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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KEROUAC

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION

A Way To Move Through Suffering Into Feeling Alive!

A Book written as Blog Posts. Introduction, Part 2

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Kerouac arms crossedJack Kerouac wrote this:

“I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks…..   all of ’em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason….”  (from The Dharma Bums)

Kerouac was above all a writer, and above that, a mystic. He developed a keen awareness for the unseen forces of life that are always moving through us, and he feverishly put it all down in words and words and words, all while keeping himself moving through America and beyond.

As a generation of Baby Boomers became born into a world where the promise of an American Dream was always in front of them — a home of your own, the security of a long-term job at a prestigious company, a wife, a husband, three kids, two cars, and all the ice cream you could ever want to eat at your favorite suburban restaurant — Kerouac’s sword of a pen pierced through the heart of the hypocrisy before anyone realized the promise was a lie.

He wasn’t a revolutionary. He was a mystic. He was consumed with a passion that took him on the road, into train cars, onto ships, writing everything his mind thought onto every substance his hands could find in order to convey the presence of a spirit that moved through his soul. He made language new. He found awe and aliveness and meaning and mystery in motion. He discovered the other side of himself by leaving everything behind.

Forty-five years after Jack Kerouac left the physical world, we are still being promised an American Dream. We are still being sold an idea that who we really are will be provided for by the government, technology, retirement plans, pharmaceuticals, medical insurance, unlimited texting, wireless networks, open-air malls, organic food, online learning, energy boosters, sleep-aids, weddings, marriages, mortgages, piercings, kids menus, big screen TV’s, botox, blueberry margaritas, hedge funds, doctors, lawyers and your parents.

And so on.

Sure, there’s lots of good qualities to the things our culture provides for us. People can still  sustain a happy life with a good job and a fine partner and healthy children.  Nothing wrong with that, indeed. What brings you joy keeps you alive.

But are you really feeling joy? Are you really feeling alive?

Or is there a living poem wandering aimlessly in your head?

A poem of discontent. A poem of unease. A poem of private suffering.

A poem about what only you went through as a child. A poem that no one else seems to understand. A poem about the mood that keeps coming back. A poem about the flood of emotions you don’t want to feel.

A poem about finding the someone you can’t seem to find. A poem about leaving the someone you can’t seem to leave.

A poem that lets you breathe. A poem that pulls the pinkie out of the dam.

Solo Travel Solution is waiting for youA living poem that has to be experienced before it is expressed.

This is what Kerouac was trying to achieve. A state of living poetry. A way of being that helps people to experience a sense of aliveness that brings with it such unfathomable wisdom, it can bring you to tears. An experience of motion that unites you with the momentum that drives the energy of the universe itself.

The world we are provided with is not the only world. There is another. A world beyond the one you are living in, beyond the suffering you may be going through right now.

It exists. But the only way to discover it is by setting forth on a journey, getting into motion and wandering aimlessly. The only to find it is by leaving everything behind.

This is THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION.

A way to experience living poetry in motion.  A way to let the suffering move through you.

The promise of Kerouac is alive.

– Samurabbi

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It Happens Suddenly

zen stones and lightSatori is the term in traditional Japanese Zen practice referring to the state of sudden enlightenment that can come over someone like a flash of lightning. When in circles of Zen training, this condition is something that happens to the practitioner who has been meditating for years, who experiences such a profound metaphysical shift.

However, there is a way for anyone to take a little taste of enlightenment. A very simple, straightforward thing to do that will guarantee you will become “lighter” by the doing of it.

All you must do is get into motion.

Drive. Walk. Run. Bike. Rollerblade. Fly. Whatever it takes to get yourself moving.

When you get into motion, you join in harmony with the rhythm of life that is perpetually in motion. This harmonizing resonates within you, clearing away negativity, opening the doors to natural wisdom to help you move through change.

Solo Travel does that for you.

Little change. And big change.

What are you waiting for? It’s your turn to know this.

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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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I NEED YOUR HELP WITH SOMETHING…

It’s a project that will help people move through profound changes in their lives.

Michael Jason Sherman, MA

Michael Jason Sherman, MA

My name is Michael Jason Sherman. I’m a Life Coach and the author of THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL. On February 24th, I will begin leading an online course called “FOUR WEEKS TO FEELING ALIVE,” which will teach people how to individually design their own transformational Solo Travel Journey.

It will be a fun and fascinating group intensive, with lots of individual attention and caring guidance to help people move through change in their relationships, their mindset and the overall direction in their work and life.

By the end of the course, participants will have a breadth of knowledge about issues such as marriage, divorce, attracting a partner, dealing with childhood wounds, emotional management, finding and expressing your inner voice, life direction and spirituality. They will be engaged in content, material and stories that will inspire and educate them, while bringing relief, hope and inner peace.

And they will be prepared to design and go on their own transformational Solo Travel Journey after the course is over. Doesn’t matter if you decide to take a walk in the woods or buy a round trip ticket around the world. The system works however you can use it.

