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My name is Michael Jason Sherman. I am a father, I am a Jew and I am the author of the book, “The Zen of Solo Travel.” It feels really good to say that.
I’ve been wrestling with this project for two and a half years, but really it’s been eight years, however, it has in fact been thirty-five years.
The two and a half years ago began when it seemed like everything in my world was falling apart, and after a powerful, private journey with a counselor, I awakened to the fact that I really am a writer at heart and it was truly time to get a project out into the world.
Amongst the piles of unfinished manuscripts laying around, I chose this one because I thought it would only take me a month to complete. Thirty months later, and thirty plus Solo Travel Journeys later (a few taken by me, most taken by my counseling clients, some traveling to the other side of the globe), the manuscript is done and ready for initial release (first E-book, later real book — join the email list below to get updates).
The eight years ago began when it seemed like everything in my world was falling apart, and I took private, powerful Solo Travel Journey to Japan. I returned bursting with renewed energy, ready to become the adoptive father of a Chinese girl (my sweet and adoring Twyla — the girl from two worlds), ready to quit my safe and tenured middle school teaching job, ready to help heal others, and more than ready to write every single minute of my journey into four, black, bound, college-ruled, composition notebooks with one pen.
Fingers hurt. Ouch.
The thirty-five years ago began when I it seemed like everything in my world was falling apart, and my father was developing what would become a permanent mental illness that would eventually force him to end it all, and having just taken me to see the opening night of Star Wars in the summer of 1977, and me being inspired to use an electric typewriter for the first time, and this young child feeling the fever of the word, busting out his first story called “Space Adventures” in a private, powerful journey of writing only a little boy can go on, only to be condemned and by the big grown up Darth Vader Dad who used words like “half-assed” and “never make it in the real world.”
So right then and there, I decided — “No problem, Dad. I won’t finish anything.” And so I didn’t. Until today. It feels really good to say that.
The words are written, but now the finishing process really begins. It’s one thing to slave away at a project and turn it into the book that you were always meant to write. It’s another thing to put on the publishing hat and help this infant learn to walk and find its waiting audience.
In this way, I am announcing today (7/9/13) as the day where the Curse is Over. The manuscript will be ready for E-book release in a few short weeks. At which time, I will have finally finished what I started, and the book will belong to you, the reader.
And you are:
* A spiritual being having a human experience on a Solo Travel Journey through life.
* An adventurer who loves the feeling of motion in other lands and spaces.
* A man or a woman facing a crisis in your marriage, or coming out the other side of it.
* Someone who has experienced trauma in your life and has tried everything to heal it.
* A young adult who hasn’t fully settled on a life direction or a relationship you really want.
* An empty-nester or baby-boomer who sees the horizon and is ready for a new chapter of life.
* An entrepreneur or corporate who loves the creative process and is ready for a spiritual experience.
* A professional healer or spiritual teacher who is fascinated by journeys of courage and awakening.
* Someone who longs to experience your inner truth and discover the authenticity of your life’s work.
You are my audience.
The book is called, “The Zen of Solo Travel: A Journey from Anxiety to Enlightenment.” It is a philosophical memoir of a 10 day journey to Japan, where I took life in my own hands and came out the other side starting a revolution that I haven’t stopped.
The program attached to it is called “The Solo Travel Solution,” which is explained in this website. I teach people to deal with their relationships, their mindset, and then set them forth on Solo Travel Journeys where they have an awakening of wisdom that lets them feel alive.
The book will be out in E-Book form in the coming weeks. The program of healing and transformation is ready to go. If you fit into any of the above categories (or even if you don’t), I encourage you to join the mailing list (below), that you may stay connected and dip your toe in this magnificent pool.
Thank you, reader. It feels good to say that.
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