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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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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LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND

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THE SOLO TRAVEL SOLUTION:

How to Move through Suffering into Wisdom and Inner Peace. 

A book written as blog posts.  Introduction, part 1.

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road-into-mountains.pngClose your eyes.

Take a deep breath.

Breathing.

Allowing yourself to feel your feet on the floor, your feet in the chair. Focusing on your breath — going in, going out, going in, going out.

Letting all your thoughts fly through your mind like clouds in the sky.

Feeling safe. Feeling ease.

Now, imagine you are in your car. In a moment, you will turn on the ignition.  You will feel the rumbling of the engine, the purring of metal and oil warming up, the ringing reminder to strap yourself in with a seatbelt. The car is now ready to carry you where you are called to go.

Looking out at the road in front of you, imagine you are leaving everything in your life behind. Everything. Your friends. Your family. Your job. Your responsibilities.  Your wife. Your husband. Your relationship issues. Your problems. Your trouble.

frustrated couple

Leaving everything behind.

Everything.

And everyone.

For a little while. For a temporary pocket of time. For a journey with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Imagine that you are setting forth on an adventure to a new world, to a place you’ve never been, to a way of thinking you have yet to know, to emotions you have yet to feel.

You are about to set forth upon a SOLO TRAVEL JOURNEY. You will be leaving your life behind, propelling yourself into motion, heading out on the open road, feeling the power of momentum carrying you forth into the unknown, into a space and time where you will meet up with your unique destiny like an arrow meeting an arrow in mid-air.

Come.

Let yourself imagine this. Alone. Surrounded by new energy, new faces, new ideas. On a simple, little trip. Or perhaps on a long distance journey to a land far, far away.

Don’t worry. You are not disappearing forever. You will be returning.

That’s the point of the journey — coming back home.

And while you’re out there, remember this. You won’t need anything. Everything will be provided for. Every resource you require will arrive to you at just the right moment. Every teaching, every test will show up as exactly what you need. 

ZOST Book screen shotThere’s a more beautiful, more peaceful, more alive version of you somewhere out there, waiting for you, hungry for you, looking forward to this powerful rendezvous. You simply must leave everything behind to find out.

Ok. Ready. Let’s go.

And always remember to keep it moving.

– Samurabbi

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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.

Michael in Black Hat

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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HEALING ANXIETY THROUGH SOLO TRAVEL

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This morning, I awoke to the sounds, sights and smells of a ton of garbage — literally — sitting in front of my house.  Apparently, a fire somehow started inside this collection of other people’s waste as it was being carried by a truck around the neighborhood.  Had the vehicle not belched all the garbage out onto the ground, the whole thing would have exploded in flames and been destroyed.garbage truck dumping

That’s when I realized, this was a fantastic metaphor for the start of a Solo Travel Journey. When one takes such a spiritual journey, leaving everything in their life behind, the very choice to set forth into motion ignites a fire in one’s heart. Once you are out there alone, caught up in the speed of momentum and mystery, that fire forces all the garbage you’ve been carrying around in your mind to be “dumped” from your consciousness.

Blecchhh.

It’s a massive emotional purge. Everything you’ve been holding onto, all the stress, the confusion, the resentment, the negativity… all of that becomes irrelevant when you feel the wind blowing through your hair on the highway, or that tug on your gut that lures you back when the plane darts forward. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you are going. Rather, what matters is who you are about to meet out there on the road — your true nature.

This beautiful, mysterious, magical, intimate, honorable, healing rendez-vous requires that all the emotional garbage that you’ve been carrying around be dumped.

As the author of the E-Book, THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL: A Journey from Anxiety to Enlightenment (Click:Here), and the creator of The Solo Travel Solution program of healing and transformation, I’m a product of this process. I’ve set forth on many Solo Travel Journeys and sent many clients on their way as well. 

Some clients simply go into the woods or the city for a few hours or a few days to get the feeling of privacy and motion. Others find their way around the world. Either way, this solo motion clears the emotional energy that is stored within one’s body, energy that more often than not shows up as anxiety.

Backpacker Waiting for her TrainI’m not a believer in magic bullets or miracle pills. But I’ve been around the block with healing modalities — therapy, seminars, meditation, medication, recovery, books, support groups, martial arts, and so on. Each has had their own place in my life, and in the lives of my clients. What I can say is that nothing has penetrated to the heart of the matter as much as setting forth on a Solo Travel Journey, particularly when it’s done with a spiritually systematic design. 

The journey is a container of time, with a beginning, middle and end. Within this container, one naturally receives teachings and moves through tests. You take your life into your own hands, and the feeling of momentum does the rest. Doing so takes your condition of anxiety beyond the counseling office, and moves the emotional energy of your body in ways that awaken your spirit and let you feel alive. By recording your experience in words and pictures, you bring back home a mental anchor of the trip, that helps you to regain that spirit of healing once you return to the life you left behind.

Again, there are no magic bullets. But for myself and my clients, what we learn out there on the road puts our lives into alignment, stimulating a sense of confidence in ourselves and our purpose, which helps us to sustain practices that ward away anxiety once we return home. We can always go back any time, setting forth alone for another dump of the emotional garbage we start carrying again after a period of time. It’s just like doing the dishes. You’ve got to clean up the mess.

But when you see Solo Travel as a serious method of personal healing, then you’ll be cleaning up a mess that erupted from your system because of a fire that started in your heart. Then the mess doesn’t seem so bad.  But the fire keeps you awake and alive.

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