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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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A Way To Move Through Suffering Into Feeling Alive!

A Book written as Blog Posts. Introduction, Part 3

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Princeton UniversityI want to tell you a story.

Yom Kippur was coming. I knew another Solo Travel Journey was moving through me. If I could simply snatch a single day trip, if I allowed myself to practice this process, if I found a way to imagine that I was temporarily leaving everything in my life behind, then I was guaranteed to come into contact with a force of healing wisdom that always seems to meet me along the way.

Each trip is a story, and each trip I come back refreshed, rebooted, reawakened and alive! And by the way, so will you.  When you’re ready. I can help you with that.

So let’s keep it moving….

I decided to set forth on a one-day Solo Travel Journey to Princeton University. Something was calling me to visit a prestigious college.  Maybe it was the launch of The Zen of Solo Travel – my first published book.  Maybe it was a need to revisit the lost innocence of my college days now that my former marriage had finally moved through me.

On the drive, I let it all go. I imagined that everything was behind me – work, home, money, relationships and especially all the negative emotional energy I’d been carrying around. By thinking this way, and by following the clouds and by listening to the voice of the GPS lady, I arrived in the Central Jersey, Ivy League.

Thinking I’d explore for a few hours and then return home in time for one last pre-Yom Kippur meal before the twenty-five hour fast, I parked and wandered aimlessly about the campus.

Pristine. Precious. Princely. Twirling around mysterious corners of silvery stone. Hopping from castle to castle in some magical northern English town. Body brimming with new hope. Mind flooding with memories. College. Where every day was another perfect cocktail of dark depression shaken with the lemon ecstasy of learning.

Pretending to be part-professor, part-late blooming co-ed, part middle-aged campus creep (imagine Golem found his way into a Woody Allen movie — my precioussssss…), I let myself get lost just enough to join a tour of High School seniors and their proud and nervous parents.

Rothko at Princeton MuseumThe tour lures us into the third largest college cathedral in the world, stacked with tubes of sturdy stone curling upwards to the sky in perfect arches, adorned with the holy suspense of stained glass imagery, unfurling into an ancient and mystical space of prayer. Five minutes and we’re back outside with the tour. Five minutes after that, and I’m ordering a burger on the street somewhere.

I feel the urge to call my old college roommate. He was a tall, lanky, brown-haired revolutionary, the kind of guy that would wear a Che Guevara shirt at the protest rally he organized to free a wrongly accused prisoner. Googled him. High School teacher. California.

“Hey man, it’s Michael… I’ve been meaning to reach out to you… I’m actually right across the street from Princeton University right now… Hard to explain… Hey, call me back when you can…”

When the hamburger was done, a flood of sorrow poured through me. I was overcome. I experienced a state of sadness that gripped me like no other. I could not get myself to leave the table with my sandwich wrappings. Felt like the world was crying through me. Felt like losing something deeply precious. Or someone. I had to maintain.

For whatever reason, I was drawn back to the cathedral. There, I sobbed. I just sat on a pew and sobbed.  I sobbed more and more until it was finally gone. Released. Complete. Refreshed.


After a strange jaunt through the Princeton University Art Museum tripping out on the delightful orange and pink fields of Mark Rothko, I find myself back in the car.  Wow. What a day. Go home and eat and get ready to fast like a good Jew.

No. Don’t. You must stay over.

Stay over?

Yes.  Keep it moving. To the beach.  

The Jersey shore. A distraction? No doubt. An expense? Absolutely. But I was called. “You-only-live-once” called. Ninety-minutes of driving and I’m checking in at the Seaside Motel, staring at the roaring waves of coastal New Jersey on a dark October evening. I prayed a little. I sang to myself. Then I slept.

In the morning, it was warm enough to put on a bathing suit and get into the water up to my thighs. It was a gray day, but a lovely one. I placed my clothes where they could not possibly get wet. My footprints were the only ones on the beach this morning. It was just me and the seagulls and the clouds.

Seaside HeightsI was happy. I was really, really happy. Happy to be alive. I was so proud and honored to be me. I’ve felt that feeling before, maybe a little, maybe here and there. But not like I did in this moment. Not like now. Not like the peace that surrounded me, like the power that poured through me.

