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Max Simon wants you to get self-centered
Max Simon wants you to get self-centered

Max Simon is on a mission to inspire a million people to meditate. Read how he intends to make it happen.Max Simon, getting self centered.When you hear someone is self-centered, this is usually a clue to run in the other direction. So how is Max Simon building a whole movement based on it?Well, this form of focusing on the self, or being “selfcentered,” is about reconnecting to the inner self through silence and meditation, rather than about being selfish.

World’s newest tourist attraction: Saddam’s Babylon Palace
World’s newest tourist attraction: Saddam’s Babylon Palace

Is this a legitimate attraction, or does it strike you as just a little bit…off?A few days ago, NPR reported on one of the world’s newest tourist attractions…in one of the world’s most unlikely places.That’s right — one of Saddam Hussein’s many palaces, this one located near the site of ancient Babylon and the modern city of Hilla, is now open to the public.

Notes on going to Hollywood
Notes on going to Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD is like Pittsburgh, houses on hills, cracked concrete, bars, and very few people walking the sidewalks. But instead of broad-leaf trees, rain, and brick houses, there are palm trees, adobe houses, and blue skies.The first day in Hollywood I had to act in a film called Shoplifting from American Apparel.

Nicholas Kristof explains how to evade bandits
Nicholas Kristof explains how to evade bandits

Nicholas Kristof, one of Matador’s favorite international journalists, has an odd opinion column in this week’s Sunday New York Times.The crusading journalist Nicholas Kristof has long been an advocate of educational travel programs for high-school and college students. In 2006 he called for universities to offer college credit for gap year programs and independent travel.

What’s in your backpack, Russell Simmons?
What’s in your backpack, Russell Simmons?

American icon and entrepreneur extraordinaire behind Rush Communications, Russell Simmons is co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, creator of clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics, and the current Editor-in-chief behind Global Grind.Well, technically Russell doesn’t carry a backpack, but he is an ultralight traveler.

Polyamory: Ethical nonmonogamy or spiritual quagmire?
Polyamory: Ethical nonmonogamy or spiritual quagmire?

The “Liberated Christians” believe that monogamy and sexual repression have no biblical basis.Have to admit, I thought polyamory was a San Francisco Bay Area (specifically, Marin County) original.Ok, ok, I knew it was probably happening in a few other enclaves throughout the world, like Paris, or Salt Lake City.

The 11 keys of spiritual activism
The 11 keys of spiritual activism

Non-violent protestors advocate for Tibet / Photo: lecercleSpiritual Activism is rooted in an understanding of interdependence, recognizing the process is as important as the goal.Spiritual Activism is the coming together of spirituality, and activism.It is not about any form of dogma, it is simply activism that comes from the heart, not just the head, activism that is compassionate, positive, kind, fierce and transformative.

Hear ‘n Aid: Remembering Dio’s ‘star’-studded metal benefit track
Hear ‘n Aid: Remembering Dio’s ‘star’-studded metal benefit track

Photo from the back of the We’re Stars albumDateline 1985. Rallied by Ronnie James Dio, some of heavy metal’s biggest names gathered to create the rock answer to “We Are The World”.I’d been buying every magazine I could find, poring over the details of metal’s who’s-who charity song, which followed on the heels of “We Are The World.

How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely
How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely

Earlier this year, my husband and I took the plunge and left the UK to run our businesses on the move.We struck out to find our ‘ideal world’.What we’ve learned along the way is that we’re not ready to settle down yet. In fact, our ‘ideal world’ lies in moving from place to place, going wherever we fancy next and continue to earn a living as we go.

How the trickster teaches us about inner travel
How the trickster teaches us about inner travel

The mythological trickster is beyond good and evil. They exist to shake up your world, much like the best inner journeys.Loki, the Norse trickster. / Photo: WikipediaFor years I’ve been on the trail of discovery. Actually, that’s not quite accurate: I’m on the trail of what it really means to discover something, popularly referred to as “inner travel.

