners in your life? People like parents or lovers. People like husbands and wives, or ex-husbands and ex-wives? People like your boss, or the one before that, or the one before the one before that?

woman in therapyYou may have some powerful emotional momentum moving through you, emotional momentum that keeps you restricted, discontent, angry and alone. Emotional momentum that turns you into the “difficult one,” or the “loner” or the “weirdo.” At least, that’s what it can feel like being seen through the eyes of others in your life.

You can go to ten different therapists over the course of a decade and you’ve still wake up with that same neurotic, anxious feeling that doesn’t seem to go away. You can have another argument with your partner and come away feeling lost and confused and bitter again and again and again. You can keep going back to the same job in the morning and return home with that same “what-am-I-doing-with-my-life” feeling at night.

The momentum of an emotion will move through you like a train that cannot stop on its own.

So what do you do about it?

The solution is not necessarily changing therapists or leaving your husband and quitting your job. The solution might not be another prescription for a different medication that numbs your mind and leaves you with a Torah scroll of side effects. The solution might not be drinking nor drugging, nor Facebook chatting until four in the morning, text messaging five hundred times a day, changing your online dating profile (again), freaking out, breaking up, over-eating, under-earning, channel surfing, pumping iron, picking fights, taking it out on your kids, giving your husband the silent treatment, and so on.

Bullet Trains in TokyoThe solution is inviting a new experience of emotional momentum. The solution is choosing the emotional track you want to ride on and allowing that feeling to carry you through life. The solution is to take life in your own hands and feel new feelings move through you — feelings that feel like the real you.

The solution is experiencing emotions moving through you that seem authentic, powerful, easy, stable and at peace with all that is. The solution is setting up a rendez-vous with the real you, the higher, wiser, deeper version of you that is hiding below the surface of the discontent that keeps coming back.

You have permission to experience the feelings that your inner being wants you to know, feelings of aliveness that will move through you like clouds streaking across the sky, like snowy mountains in your rear-view mirror, like the fascinating faces of people that pass you by as you stroll along a busy street in a foreign city.

The solution is to leave everything behind for a temporary pocket of time. Everything and everyone. The solution is setting forth on a journey to a new land that you may tune into new rhythms and vibrations that awaken your spirit. The solution is to jump headfirst into motion that you may harmonize with the momentum of life itself. The solution is coming home with lungs filled with the oxygen you need to move you through change.

woman looking at rainbowThe solution is learning how to feel alive.

The solution is taking a Solo Travel Journey.

I am here to teach you how.

You are invited to keep reading this book as it is being written before your eyes.

– Samurabbi

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SOMEONE IS LISTENING TO YOU

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION

Discover Your Deepest Wisdom By Leaving It All Behind.

A Book written as Blog Posts.  Introduction, Part 4.

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yoga woman sunsetIf you feel like no one else is listening to you, then I’m listening to you.

I can hear what’s happening in your inner world.  I can hear your desire to be seen for who you really are. I can hear your need to feel like you’re living in your own skin. I can hear you wanting to express your authentic voice and not be judged by anyone, especially the ones closest to you.

I’m listening.

Maybe that doesn’t count for much. Maybe it doesn’t mean anything to you. Maybe no one knows what you’re really going through. Words mean nothing. Especially if they come from someone who just wrote some blog post, somewhere in the world. You’re still alone.

That’s true. But I’m still listening.

I’m still allowing for the possibility that my words are landing on you, that you understand that what’s happening in your authentic emotional experience is important to me.

I’m hoping that, as you read my words, you consider that I’m speaking my truth. I can’t help but have empathy for others.  It’s been a curse, but now it’s a blessing. I’ve been hurt like no one else, but now I’m nobody’s fool. I learned to move through it. And now I’ve become a teacher. A teacher who listens.

Michael Jason Sherman standing in front of the White House while on a Solo Travel Journey

Michael Jason Sherman standing in front of the White House while on a Solo Travel Journey

I’m listening.

