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• What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. • Is Buddhism a Religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom' and the Buddhist path can be summed up as: (1) to lead a moral life, (2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and (3) to develop wisdom and understanding. • How Can Buddhism Help Me? Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness. • Why is Buddhism Becoming Popular? Buddhism is becoming popular in western countries for a number of reasons, The first good reason is Bud

The Story Basket

I started a blog several years ago to archive stories about my life. These are those stories carried over to this blog for archival purposes. Maybe I'll tell more stories as I go along. Thirteen Chapter December 22, 2010  §   Leave a comment In 2005 (and this date, like all others, is subjective due to my memory being a steel sieve), I had everything plotted and planned out to end my life.  My mate would be at work, my sister had come to get my son and take him down to their house and my grandmother, whom I was living with, was visiting family out of state.  I didn’t have to work so no one would be calling to check in on me.  I’d taken enough tylenol to choke a horse and drew a hot bath and as I lay there with my eyes closed floating and ignoring everything around me, some nagging little voice inside of my head nagged at me. That bath ended up being just a bath that lasted well until the water was no longer warm and my mate came home from work.  My sister brought my son

Old Massage Posts

I have some old massage posts I'm moving over for archive purposes. :) Being “too helpful” during massage April 21, 2014 in  Uncategorized  | Tags:  massage ,  massage don'ts ,  massage problems ,  neck massage , too helpful ,  what not to do during massage  |  Leave a comment  ( Edit ) There are a few things that make my job more difficult during a massage. Many times clients will hold their arms up where they think I want the limb positioned. Sometimes they will pick up each finger in secession as I massage each one. They anticipate where I will work next. When I adjust their head or move their hair, they pick their heads up from the table. Some clients will hold their heads rigid while I work their neck and don’t allow their heads to move with the natural flow of the massage. Instead of allowing their head to roll to the side, they will tense against the work I am doing. When I undrape their leg, they move it closer to the edge of the table. Many of these motion

Recipes copied from another blog

I have found two websites definitely worth saving and I thought I’d drop them here, especially since one of my clients asked me about the crock pot meals. Do all your shopping for the week, freeze the meals and drop them in a crock pot before you leave for work. Dinner is ready when you get home. I’ve done all the recipes and they were all good. Some of them I had to tweak because I don’t like my food quite as spicy or sometimes it needs a little beefing up for the family. I’ll post the tweaks I’ve made sometime in the future. One pot dinners are amazing. If I don’t have to use more than one pot, bowl or kettle for a dinner on a weeknight, I’m in love. (See the  chicken pot pie soup  and chicken or beef pot pie recipes if you need clarification!) I’ve not yet tried these, but they look incredible. Again, as I work through the recipes, I’ll post