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

“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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Waking Up From Our Fossil Fuel Coma

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog 2016, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Sustainability | Comments Off on Waking Up From Our Fossil Fuel Coma

Twenty seven years ago today I heard the news. The Exxon Valdez had run aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling hundreds of thousands of tons of crude oil in a pristine wilderness, poisoning life in one of the last large unspoiled ecosystems in our world.  The captain of the ship was legally drunk at the time. A painfully ironic parallel exists in that our present day fossil fuel addicted economy lurches and staggers towards disaster, with oil executives and shareholders binging on corporate profits, steering humanity way off a...

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Climate Change Birthday Party

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog 2016, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, seattle, Sustainability | Comments Off on 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...

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Decolonizing Africa, Decolonizing Your Mind

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog 2016, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Race | Comments Off on Decolonizing Africa, Decolonizing Your Mind

My first recollection of Africa as a white person growing up in America was images of elephants, zebras, giraffe, lions and wildebeests frolicking across the Serengeti while slender tribal people, with skin as black as the night, adorned with colorful clothes and ornaments, hunted, sang, ran, and danced in the tall grass. This fantastical imagery was likely a product of children’s picture books, Tarzan comic books, the TV show “Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins, visits to zoo prisons, and other long since forgotten...

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Healing River – Understanding the Flow of Acupuncture

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog 2016, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Healing River – Understanding the Flow of Acupuncture

Grand Canyon of the Elwha 1985. The river roared like the jaws of death as it crashed and churned around a blind corner deep in the black walled canyon. I had descended past the point of no return – the overhanging cliffs on both sides offered no choice but to go on. My friend had disappeared ahead – to his death or delight, I did not know.  I was alone, clinging to a tiny pool of calm between the vertical rock on one side and the raging torrent, I glanced up at the sky and realized there was only one thing to do – let go...

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The Holiness of the Heart’s Affections

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Blog 2016, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | Comments Off on The Holiness of the Heart’s Affections

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.”  John Keats What are we doing, each one of us in our lives, individually, and collectively, in this moment, this place, on a tiny blue ball in space? Do we live in isolation, despair, fear, perpetual panic mode, or perhaps within a smug sense of self-assurance, clinging to and defending our many identities which set us apart? Or do we live immersed in wisdom, interconnectedness, and infinite possibilities? The eminent British...

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Alzheimer’s and a Chihuahua

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Blog 2015, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Alzheimer’s and a Chihuahua

My mom has Alzheimer’s and I’m writing about it in order to lessen the shame and stigma of mental illness. The neurologist confirmed it on Christmas Eve: G30.1, F02.81. Those are the officially designated numbers in medicalese, the conceptual boxes that conventional reality places her in. That I am not devastated is largely due to my Buddhist practice which has taught me to practice avoiding confinement in conceptual boxes.  Of course, such an attitude cannot be merely feigned with the imagination  or bold prose. In order to...

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Facebook Vacation

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Blog 2015, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | Comments Off on Facebook Vacation

     Social media can be used productively as a means of connecting with friends, staying informed on current news in the world, and participating in movements for a broad array of peace and social justice issues. However, surfing the internet can also devolve into a mindless time filler, performed with no particular motivation.   From a Buddhist perspective, when you aren’t aware of your conscious mental intention you are on a slippery slope leading away from awakening, further down the path of suffering. And so it was last week, while in...

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Paris: Conversation with a twelve year old

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Blog 2015, Peace, seattle, Stories | Comments Off on Paris: Conversation with a twelve year old

“What happened in Paris”. My twelve year old  asks me point blank, fearlessly, her heart wide open, attempting to understand adult conversations she has overheard at her Saturday language school. Fortunately, I had remembered Fred Roger’s advice earlier in the day about looking for the helpers in any scene of tragedy. They are the key to hope. “A group of people with negative thoughts of anger shot guns at some other people in Paris and killed over a hundred”. “What do you mean a group of people? Who were...

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New location as of January 1, 2014.

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Blog 2014, Latest News | Comments Off on New location as of January 1, 2014.

Dear Friends of CommuniChi, Since January, 2014, we are no longer located in the El Centro de la Raza community center on Beacon Hill. Our new location is at 2109 31st Ave. South in the Mount Baker neighborhood (pictures below) The Birth of a Movement.  When CommuniChi opened our doors on Feb. 1, 2007, it was the first clinic of its kind in Washington state. People routinely traveled an hour or more to receive affordable acupuncture. The community acupuncture movement has grown and now there are at least ten community clinics sprinkled across...

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