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Asking for Help, Finding Your Center

We seem to be the nation of the independent personality disorder.  We want to do things Our Way. Asking for help is a sign of weakness, rather one of a collaborative spirit. But sometimes a quick call for help is all we need. I have the good fortune of having a 24/7 confidential voice mailbox.  [...]

By | 2013-02-14T00:21:06+00:00 February 14th, 2013|All, 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

Don’t Wait for New Year’s Resolutions: Start Anew Today

Why wait for Jan. 1 to try to change?  Change comes in increments. And it usually takes at least 90 days of consistency for the brain to “catch up” to the deeper levels of change. So why not try something today that you were thinking of starting on Tuesday? […]

By | 2012-12-31T01:10:12+00:00 December 31st, 2012|All, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Let’s Aim for a Shot at Peace

I am praying for peace as I write this, hoping that we aren’t too lazy and distracted to go up against the National Rifle Association as we mourn our country’s latest victims of gun violence. When I started writing these pieces, I was advised that I should not write about political issues. Jizo & Chibi, [...]

By | 2012-12-18T14:50:41+00:00 December 18th, 2012|All, Politics|0 Comments

The Jizo Journey Through Grieving the Loss of a Friend

Now and then I have a series of emails with someone who has been shopping or breathing in circles on the Jizo & Chibi website.  Sometimes they write about a technical problem or they have a question about a piece of jewelry.  With Julie, our communication began on Etsy.  She liked my work and I [...]

By | 2012-12-14T09:00:31+00:00 December 14th, 2012|All, Uncategorized|1 Comment

JizoTherapy: Getting on the Path to Mindfulness and the Cognitive Choice

Who is Jizo?  Or first, what is cognition?  Or maybe the first question is, what is mindfulness? Most of us want to cut to the chase.  We want results and we want them now.  When we can’t get what we want, we get anxious, depressed, angry.  And if we get there, we want to Stay [...]

By | 2012-12-07T12:20:21+00:00 December 7th, 2012|All, Mindfulness|1 Comment

Wile E. Coyote, Jizo and Mindful Groundlessness

First, I wonder if anyone is reading this. I just spent half an hour Googling “Does Anyone Read My Blog?” and wandering around inside WordPress trying to find the stats page.  I couldn’t.  Next week, I will talk with my tech goddess and she will teach me.  I am sure someone has figured out how [...]

By | 2012-12-04T13:45:51+00:00 December 4th, 2012|All, Mindfulness|0 Comments