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Make Jizo Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day. A day for heart-shaped boxes, long-stemmed roses, and cute quips contained within colorful Hallmark cards. Every February 14th, we flock to florists and chocolatiers like ducks to water in order to engage in what has become the almost ritualistic practice of honoring an individual (or individuals) we romantically admire. But what do really [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Education, Holidays, News|0 Comments

Buddhism 101: The Bodhisattva and Jizo

Bodhisattva. For the non-Buddhist, it is almost certainly a foreign term.  Maybe you recall the name of an old Steely Dan album, at best. Put simply, bodhisattva is “a Sanskrit term for anyone or anything motivated by great compassion.” It is a combination of two separate Sanskrit concepts: Bodhi—meaning awakening or enlightenment Sattva—meaning existence, reality [...]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Buddhism, Education, Inner Child, Meditation, Mindfulness, News|0 Comments

Jizo, Buddha and The Second Step

The integration of The Twelve Steps with Buddhism has become increasingly popular, as mindfulness continues to cross over from "spiritual philosophy" to practical, every day self-care. This morning, it dawned on me that the words Buddha spoke upon his awakening were very much like those of people in 12 Step programs who have taken the 2nd [...]

By |January 29th, 2016|Buddhism, Education|0 Comments

Practicing Pelvic Floor Meditation

We rarely acknowledge the pelvic floor...It's like a dark room no one wants to talk about...and yet, it is a foundational element of the body. Pelvic floor meditation is meant to bring you emotionally, physically and spiritually into this oft overlooked area. Imagine Jizo, the Earth Womb Bodhisattva, holding this part of your body with kindness and patience, [...]

By |December 16th, 2015|Meditation, Mindfulness|0 Comments

How to resist Halloween candy with meditation

Sugar.  Childhood obesity.  Adult onset diabetes.  Makes one anxious.  Feeling uncomfortable?  Hey, h ave something sweet.  Then, beat yourself up.  Then try to get back in "control" of it.  Then, eat it again.  And again.  Try to stop.  Can't?  If this sounds familiar, you are so Not Alone.  Me, I ask Jizo to hold the Craving Child inside me safely, just for this moment.  Just For This Moment.  No craving is permanent, even the ones I have been feeling lately. I usually don't walk down candy aisles.  Usually.  A couple of weeks ago I was in a big name drug store to pick up some sundries and I ran smack into an aisle of Halloween candy, side by side with an aisle of, yes, Christmas candy. [...]
By |October 15th, 2015|Holidays, Meditation, Uncategorized|1 Comment

How to let go of fear, a Jizo visualization

Our minds are full of thoughts, many of which do not serve us well, even causing physical and emotional pain, unnecessarily. We long for healing but our habitual thoughts block our progress at every turn. We have expectations of permanent change instead of accepting that we are works-in-progress. How can we let go of those destructive thoughts? [...]
By |September 7th, 2015|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does marriage make us fat? The Binge Buddy Effect

Binge Buddies? Fat Serenity? Fear of intimacy? Do married couples eat more? The research says yes, which is all the more reason to practice mindful eating, get to know Jizo and stay grounded because, for most of us, intimacy is not what we bargained for.  [...]
By |November 27th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healing your pelvic floor with Buddhism

Most folks in the West don't know who Jizo is; I don't expect them to. They know even less about how the Buddhist bodhisattva relates to the health of our pelvic floors. Such things are never written about. But the relationship is much closer than even lovers of Jizo may realize. In Sanskrit, Jizo's name, Ksitigarbha, (kee-shee-tee-gar-bah) translates to Earth Womb or Earth Treasury — our core. It is the archetype for our Center, our Ground. And what is our internal ground but our pelvic floor?  [...]
By |November 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Are All a Little Broken… Don’t get over it

We all are a little broken. And that's okay. Really, it is. In "The Art of Happiness" the Dalai Lama confided to his interviewer that he had a huge regret. He then shared a very sad story. The interviewer asked him if he ever got over it. The Dalai Lama was surprised. "Get over it? No... why would I expect to get over it." (my paraphrase) Perhaps a lot of our suffering comes from the expectation of Getting Over Things. The cost of this expectation likely accounts for more lost time at work, with family, and in life in general than cancer, alcoholism and the common cold put together. The question we all ask is "How do I accept that there is no arriving at permanent happiness?"  It is a long road, hundreds, maybe thousands of books have been written on the subject.  Next time you are feeling miserable or broken try to pause and ask yourself, "Is there another way of looking at this?"  Merely pausing and reflecting may reduce tension, may allow you to, well, find some acceptance in the midst of a society riddled with high expectations.  Yes, it's a paradox of sorts.  There are a lot of those floating around. My job is to get used to them. [...]
By |September 5th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Bereavement Wall

Grief comes to us in many forms.  Yet, grief is a big mystery to most people.  The way I understand grief to work is that a loss we experience now is rather like an earthquake; something shattering.  Then, slowly over a period of days and weeks, a tsunami of grief often begins to arise.  If [...]

By |September 4th, 2014|Grief|6 Comments
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