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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 | 2017-08-01T10:16:37+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Education, Holidays, News|0 Comments

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 | 2017-08-01T10:15:41+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Buddhism, Education, Inner Child, Meditation, Mindfulness, News|0 Comments

Jizo, Buddha and The Second Step

The integration of The Twelve Steps with Buddhism has become increasingly popular, as mindfulness continues to cross over from "spiritual philosophy" to practical, every day self-care. This morning, it dawned on me that the words Buddha spoke upon his awakening were very much like those of people in 12 Step programs who have taken the 2nd [...]

By | 2016-01-29T03:28:22+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Buddhism, Education|0 Comments

Practicing Pelvic Floor Meditation

We rarely acknowledge the pelvic floor...It's like a dark room no one wants to talk about...and yet, it is a foundational element of the body. Pelvic floor meditation is meant to bring you emotionally, physically and spiritually into this oft overlooked area. Imagine Jizo, the Earth Womb Bodhisattva, holding this part of your body with kindness and patience, [...]

By | 2017-08-01T10:14:53+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Meditation, Mindfulness|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 [...]

By | 2015-10-15T10:14:35+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Holidays, Meditation, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Does marriage make us fat? The Binge Buddy Effect

Binge Buddies? Fat Serenity? Fear of intimacy? Do married couples eat more? The research says yes, which is all the more reason to practice mindful eating, get to know Jizo and stay grounded because, for most of us, intimacy is not what we bargained for.  […]

By | 2014-11-27T12:22:01+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healing your pelvic floor with Buddhism

Most folks in the West don’t know who Jizo is; I don’t expect them to. They know even less about how the Buddhist bodhisattva relates to the health of our pelvic floors. Such things are never written about. But the relationship is much closer than even lovers of Jizo may realize. In Sanskrit, Jizo’s name, [...]

By | 2014-11-25T11:41:15+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Are All a Little Broken… Don’t get over it

We all are a little broken. And that’s okay. Really, it is. In “The Art of Happiness” the Dalai Lama confided to his interviewer that he had a huge regret. He then shared a very sad story. The interviewer asked him if he ever got over it. The Dalai Lama was surprised. “Get over it? [...]

By | 2014-09-05T11:41:19+00:00 September 5th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Surrendering Narcissism? It Hurts So Bad

Ever get into a huff that things are not going your way? Are you hurt when you don’t feel understood, and then think that there is either a) something wrong with you or b) something wrong with the person who hurt or insulted you? We toss the term narcissistic around like a ball. We insult [...]

By | 2014-08-28T18:22:58+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Mindfulness, Psychology, Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

#MeditationChallenge: Try 30 Days, 5 Minutes a Day

Almost everyone I know who meditates, quits.  They get excited to start, but then they quickly become disappointed that enlightenment doesn’t look the way they expected. No, meditation doesn’t raise us to a state of Always Peaceful or Always Patient With Loved Ones. It doesn’t remove Self-Loathing or Resentment Toward Lots of People.   […]

By | 2014-08-06T10:09:58+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments