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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

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

Jizo: A Gift for Mother’s Day

I don't know when Mother's Day is this year. I know it's in May, but my mom is gone, so I kind of avoid it. If you've lost your mom, maybe you can relate.  But loving my mom and loving the Jizos I have created moved me to contemplate Mother's Day. Motherhood. Jizo. [...]
By |April 14th, 2014|Holidays, Jewelry, Shopping, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Seeds of a Simple Life, for the Holidays and Then Some

Twenty years ago, when I was feeling burned out from working far too many patient hours, I sought out information about what was called the Seeds of Simplicity movement. [...]
By |December 7th, 2013|Holidays, Jewelry, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Destressing for the Holiday Season, Today

Hi all. As I therapist, I have heard my patients begin to worry about the holidays as early as, well, about the time the lights go up in Bloomingdale's, which is now in September. Even if you are not a worrier, there is a level of Shoulds, of stress, of pressure that our society places on Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Years that creeps up, quietly, when we begin thinking about whether or not to go home for the holidays, who is cooking, are we alone, were we alone last year — the little thoughts are endless. [...]
By |November 23rd, 2013|All, Holidays, Mindfulness, Shopping|0 Comments

Fiscal Fitness and the Holidays

Spend! Lots! Fast! I've got to find the perfect present!  Go!  Now! Black Friday!  Six fewer shopping days this year! Whoa! I want stuff for me too!  Want, need, desire, hanker, cling, have longing...  Suffer? There it is again — the season of spending shouting at us. So how do we go through the most commercial time of the year and stay financially sober? [...]
By |November 21st, 2013|Holidays, Psychology, Shopping, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What I Heard & What You Said

Hey you guys... My first children's book is available now on iTunes, with me reading it aloud!  This is almost too fun. It's called What I Heard & What You Said. So often we think we know what someone has said.  But if we repeat back what we Think We Heard, the other person says, "No, that's not what I said."  We live in a world of misunderstanding.  Let's try to live in a little more clarity. What I Heard & What You Said is a lesson for children that we can all learn from.  [...]
By |November 3rd, 2013|Books, Holidays, Shopping, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 the holidays.  Notice what happens inside your belly.  Your shoulders.  Your thoughts. [...]
By |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 want for Christmas, think big.  Shop local, but think Global.  [...]
By |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 sounds around us.  Let's bring our focus to the breathing-- belly rising, belly falling.  Just notice. [...]
By |November 15th, 2012|All, Holidays, Mindfulness|0 Comments
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