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Cure for the flu and common cold: mindfulness and rest

I am writing from my bed, coughing, feverish, achey.  Awake.  Feeling every symptom coming and going like little weather patterns across the hot afternoon sky.  Los Angeles has been experiencing 100F+ temperatures and so am I. The flu gives me a window into what I am attached to when it comes to wellness.  There is so much to let go of when we get sick and it seems that almost no one slows down any more, even when they are ill. [...]
By |October 7th, 2012|All, Mindfulness, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Jizo’s safekeeping: Starting your day with meditation

Jizo Bodhisattva has many names. The original was Sanskrit:  Ksitigarbha.  It's translation to English is roughly Earth Womb or Earth Treasury.  As the Bodhisattva who promised Buddha he would remain on the earth until everyone was finished suffering, his role is like that of Mother Earth.  The earth holds each plant, each seedling and each old tree alike as they grow. [...]
By |October 2nd, 2012|All, Buddhism, Emotional Self, Meditation|0 Comments

Finding Calm in a Noisy World

I don't like noise.  That is putting it mildly.  So is saying I'm sensitive to noise.  I've been this way my entire life. So I went looking for a solution. In my meditation, I am encouraged to welcome my anger toward noise, note it and breathe it out.  That hasn't helped.  I've tried it hundreds of times.  I am encouraged to accept the things I cannot change.  But when it comes to noise, that just seems impossible.  I have tried releasing the tension the noise brings on by focusing on places where I am not tense.  That hasn't been helpful here either. So, what do I do? [...]

Conversation with an Earthworm and JizoTherapy

Practicing meditation with Jizo has allowed me to listen to nature and practice lovingkindness with an earthworm

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