Buddhist Custom: Releasing of the Souls



Where you find this wellness ritual: Thailand

Rooted in the spiritual context of Buddhism, this Thai tradition of doing a good deed got its start centuries ago in the rice fields. During the dry season as the wet areas would dry out, fish, turtles, and other aquatic animals would become trapped. To spare the creature’s life and protect the food supply, the animals would be carried to the nearest river and released. Today if you visit a wet market in Thailand, you’ll see people purchase fish or other live animals and release them back into the river or into nature. You are welcome to do the same, just remember you spared their life so tradition dictates you are not allowed to eat this animal for the remainder of your days.- Linden Schaffer

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Staying Centered Overseas

Picture this: It’s 102 degrees. Your face is burnt, your lips are chapped, and you’re dripping with sweat. Lost in a foreign country and surrounded by illegible signs written in characters that may as well be hieroglyphs. You are holding a pack that weighs half as much as you do, and you have no transportation besides the worn-out feet that are barely supporting you at a standstill. You see people that you want to ask for help, but you don’t know their language, and they don’t know yours. And in this moment, I am infinitely happy. Why? Because I'm thousands of miles from home, light-years beyond my comfort zone, and I'm thrilled to finally be here.