Mind Body Medicine

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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Black Dirt and Worms, Murderers and Saints

On this, the third day of spring, the black dirt is rich with decay, fat worms wriggling in abundance. I minimize probing with the steel blade, not wishing to harm soft bellied friends ripening detritus and aerating the beds which I hope will yield food for my family’s table. Bending close to the ground, I witness the vigorous activity now emerging from winter’s darkness. Tapping seeds one by one gently from the envelope, I pause to remember internal cultivation in the infinite fields of the mind: May all beings pull the destructive roots of ignorance, anger, and greed from...

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A Fearless Heart, An Evening with Geshe Thupten Jinpa in Seattle, May 13

In the 1972 film, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Franco Zeffirelli‘s adaptation of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, one particular scene beautifully portrays the wide range of emotions – from fear and shame to courage and joy, surrounding our innate instinct to act with a deep sense of compassion: Francesco has been dragged by his father before the local bishop to arbitrate in a family dispute after he tossed expensive clothing from his father’s shop out the window in an act of worldly renunciation. His father, blinded by greed for gold and material gain is weeping, not only...

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Children and Cyber-Technology

Recently, I attended a lecture on media-cyber education for children at a brand new high school facility. With my daughter in the 6th grade, I was interested both from a broader educational perspective, as well as to tour the high school as a possibility for my daughter’s future. The hostess greeted me at the door and, somewhat to my surprise and secret delight, invited me to wander about the building – alone. I walked down a long corridor and into a darkened room and then, on a sudden impulse, I pulled out my electrosmog meter – a device which measures radio-frequency...

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Wi-Fi in Schools and Homes; Is it Safe?

Wi-Fi is an acronym which stands for local area wireless technology.  Wi-Fi allows an electronic device such as a laptop computer, tablet, e-reader, cell phone, TV, blue ray player, etc. to exchange data or connect to the internet using 2.4 GHz UHF (ultra-high frequency) and 5 GHz SHF (super-high frequency) radio waves. GHz stands for gigahertz, a unit of electromagnetic radiation corresponding to one billion cycles per second. The human body functions on many different frequencies. EEG measurements of brain waves are generally in the range of 0-40 Hz (cycles per second).  The heart beats...

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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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