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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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...

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Auto-Immune and Acupuncture

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

Acupuncture and Chinese 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 of treatment. Evidently, how these...

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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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