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Spiritual Explorer: Faces in Sri Lanka

I see the faces washing past me As would a rapidly moving stream My eyes search for their hopes Their dreams, fears, wants And needs wishing to see What it is they feel. It’s an oddly different sensation to be in crowded place and not speak a word of the language, then to have every […]

March 13th

Spiritual Explorer: Dambulla, Cave of Reflection

Editors Note: This article is part of a series. Follow along as Jacob explores widely different cultures and places and delves into the spirituality, history, and people that make these places unique. It was a unique challenge presented to me to write of my experiences in the last several articles of this series. Not in […]

February 27th

Alternavida: Puerto Rico Vacation for the Body & Soul

Like any ‘ism, environmentalism has its problems. It can be dogmatic, depressing, and exclusive. It is politically charged and controversial. And people often think that true environmentalism means sacrafice — giving up meat, soft clothes, hot showers. But for Yancy Wright, the founder and CEO of Alternavida, a Puerto Rico vacation retreat, environmentalism is about […]

February 26th

Spiritual Explorer: Sri Lanka’s Cash Culture

Editors Note: This article is part of a series. Follow along as Jacob explores widely different cultures and places and delves into the spirituality, history, and people that make these places unique. A thick cloud of red dust swirls under the tires of a jeep equipped to quite possibly drive straight through the thick underbrush […]

February 20th

Spiritual Explorer: To Trust a Smile in Sri Lanka

Editors Note: This article is part of a series. Follow along as Jacob explores widely different cultures and places and delves into the spirituality, history, and people that make these places unique. It’s as if I am wading through a curtain of warm mist. Every few steps it’s necessary to stop and take stock of […]

February 13th

Spiritual Explorer: God’s Plan vs My Plan

Editors Note: This article is part of a series. Follow along as Jacob explores widely different cultures and places and delves into the spirituality, history, and people that make these places unique. It’s 5am in Dubai and I’m standing at the check-in counter regretting the concoction of anti-anxiety supplements and caffeine that’s propelled me groggily […]

February 6th

Spiritual Explorer: Soul Searching From Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

Editors Note: This article is part of a series. Follow along as Jacob explores widely different cultures and places and delves into the spirituality, history, and people that make these places unique. Since first leaving the city of my birth to explore the world, I’ve always maintained a desire to be in the world’s most […]

January 30th