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Jizo Therapy: Exploring Our Disconnected Selves

Do you ever wonder who you might be today if, when you were very young, the adults around you had encouraged you to be authentic with them and yourself? What would life be like if had been acceptable to feel anxious, or cry because we felt we needed to, no matter how annoyed our parents were? [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:30+00:00 February 20th, 2014|All, Buddhism, Therapy|0 Comments

Hello, Ego: Meet your Builder, Remodel your Mind

Enlightenment is to be awake.  When we sit in meditation, we begin to hear our thoughts, feel our feelings with greater clarity.  As we observe our minds with compassion, we are able to distinguish between what is our personal ego and what is the ineffable part of us that is connected to all sentient beings.  [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:32+00:00 February 18th, 2014|All, Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness|0 Comments

What’s a Chibi? A Little One.

Chibi, which means “little one” in Japanese, is the main character in my books, “What I Heard & What You Said” and “Why a Fly?”.  I created jewelry designs from my first illustrations, a childlike figure floating on a chain that can stand upright, lie down sideways or do a head stand. […]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:32+00:00 February 15th, 2014|All, Inner Child|0 Comments

Love Your Annoyances? Impossible?

This took me a long, long, long time to learn and will surely take only a moment to say here.  Tension causes a huge number of physical ailments and confronting yucky feelings can help release tension. How do we do that?  The mind wants a quick trick, a fast way to be better. But this [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:35+00:00 February 8th, 2014|All, Mindfulness, Therapy|0 Comments

A Little Jizo and Grief Story

I received this note from one of our peeps, who collects my Jizos. “I gave one of your pendants to a friend.  She wore it constantly while her mom was sick and dying from a brain tumour. She said that by wearing it, it did indeed help to keep her grounded and granted her some [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:36+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Jewelry, Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Social Anxiety…You Are What You Think

A dear friend asked me about social anxiety today and as I wrote back, I thanked her for giving me my next blog: Social anxiety is so sad. I have had it, too, at times. I remember a time when I felt I literally had grown three dress sizes in an hour. I felt so [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:37+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Mindfulness, Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mindfulness, Touching Base in a Friendly Way

When we have a thought, do we respond to it as though it were true? Do we believe that our feelings tell us what is true about the world? Two big buzzwords these days are Emotional Dysregulation. It assumes that normal is, say, in the range of middle C, within an octave either higher or [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:38+00:00 February 5th, 2014|All, Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness|1 Comment

In Honor of St. Valentine, a Ruby Jizo

Ruby is the stone of the heart and the breath, of love and life.  It is revered for removing roadblocks to intimacy. It is believed that a ruby can heal a blocked root chakra, which may manifest as a sense of not belonging. Jizo helps you open to new life and new connections. Wouldn’t it be lovely [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:40+00:00 January 31st, 2014|Jewelry, Shopping, Uncategorized|0 Comments