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Kundalini Syndrome – Beyond Bliss and Technology

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories, Sustainability | Comments Off on Kundalini Syndrome – Beyond Bliss and Technology

Recently, a new client came to me seeking help for “kundalini syndrome”.  Kundalini is a Sanskrit word referring to a pattern of energy flow awakened in the spinal column, often due to meditation and yoga practices. In the Tibetan Buddhist and Chinese medical traditions, this phenomenon is more broadly known as wind energy. In my early thirties, while living at a Buddhist meditation center, I started to experience what felt like electrical currents running up my spine. Sometimes they happened during meditation, or while lying in...

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Schedule Change

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Blog 2015, seattle | Comments Off on Schedule Change

Dear CommuniChi Friends, With winter steadily approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to visit the warm dry healing space at the clinic, boosting your energy reserves and supporting your immunity with acupuncture. Starting next week through January 20, 2016, the clinic will be closed on Wednesday afternoon, and open on Thursdays (4pm to 7pm). I was recruited to coach basketball for my daughter’s 7th grade team. I really don’t have much of a clue regarding strategy, but my goals for the team are fun,...

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#Kayaktivism – Planetary Acupuncture

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on #Kayaktivism – Planetary Acupuncture

I was sitting indoors playing cards with my dad on a rainy summer’s day in Maine at the age of 12 when through the window overlooking the cove, I watched a group of older boys and girls kayaking past our cottage, heading towards the open ocean. Their smooth strokes gracefully powered their kayaks through the water and into the infinite horizon of my heart’s imagination. Kayaking for me has always been first and foremost about touching that primordial connection with our cosmic DNA. Launching into the ocean or a river is to embrace a timeless...

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Climate Change – The Cow in the Middle of the Room

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Sustainability | Comments Off on Climate Change – The Cow in the Middle of the Room

The news just broke that Shell is pulling out of the Arctic – a major victory for the climate. My kayaktivist friends and I deserve some portion of the credit for putting ourselves on the front lines on multiple occasions at actions in Seattle, Everett, and Portland, though clearly this victory belongs to everyone.  It wasn’t just that the test wells in the Beaufort Sea yielded negative results for Shell, but there were also frank admissions that the massive groundswell of negative publicity played into their decision to retreat...

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Silver Peak Fall Beauty

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Silver Peak Fall Beauty

Over the weekend, I began a 10 week Eco-sattva course with a goal of bringing greater spiritual awareness in order to have a positive influence on the imbalances between humanity and the environment. Continuing the mind stream from my last post, the Earth doesn’t need saving. She will do just fine in the long run. Perhaps it will take ten million years to heal from the messes that the human race leaves behind – a mere blink of an eye to her. Nonetheless, there is great reason for hope in the resiliency of the human spirit to...

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The Problem with Saving the World

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | Comments Off on The Problem with Saving the World

A little over a quarter of a century ago, I was living at a blockade camp in British Columbia’s, Strathcona Provincial Park. Cream Silver, a multinational corporation had plans to open up, you guessed it, a silver mine smack in the middle of one of the most pristine places on the planet, in the northern remote reaches of Vancouver Island. I remember being asked by a fellow activist: “you want to save the world, right?” Without hesitation I said yes. My home base in the late 1980’s was a one room dome I had built on “Flower Island” somewhere...

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Black Lives Matter

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Blog 2015, Peace, Race, seattle | 1 comment

In the aftermath of Senator Bernie Sander’s visit to Seattle on August 8, social media and the blogosphere has been abuzz with analysis of the interruption of his planned speech on Social Security and Medicare by two female Black Lives Matter activists.  First, I should mention that I was not there – I was doing acupuncture in my clinic – but immediately started reading accounts from Facebook friends who were. The chronology of events is probably familiar to most so I will not repeat them in much detail. For those needing...

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The Battle to Save the Planet

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Blog 2015, Environmental Healing, Stories | Comments Off on The Battle to Save the Planet

The most important thing I did in the past month was   n o t h i n g   at all!  Doing nothing is actually quite a task. My wife, daughter and I attended a 3 day family meditation camp at Mountain Lamp Community in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. We spent a lot of time watching our breath and not much else. Our daughter had lots of kid activities with the occasional sprinkling of group mindfulness at the sounding of the bell. Reconnecting with my breath and intrinsic aliveness laid the spiritual foundation for other doings providing...

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Mountain Bones and Spirit – Bailey Range 2015

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Peace, Stories | Comments Off on Mountain Bones and Spirit – Bailey Range 2015

I set out on June 30, 2015, planning for a 5-6 day solo trip in the Bailey Range of Olympic National Park. I’ve already written a little bit about the preparations for the trip here. More good resources on planning can be found on (Barefoot) Jake Morrison’s extremely useful site – such as this article here,  and here. See also the Resources section at the end of this article. As with anything I do in life, I always try to establish a positive intention before any action, large or small, to bring benefit to other sentient...

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Daily Bread

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Nutrition | 2 comments

We are always departing, in each moment. Observe impermanence closely, for it leads to freedom. In a few days I’ll be setting out on a 5 to 6 day solo trip out on the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park. It’s been 25 years since I attempted anything close to a 65 mile hike through trackless terrain on dirt, rock, and snow, relying only on inner resources, and my two legs. About 8 years ago, a knee surgeon told me I had about 15 years left on my knees and to avoid weight bearing exercises.  I’m not ready for the easy chair...

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