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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Obscure Forms of Light

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

Just now, I find myself craning toward evidence of light. I find it in our slowly lengthening days. I feel it in individual interactions; the simplest human interchange with a patient who encounters relief or the smile on the face of someone cleaning our streets when I acknowledge his or her work and care. I hear it in the voice of an acquaintance practicing law who’s found renewed dedication, since early November, conviction in her work...

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Right Here is the Place of Practice

Posted on Nov 9, 2016

On Sunday, November 6th, I led a day long Meditation retreat in the Medical Dental Building Conference room, comfortably full with a dozen participants. I shared a reading to guide intention for the day. I believe the passage offers wise insight accessible regardless of religious persuasion, particularly on this confounding day in US history. ____ A monk recalled, I remember once I was leaving just as  Vimalakirti* was just entering the city, I...

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Auto-Immune and Acupuncture

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine are amazing in resolving symptoms and altering the course of illness. In auto-immune conditions, when the body is ‘attacking’ itself, treatment necessitates a broader, deeper conversation. I’ve shared dialogue recently with some colleagues on the subject, and felt inspired for them, and you, to distill my approach to care. I’ve tried to be succinct, naming four facets worthwhile considering. Evidently, how...

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Lessons from Water

Posted on Sep 14, 2016

Port William, Sequim Bay, WA. Lessons from Water Summers are often filled with mountain time for me. While I did get in some beautiful hikes this summer, outside of full clinic, I spent plenty of regular play on a paddle board on our beloved Sound. Lessons from the Mountains can be found in these previous posts. Here, I’ll offer some learnings from the water I believe apply to health and life. Come home to your center. A healthy balance...

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The Wending Path We Plot Together

Posted on Jul 11, 2016

There’s an intensity to summer. This year the sun charged into April and May like a horse out of the gate. While not the first hot Spring we’ve had in recent years, it was a bit disorienting. Being swept up in the scattered revelry of summer has its own vitality. I  chose to step away from clinic mid-June for a week of Zen training at Hokyoji temple inMinnesota. There, temperatures wavered 30 or more degrees in a single day. Heat in...

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Meditation Class begins March 23rd

Posted on Feb 26, 2016

“I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be in my life.” (Half Day Meditation Retreat participant Carole S.) How many of us feel this way in any given moment? Open to things just as they are? The woman who offered this feedback has difficulties and challenges like all of us. And, in recent months and during the retreat, she’s been cultivating a different tool bag, the ability to greet her life openly, with...

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What’s in your Canoe?

Posted on Jan 20, 2016

As we launch into this new year, it can be good to pause and evaluate your supplies. What might 2016 hold for you? Are you prepared? Support takes so many forms. Before hopping in your canoe, consider a good traveling companion. A knowledgeable guide. A skillful trainer. Support to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally for the journey ahead. Do you feel you have adequate support just now? If not, do you have a sense of where the...

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One Candle, One Breath

Posted on Dec 18, 2015

We’re in the final stretch of longest nights. True, the sodden darkness will continue for some months. And YET, as of Monday December 21st at 8:29pm PST, the sun will begin slowly leaning north. And sometime, perhaps about early February, we might actually begin to notice the lengthening, the leaning, the light. Lighting a candle is such a simple act. And yet the humble gesture holds almost healing intimacy; in an instant warmth,...

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Got a Cold? Trying to Avoid it? ~ Tips and Home Remedies

Posted on Oct 23, 2015

Here I’ve assembled a treasure trove of home remedies. Some have nothing to do with East Asian medicine, or at least, I didn’t learn them during my studies, but they work. So, I’ll offer up the whole smorgasbord. I won’t take the time to variously attribute all gems in the list from modern medicine, to Chinese Medicine ancestor Zhang Zhong Jing (张仲景), to my own dear brother.  No sauntering life musings in this issue. If...

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Immediacy and Your Line of Sight

Posted on Sep 25, 2015

Lessons from the Mountains III We all have our ways to replenish and restore; to bring balance to our health, our relationships, our work, our lives. For me, summer is time in the mountains. The mountains are a great teacher, as I’ve shared in the past (Lessons from the Mountains). Here, I’ll offer reflections from this summer’s adventures. In mid August, I ventured into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness to climb Mount Hinman, named...

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