Gr0wing.com is a website dedicated to personal and global change.
Here, you’ll find stuff on how to:
- Use meditation to develop stability in the urban pressure
- Becoming a minimalist
- Respond to wealth inequality by redefining the way society operate
- Restore your link with earth via permaculture and low impact housing
About the guy who started this blog
My name is Gaël Blanchemain, I’ve spent the last 20 years walking unconventional paths to transform myself and try to figure who I am and what I can do to make a difference.
For instance, I became a Buddhist monk for 10 years and I also experimented a lot with psychedelics.
I love inner exploration, self improvement, ecology, web development and I set out to change the world. I write about these passions and I learn every day from all the people that connect with me.
If this rings a bell with you and you’re interested in building a new way of life, feel free to connect with me via Twitter.
FAQ about this website
I’m new here, what should I start with?
You should start with this.
Are there any values gr0wing.com stands for?
Here are the principles supporting this website’s content:
- Ethics as a the solid frame of a meaningful life
- Meditation to regain sanity in an urban environment
- Courage to make changes no conventional media will promote
- Tolerance to leverage obstacles as opposed to fighting them
- Environmental consciousness to create daily habits that respect the planet you stand on
I’d like to contribute to gr0wing.com, how can I do that?
This blog is about sharing and forming a community of generous individuals who are willing to share their skills and help readers learn something new to experiment and grow.
If you feel you would like to say something here, please feel free to shoot me an email at: gael[at]gr0wing.com, I’ll try and respond timely!
If you’re curious about what gr0wing.com can do for you, feel free to subscribe to our list.
More about Gaël Blanchemain
I’m a French-man who lives in the US. I’m also a self-improvement junkie and I love to inspire and get inspired by others.
Since I was twenty (I’m 42 now), I’ve invested most of my time digging in self-help methods and spiritual traditions.
I was driven by the belief that, even though a human’s life can be extremely hard, our resources are enough to eradicate problems and limitations. Included global ones.
And I’ve encountered problems and limitations: a dysfunctional family, several fits of depression and the self-esteem of a washed-up wrestler.
Doing drugs was one of my first responses to face the pressure and absurdity of a life without spirituality. Although chemicals did provide some insights, they mainly pointed the way toward healthier strategies.
I then turned to meditation and started practicing intensively in a Buddhist Center, I actually loved that so much that I became a Buddhist monk for 10 years.
That was an awesome opportunity to learn meditation with qualified Masters and study the Buddhist path most of my time. I often mention the time I spent with Khenchen Rinpoche learning from him and translating his teachings.
After ten years, though, I felt I was running in circles, I needed to grow beyond that religious frame, so I decided to give back my monk’s vows and returned to a normal lifestyle in 2008.
Since then, I met Vilma, my beautiful wife, who gives me all the love that I need (wrapped in enough intelligence to make life meaningful and fun).
I work in the IT area for a living, practice yoga, meditation and a lot of others methods that I talk about on this website.
There’s still so much more I want to say…I’ll keep sharing it post by post.
I hope to count you in my connections soon :)