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Cure for the flu and common cold: mindfulness and rest

I am writing from my bed, coughing, feverish, achey.  Awake.  Feeling every symptom coming and going like little weather patterns across the hot afternoon sky.  Los Angeles has been experiencing 100F+ temperatures and so am I. The flu gives me a window into what I am attached to when it comes to wellness.  There is [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:25+00:00 October 7th, 2012|All, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Jizo’s safekeeping: Starting your day with meditation

Jizo Bodhisattva has many names. The original was Sanskrit:  Ksitigarbha.  It’s translation to English is roughly Earth Womb or Earth Treasury.  As the Bodhisattva who promised Buddha he would remain on the earth until everyone was finished suffering, his role is like that of Mother Earth.  The earth holds each plant, each seedling and each [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:26+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|All, Buddhism, Emotional Self, Meditation|0 Comments

Getting Grounded and Getting Out the Vote

I am a Washingtonian.  This means I care about government.  I care about what happens to us as a nation.  As a child, dinnertime was spent discussing international economics.  I worry about us not taking care of this country so that future generations may thrive. In the op-ed pages of the New York Times last [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:27+00:00 September 18th, 2012|All, Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why learn? Why school? Why a Fly?

Chibi is plagued by WHY? Why are we here?  Why do we have to learn algebra?  Why are you You?  Why am I ME? It is back-to-school time.  After all the new clothes, if there are new clothes, and new notebooks, pencils and pens  — and for those fortunate enough to attend middle school in [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:28+00:00 September 5th, 2012|All, Books, Education, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Finding Calm in a Noisy World

I don’t like noise.  That is putting it mildly.  So is saying I’m sensitive to noise.  I’ve been this way my entire life. So I went looking for a solution. In my meditation, I am encouraged to welcome my anger toward noise, note it and breathe it out.  That hasn’t helped.  I’ve tried it hundreds [...]

Conversation with an Earthworm and JizoTherapy

Practicing meditation with Jizo has allowed me to listen to nature and practice lovingkindness with an earthworm

Anger & Jizo Therapy

Reflections on anger floated up during meditation the other morning.  Here is what came up:  It’s neither good or bad to be angry.  There is nothing wrong with being angry. It is the acting angrily that blocks our growth and causes harm.  As 2 and 3-year-olds we are told to STOP our tantrums.  I suspect [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:36+00:00 May 13th, 2012|All, Inner Child, Therapy|1 Comment

Making Peace with Intimacy: The Ghost Chibi

In over twenty years of seeing patients — couples, families and individuals of all ages — many common threads have emerged. Jung called these patterns archetypes. Most of them are within us at birth, awaiting their gradual integration. But the one I want to talk about does not have a name… […]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:37+00:00 April 8th, 2012|All, Therapy|0 Comments