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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 | 2019-01-23T15:31:07+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 | 2019-01-23T15:31:10+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Buddhism, Therapy, 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 | 2019-01-23T15:31:13+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 | 2019-01-23T15:31:17+00:00 April 19th, 2014|Meditation, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 | 2019-01-23T15:31:19+00:00 April 14th, 2014|Holidays, Jewelry, Shopping, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tapping and the Jizo Bodhisattva

My Jizo Therapy is wading into the waters of what is popularly known as tapping.  Tapping, aka EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques, can be found on countless websites, in dozens of YouTube videos, and at pain clinics. The very basic idea is that we have acupressure points in our bodies that, when tapped, move energy [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:24+00:00 March 21st, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Releasing Tension: A Jizo & Chibi Dialogue

So, Chibi has a stomachache. (Note to new readers: Chibi means “little one” in Japanese.  For this author it includes all children and inner kids, as well.) Chibi usually feels great on the weekends, but by Sunday night or maybe Monday or Tuesday, Chibi gets a stomachache. Or a headache. Or a backache. Let’s assume [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:25+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: The Ghost Child in Intimacy

I have a theory about intimate relationships that is not very popular.  I think they often bring out the darkest, worst parts of ourselves.  It is as if a ghost child, comprised of both partner’s inner kids, grows up between them.  Not everyone encounters this, but many do, and statistics report that couples get to [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:27+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|All, Buddhism, Mindfulness, Therapy|0 Comments

Jizo Therapy: Meet Your Ego’s Processor 2.0

I taught psychological theory in a graduate program for a dozen years. Every time I taught a theory, I learned more than I had known previously.  My introductory lecture was Freud & Jung.  Every quarter, I became more acutely aware of the mechanisms of the ego, a sadly misunderstood part of us that is the [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:31:27+00:00 March 2nd, 2014|All, Buddhism, Therapy|0 Comments