Hello, my name is "Kate" and I am a long-winded, thirty year old single mom to three lovely girls. We live in the Texas Hill Country, near San Antonio.
As a child and a young adult, I never really found myself interested in religion... I went through many phases and tried different thought processes on. In my early twenties, I learned that I was content not having the answers and I think that in accepting that, I somehow opened myself up. My first real feelings of being connected to anything was in learning about Natural Pantheism. Then, two years ago, I was introduced (not literally) to Eckhart Tolle and read A New Earth. I learned a lot about my mind and the choices I was thinking/making. I began changing them.
I feel like this year has been a major turning point for me in learning and practicing.
Through Eckhart Tolle's books and recorded retreats and teachings, I began hearing a lot of different things about Buddhism. I began to do a lot of online searching and felt very strongly that I wanted to visit a Buddhist center. Turns out there was one in my town of less than ten thousand people. I have no idea how long it has been here but I do know that I must have driven past it a thousand times in the ten years I have lived here. Funny how you don't notice something until you look for it huh?
After seeking the advice of everyone here (thank you so much!) in another thread, I drove there Tuesday evening and found myself to be the only person in a room with three monks. It was a lovely experience. They gave me a lot of reading material which I am trying to power through and I feel very lucky to have access, so closely (ten minutes away) to answers for any questions that I might have.
So I am very new to all of this but I am REALLY enjoying reading through the threads and am super happy to meet all of you!
Thanks for having me