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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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Elwha River – Bailey Range III – Wilderness as a Mind Space

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Blog 2016, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine | 0 comments

Elwha River – Bailey Range III – Wilderness as a Mind Space

Our planet is a magical living being with beauty all around. Modern urban living – in a bitterly polarized presidential election year no less – can easily blind us of this truth, driving a wedge of separation between ourselves and the life giving mother which nurtures us all – the ground we stand on, the trees which breathe to us, our animal brothers and sisters who remind us of our larger family, the water which refreshes, cools, and replenishes us.  Do we walk over the earth as a separate being, or move through it as an...

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Mountain Spirits Old Bones II – Long Ridge Trail Hike, July 2-4, 2016

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Blog 2016, Peace, Stories | 0 comments

Why go? I go to the mountains for meditation and healing, for solitude and beauty, which is all around, though too often unnoticed in the hectic modern urban pathways we often follow. Smartphones in hand, we rush like automatons towards our death, clicking here and there, never pausing to see the flowers, or so it often seems. We may be passionate about social justice but in our push to fix the world, do we slow down enough to realize that our work for peace is realized only to the degree we have internalized that peace ourselves. Yes, active...

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The People Speak out Against Coal – Seattle, June 21, 2016

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog 2016, Environmental Healing, seattle | 0 comments

At the Federal Coal Leasing Program Hearing at the Seattle Sheraton. It is 7:45 a.m. and there is already a line of 60 or so people to sign up as speakers.  The Bureau of Land Management is holding a “scoping hearing”, seeking public input on whether to continue the pause in coal leases on public lands instituted by Interior Dept. Secretary, Sally Jewell in January 2016. With global climate targets already bumping up against the (dangerously high) two degrees of additional warming allowed under the Paris Climate Summit, a record...

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Acupuncture and Climate Change

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Blog 2016, Community Acupuncture, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Sustainability | 0 comments

Avid readers of my blog may notice that I do not often write about acupuncture.  Here’s my annual paragraph: Acupuncture works. It’s relatively painless, safe, and offers effective, non-pharmaceutical relief for hundreds of different conditions. As a licensed practitioner of acupuncture for 18 years and the founder of Washington state’s first low cost sliding scale clinic, it would be my honor to serve you. My web page offers a wealth of information on the philosophy and practical applications of acupuncture. Or just make an appointment and...

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Break Free

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Blog 2016, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Sustainability | 1 comment

Last week I took a day off work in order to attend a 3-day event called Break Free. Organized by dozens of climate action groups, labor, indigenous people and social justice activists mobilizing simultaneously on six continents around the globe, the intention was to catalyze an urgently needed conversation focused on transitioning from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable, renewable energy economy.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, activists converged on Anacortes, Washington, site of the Shell and Tesoro oil refineries, representing...

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Screenagers – Thoughts on Raising Children in the Digital Age

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Blog 2016, Mind Body Medicine | 0 comments

I just saw the film “Screenagers” which delves into the topic of how digital media is changing our children across a wide spectrum of indexes – from academic performance, emotions and mood, to incidence of violent versus compassionate behavior, and even changing the response thresholds of neuro-chemical pathways in the brain.  If you have a child or teen, this film is a must see. As more and more children access digital screens – cell phones, computers, tablets and an array of other devices, our society has entered a...

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Break Free from Fossil Fuels May 13-15, 2016 – Global Day of Resistance

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Blog 2016, Environmental Healing, seattle | 0 comments

“What is something you learned today”? Eric, my “kayaktivist” brother poses a question to the closing circle of our training. There are about a dozen of  us who’ve come together six weeks in advance of a global day of fossil fuel resistance, “skilling up” so that we can safely and effectively confront the titans of industry and their legal enforcers as the battle to save the planet heats up. People share about how empowering it is to work together in community, how beautiful life is. When it is my...

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