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The Way of the Sadhu

     Sādhus are men who renounce worldly pleasures, dedicating themselves to achieving moksa, liberation through meditation and contemplation of Brahman, God. These photos are taken near Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, in Kathmandu. Sādhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation). Would you be able to renounce your life in search of liberation, in a… Continue reading The Way of the Sadhu

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9 Things I learned from Instagram #2015BestNine (+9 IG Lessons Learned Revealed)

Early on in January of this year, while in Rio De Janeiro, I had the revelation of starting a campaign around the phrase Pack Your Mat (read Finding Freedom in Rio on how it all started). While swimming in the beautiful ocean with my friend around 6:30am, I thought of this phrase and how I… Continue reading 9 Things I learned from Instagram #2015BestNine (+9 IG Lessons Learned Revealed)

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Elephant Tourism in Thailand: Why we chose to visit a sanctuary?

Christmas Eve was a little different this year, as we spent it at an elephant rehabilitation and rescue sanctuary in Northern Thailand near Chiang Mai.    We decided this would be a Christmas we wouldn’t forget by contributing to the Save Elephant Foundation, a Thai non profit dedicated to providing care and assistance to the… Continue reading Elephant Tourism in Thailand: Why we chose to visit a sanctuary?

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Whirlwind Thailand Tour: Island Life and Chiang Mai

It’s been a contrasting experience going from the freezing temps of Nepal to the tropical climate of the Thai islands, spending my time here shirtless and with the same pair of swimming trunks for the past three days.     I wasn’t even meant to come to Thailand but my good friends who I worked… Continue reading Whirlwind Thailand Tour: Island Life and Chiang Mai

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Kopan Monastery Chronicles: Sharing a Space with Eric in Silence

This was my roommate and his name is Eric, from Paris. I met Eric on the 14th of November around evening time, but I met all of his belongings a few hours before.        It was a bit like the first day of college dormitory assignment day, where he had gotten there earlier and… Continue reading Kopan Monastery Chronicles: Sharing a Space with Eric in Silence

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Cold Showers and No Electricity in Nepal: ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Compassionate

It’s been about 3 days of freedom from the monastery routine and regime, and life as it used to be seems to be creeping in. Sure, I still find myself waking up around 5am to the cold and bells from nearby monasteries, but things are changing (naturally). Of course, I’ve tried to make sure some… Continue reading Cold Showers and No Electricity in Nepal: ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Compassionate