Environmental Healing

#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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Silver Peak Fall Beauty

Over the weekend, I began a 10 week Eco-sattva course with a goal of bringing greater spiritual awareness in order to have a positive influence on the imbalances between humanity and the environment. Continuing the mind stream from my last post, the Earth doesn’t need saving. She will do just fine in the long run. Perhaps it will take ten million years to heal from the messes that the human race leaves behind – a mere blink of an eye to her. Nonetheless, there is great reason for hope in the resiliency of the human spirit to spontaneously address the climate crisis, along with...

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The Problem with Saving the World

A little over a quarter of a century ago, I was living at a blockade camp in British Columbia’s, Strathcona Provincial Park. Cream Silver, a multinational corporation had plans to open up, you guessed it, a silver mine smack in the middle of one of the most pristine places on the planet, in the northern remote reaches of Vancouver Island. I remember being asked by a fellow activist: “you want to save the world, right?” Without hesitation I said yes. My home base in the late 1980’s was a one room dome I had built on “Flower Island” somewhere on the wild seashore of Western Canada. Clear...

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The Battle to Save the Planet

The most important thing I did in the past month was   n o t h i n g   at all!  Doing nothing is actually quite a task. My wife, daughter and I attended a 3 day family meditation camp at Mountain Lamp Community in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We spent a lot of time watching our breath and not much else. Our daughter had lots of kid activities with the occasional sprinkling of group mindfulness at the sounding of the bell. Reconnecting with my breath and intrinsic aliveness laid the spiritual foundation for other doings providing the bones of this month’s blog. When I...

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Peace and War

Seattle. Waiting for the light to change. A person is sleeping over there, on angular rocks, in the midst of a concrete wasteland. His soft heart beating life being dashed against the jagged reefs of modern civilization. My mind races with the stop and go wheels of the mechanized existence all around me. What’s in the shopping cart? Random garbage for an improvised wind break? Or? The light changes and I am rolling, the jarring morning visual fading into my rear view mirror. I glance quickly out the window as I ascend the viaduct. Royal Dutch Shell’s Polar Pioneer drill rig...

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Surprise Mountain

Namo Lokeshvaraye! You see that all things are beyond coming and going, Yet still you strive solely for the sake of living beings – To you, my precious guru inseparable from Lord Avalokita, I offer perpetual homage, respectfully, with body, speech and mind.   –  Gyalse Tokme Zangpo                                          Heading up to the Cascade Crest on Surprise Lake trail. I left the car at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon on my annual solo wilderness journey. I do not lightly make the decision to venture alone into the wilderness, traveling in a 55 year old assembly of bone...

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