Grasshopper Wisdom: Up and Forward

Posted on Sep 7, 2018

One morning in mid-August, our skies thick with wild-fire smoke, sitting inside over breakfast a  grasshopper appeared about 8 inches from my left hand. It was a few days before I headed out into the Olympics on a four day solo backpack.  ‘She’(maybe), the grasshopper, was amazingly vibrant green, like the first buds of spring or like the uniforms of our Downtown Ambassadors, the angels who daily fan out and, with care, remove...

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Meditation Retreat Sunday May 20th, 9:30am-4:30pm

Posted on May 4, 2018

When we pause, we give ourselves the space to really tune IN. We de-escalate our frenzied nervous systems, and reboot our view of this moment in our lives. It may be that your heart’s encumbered by the  state of our city, country, and world. It may be that you’re in transition with work, health or home. It may be that Spring’s energy means an increase in work or hectic play. In the midst of the season’s bursting, it...

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The Shelf Life of New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

We have crossed over the Spring Equinox. Why is this important? Well, despite best intentions, I find the expiration date for new year’s resolutions is about late January. By early February, we all succumb to the reality that it is very cold, very dark and very wet. We now have a lot more light in the sky, particularly in the evening. Even with the chill of these past days, this morning the wind’s edge is softer, warmer. The robins...

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Art Opening Thursday March 1st, 6-10pm

Posted on Feb 18, 2018

Art Opening in two weeks! Please come by for revelry to celebrate the show and the wrist healing!  I’ll have some light bites to offer. For those inclined, Miro has an excellent selection of tea and more substantial fare. I’ll slice up some of my painting discard pile into bookmarks for early arrivals. And hopefully the span of the evening (6-10pm) will allow for any who want to swing by to do so; my little friends with...

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2018 ~ Watercolor Show and Wrist Surgery…HUH?!

Posted on Jan 21, 2018

My seven year old nephew really wanted to know what ‘trick’ his auntie had been doing on the skateboard when I fell and severely broke my left arm the day before New Year’s (thankfully my non-dominant hand.) I humbly explained I was simply learning to balance; push, stop, push, stop. I was having a lot of fun. And then there was the next moment. I was informed this week, the wrist fracture is at the outer limits of worst I...

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Actually Feeling the Rain

Posted on Dec 13, 2017

Story time. In mid-November, the week after the last retreat downtown, I lead a day long meditation retreat out at the prison. (I’ll write about the context of my work out there at the footer). In a moderate sized classroom, we spent 12 hours alternating sitting and walking meditation on linoleum covered concrete. The prisoners divide roles and responsibilities: one man rings the bell, one the clappers for walking meditation, several...

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November 5th Meditation Retreat – Last of the Year

Posted on Oct 20, 2017

There are just four spots left in the Sunday November 5th Meditation Retreat. This is a precious opportunity to honor the season’s slowing down; a gesture of tuning and turning in.  Details about the retreat below. The day includes: Instructions and support appropriate to the experience level of individual’s participating Sitting meditation (periods 25 minutes long) and walking meditation (alternating) Simple, gentle movement...

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Meditation Class starts October 9th

Posted on Oct 4, 2017

Intro Meditation Class starts October 9th We all experience anger, fear, anxiety and confusion in response to things we can’t control. And, ultimately  we can influence what we do in that next breath with our body, speech and mind. With practice, we can slow things down, pause, gain more insight, expand our choices. And those choices influence our relationship to ourselves and all those around us. If you are interested to learn and...

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“A person is a person because of other people.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2017

We harm and heal each other. We are made and sculpted by our interactions together; not only those most intimate in our lives, also our co-workers, those we encounter on the bus, the street, at the grocery store, at the gas station. Every day, Seattle’s downtown core flutters with bright green-jacketed angels who clean our streets. Every cigarette butt and fallen leaf they sweep and cart away. I greet them and know quite a number by first...

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What Does it Mean to Be Fully ALIVE?!

Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Last week, in the span of 12 hours, I learned two acquaintances had died; one in her 50s from colon cancer, the other in his early 60s from a heart attack. I had just seen Mark in April. When I asked how he was, he replied, “My job is killing me.” He was a cardiac nurse dedicated to, and exhausted by, his work and the nature of our health care system. After collapsing in his garden, he was rushed to the hospital where his own team...

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Spring – Tentative and Bursting all at Once

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

I was away from the Pacific NW, actually out of the country, during the woeful 93 consecutive days of rain in 2007-08. Though I certainly heard a lot from friends and family while abroad. This winter has challenged people in a similar way; inviting all of us to dig deep inside and reach towards each other for vitality, fortitude and stamina as the buds have so tentatively emerged through the cold and damp. In my own circles and community,...

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