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Answering the Big Question: Why Adventure Sports?

Credit: Liza Cicuto/ PixabayWhen asked what the best religion is, the Dalai Lama replied: “The best religion is what brings you closest to God.” What about riding ghastly waves, or meticulously calculating the next move on a narrow mountain ridge? Can you find spirituality there? As long as you do it for the right reasons, then yes, you can.Over the past few decades, extreme sports have garnered a lot of attention. Despite this growing inte...

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Adventure Hacks: How to Mentally Prepare for Hiking

HIkers on the Sinai Trail. Credit: Enas El MasryThe first time I went on a thru-hike, I was skeptical whether my body would be able to cross 200+ kilometers, and summit four or five mountains. Like anyone preparing for a trip that requires physical endurance, I kept myself busy with all sorts of exercise and physical preparation.On the fourth day of the two-week hike, a gush of emotions overcame me and I broke down, triggered simply by losin...

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6 Fantastic Jellyfish Species and Where to Find Them

Source: National Geographic KidsThere is no ultimate way to deal with social media, but we prefer to grab a giant bucket of popcorn and just watch as the news evolves. One day, you wake up to news of Mediterranean beach goers swimming with alien blue jellyfish; the next day, the government is deploying ninja turtles to fight off the alien invasion. At one point, you may want to get into a standing ovation, cheering "Good one, Marvel!" but t...

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Nature and Spirituality Pt.2: Where Did Ancient Cultures Find the Divine?

Since the dawn of humanity, man has time and time again come face-to-face with perplexing questions that continued to drive him to the edges of sanity. Although the cosmos have always posed as a great mystery calling to be unlocked, it was always accompanied with the inevitable question of who created it. In pursuit of the Divine, the Creator, or the All-Mighty, many peoples around the world and throughout history have turned to nature for...

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Nature and Spirituality Pt.1: Why Do We Feel Spiritually Connected in Nature?

According to an ancient wisdom, a human experience goes through five layers which include the environment, physical body, mind, intuition, and self or spirit. While some people describe the spirit as the non-physical element of the body which houses character and emotions, some would even attribute one’s sense of purpose and meaning to spirit. In a time of scientific advancement when complex equations and lab coats are deemed the most tru...

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Omar Samra on Spirituality and the Power of Nature

“I took to the crowded city streets, pondering the flashing neon lights in search of life’s true meaning,” said no wise man ever. Since the dawn of humanity, man has sought solitude in the embrace of nature, dwelling on the complex terrain of his psyche in search of answers, solace, and enlightenment.Having roamed the Earth from pole to pole, treading paths that no one had ever walked before, Omar Samra has time and time again found himsel...

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The Mountain Reintroduced Me To My Daughter, and I'm In Awe

As humans, we are naturally wired to reach out and connect. While we form many bonds and relationships throughout our lifetimes, there are many variables that define and shape those relationships such as the roads we tread together. In the 20 years of mothering Lina, my only daughter among five children, we have been through many ups and downs together; but of all that we’ve been through, I will always remember the time we climbed Mount To...

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How Motherly is Mother Nature?

Oftentimes when we think of motherhood, we think of love, nurture, generosity, acceptance and more qualities that capture the same emotional rhythm. Although motherly tendencies are often innately built-in, it takes a full-fledged mother to properly nurture younger women, walking them through the rites of passage into womanhood and motherhood.Venerated since the dawn of time for the unstoppable force that she is, one mother continues to nourish...

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6 Ways To Be a More Responsible Traveler

Did you know that in 2015, the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide amounted to approximately 1.2 billion? That’s a lot of traveling going around. It may not seem like much if translated to percentile, but if you come to think of it as 1.2 billion ambassadors exchanging cultures with others around the world, maybe it’ll then scale to something noteworthy.While tourism contributes greatly to global economy, reaching up to USD...