Blog 2015

Alzheimer’s and a Chihuahua

My mom has Alzheimer’s and I’m writing about it in order to lessen the shame and stigma of mental illness. The neurologist confirmed it on Christmas Eve: G30.1, F02.81. Those are the officially designated numbers in medicalese, the conceptual boxes that conventional reality places her in. That I am not devastated is largely due to my Buddhist practice which has taught me to practice avoiding confinement in conceptual boxes.  Of course, such an attitude cannot be merely feigned with the imagination  or bold prose. In order to effectively avoid the frightening abysses of the world...

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Facebook Vacation

     Social media can be used productively as a means of connecting with friends, staying informed on current news in the world, and participating in movements for a broad array of peace and social justice issues. However, surfing the internet can also devolve into a mindless time filler, performed with no particular motivation.   From a Buddhist perspective, when you aren’t aware of your conscious mental intention you are on a slippery slope leading away from awakening, further down the path of suffering. And so it was last week, while in the middle of an extended web surf, a post from my...

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Paris: Conversation with a twelve year old

“What happened in Paris”. My twelve year old  asks me point blank, fearlessly, her heart wide open, attempting to understand adult conversations she has overheard at her Saturday language school. Fortunately, I had remembered Fred Roger’s advice earlier in the day about looking for the helpers in any scene of tragedy. They are the key to hope. “A group of people with negative thoughts of anger shot guns at some other people in Paris and killed over a hundred”. “What do you mean a group of people? Who were they”. “They were part of a group...

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Kundalini Syndrome – Beyond Bliss and Technology

Recently, a new client came to me seeking help for “kundalini syndrome”.  Kundalini is a Sanskrit word referring to a pattern of energy flow awakened in the spinal column, often due to meditation and yoga practices. In the Tibetan Buddhist and Chinese medical traditions, this phenomenon is more broadly known as wind energy. In my early thirties, while living at a Buddhist meditation center, I started to experience what felt like electrical currents running up my spine. Sometimes they happened during meditation, or while lying in bed before falling asleep. Sometimes I was awakened...

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Schedule Change

Dear CommuniChi Friends, With winter steadily approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to visit the warm dry healing space at the clinic, boosting your energy reserves and supporting your immunity with acupuncture. Starting next week through January 20, 2016, the clinic will be closed on Wednesday afternoon, and open on Thursdays (4pm to 7pm). I was recruited to coach basketball for my daughter’s 7th grade team. I really don’t have much of a clue regarding strategy, but my goals for the team are fun, everyone participates, and instilling an...

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#Kayaktivism – Planetary Acupuncture

I was sitting indoors playing cards with my dad on a rainy summer’s day in Maine at the age of 12 when through the window overlooking the cove, I watched a group of older boys and girls kayaking past our cottage, heading towards the open ocean. Their smooth strokes gracefully powered their kayaks through the water and into the infinite horizon of my heart’s imagination. Kayaking for me has always been first and foremost about touching that primordial connection with our cosmic DNA. Launching into the ocean or a river is to embrace a timeless and serene feeling, like resting in the arms of...

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