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The China Study

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I have a dirty little secret: I didn't go vegetarian for animal rights reasons. There, I've said it. My motivating factor for going vegetarian and eventually vegan was and remains my health. My family history is filled with members who have/had heart issues and have died from complications regarding their ticker. I didn't want to count myself among their numbers. I wanted to be different. I wanted to be the one who lived past age 60.
If you are like most who are investigating the benefits of eating lower on the food chain, you'll have inevitably come across the book The China Study. It was published in 2006, and the authors join the ranks of Drs. Ornish, Fuhrman and others in promoting a "whole, plant-based foods" diet to rid Western society of the majority of its "diseases of affluence," including diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease.
The main author is a leading scientific researcher in the field of health and nutrition, and the findings he p…

Random. Just Plain Random.

1. 9 times out of 10, I cannot be bribed for money. Which is odd because I don't have any. However, 9 times out of 10, I can be bribed for food. Especially if there is chocolate involved.
2. It's having a difficult time deciding if it is spring or winter out. It snows, and then it gets up above 32 and everything melts. Then snows, then the sun comes out and it's warm again. Yes, 32 is warm when it comes to Vermont winters.
3. Having a difficult time bringing myself back to school thoughts. We had this past week off, and school starts up again on Tuesday. Which means I have homework I should be doing. Somehow, just sitting here not doing it is more appealing.
4. This past Tuesday, I went to the Krishna Das kirtan. It was truly wonderful. I was able to bliss out and relax for three hours. If you are into yoga or the Eastern Philosophies and like or are interested in chanting, you should definitely check him out.
5. Today is "Mardi Gras" where I live. Yes, I know. Way …

Letter.

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Dear Stompy McStomperson,
Hi! I don't think we've met yet. I'm the person who lives below you. Did you know you had people living below you? No? Oh, well then. That would certainly explain why it sounds like you have huge oil containers strapped to your feet when you walk.
I don't mean to be the tiresome, complainy neighbor, but do you think you could take the oil drums off? I mean, it would really be a drag if you happened to be stomping walking around up there one day at 3:00am and this sudden hole in the ceiling opened up and you came crashing down on my head while I'm sleeping. That would be kinda awkward. For both of us.
So, could you tone it down a notch? Thanks!
Sincerely, Hoping the Ceiling Doesn't Fall on her Head
Photo by Oleg Micheyev

Letting Go of Attachments

Another inward focus post... feel free to ignore if you've had your daily dose of woo-woo already.

I've been reading books on Eastern Philosophy the past year or so... Buddhism mostly but also yoga (I'm currently reading a translation of the Yoga Sutras). A common theme among many of these philosophies is the notion of "letting go of attachments." Focus on attachments can only lead to pain and suffering. Once you let go, there is nothing there to cause you pain. And onward to Enlightenment.

Okay, so there's a lot more to it than that but you get the idea. It's like Yoda telling Anakin that if he wants Padme to live, then he has to let go of her. His attachment to her in the end was both of their undoing.

Yes, I can tie anything and everything back to Star Wars.

Shut up.

Anyway... I was thinking on this subject this morning, both before and after yoga class. Specifically in regards to the never-ending disappointment that is my love life. My close friends know t…

Work Sucks, I'm Going on Tour.

Okay, so work doesn't actually suck. My brother had that bumper sticker on his band's touring van back in high school and I've always liked it.

But this post is sort of work related. Well, business related. This semester, we've been focusing a lot more on the business aspect of massage therapy - how to write a business plan, market your business, etc etc.

Initially, when I was looking at the school, this was a huge plus for me. Learning how to write a business plan and essentially having one ready to go was (and remains) a huge positive. If I ever decide to open my own business (massage or not), this would be a valuable tool to have in my toolbox.

The one thing I did not foresee at the time would be how angry this business part would make me. I mean, I truly have a visceral "I don't wanna and you can't make me!" reaction to all of the homework I need to do for this part of school. The idea of pulling together a business plan fills me with dread, and I ca…

Hydrotherapy at Home

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I have decided that even if I end up not going on to a career in bodywork, I'll have learned many valuable lessons that will serve me well for the rest of my life.
Take, for instance, baths. The long way around cleaning yourself, or luxurious spa treatment you can do at home?
Stop! You're both right.
Believe it or not, as I learned in my hydrotherapy class that a simple bath really can cure a lot of your ails. Baths can: be an antiedemic (ie, can reduce swelling)be an antipyretic (yes, we all know it's anti-fire. It's also anti-fever)be an antiseptic/astringentBaths can stimulate, sedate, restore, ennerve... you name it. Baths don't have to be just hot, either. A cold bath can do wonders.
So, the next time you're feeling all achy and stuffy... find those bath salts you got for (insert gift-giving holiday of your choice), dust 'em off, and dump 'em in a big tub full of steaming hot water.
Take it from the gal who's taken an entire class on it and even ha…

