The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

“The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown..”

― Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. 

Ocean of Life

“When your life feels like you’re on a sailboat, with no wind to fill your sails, there are still choices. You can drop anchor and enjoy your surroundings. Start your motor, if you have one. Grab an oar and start paddling, or wait for the wind to fill your sails once again. There are always other choices while crossing the ocean of life…”

James A. Murphy, Book : The Waves of Life Quotes and Daily Meditations

LIKE SO MANY of us, at one time James wasn’t really living the life he so longed for. He was just going through the motions, day-in and day-out. However, James was fortunate enough to have been introduced into the field of personal development in his 20’s. It was here that he began his journey of self-discovery, a journey overgrown with the difficulties of the lessons of his past.

The path James chose, has constantly challenged him, forced him to make sacrifice’s, and caused him to grow. A path which has taken him to new heights.

He has been a student and a teacher in the field of human behavior for over two-decades. His studies have led him to read over 400 books in the area of psychology, sociology, human behavior and self-help. He is a licensed practitioner in the science of Neuro-Linguistics and a certified Strategic Coach.

James is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys, biking, hiking, scuba diving, beaches everywhere and travel. He has lived in Berlin, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; and Vicenza, Italy. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Fiji.

Smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace.

Dealing with Stress

Dashboard

Like pain, stress should also be viewed as a warning. So if you are extremely tense and anxious, you should try to establish what is causing these horrible sensations. It might be your job, or your parents, or your marriage, or the unhappy clients you are having. Whatever it is, the chances are that your stressful feelings are telling you to make changes. If you don’t try to sort out the source of your stress, then learning how to manage it will only do half of the job.