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Mindfulness, Touching Base in a Friendly Way

When we have a thought, do we respond to it as though it were true? Do we believe that our feelings tell us what is true about the world? Two big buzzwords these days are Emotional Dysregulation. It assumes that normal is, say, in the range of middle C, within an octave either higher or [...]

By | 2014-02-05T08:00:50+00:00 February 5th, 2014|All, Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness|1 Comment

Parenting and the Zen Koan

A few years ago, children’s books started to pour out of me during meditation. For about eight weeks in a row, at least once a week, a sweet and slightly rhyming story would appear. I have been a writer since I was eight, so I am happy whenever poetry arrives, fresh off the universe, minimal [...]

By | 2013-08-09T12:56:22+00:00 August 9th, 2013|Books, Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jizo and The Yoga Asana: Lean Into It

It took me five years of intensive yoga to get into Trikonasana, also known as triangle pose. My hips would not open up. My lower back screamed “No!!” And I had to listen to that no because I kept injuring myself when I didn’t. My vow is patience. Yoga, like wisdom, takes a long time. [...]

By | 2013-07-21T10:41:26+00:00 July 21st, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Worst Ego in the WORLD

Hello.  I am Valerie’s Ego and I am writing my first blog EVER. AREN’T YOU IMPRESSED? YES, WE JUST GOT BACK FROM YOGA AND I AM READY TO ROCK! Big breath. Let it pass. My mind is a yoga class in constant session. I hate the asana, I love the asana. I hate the teacher, [...]

By | 2013-07-10T07:00:52+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Meditation, Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Glimpses of Peace Amidst Glimpses of Peace: A Meditation on Conflict Avoidance

Take a deep breath… and as you exhale… please pause. Notice where your shoulders are.  Take your shoulders down to where they fall naturally. Feel your breath enter and leave your body, feel your belly rise and fall. Notice your thoughts.  Listen to the ticker-tape chatter, the Monkey Mind, the galloping Idea Horse. Smile as [...]

By | 2013-06-04T18:57:23+00:00 June 4th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Visit with a Craving

In my understanding of Buddhism, hell is being stuck in a state of desire, of craving, of wanting anything other than what is right here, right now.  Jizo is the bodhisattva whose role it is to help us out of these realms, making a vow to evolve to a higher state. […]

By | 2013-04-29T21:23:14+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Buddhism, Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did You Quit Meditating… Again?

I know you have heard that we meditate to improve cognitive functioning, to bring peace, to cope with anxiety, and for myriad other reasons — just fill in the blanks.  Bottom line: the consensus is that meditating is good for you.  Kind of like broccoli. And yet, most of us quit. Eventually. And still, many [...]

By | 2013-04-16T09:00:51+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|4 Comments