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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 |January 29th, 2016|Buddhism, Education|0 Comments

Catching your breath on Thanksgiving: dealing with stress

If you don't get wound up for Thanksgiving you won't have to unwind -- much less go on a diet -- a few days later.  The day is coming though, and I am hearing the litany of obligations, pressures, worries and stress. Let's take a moment to breathe. Breathe in and breathe out, noticing the sounds around us.  Let's bring our focus to the breathing-- belly rising, belly falling.  Just notice. [...]
By |November 15th, 2012|All, Holidays, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Adrenaline & Holidays: Slow Down & Seek Peace

Oh, gosh, but I wish the phrase Happy Holidays were not so loaded with tension and expectations.  As you read this, you may be buzzing on sugar, experiencing pressure from inside and out, surrounded by speedy messages that drive us to the "give-me syndrome".  We may have family and friends who expect us to be happy just because "it's the holidays!!"  [...]
By |December 3rd, 2011|All, Holidays, Shopping|0 Comments
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