Yearly Archives: 2013

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Miscarriage, the Water Child and Jizo

Mizuko (水子), which translates into “water child,” is a Japanese term for a dead fetus, baby or infant. A grieving woman wrote to me today asking that a Jizo pendant be sent to her as soon as possible to help her grieve the loss of her Mizuko. For centuries, Jizo has helped those suffering through [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:52-07:30 March 5th, 2013|All|2 Comments

The Sweating Jizo

I was fortunate enough to find this picture of Jizo online at one of my favorite Buddhist sites, www.onmarkproductions.com, where much rich information is available. As you already likely know, Jizo has many manifestations throughout Japan.  He is best known as the protector of children, women and travelers.  He is also known as the Bosatsu [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:53-07:30 February 22nd, 2013|All, Buddhism, Statues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Asking for Help, Finding Your Center

We seem to be the nation of the independent personality disorder.  We want to do things Our Way. Asking for help is a sign of weakness, rather one of a collaborative spirit. But sometimes a quick call for help is all we need. I have the good fortune of having a 24/7 confidential voice mailbox.  [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:55-07:30 February 14th, 2013|All, Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Busted Toe Diaries: Pausing and Still Getting “There”

Inventor Charles F. Kettering once said, “You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.” Going Somewhere is something I really like. Going there fast? Even better. I used to joke that my middle [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:55-07:30 February 7th, 2013|Buddhism, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Broken Bones and Necessary Pain (aka The Busted Toe Diaries)

I learned another thing the hard way (is there really any other way?). When a broken bone is mending, there are times when it hurts, suddenly and badly, as part of the healing process. I was struck by the metaphor of how we cannot mend unless we face the painful things in our lives.  This [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:32:57-07:30 February 1st, 2013|Therapy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

JizoTherapy: Making Prioritizing a Priority

I know a group of people who are trying not to overwork, but rather to pace themselves.  They have some wonderful tools including a meditation on prioritizing.  Here’s what they have to say, “We decide which are the most important things to do first. Sometimes that may mean doing nothing. We strive to stay flexible [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:00-07:30 January 30th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

JizoTherapy, Taming the Monkey Mind with Compassion

I could never “successfully” meditate until finding my Jizo.  Maybe I was too young, maybe my ego could not surrender to the process (likely it really hasn’t even now but there has been some progress). What I have found is that the grounding aspect of Jizo, whose Sanskrit name – Ksitigarbha – means Earth Womb, [...]

By | 2019-01-23T15:33:01-07:30 January 18th, 2013|Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments