Lessons from the Mountains IV ~ Interpersonal Health

Posted on Dec 28, 2018

In this tradition of medicine, the physical and emotional body are not separate. You know this, have your own experiences; the nervous stomach, the stress induced migraine. We know the intensity in our country, world and lives shows up in our bodies, our hearts, our sleep, our eating and exercise, our physical pain and distress, our skills communicating and collaborating together. And I feel a lot of gratitude that in my work with patients I...

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Meditation Retreat Sunday October 7th

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Autumn is a wonderful time of turning in. After summer’s frenzy, our orientation naturally moves inside with less light and a chill at the edges of the day. When we pause, we de-escalate our frenzied nervous systems, and reboot our view of this moment in our lives. In pausing, we breathe space into our hearts which may be encumbered by the  state of our city, country, and world. We breathe space into our the challenges in our own...

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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 every leaf...

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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 early bed...

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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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