Road wisdom: 7 life laws from a long-distance cyclist
Road wisdom: 7 life laws from a long-distance cyclist

Editor’s Note: Alvaro Galvis is a 26 year old carpenter in the midst of a long-distance bike trip from his hometown of Popayan, in the far south of Colombia, to southern Argentina. I met Alvaro in a campground in the mountains near El Bolson, Patagonia, and was instantly struck by his aura of calm, even though he is alone, with very little money, 9,000 kilometers from home.

Latin America changes war on drugs strategy: Legalize!
Latin America changes war on drugs strategy: Legalize!

Photo: r0bzThe news might have escaped the notice of the media outside Latin America, but last week’s announcement that three of the region’s past presidents got together to call for marijuana decriminalization was worthy of front page analysis in Mexico.Ernesto Zedillo, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and Cesar Gaviria, former presidents of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, respectively, founded and currently serve as co-presidents of the Latin American Commission of Drugs and Democracy.

A beginner’s guide to cold-brewed iced coffee
A beginner’s guide to cold-brewed iced coffee

Being a coffee drinker in the summer can be a sweaty habit. About a month ago, I switched from my regular hot coffee ritual to cold-brewing iced coffee every day. It’s cold. It tastes great. It also takes 12 hours to make.Photo: mynameisharshaWhy Cold-Brew?Chilling hot coffee is a common way to make quick and easy iced coffee.

Adding the SixthSense: A natural (or unnatural) progression
Adding the SixthSense: A natural (or unnatural) progression

From MIT Media Labs comes a device that all but erases the line between virtual and reality.A few weeks ago, I would have sci-fi geeked out over this demo in a major way. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry showed off the SixthSense at TED; a device constructed from $350 worth of off-the-shelf items, including a camera, a portable projector, a mirror, a cell phone and colored marker caps.

What Will You Create With Tux Paint?
What Will You Create With Tux Paint?

One of these designed by a 5-year-old The other by 35-year old.This free open source piece of software does wonders for teaching your child to explore imagination while learning to use a computer. But it’s not just for the two-year old set.I first heard about Tux Paint — a silly, fun little program — from Wired’s Geekdad blog a few months ago.

An Interview With Liz Chatburn of Pocket Cultures
An Interview With Liz Chatburn of Pocket Cultures

Liz Chatburn, managing editor of Pocket Cultures, shares her perspective on being part of a cross-cultural couple, how blogs could change travel in the future, and the qualities of a solid piece of travel writing.PocketCultures aims to “put the world in your pocket.” The site features blogs and articles from writers around the world and attempts to provide readers with a palpable, unique sense of local places and cultures.

Broke in Lima
Broke in Lima

Lights spiral up a tall building, making it sparkle like a jewel in the dark. It is the tower of one of South America’s largest cell phone carriers.I scan the burnished windows and imagine the CEO sitting comfortably at his desk, not wondering where his next meal will come from.I despise this person because the amount of money I need to get home is pocket change to him, and the least he could do is share.

“Maldivians abandon archipelago; Establish new country in Australia”
“Maldivians abandon archipelago; Establish new country in Australia”

Photo: Ahmed ZahidFirst, the facts: The average elevation of the Maldives is four feet. And even the slightest rise in sea levels–which is all but inevitable–could make the Maldives a modern-day Atlantis.This weekend’s New York Times Magazine included a fascinating article by Nicholas Schmidle about the Maldives, that archipelagic collection of 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean.

Bangkok – the massive Chatuchak weekend market
Bangkok – the massive Chatuchak weekend market

Bangkok – City of Angels Chapter 1 – Chatuchak from Dirk Fischer, toonfish.tv on Vimeo.WHAT/WHEREThis video focuses on the people that populate the Chatuchak weekend market, which is known as the largest of it`s kind in the world.NETWORK CONNECTIONBangkok, just the name conjures images of backpacking lore.

Kids turned pro: Are they sacrificing their childhoods?
Kids turned pro: Are they sacrificing their childhoods?

Kids as young as three years old are kicking major athletic butt. But how does a kid cope with the training and pressure of competition?Eight-year-old Ashima Shiraishi from the US has been climbing some difficult boulder problems, like Power of Silence (V10) at Hueco Tanks. She started out climbing in Central Park, and has gone on to win the Youth Bouldering Championship.