Anahata

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What dwells in the cave of the heart?Deep in the dark Deep in the quiet Slow with the beats Wide with emotion Open, all are welcome Closed, who do you keep out? All lives there Deep in the dark Deep in the quiet Let it fill you And bring you elation

Krishna Das

A couple weeks ago, I started seeing posters around town advertising that Krishna Das is going to be leading a kirtan at the end of the month, right here at the local Unitarian Universalist church. A kirtan is a call-and response kind of chanting that is found in many of India's spiritual traditions. I was first introduced to it last year at the Burlington Yoga Conference and was blown away at how moving and amazing it was.
At first, I thought the kirtan was free so I was all prepared to just show up and walk in. It was a good thing I looked again, because it turns out it's only free for kids 12 and under. D'oh! For the rest of us tall people, it's $30. I was very deflated, because for me $30 is a week's worth of food and something I just don't have right now.
Then a couple very good friends pointed out that I really shouldn't let $30 stand in the way of something I really wanted. One offered to write me a check for $30 (!) and another offered suggestions as…

Glub Glub

You know that time right before you wake up? That time when you can some some friggin' weird dreams? Well, this morning right before I woke up I had the weirdest damned dream.
I dreamt that goldfishes took over the world.
Oh yes, that's right. Those cute little fishies that swim round and round rose up and took over. More over, the dream had an all-star cast that included Judge Reinhold and Eddie Murphy. I think Steve Guttenberg was in their somewhere, but I forget.
Anyway, apparently I and someone else had been away on vacation when this all went down, so Judge quite nicely narrated what happened (I think there was even a flashback scene!). Apparently, a bunch of people "won" a trip to Guadalajara. While they were on the plane, some doctor stuck them with a needle and made them go into convulsions. They were rushed to surgery where their heart and liver were taken out. Then sent back like nothing happened.
I don't know how this allowed the goldfish to take over, bu…

I spend too much time at the salon.

1) I have become convinced that Britney Spears is not saying "if you seek Amy." She is saying "F.U.C.K. me." Listen to it. It makes more sense.
2) I am so sick of Lady GaGa. Which is too bad because her songs are fun. One too many times on the replay.
3) I am starting to understand some of their lingo. Oh, she is so not a 7 y/o. 8 maybe, but you wouldn't want to go any lighter.
4) I've been there a little over four months now and I've trained two people how to close. This last person has been shadowing me for three days. I'm seniority now, apparently.
5) Hair! Hair! Everywhere, hair! No matter how much I sweep, there's always more hair!
6) Laundry! Laundry! Everywhere, soggy towels!
7) I've come to understand that tips really do make all the difference. They mean that maybe you get to buy gas to go home and some food that night. Say you do a haircut for $30. You get maybe 40% of that (if you're lucky), so maybe $12. Then half of that goes for…

Skinny Bitch, anyone?

I'm sure you've heard of the book Skinny Bitch by now. It was written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin a few years ago. Freedman has gone on to write several spin off books, including a "cookbook", one for all your preggo ladies out there, and even one for the fellas.
Their writing style is...interesting. A bit in your face, and some people respond well to it (while others feel, well attacked I think). I had fun reading it, mainly because I thought it was funny when they dropped the f-bomb. But really, they write in every day speak.
The book itself is a platform for going vegan while ensconced in a diet book, and I think there have been a lot of people influenced by it. Mainly because the book speaks like a friend would speak to you, and presents a lot of information about factory farming that the majority of the population chooses not to think about.
This book in no way influenced me to go vegan - I already knew pretty much all of the information in it to begin with -…

On Work.

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I was going to post this whole long thing and males and females and how we approach work and how I prefer female bosses over male bosses. Then I determined there was no way to really post it without offending everyone (including possibly myself) so I just decided to erase the whole thing.
Instead, here is a picture of a cute puppy:

The Latest Random Post

1. I have amazing friends. I am constantly amazed and humbled by their generosity, love and compassion. Especially when it is aimed at me! My life is so much the better because they grace it. I thank the Universe for each and every one of them.
2. Why do your pathology homework tonight when you can get up 20 minutes early and do it tomorrow morning before class?
3. I went to dance class tonight, even though I originally did not plan to go. I am so glad I did. Dancing makes me happy; it always has. Finding a good song and then using movement to tell the story just lets my heart shine.
4. I greatly enjoy walking around my downtown in the gloaming of a random weeknight. The air, the vibe, the feel is so different. Almost magical. I love to soak it in.
5. I am thinking that after I am done school that I would like to augment my training by taking some classes/workshops on energy work. I never used to think that I had the ability to touch or use energy in the way that others can, but many peop…