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I’ve developed a simple, straightforward REFERRAL PROGRAM, whereby I reward people financially for sharing the information about this program with their friends and colleagues. This is an honest, open-hearted way to help people who need to move through change, so I want to be generous and make it very, very easy for you to make some money by sharing the message about this work.

HERE’S THE SYSTEM:  Once you say “YES!” to the referral program….

1. I send you an email that includes a small blurb and a link to a webpage about the program.  You simply cut and paste the blurb and then send it out to your friends and colleagues via email or Facebook of both. (Facebook can be sent as a post or as an event).  You may change the blurb to fit the needs of your audience. Whatever works.  (Must send all info out by February 21st the latest! – Program begins February 24th)

2. Your friends and colleagues evaluate the webpage and decide if they want to register for the program.  If they do, their registration information is tracked by Eventbrite, the company I am using to host the webpage invitation for the program.

3. One month after the completion of the program, you will receive a financial reward from me based on how many paid participants you refer to the program. I AM OFFERING $100 PER BASIC PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND $150 PER EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS — AS LONG AS THE PARTICIPANTS YOU HAVE REFERRED HAVE PAID IN FULL FOR THE ONLINE PROGRAM.  You will receive your money via check or Pay Pal transfer. I will follow up with you for payment details.

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THAT’S IT. Cut and paste. Send. Relax. People sign up. Get paid after the program is over.

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“When I found Michael, I was already pretty sure my marriage was over. He took me through a journey examining certain parts of my past and decisions I had made. He prepared me for a Solo Travel Journey. I learned to trust myself and say “Yes!” to new experiences. I opened my mind and my heart, met amazing people and began to shine from within. I returned home filled with confidence and faith in myself and the universe.”   – Kathy, Solo Travel Coaching Graduate

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This is a version of an email/Facebook blurb you can cut and paste and send:

Here’s something for people who need to move through change.  It’s called “FOUR WEEKS TO FEELING ALIVE” — it’s an online course that teaches you how to design your own Solo Travel Journey. Whether you take a walk in the woods or travel to another country, you will learn a system that awakens your inner wisdom. It’s going to be a solid, helpful, fascinating course, with lots of individualized attention, inspirational stories and information about relationships, mindset and spiritual growth. Check it out for yourself.  www.YourPersonalizedWeblink.com

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Anyone may participate in the REFERRAL PROGRAM. So if you know people in your network who would feel good about sharing this information in this way, please let them know by forwarding this blog post or send them in my direction via email.

How do you do this? —- Very, very easy.  Just send me an email and put “REFERRAL PROGRAM” in the subject line.  Tell me your full name and that you want to participate and I will send you the individualized blurb to send out with some instructions.

TO SAY “YES!” TO THE REFERRAL PROGRAM, SEND YOUR EMAIL BY CLICKING BELOW:

QUESTIONS@THE SOLO TRAVELSOLUTION.COM.

If you need more info and want to contact me, you may do so via email or reach my via phone – (845) 425 – 3245.

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Thanks so much for reading and taking part in this.

And always remember to keep it moving!

-Michael Jason Sherman, MA

Author of The Zen of Solo Travel

Creator of The Solo Travel Solution

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HOW A SOLO TRAVEL TO JAPAN SAVED A MARRIAGE…

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…AND THE BOOK THAT BROUGHT ON THE DIVORCE.

By Michael Jason Sherman, MA

Our marriage was different. We were a classic case of the couple that would find a way to make it. We were a tribute to all that was right and honest and positive about a young, American marriage. We were chock full of the kind of hope and true grit that a marriage needed to survive.

Nothing would stop our mutual determination to heal and recover from our lost childhoods. Except ourselves.

We ripped each other’s hearts out with delirious fighting, grueling battles of dueling rivals trying to outclass the other with our need to play the role of victim, our right to always be right, and our desire to kick the other out of the sandbox of happiness.

“You’re ruining my life.”

“You’re making me insane.”

This was the typical discourse in our marriage. Dinner table, car ride, date-night, therapy office. Words were our weapons.

My wife was teetering on the cutting edge of this snarling beast of a partnership. She brutally understood the make or break nature of the moment. “I want a baby,” she said. “You’re either in this with me or you’re out.”

I could see in her eyes that she meant business. At the age of thirty-nine, her biological clock was roaring like a lion, and her frustration level was at a boiling point.

crying manShe had no more time to hear my complaints about being a middle-school teacher, my desire to be a great American writer, my anxiety and identity confusion, my anger and bitterness over my father’s schizophrenic suicide, and my queasy embarrassment about our infertility and the failure of expensive treatments to insert an embryo (or four) into her uterus. The decision about the marriage was mine to make alone.

Adopt a child with this woman or get divorced.

Frozen. Lost. Overwhelmed.

“I need to go somewhere,” I announced.

I played with the internet travel sites for days, addicted to the possibility that Solo Travel could somehow bring about an awakening that would propel me towards a solution. I needed to go somewhere far, far away—somewhere safe enough to get around, but weird enough to feel like an alien visiting another planet.

California? Too easy.

Jamaica? Too stoned.

France? Too French.

