Mind Body Medicine

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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Grace Under Fire, the Path of Peaceful Service

“Everything is delicately balanced on the tip of the present moment.” “That’s true”, my mom softly replied from her hospital bed, staring straight up at the ceiling with a gaze that suggested her consciousness was exploring the edges between this world and the next. Helping her navigate away from the shoals of despair and isolation which lurked seemingly just around the corner of every beeping monitor, I invited her into a familiar recitation of my grammar school essay which she kept for more than half a century, tucked away in a folder of keepsakes :...

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Vote 2016

Sunday, October 2.  On the road at 6:00 a.m, driving east on Highway 2, taking in the promise of a new day as the Cascade Range climbs higher into my field of vision.  The further from Seattle I travel, the more I see oversized yard signs pledging to “Make America Great Again”, as if I am in a dystopian nightmare. This is no nightmare though, but the world I live in, the here and now. Just after sunrise, I reach the trail head. There are no other cars. I shoulder my pack and start walking the 3.7 miles and 2200 vertical feet towards Beckler Peak, a 5000 foot knob of granite on...

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Volunteerism: Path to Peace and Freedom

Years ago, one of my teachers related an incident when she walked into a New Age bookstore and glanced at a magazine rack. A title called “Self” jumped out and it reminded her of how obsessed our egos are with our perceived separate identities.  (Aside – “Self”magazine could rightly be renamed as “How to Get Flat Abs” as that topic seems to be the focus of every issue). Modern materialistic humans are obsessed with their bodies, stories, desires, experiences, plans, fantasies.  Why though, my teacher asked, why don’t we see a magazine called...

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Elwha River – Bailey Range III – Wilderness as a Mind Space

Our planet is a magical living being with beauty all around. Modern urban living – in a bitterly polarized presidential election year no less – can easily blind us of this truth, driving a wedge of separation between ourselves and the life giving mother which nurtures us all – the ground we stand on, the trees which breathe to us, our animal brothers and sisters who remind us of our larger family, the water which refreshes, cools, and replenishes us.  Do we walk over the earth as a separate being, or move through it as an inseparable part of the landscape, our heart-spirit...

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Acupuncture and Climate Change

Avid readers of my blog may notice that I do not often write about acupuncture.  Here’s my annual paragraph: Acupuncture works. It’s relatively painless, safe, and offers effective, non-pharmaceutical relief for hundreds of different conditions. As a licensed practitioner of acupuncture for 18 years and the founder of Washington state’s first low cost sliding scale clinic, it would be my honor to serve you. My web page offers a wealth of information on the philosophy and practical applications of acupuncture. Or just make an appointment and start feeling better now. There, done. Now to the...

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