Monthly Archives: January 2013

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JizoTherapy: Making Prioritizing a Priority

I know a group of people who are trying not to overwork, but rather to pace themselves.  They have some wonderful tools including a meditation on prioritizing.  Here’s what they have to say, “We decide which are the most important things to do first. Sometimes that may mean doing nothing. We strive to stay flexible [...]

By | 2013-01-30T12:51:47+00:00 January 30th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

JizoTherapy, Taming the Monkey Mind with Compassion

I could never “successfully” meditate until finding my Jizo.  Maybe I was too young, maybe my ego could not surrender to the process (likely it really hasn’t even now but there has been some progress). What I have found is that the grounding aspect of Jizo, whose Sanskrit name – Ksitigarbha – means Earth Womb, [...]

By | 2013-01-18T07:34:45+00:00 January 18th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

JizoTherapy: Reining in the Idea Horse with Gentle Hands

In all my years on the path, no one introduced me to the Idea Horse.  He is a close relative to the Monkey Mind, a term most American Buddhists and yogis are familiar with.  Both represent the racing thoughts, the distracted mind, the things people wish they could silence with meditation. The problem is, it [...]

By | 2013-01-10T13:30:59+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Meditating on The Monkey Mind and The Idea Horse

Say “Hello, monkey.” Whatever the chatter is — no matter how harsh, silly, irrelevant or distracting — you must learn how to handle the monkey mind: that endless chatter of fear, restlessness, distraction and other voices in our heads that Buddha described as monkeys clamoring for our attention. If you hate the monkey mind , [...]

By | 2013-01-06T22:49:05+00:00 January 6th, 2013|All, Meditation|0 Comments