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Jizo Therapy: The Christmas Shoulds

Take a breath.  Another one.  Another one. Take a moment to notice on the calendar what day you are in.  Smile as you exhale and realize:  it’s not Christmas.  It’s not Hanukah.  Not Kwanzaa.  Not New Year’s.  It’s today, some time in autumn, likely, when you are reading this. Now, look at the week of [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:14+00:00 November 19th, 2012|All, Holidays|1 Comment

What Do You Want for Christmas? Mindfulness and JizoTherapy

People are already pressuring themselves with “What do you want for Christmas?”  Even people who don’t celebrate Christmas feel it.  The decorations went up before Halloween.  And can you hear those jingle bells revving up?  It can feel more like the Indianapolis 500 than peace and love. This year, when someone asks you what you [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:16+00:00 November 17th, 2012|All, Holidays, Mindfulness|1 Comment

Catching your breath on Thanksgiving: dealing with stress

If you don’t get wound up for Thanksgiving you won’t have to unwind — much less go on a diet — a few days later.  The day is coming though, and I am hearing the litany of obligations, pressures, worries and stress. Let’s take a moment to breathe. Breathe in and breathe out, noticing the [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:17+00:00 November 15th, 2012|All, Holidays, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Avoiding assumptions with awareness

  I used to believe that whatever I believed was true.  I was very small when I first started thinking this way.  “I think it, therefore it is.”  This gave life meaning,  my meaning, which was the best kind.  Then, somewhere along the line, I slowly began to grow up and learn about presumptions, assumptions [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:18+00:00 November 13th, 2012|All, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Jizo and November’s Birthstone

Happy Birthday to those who love the November born.  Their birthday is the topaz, considered the stone of the seeker.  Give the gift of a birthstone Jizo to your beloved November-baby.  Topaz is also considered the stone of Sagittarius, all the way into December!  Find him at www.jizoandchibi.com.  What could be better than a gift [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:19+00:00 November 11th, 2012|All, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to deal with Holiday Stress: Jizo Therapy

By the time you read this you will likely be more anxious than when I wrote it.  It’s Hallowe’en. You’ve likely been busy with costumes, candy, kids… or thinking you should be.  And that is just the beginning. Less than two months away is Christmas. A few weeks away is Thanksgiving. And, yes, some folks [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:20+00:00 November 6th, 2012|All, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Releasing Tension in Every Cell

We are a tense gang, us Americans.  Most of us are wound incredibly tight and we don’t even know it.  We are driven, programmed from early on, to achieve success, happiness, and more success. When we don’t achieve this Utopia that we have been encouraged to seek, we struggle.  We suffer.  We brace against disappointment.  [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:21+00:00 October 31st, 2012|All, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teaching Children Walking Meditation

Teaching children to meditate is easier than teaching adults.  Children like consistency.  We are the ones who usually introduce inconsistency to them at a very early age.  Nobody is perfect, right? Rather than sitting and breathing in a circle, start the meditation process with a child by walking back and forth through a hallway or [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:23+00:00 October 23rd, 2012|All, Meditation|1 Comment

JizoTherapy for children: Overcoming tantrums with awareness

I listen to people.  Often, they tell me they are anxious, afraid of the unknown.  And many don’t even know that they are anxious — just “uncomfortable” and looking for ways to get out of the discomfort. Kids get anxious, too.  And when they do, they usually don’t talk about it.  Instead, they rev up [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:23+00:00 October 16th, 2012|All, Mindfulness|0 Comments