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Hello, Ego: Meet your Builder, Remodel your Mind

Enlightenment is to be awake.  When we sit in meditation, we begin to hear our thoughts, feel our feelings with greater clarity.  As we observe our minds with compassion, we are able to distinguish between what is our personal ego and what is the ineffable part of us that is connected to all sentient beings.  [...]

By | 2014-02-18T11:25:28+00:00 February 18th, 2014|All, Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness|0 Comments

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

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

Upon Enlightenment Every Human Becomes Wonderful

This was supposed to be a blog about Suzuki Roshi’s quote about making mistake after mistake after mistake.  As often happens, wonderful mistakes occur when I search the Internet.  First, I found this — a quote from Winston Churchill, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” He was a Zen Master. And [...]

By | 2013-04-30T17:29:55+00:00 April 30th, 2013|Buddhism, 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

Fidgeting & Lovingkindness

I was an active kid.  Not hyper-active, just spirited.  Playful.  Funny.  In meditation, this part of me arises.  Sometimes it is a whisper. Sometimes a volcano. Mostly, it’s just me being fidgety. Around age six, I attended Sunday church services with my mom. I remember her whispering, “Sit still.”  She would promise me a root [...]

By | 2013-04-12T08:35:06+00:00 April 12th, 2013|All, Meditation|0 Comments