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No Hopes or Fears

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Blog 2017, Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Sustainability | 2 comments

Hope. I know, the word has been tarnished through overuse and politicization. But I still like it and hereby reclaim it. And we need it desperately. I have some to offer: In recent months, I’ve seen a large uptick in fear based narratives on social media – reports that many well known scientists, including Stephen Hawking, foresee the breakdown in modern civilization happening soon. And then there’s the constant stream of news out of the nation’s capitol where our so-called leaders are reversing protections for the the...

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Mount Si Old Trail April 30, 2017

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog 2017, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Mount Si Old Trail April 30, 2017

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The Art of the Story

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Blog 2017, Blog: 2013, Mind Body Medicine, Stories | Comments Off on The Art of the Story

In middle school, I remember acting out in class, shooting rubber bands across the room, telling jokes when the teacher’s back was turned, or engaging in other ignominious behavior. Perhaps I was bored academically, or simply rebelling against authority. In any case, on at least a few occasions, I found myself in the principal’s office, feeling frustration and shame under the stern punishing eyes and frown of Mr. Barker. Thus I begin my self-introduction to a group of young men at the Community Center for Alternative Programs, a...

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Letter to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, Doctor Larry Nyland on WiFi in Public Schools

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog 2017, Environmental Healing, seattle | Comments Off on Letter to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent, Doctor Larry Nyland on WiFi in Public Schools

Dear Dr. Nyland, I am excited that my daughter will be attending a Seattle public school next year.  I was particularly impressed by Principal Wiley’s introduction at a recent open house at Franklin High School.  I am a strong believer in public education. However, I am concerned about the health effects of WiFi, particularly for children whose cellular metabolism is more rapid than adults, and who are thus more vulnerable to molecular and DNA damage due to the intense and continuous exposure that radio-frequency radiation presents. Seattle...

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Responding to 11-9

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Blog 2017, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | Comments Off on Responding to 11-9

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 | Comments Off on Darkness and Light

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 | Comments Off on 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...

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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 | Comments Off on 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,...

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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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