Mind Body Medicine

Mount Si Old Trail April 30, 2017

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The Art of the Story

In middle school, I remember acting out in class, shooting rubber bands across the room, telling jokes when the teacher’s back was turned, or engaging in other ignominious behavior. Perhaps I was bored academically, or simply rebelling against authority. In any case, on at least a few occasions, I found myself in the principal’s office, feeling frustration and shame under the stern punishing eyes and frown of Mr. Barker. Thus I begin my self-introduction to a group of young men at the Community Center for Alternative Programs, a jail diversion program in Seattle where I have...

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Responding to 11-9

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Darkness and Light

After the election and now once again, following the inauguration of the new President, I’ve noticed a troubling shift in the collective emotional energy of my community. Probably you’ve noticed it also?  Many of my friends and clients are experiencing an increase in disturbing emotional symptoms, mainly depression, but also fear, anger, hopelessness, vulnerability, difficulty getting out of bed, to name a few. The President and his Cabinet of horrors seem poised to turn off the lights at the very heart of our communities – our access to fair social policies and justice,...

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It Happened – Facing the Evil of Sexual Violence

It happened. Recently, I had a conversation with a woman who was in college with me. She told me that as a freshman, she was warned not to attend a certain fraternity because a gang rape had occurred there. I was once a member of that fraternity. I was young, naive and morally asleep at the time. However, I had never heard the word “rape” discussed in relation to any events at my house during the four years I was there. Then I remembered that several men in the house had bragged about what they had portrayed as a sexual conquest. Beer and alcohol flowed freely at parties, and many an...

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Reason to Celebrate

Another year fades to memories and dust. As usual, a handful of rich and famous people died. Millions more ordinary (not famous, obscure, or forgotten) people joined or preceded them. Fortunately, you and I are not in either group, so if you are still at a loss for reasons to celebrate on New Year’s eve, this alone should be at the top of your list: You are alive! I pause from tapping at the keyboard to stare out the window at the trees, empty of their greenery, and at the dull, leaden sky that seems to define a Seattle winter for so many.  A seagull passes, but for the most part, there is...

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