Whether you believe that or not.

I’m listening to how difficult it is for you to live with your partner, and how you’re afraid to live without him. I’m listening to how hard it is for you to leave, and how much harder it is for you to stay.

I’m listening to how unusual it feels now that your nest is empty and how you don’t know what to do next with your life.

I’m listening to the confusion and hurt that still lingers after your divorce. Each one of them.

I’m listening to the queasy vibrations you have about finding another partner. I’m listening to your frustration about finding the same difficult partner again and again every time you try to date.

I’m listening to you wondering why the world can’t see the natural, radiant beauty within you, the soft loving presence, the powerful wildness. You know it’s there, but now you’re starting to doubt that it will ever come out.

I’m listening to the way you found yourself in the wrong life, the wrong marriage, the wrong job. I’m listening to you ache as the voice of your life’s work remains silent.

I’m listening.  And that’s all well and good. Maybe that gives you solace and relief, maybe it doesn’t. But what I can say for sure is that I’m not the only one listening. There is someone else, someone far more important than me that is listening to you. All the time.

Your inner being. Your spirit. Your Higher Self.

You have a partner that is with you all the time, listening to you, giving you feedback about everything in your life. How do I know this? Well, what are you feeling right now? Happy and joyous? Angry and bitter? Hopeless and in despair? Whatever it is you are feeling, this partner, this inner being is listening and responding to you through your emotions.

Your emotions are a guidance system letting you know that you are never alone. Not ever.

Now here’s the thing. And what I’m about to say may throw you through a loop a little. Your Higher Self is listening to you all the time. And she communicates her guidance to you through your emotions.  How you feel is an indicator that your spirit is listening to whatever you are going through.

But she also listens in other ways. She sends things to you. People. Situations. Teachers. Tests.

She is always looking out for you. She is always providing you guidance. The question is, are you listening to the guidance. Are you tuned in enough to recognize the signals that your Higher Self is giving you.

woman looking at rainbowThis is why I want to teach you how to take a Solo Travel Journey.

Because to me, there is nothing like a Solo Travel Journey to put you in direct connection with the guidance that your inner being is offering you. Nothing.

When you leave everything behind and set forth into motion on a journey to a new land, no matter how close or how far, you will rendez-vous with the very spirit that lives in you. You will feel like you are being listened to by a presence far deeper than you’ve known in your day-to-day life. You will feel a sense of profound validation that you are not alone, in spite of the “solo” nature of this journey.

Someone is listening to you. Someone wonderful.

The real you.

If you want to experience this “listening,” I recommend you take a trip. And do it solo.

I’m hear to teach you how to do this. I’m hear to let you experience your truth.

All you have to do is leave everything behind.

And remember to keep it moving.

– Samurabbi

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Being Alone

Sometimes I get this question:

“Do you really have to go alone?”

man with two balloonsI laugh. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the question. Yes, I am teaching people to take a Solo Travel Journey, which inherently means that they will be traveling alone. However, the prospect of doing so can be a little scary to some. Even though they already know the answer to the question, their mind cannot wrap itself around the concept.

“Why the hell would I do something as crazy as travel alone?” asks the mind, which is only there trying to protect you from the treacherous insanity that is Solo Travel.

But here’s the thing. You can’t get the juice out of a lemon unless you squeeze it. And likewise, you can’t find out what’s inside you unless you get away from what’s outside you.

Meaning, there’s more to you than your marriage, your divorce, your kids, your job, your band, your one-woman-show, your pet rock. Want to get to the bottom of your relationship issues? Then leave your relationship — temporarily — and get to the bottom of you.

And after that, come back home and move through the change that’s in front of you.

Psst…. by the way, I’ll let you in on a secret. If you do end up going a Solo Travel Journey, you’re going to discover this secret on your own. But here it is now.

No matter what —- you are never, ever, ever alone.

Ever, ever.

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