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Wi-Fi in Schools and Homes; Is it Safe?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog 2014, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Wi-Fi in Schools and Homes; Is it Safe?

Wi-Fi is an acronym which stands for local area wireless technology.  Wi-Fi allows an electronic device such as a laptop computer, tablet, e-reader, cell phone, TV, blue ray player, etc. to exchange data or connect to the internet using 2.4 GHz UHF (ultra-high frequency) and 5 GHz SHF (super-high frequency) radio waves. GHz stands for gigahertz, a unit of electromagnetic radiation corresponding to one billion cycles per second. The human body functions on many different frequencies. EEG measurements of brain waves are generally in the range...

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Surprise Mountain

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Blog 2014, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Stories | 1 comment

Namo Lokeshvaraye! You see that all things are beyond coming and going, Yet still you strive solely for the sake of living beings – To you, my precious guru inseparable from Lord Avalokita, I offer perpetual homage, respectfully, with body, speech and mind.   –  Gyalse Tokme Zangpo                                          Heading up to the Cascade Crest on Surprise Lake trail. I left the car at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon on my annual solo wilderness journey. I do not lightly make the decision to venture alone into the...

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Fire & Ice – Responding with Wisdom to Climate Change

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog 2014, Environmental Healing, Fukushima, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Sustainability | 1 comment

A few nights ago, in a dream, as I was sitting at the controls of a wide body jet, holding the steering yoke, when I suddenly noticed that we were losing altitude and with a sense of alarm, saw the ground approaching quickly. I pulled back on the controls in an attempt to climb. Nothing, a crash seemed imminent. I asked my co-pilot for guidance and he instructed me to turn on the thrusters, so I did. Problem solved. “If it can be solved, there’s no need to worry. And if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.”         ...

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Smart Grid? or Smart Deception? Breaking the Bubble of False Dreams and Denial

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog: 2013 | 1 comment

My eleven year left for the first day of school an hour ago. She was well rested and waiting eagerly for the carpool ten minutes before it arrived. Maybe she’s more interested in seeing her friends again than exploring new frontiers in learning? It is ever difficult to probe the minds of others and assume you know what they are thinking. Beginner’s mind is a rare and precious commodity in the auto-pilot mindset that often dominates our lives in this day and age. As an acupuncturist, I am afforded a clear vantage point on the pressures that...

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Beyond the “Smart” Grid – Letting Go of Fantasies, Embracing the Sun

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog 2014, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | Comments Off on Beyond the “Smart” Grid – Letting Go of Fantasies, Embracing the Sun

In the film Take Back Your Power, President Obama, speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board uttered these words: “Under my plan for a “cap and trade” system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” For six years, conservative politicians have pilloried Mr. Obama for that statement while accepting millions from the Koch Brothers and their climate denial machine, pretending to be advocates for the common man. Climate warming is very real – no argument there. So what’s the clip doing here, in a film which sets out to...

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Stuart Lake

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Blog 2014, Stories | Comments Off on Stuart Lake

After diving deep into a new book “An Electronic Silent Spring”, I was especially eager to escape the electro-smog of urban existence. Having scored a precious permit for two nights and three days in the Stuart Lake region of the Enchantments, my only concern as the date drew near remained the epic fires in Eastern Washington – the nearest a mere six miles from the Enchantments. The Leavenworth Ranger station assured me the smoke would only be a problem if the wind blew out of the northeast (unlikely), and that proved to be...

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Waves on the Horizon-“Smart Meters” and You

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog 2014, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | 2 comments

In 2002, after living in India for two years, I returned to Seattle with my wife, ready to begin the next chapter of life. With our first child on the way, I needed a steady job. It was time to get got serious about my acupuncture career. In searching for a location to open a clinic, I was on the road often, sleeping at the homes of friends and in motels, so it seemed logical to purchase my first cell phone. I remember feeling a sense of power and prestige as my mind’s self-image vainly compared itself to media images of business executives...

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Safe, Non-Spying Utility Meters in Seattle

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog 2014, Environmental Healing, seattle | Comments Off on Safe, Non-Spying Utility Meters in Seattle

In an earlier existence, some decades ago, my friends and I were fond of a popular slogan from yuppie culture – “whoever dies with the most toys wins”.  Although the religion of self-centered fulfillment and anthropocentric arrogance will never by itself lead to spiritual awakening or lasting happiness, there is a kernel of truth here worth exploring. Everyone dies. The hourglass of this life is quickly emptying, like a river rushing towards the sea, a candle flame burning out. In searching for a happiness and deep existential meaning...

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Deception Creek June 15,2014

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Blog 2014, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Deception Creek June 15,2014

After sleeping at the end of another obscure forest service road, bird songs began mixing with deep REM sleep sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Another crescendo of rain drops played on the roof of our space vehicle, gradually giving way to mountain mist and roaring creek waters at 3000 feet, deep in the womb of Mother Nature. We started up Deception Creek trail at 820am. Trip report: The heavens intermittently misted, drenched and warmed us over the course of the next six hours in our round trip to Three Mile Camp. Only one small...

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West Fork Foss River – Copper Lake

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Blog: 2013, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on West Fork Foss River – Copper Lake

8:45 a.m. Only one other car in the parking lot. Aggressive mosquitoes motivated us to load the packs and start hiking quickly. The weather forecast was for rain in the afternoon so we had dressed warmly and carried rain gear. Beautiful river valley and gentle ascent to Trout Lake on a well maintained trail and a very new bridge across the West Fork of the Foss River.  Thank you trail maintenance divas.  Passed the largest tree I have ever seen in the Cascades. Ascending up towards the waterfall, we ran into a little snow in patches and then...

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