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Ten Thousand Leaves in Autumn –

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Blog 2017, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine | 0 comments

Ten thousand leaves flutter in the breeze on the big maple tree out my window. Suddenly, the sun bursts forth, lighting them all aflame, changing my visual palette from a dull brownish yellow to a brilliant gold against a checkered blue and white sky. The raindrops on my head from ten minutes ago are still evaporating as I pause at the computer, dropping into the present moment and contemplating the mystery, the beauty, the struggles of life.  Dark clouds loom in the distance to the southwest. A client arrives and I step away from my...

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Chair Peak Lake

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Blog 2017, Hiking | 4 comments

I go to the mountains to renew my spirit, to sing to the forest creatures, to make prayers for the waters to flow purely, and for healing to bless this world. I left Seattle a little before 5am, arriving in the pitch black at the Snow Lake Trailhead/Alpental where I stashed my bicycle in the bushes, driving back down the old highway to Denny Creek trailhead. I began my hike with a headlamp at 6am, taking note of the slippery dew on rock and duff, planting my hiking sticks very deliberately to steady me. The hike up the south side of Hemlock...

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Bailey Range 2017 – The Journey Home

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Blog 2017, Hiking, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 6 comments

“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...

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Acupuncture Works

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Blog 2017, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on 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....

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Kaleetan Peak II

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog 2017, Environmental Healing, Hiking, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on 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?  ...

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Olallie Lake, Pratt Lake, Lower Tuscohatchie, Melakwa, Denny Creek Loop Hike

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog 2017, Hiking | Comments Off on Olallie Lake, Pratt Lake, Lower Tuscohatchie, Melakwa, Denny Creek Loop Hike

We arrived at the Denny Creek trailhead just before 6:00 a.m. and unloaded two bicycles. Though I meant to lock them to a tree, I closed the U-lock without actually looping both ends of the cable into the lock bar. Oops! We drove down to Pratt Lake trailhead, a few miles downriver, and were on the trail by 6:11 a.m. Note that both these trailheads require a Northwest Forest Pass (or a day use fee deposited in the payment box) and it won’t save you from a ticket unless you actually display it, unlike me who absentmindedly left my annual...

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Kaleetan Peak

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog 2017, Hiking | 2 comments

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Granite Mountain June 25, 2017

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Blog 2017 | 2 comments

I go to the mountains to remind myself of the beauty that is already within me. Saturday evening – I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m. I wake at 3:30 p.m. to answer the call of nature. Close enough. The light in the eastern sky calls me, and the promise of ascending in silence through tall firs. (Click on the photos for full screen view). I reach the trailhead at 4:45 a.m. and begin hiking, drawing energy from the forest through the soles of my feet with every step. When I reach the snow, I opt to stay on the angular granite boulders. Although...

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Citizen Diplomacy – Knowledge Exchange

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Blog 2017, Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | Comments Off on 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...

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Back Pain and Beyond

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog 2017, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on 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...

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