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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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Journey to Hope Lake

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Blog 2014, Mind Body Medicine, seattle, Stories | Comments Off on Journey to Hope Lake

Your Own Private Cell. It had been two or three weeks since my last escape from the city. We scurry along like rats in a maze, running on our never ending treadmills, tapping at some existential lever, hopeful for our reward of sugar water – or so it sometimes seems. Where is the true meaning in life? Nature is certainly a wonderful listening laboratory to better fathom the answer to that all important question, but it was not my only reason for escaping Seattle. With my daughter on a birthday sleep over, a little quality time with my wife...

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Seattle City Council to vote on Smart Meters June 30.

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Blog 2014, Blog: 2013 | Comments Off on Seattle City Council to vote on Smart Meters June 30.

Dear Councilmembers Kshama Sawant, Mike O’Brien, and Sally Clark, and other esteemed City Officials, Thank you for listening to public concerns about City Light’s smart meter program (AMI) and particularly for your statements (Kshama and Mike), affirming the wisdom of applying the precautionary principle (PP) in regards to this new and untested technology. If you are truly sincere regarding upholding the PP, it would seem the Council’s upcoming vote on June 23rd would necessitate imposing some sort of moratorium until a more transparent and...

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Racial Equity and Diversity Awareness

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Blog: 2013, Mind Body Medicine, Race | 2 comments

On a beautiful sunny Sunday in Seattle, I joined about 17 other parents of Bright Water School, to participate in a diversity and racial equity awareness workshop led by consultants Lara Davis and Diana Falchuk. Although diversity awareness accompanies more than race, race is often used as a focal point to acknowledge that racial inequity in American society is a foundational understanding that intersects all forms of diversity awareness. We could have been hiking, gardening, reading novels, relaxing, or otherwise engaged in a diverse menu of...

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This Is Your Brain on Smart Meters

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Blog 2014, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | Comments Off on This Is Your Brain on Smart Meters

Today, I was struck by several pages of a book discussing our ways of perceiving the world in modern life. Perception – according to one school of modern psychology – can be broadly divided into two categories – utilitarian, and appreciative. In the former, which phenomenological psychology holds that alarmingly, much of modern cognitive life resides, humans view the world as a means to an end: “The world becomes a gigantic gasoline station, an energy source for modern technology and industry. The relation of man to...

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Boulder River Wilderness

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog 2014, Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine | 1 comment

Prologue. Earth Day 2014. Dr. Bill Wulsin and I left Seattle intent on following up on our acupuncture response efforts at the Oso Fire Station which we had coordinated since the epic disaster of March 22, 2014. (My previous blog post regarding the utility of acupuncture at alleviating traumatic stress and bringing hope to the world can be found here.) In the corner of our minds, each of us entertained the fantasy of offering an acupuncture treatment to President Obama on his visit to Oso. With the many global conflicts, economic challenges,...

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Lessons from Oso

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog 2014, Community Acupuncture | Comments Off on Lessons from Oso

It is difficult to write about a disaster so close to home, and almost impossible to remain objective.  Everyone touched by a disaster, including responders, are to varying degrees, psychologically traumatized.  Even people remote from the scene can be affected.  On the eve of 9/11, I had just arrived in Lhasa after a 30 hour bus ride and had not been in contact with the outside world. That evening I experienced disturbing nightmares involving a plane crash. The mind is a non-localized phenomenon. Spiritually, we are never remote from...

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Light and Shadow – Fukushima Three Year Anniversary Reflections

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Blog 2014, Fukushima, Peace, seattle, Sustainability | 8 comments

March 11, 2014. I am standing on the sidewalk in the shadow of a skyscraper outside the Japanese Consulate in downtown Seattle on a beautiful sunny day, exactly three years after the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. “Good afternoon sir, would you like to learn more about Fukushima?” I extend my arm in a posture conveying energy, friendliness, and openness. My hand holds a flyer with health information regarding the hazards of nuclear radiation, news resources, as well as...

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The Fallacy of Charging What You are Worth

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog 2014, Community Acupuncture | 1 comment

One of the mantras of small business capitalism is “charge what you are worth”. My colleagues in the community acupuncture revolution take a different view of reality. Yesterday, an old client of CommuniChi called and said he was bringing a friend to come in for a first treatment. He encouraged me to charge his friend $100 for the treatment in order to glamorize my acupuncture services and counter any impression of cheapness or inferiority that my “$20 to $40 sliding scale” might convey. I laughed. This month marks my...

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In Gratitude for Traditional Midwives

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog 2014 | 2 comments

About ten years ago, when my dear wife was about 8 months pregnant, we found out that our daughter (we didn’t know the sex until birth) was in the breach position and despite efforts to flip her using acupuncture, moxibustion, Mozart CDs played close to the birth canal, lying on a tilted board, and doing underwater back flips in a hot tub (Upel doesn’t know how to swim so we didn’t get very far with this one) – our little Pema was stubbornly keeping her head next to mama’s beating heart. Our options were running...

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