Such blessed peace. Such blessed power.

Oh spirit that lives out there… you are moving through me now….

My heart sings in gratitude! My mind flies through the clouds!

I managed to make my way into the water, singing the Yom Kippur prayer that is repeated throughout the day, calling out the thirteen attributes of HaShem in one long bellyful of chant. And that’s when the big wave came. The one that knocked me down and got all my clothes soaking wet.

Crap. Oh well. Keep it moving. Go home. Fast all day. Be a good Jew.

Nothing special.

Except for everything.

I want you to know this everything. I want you to feel these feelings. I want you to learn how to keep it moving through a day or a week or a month of Solo Travel, and then come back home vibrating and humming and singing and grateful, so deeply, deeply grateful for being alive.  I want you to learn what I am starting to know.

You can have your own trip. I already have mine.

Thanks for reading.

– 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.



Read my story of moving through profound change in a Solo Travel Journey that I took to Japan. It shook everything up for me, and now for many others.  $9.99 PDF E-Book.  CLICK: HERE

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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.



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.




“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




transportationPROGRAM DISCOUNT — Anyone who participates in the Referral Program may attend FOUR WEEKS TO FEELING ALIVE at a significantly reduced rate.  This is a great way to reboot your mind, body and soul — so I encourage you to take part. I will give you a discount promotional code to receive the special rate. (EMAIL INFO BELOW).


This is the webpage your friends and colleagues will see when they click through:  CLICK: HERE.


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.


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.



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

Solo Travel Solution is waiting for you*

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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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.


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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VAPORIZING MY PAST – An Interview with Julia Lucas, Graduate of The Solo Travel Solution Program

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An Audio Podcast featuring interviews transformational experts and graduates of the Solo Travel Solution Program

Julia Lucas (aka Raw Julia) is a Raw Foods workshop leader. Recently she went through the 3 steps of The Solo Travel Solution program.  After developing her Question, she was lead on a one-day journey to New York City that was filled with all kinds of emotions, powerful surprises and profound learnings. Julia followed the program to a tee and experienced major breakthroughs. Listen below as she describes how she faced deep fears and “vaporized” her past during her Solo Travel Journey. Feel free to leave a comment.

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The Power of Surrender

Hello and Peace to all who read this.

I’m writing this post while on a Solo Travel Journey.  Michael in Black HatI’ve gone through my own program — following the 3 Step Process to a tee.  I’m not going to tell you about my situation or where I’ve gone, but I will say that I’m having another experience of wisdom and ecstasy, as is always the case when I go solo, and leave everything behind me.

One of the key elements of following this program is to invite a test or a stretch while you are out there alone. That might be as simple as not using your cellphone or not telling someone where you’ve gone.  It could also be more dramatic, like biking a hundred miles or remaining silent for three days. Whatever the case, the test that you invite is one that helps you move through your own self-betrayal, and awaken to the truth within. It’s a symoblic, metaphoric experience that elevates your experience of life.

While I’ll keep my test private, what I will say is this. I expected to be filled with a glorious highlight show of brilliant ideas by moving through this soulful exam. I thought I would come out of it pumped up and ready to take on the world. Instead, I am brought to my knees. And while on the floor…. a voice whispering through me, saying “SURRENDER.”

This was exactly the lesson I needed. Get quiet, don’t move, and surrender. Right now, this was what I had to hear, even though I didn’t expect to be overcome in this way. That’s the power of Solo Travel. You get exactly the teaching that you need. You come into contact with power that is greater than you… while you are out there alone.

So while I was looking for incredible, awe inspiring answers, the message I received was to stay quiet and surrender. This is the message that I am taking home with me once this Solo Travel Journey is complete. This is the revolution that I need to spark in my life — to surrender.  Because it’s becoming extremely clear to me that I don’t have all the answers.

What does all this mean in real terms? Hard to say at this moment. But this private experience has given me a taste of wisdom that is far greater than I am.  And since the trip is still going on…. I’m going to go celebrate the feeling of being alive.  Perhaps I can find a cold waterfall that I can stick my head under for a few hours.

Always remember to Keep It Moving.