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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

What’s a Chibi? A Little One.

Chibi, which means "little one" in Japanese, is the main character in my books, "What I Heard & What You Said" and "Why a Fly?".  I created jewelry designs from my first illustrations, a childlike figure floating on a chain that can stand upright, lie down sideways or do a head stand. [...]
By |February 15th, 2014|All, Inner Child|0 Comments

Jizo and Trauma Recovery for Chibi

It is uncanny how many people I meet who had early childhood trauma.  It's not just patients in my office, it's people I meet in casual conversation. I mention Jizo & Chibi, and the moment I start telling them about Chibi — the inner child, the infant self — they open up and tell me how their mother became ill when they were 6 weeks old, how they were separated from mom due to jaundice or other health issues, how they were premature and lived life in an incubator and struggle with attaching to people. I am not saying everyone who had early separation is suffering as a result of it.  I don't think we are all living on a level playing field.  Some of us are more sensitive to life's challenges, more fragile.  [...]
By |October 28th, 2013|Inner Child, Psychology, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 of times.  I am encouraged to accept the things I cannot change.  But when it comes to noise, that just seems impossible.  I have tried releasing the tension the noise brings on by focusing on places where I am not tense.  That hasn't been helpful here either. So, what do I do? [...]

Waiting to Blog

We wait to be perfect. In meditation, we can see that there is no place to get to where everything will be better or different. So, we wake up and live now.

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 most tantrums are a way of trying to say “no!” while we struggle for freedom and autonomy.  In my Utopia, we would be taught how to synthesize and utilize anger, even when we are raging children. [...]
By |May 13th, 2012|All, Inner Child, Therapy|1 Comment

“Californication’s” Madeline Martin & Jizo

I gave the awesome Madeline Martin a gold Jizo pendant at the DPA Golden Globe Gift Suite at L'Hermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Madeline plays Becca, the teenage daughter of two very lovesick parents on Showtime's "Californication." [...]
By |May 30th, 2011|All, Buddhism, Fans, Inner Child|0 Comments

Mother’s Day Contemplation: Attachment …and Then Detaching

This Sunday, we celebrated our first attachment figure:  Mom.  Like it or not, we internalized her since we were conceived.  I remember a New Yorker cartoon depicting a new mother holding her baby while talking with a friend.  The caption read, "I know the voice she hears in her head at my age will be mine." [...]
By |May 8th, 2011|All, Buddhism, Inner Child, Therapy|1 Comment

Modern Family’s Ariel Winter & My Jizo

Modern Family's Ariel Winter and I met last summer at the DPA Emmy Gift Suite in Hollywood.  It was a poignant meeting as her grandmother had just died and she was bravely showing up with her sister. [...]
By |May 4th, 2011|All, Buddhism, Fans, Inner Child|0 Comments

Terrence Howard & Jizo at the Golden Globes Gift Suite

As I molded the clay into an image of Jizo, his head fit snugly between my thumb and forefinger; his body in my loosely held fist. At the end of meditation, I took one of my tiny Chibi pendants and used it as a stencil to create the little one on Jizo's chest.  I sensed that others might hold this and find comfort. [...]
By |March 23rd, 2011|All, Buddhism, Fans, Inner Child|0 Comments
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