Mind Body Medicine

Bailey Range 2017 – The Journey Home

“Wilderness is a state of mind”, as the saying goes. Nonetheless, there are places left on this planet where vast tracts of relatively untouched forests and mountains exist, and solitude is found in abundance. The Bailey Range in Olympic National Park is one such sanctuary of pristine beauty. The paths are often faint or non-existent, and require imagination combined with in-the-moment focus to follow. Spectacular vistas of endless peaks, ridges, distant oceans, and alpine meadows carpeted with flowers will fill you with awe and melt your heart open. But the treachery of fickle...

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Acupuncture Works

I am often asked a flood of questions about acupuncture? How does it work? Do I do it on myself? What does this point do? When I feel a heavy sensation in my foot during the treatment, what does that mean? And so on. Sometimes I am at a loss to answer many of these questions because to be honest, I don’t know how acupuncture works. My head is chock full of theories that I was taught in school about how it works, but reality never quite completely conforms to our conceptual interpretations of life. And I don’t think it ever will. So I often say something like, “After twenty...

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Kaleetan Peak II

After doing this hike less than two weeks ago, it’s uncommon beauty beckoned me to return with a friend. This hike isn’t for everyone. The trail to Melakwa Lake is where most people turn back, but if you are comfortable scrambling off trail in steep, varied terrain (rock, snow, bush), and love walking through high airy places watching the mist burn off from above early on a summer morning, then this may be for you.  Check the WTA.org website, and of course, know your own limitations and skill level. Have the ten essentials?     Share this:Click to email this to a friend...

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Citizen Diplomacy – Knowledge Exchange

Yesterday, at the end of a long day of errands, I received a phone call with an India number appearing on my screen. As one of my Dharma teachers lives in India, and I have several friends living there, I answered it, wondering who it was and what adventure might beckon. A man speaking in a thick Indian accent and claiming to be a doctor asked to come see me and expressed a desire to exchange knowledge. As a small business entrepreneur, and sole proprietor, one of my daily challenges in life is navigating cold calls from strangers and making split second decisions on whether to immediately...

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Back Pain and Beyond

I love to hike. This summer I am training for a 5 day off trail wilderness high traverse in the Olympic Mountains.  About a week ago, I was stretching my back, doing the “plough” yoga pose and I pushed too hard. Number one rule of yoga – and life – don’t push. I felt a pop in my back, and instant pain. Four days later, the pain – centered in the left sacro-illiac joint, had subsided by 40% but was still waking me up at 4:00 a.m.  It was also noticeably worse after sitting and relieved somewhat by walking. I asked one of my acupuncture teachers about it and...

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No Hopes or Fears

Hope. I know, the word has been tarnished through overuse and politicization. But I still like it and hereby reclaim it. And we need it desperately. I have some to offer: In recent months, I’ve seen a large uptick in fear based narratives on social media – reports that many well known scientists, including Stephen Hawking, foresee the breakdown in modern civilization happening soon. And then there’s the constant stream of news out of the nation’s capitol where our so-called leaders are reversing protections for the the working class, immigrants, women, national parks,...

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