CommuniChi Blog

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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Peace and War

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Blog 2015, Environmental Healing, Peace, seattle | Comments Off on Peace and War

Seattle. Waiting for the light to change. A person is sleeping over there, on angular rocks, in the midst of a concrete wasteland. His soft heart beating life being dashed against the jagged reefs of modern civilization. My mind races with the stop and go wheels of the mechanized existence all around me. What’s in the shopping cart? Random garbage for an improvised wind break? Or? The light changes and I am rolling, the jarring morning visual fading into my rear view mirror. I glance quickly out the window as I ascend the viaduct. Royal...

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The Hills are Alive with Chi

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog 2015 | Comments Off on The Hills are Alive with Chi

I’m an acupuncturist, but I hardly ever write about acupuncture any more.  I’ve written about it quite a bit already in my blog. It benefits most health conditions, including wellness. My clinic is dedicated to making acupuncture affordable for everyone. Welcome! It’s late spring in the Northwest and we are blessed with some of the most beautiful hiking in the world. Olympic National Park is, in the opinion of many world traveler friends I know, unequaled in terms of pristine wilderness on this planet. As a practitioner of...

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Mount Dickerman

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013 | Comments Off on Mount Dickerman

I left the parking lot at 5:50 a.m. and started up the endless switchbacks. Temperature in the mid to upper 40s under a heavy grey mist. One other car was in the lot when I arrived – when I signed the trail register, I realized they had camped out last night. There was no wind in the heavily wooded lower slopes – only the sound of creeks tumbling downhill, and the occasional bird song as the world woke up. About 8:30 a.m., I broke through the mist and was blown away by the amazing views of nearby peaks. 9:35 a.m. At the top. The...

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A Zen Pilgrimage to South Korea

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Blog 2015 | 1 comment

The Backstory. I left Seattle for India in 1999, half imagining that soon I would be living in a cave eating nettles in a mystical and  hidden region of the Himalayan mountains close to the snow line. Instead, within nine months I was married to Upel and my Tibetan lama repeated his advice that it was probably time to return to the U.S. and put into practice whatever Dharma I had learned. It’s far more difficult and and at a certain point, more spiritually meaningful, to practice patience, compassion and contemplate interdependence...

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High Divide

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Blog: 2013 | Comments Off on High Divide

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14, King James Bible After acupuncture, new patients often ask about energy medicine and how everything works: “Why am I more aware of the sensation in my toes?” Two things are going on here. One relates to the body, the second relates to the mind. First, the acupuncture circulates the chi – the life energy – throughout the body, bringing renewed vitality to areas where the energy has not flowed as freely in the past. Second,...

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Black Dirt and Worms, Murderers and Saints

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog 2015, Blog: 2013, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories | Comments Off on Black Dirt and Worms, Murderers and Saints

On this, the third day of spring, the black dirt is rich with decay, fat worms wriggling in abundance. I minimize probing with the steel blade, not wishing to harm soft bellied friends ripening detritus and aerating the beds which I hope will yield food for my family’s table. Bending close to the ground, I witness the vigorous activity now emerging from winter’s darkness. Tapping seeds one by one gently from the envelope, I pause to remember internal cultivation in the infinite fields of the mind: May all beings pull the...

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A Fearless Heart, An Evening with Geshe Thupten Jinpa in Seattle, May 13

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Blog 2015, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, seattle | Comments Off on A Fearless Heart, An Evening with Geshe Thupten Jinpa in Seattle, May 13

In the 1972 film, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Franco Zeffirelli‘s adaptation of the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, one particular scene beautifully portrays the wide range of emotions – from fear and shame to courage and joy, surrounding our innate instinct to act with a deep sense of compassion: Francesco has been dragged by his father before the local bishop to arbitrate in a family dispute after he tossed expensive clothing from his father’s shop out the window in an act of worldly renunciation. His father, blinded by...

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Children and Cyber-Technology

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Blog 2015, Mind Body Medicine | 2 comments

Recently, I attended a lecture on media-cyber education for children at a brand new high school facility. With my daughter in the 6th grade, I was interested both from a broader educational perspective, as well as to tour the high school as a possibility for my daughter’s future. The hostess greeted me at the door and, somewhat to my surprise and secret delight, invited me to wander about the building – alone. I walked down a long corridor and into a darkened room and then, on a sudden impulse, I pulled out my electrosmog meter...

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Peace, Love, Light

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog 2014, Community Acupuncture | Comments Off on Peace, Love, Light

Light is returning. Morning rays of sun illuminate the room, and my heart, reminding me of the great cycles of nature: Light and darkness. Truth and ignorance. Love and oppression. Everything moves in circles. Big circles encompassing the vastness of space and time. Small circles in our daily lives and the awareness of our breath in a single moment. 2014 is about to disappear forever.  What do we wish to take with us? Leave behind? At CommuniChi, I offer thanks to all the people (and a few dogs) who visited me in my new location for...

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