It was clear that I needed to visit a place that would spiritually immerse me in the ways of the Force—like Luke Skywalker learning from Yoda—a place that would soothe my body like the sweetest medicine and reboot my out-of-control mind by spinning it into some kind of normal and potentially grown-up orbit.

I was called to take a trip that would rescue me, a journey that would end this nightmare and restore order to the promise of marriage and the American Dream itself.daibutsu

I chose Japan.

Land of sushi, sake and samurai. Land of bullet trains, baseball turfs and Buddhist Temples. Land of Aikido, Bushido and Hello Kitty. Land of vending machines, video games and all-night Karaoke bars. The perfect place for a soul to get lost for a little pocket of time. No wife. No marriage. Bought the ticket. Took the ride.

Ten Days. Solo Travel. Man-trip.

Something happened there. Something wonderful.

I suggest you find out for yourself.

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An Extremely Serious Problem Called Marriage

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I remember having something of a Groundhog Day moment in my counseling office. I had heard this story again and again so many times from the person that happened to be sitting across from me. Different client, same story of marriage conflict. I couldn’t help but temporarily disappear into my own magical world. Luckily, my client didn’t notice.

Was it the one who said, “He’s so shut down. It’s like I’m not even there.”frustrated couple

Or the one who said, “You don’t understand how controlling she is. My marriage feels like a prison.”

Or perhaps it was this one: “And then he said, ‘I expect it from you every night. I work hard. I put food on the table. This is not what I signed up for in this marriage!’”

Honestly, I couldn’t remember.

Painful situations, no doubt. But whenever the moment happened for me, it felt like a tiny hit of enlightened wisdom that distracted my sensibilities, a presence of awe that there was something bigger happening in this counseling office.

I tried not to leap from my chair from the excitement I felt. My client’s story triggered a sense of professional compassion and basic human empathy, but more than that, it flooded me with the inspiration that hits a mad scientist like lightning.

I had figured out the formula. Eureka!

And it went like this:

The first moments of a relationship sets the tone for the rest of its existence. How it begins is how it always will be.

Whatever happens in those early text messages, Match.com emails going back and forth, late-night phone conversations, foot rubs and mixed drinks ­— the dynamic is set in stone from the beginning, growing like a virus, till death do us part.

The love is there. But the power struggle is there too. Look closely. You’ll find it.

“We had sex on the first date,” said a different client on a different day. “Then we went to Vegas and tied the knot. We decided to just go for it after three hours on the craps table and like forty margaritas. I just don’t understand why things are always so bad in our marriage now…”

Go figure.

The case above may be a more severe example, but upon reflection, the theory seemed to be taking shape, in terms of all I had witnessed as a counselor.

The trouble you are facing now was there right from the very first date.

What happens at the beginning creates a context for all that is to come.

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Michael Jason Sherman, Creator of THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION Program

A power struggle is planted in ignorance like an innocent little seed, right at the first meeting between two lovers, waiting to bear fruit years later in the marriage.

It’s not your fault. But you will have an extremely serious problem if you don’t grow conscious.

The problems of marriage are never cut and dry. But the if you can see some value in this theory, then consider the idea rooted within it: people have a tendency to get married to someone else before they are marrying themselves – or at least before getting to know their inner truth on a spiritual level.

Therefore, if they are not fully conscious in those early moments of a relationship, they are likely to be absorbed and consumed by a theme and variation of disappointments and denial, war and withdrawal, all of which started in some small (and sometimes not so small way) at the very first moment you met your sweetie.

Not that this conundrum can’t be moved through and mastered. In fact, if you become conscious to the core energies that were present in the initial moments of your relationship, you can look at this condition as a puzzle filling with mysteries that move your life forward into a spiritual awakening, whether the marriage comes with you or not. In this way, the marriage is giving birth to the real you.

However, if you don’t get conscious, if you don’t notice how the core issues of your relationship were there right from the very beginning, then that lack of consciousness will take root and leave you with an extremely serious problem.

Otherwise known as being trapped in a power struggle called marriage.

So, what’s next? Counseling? Sure. Divorce? Maybe. But what is my personal prescription?

plane and sunsetA Solo Travel Journey. A pocket of time where you temporarily leave everything in your life behind (including your marriage). An adventure where you set forth into motion, awakening to the wisdom that is waiting for you on the road. A feeling of aliveness that will allow you to meet up with the being you have always been, that perhaps your marriage has not allowed you to be.

A breakaway that guarantees a breakthrough. A voyage of personal discovery that enlivens your spirit and brings you back to your essence. A trip that cleans the palette of your mind, refreshes your body and resets your soul, allowing you the inner peace and personal power to return to a new relationship with the same partner.

When you return, you may feel a deeper level of acceptance. Or you may initiate profound change in the dynamics of your marriage. It also may mean that you are finally ready to move on.

Only you will know.  But the answers about you, your relationships and your life direction are waiting for you out there on the journey. They will meet you along the way, in a meaningful meditation of motion.

Always remember to keep it moving….

– Michael Jason Sherman / 10-14-13

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