Blog 2017

Merry Christmas and a Compassionate New Year

It has been four years now in CommuniChi’s current location on Mount Baker and 2017 was our best ever. I say “our” because to each one of you who came for acupuncture, I give thanks, not only for supporting my work, but for supporting your own path of healing.  We are all connected. Supporting each …

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Ten Thousand Leaves in Autumn –

Ten thousand leaves flutter in the breeze on the big maple tree out my window. Suddenly, the sun bursts forth, lighting them all aflame, changing my visual palette from a dull brownish yellow to a brilliant gold against a checkered blue and white sky. The raindrops on my head from ten minutes ago are still …

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Chair Peak Lake

I go to the mountains to renew my spirit, to sing to the forest creatures, to make prayers for the waters to flow purely, and for healing to bless this world. I left Seattle a little before 5am, arriving in the pitch black at the Snow Lake Trailhead/Alpental where I stashed my bicycle in the …

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Bailey Range 2017 – The Journey Home

“Wilderness is a state of mind”, as the saying goes. Nonetheless, there are places left on this planet where vast tracts of relatively untouched forests and mountains exist, and solitude is found in abundance. The Bailey Range in Olympic National Park is one such sanctuary of pristine beauty. The paths are often faint or non-existent, …

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Acupuncture Works

During my first acupuncture treatment, I remember feeling something quite profound. My body was alive, almost transparent, in a way, that I had never experienced before. I could feel the energy and soon, I would learn that I could work with my own energy through practices like meditation and Qi Gong. There is an understanding within many eastern medical and spiritual traditions that wherever you focus your mind, the energy will follow.

Kaleetan Peak II

After doing this hike less than two weeks ago, it’s uncommon beauty beckoned me to return with a friend. This hike isn’t for everyone. The trail to Melakwa Lake is where most people turn back, but if you are comfortable scrambling off trail in steep, varied terrain (rock, snow, bush), and love walking through high …

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Olallie Lake, Pratt Lake, Lower Tuscohatchie, Melakwa, Denny Creek Loop Hike

We arrived at the Denny Creek trailhead just before 6:00 a.m. and unloaded two bicycles. Though I meant to lock them to a tree, I closed the U-lock without actually looping both ends of the cable into the lock bar. Oops! We drove down to Pratt Lake trailhead, a few miles downriver, and were on …

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Kaleetan Peak

       

Granite Mountain June 25, 2017

I go to the mountains to remind myself of the beauty that is already within me. Saturday evening – I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m. I wake at 3:30 p.m. to answer the call of nature. Close enough. The light in the eastern sky calls me, and the promise of ascending in silence through …

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Citizen Diplomacy – Knowledge Exchange

We both agreed about the importance of smiling, not just with the mouth, but with the eyes, the windows of the spirit. That is where true healing begins and ends.

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