Blog: 2013

Climate Change Birthday Party

My daughter is turning thirteen. Tasked with the challenge of hosting a birthday party for a gang of tech-savvy, prematurely jaded teens, I contemplated my options: Ignore the elephant in the room (climate change) and seek out the latest chocolate coated thrill such as indoor skydiving, replete with made in China last minute birthday gifts from the mall? Or attempt the potentially contentious path of mixing old fashioned outdoor fun with a teaspoon of reality, (quietly) calling attention to just how precarious Mother Nature’s health is these days? With schools generally choosing not to...

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Kundalini Syndrome – Beyond Bliss and Technology

Recently, a new client came to me seeking help for “kundalini syndrome”.  Kundalini is a Sanskrit word referring to a pattern of energy flow awakened in the spinal column, often due to meditation and yoga practices. In the Tibetan Buddhist and Chinese medical traditions, this phenomenon is more broadly known as wind energy. In my early thirties, while living at a Buddhist meditation center, I started to experience what felt like electrical currents running up my spine. Sometimes they happened during meditation, or while lying in bed before falling asleep. Sometimes I was awakened...

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#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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Climate Change – The Cow in the Middle of the Room

The news just broke that Shell is pulling out of the Arctic – a major victory for the climate. My kayaktivist friends and I deserve some portion of the credit for putting ourselves on the front lines on multiple occasions at actions in Seattle, Everett, and Portland, though clearly this victory belongs to everyone.  It wasn’t just that the test wells in the Beaufort Sea yielded negative results for Shell, but there were also frank admissions that the massive groundswell of negative publicity played into their decision to retreat from their seven billion dollar investment. (Aside:...

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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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