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Jizo Porn? Shall I Laugh? Cry? Cringe?

I’m reading the web through different eyes. I’m thinking (which isn’t always such a good idea) that I’m not using the right words to get Jizo into the mainstream of American consciousness. I just visited a site I was almost afraid to see: cabinporn.com. I thought it might be real porn, shot in cabins. Who [...]

By | 2014-05-30T19:55:22+00:00 May 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Writing A Memoir

A funny thing happened when I decided to write a memoir of my journey of photographing, meditating and knowing Jizo. For years, I was on what I guess you would call a spiritual path, a seeking kind of thing. It started when I was 8 years old but heated up in my late 20’s. [...]

By | 2014-05-24T17:37:55+00:00 May 24th, 2014|Emotional Self, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Kintsugi and The Broken Places

A funny thing happens after sitting in meditation for a long time, gazing at my Jizos, who are gazing back at the not-me — my mind becomes at ease. I promise it only took around 20 years for me to stop controlling my breath and just let it be. For years, my mind would always [...]

By | 2014-05-22T18:37:55+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Shopping, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Your Body Needs Breath, Not Magic

The other morning in yoga, my instructor, Dakota Lupo, said something that made me laugh out loud.  I am a little careful now about when I laugh aloud in yoga because once I laughed at something a new instructor said — she was funny — and she glared at me. She said, “Yoga is serious.” [...]

By | 2014-05-12T16:47:10+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Buddhism, Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hello, Keywords? Hello Jizo.

What?  Aw, crap. In meditation this morning Chibi fell off the shrine and on to the sketch pad:  “Oh, no!” Chibi cried, like the 1950s-style comics that used to run on Sunset Boulevard in the ’80’s that read “I forgot to have children!” My Chibi cried, “I forgot to use keywords!  Key. Words! I heard [...]

By | 2014-05-08T15:00:43+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Jewelry, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Extraverts, It’s Okay to Rest

Being an extravert is challenging. I’m not complaining, just exploring out loud, which is part of extraversion. When I think or feel something, I feel more alive if I have shared it with someone — especially someone who will mirror or appreciate or engage with me in a meaningful way. But as meaningful as that [...]

By | 2014-04-29T18:01:08+00:00 April 29th, 2014|Emotional Self, Therapy, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Just Sit, Just Do Yoga: Know Yourself

I feel as if I need to explain that without having encountered Jizo on the hillsides of Kyoto in 2006, the stuff I write about would be more grounded in knowledge than experience. I had no idea how much I lived in my intellect, in my mind, and how little I resided within my body. [...]

By | 2014-04-19T17:57:04+00:00 April 19th, 2014|Meditation, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|0 Comments