CommuniChi Blog

Responding to 11-9

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog 2017, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 0 comments

The sky is blue this morning in Seattle. Opening wide my curtains, I let the colors stream down through the optic nerves, lighting candles of hope, joy, wonder in the long hallways of the spirit, within each and every cell of my body, illuminating consciousness with the wavelength of transcendence. We are born from the stars. Our very bodies are composed of atomic elements which were formed inside cataclysmic supernovas billions of years ago. The mind-spirit which dwells within each one of us are infinite rivers of clarity and mirror-like...

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Darkness and Light

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog 2017, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 0 comments

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 –...

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It Happened – Facing the Evil of Sexual Violence

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Blog 2017, Mind Body Medicine, Stories | 2 comments

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...

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Reason to Celebrate

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Blog 2016, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 0 comments

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...

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Grace Under Fire, the Path of Peaceful Service

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Blog 2016, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories | 0 comments

“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,...

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The Path Ahead

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog 2016 | 1 comment

It’s 10:00 p.m. Pacific standard time on election eve, and it looks like we are in for a long four years ahead. I suggest we all take a deep breath and remember our true power does not stem from the White House or the Congress, whoever is elected. True power and freedom exists within each one of us. That is the gentle reminder I offer to everyone who visits me at CommuniChi, my acupuncture clinic, to my family and friends, and to those I meet on the street or in the social media sphere. It is the prayer I place on the tip of every...

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Seattle Smart Meter Update October 2016

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Blog 2016 | 2 comments

Seattle Smart Meter Update October 2016

October 21, 2016 Less than two years ago, I made a $30,000 investment in solar power for my home, trying to be a good citizen and to do what’s right for the world in the age of climate change, and also, doing right for Seattle by mitigating City Light’s need to purchase expensive power on the open market during peak power usage periods. Yesterday, Dan Langdon (206-727-8777) at Seattle City Light informed me that my participation in the solar net metering program makes me ineligible to opt out of their impending “smart” meter...

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Vote 2016

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Blog 2016, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 0 comments

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...

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Volunteerism: Path to Peace and Freedom

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Blog 2016, Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 0 comments

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...

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The Earth Invites Us to Listen Now

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Blog 2016 | 0 comments

(Initially shared verbally at a “Be In” session at Family Mindfulness Camp at Camp Westwind on the Oregon coast) I am grateful and privileged to live on this beautiful earth. When billions struggle to survive, living in shanty towns in Haiti, Lima, India, Seattle, I can practice mindful breathing and watch diamond reflections dance across Pacific Ocean swells as they roar their final lion’s roar upon the continent’s edge. Nature is my teacher, my place to connect with the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma, Sangha....

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