Community Acupuncture

CommuniChi Update June 10, 2020

Dear Friends, Thank you for your patience as I work to reopen the clinic, taking care to balance public safety with the health and wellness needs of the community. Acupuncture and natural medicine are powerful tools for living in balance, free from disease.  Now more than ever, we need to come together and support one another, to recognize how we are all interconnected and find a path that supports all life on the planet. July 1st reopening. Safety for everyone is my first priority. l plan to reopen the clinic on Wednesday, July 1st. Although there is much enthusiasm and political pressure...

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CommuniChi Update May 6, 2020

One of my Buddhist teachers often quoted Voltaire: “Doubt is uncomfortable, but certainty is absurd”. Whether one is seeking an answer to the question of the presence of a supreme being or what the next moment will bring, in the end, different people will always come up with different answers. Accepting that reality brings great inner peace. My practice – when I remember – is to let go into the present moment and not contend with conflicting views or the unknowability of reality in conceptual terms. Of course, choices in life are often necessary, requiring an individual to take a...

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CommuniChi Update – April 27, 2020

Dear Patrons and Friends, I hope this finds you joyful and at ease, remembering to breathe as you navigate whatever challenges the world lays at your feet. I miss seeing you all! Healing is a two way relationship. Engaging in service, helping others, dissolves the sense of separation between oneself and all life. It is the best medicine of all.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, “If you want to be happy, help others.” Meditation can lead to that same awareness of freedom, but it’s more fun when you can invite others into that spaciousness. More online meditation...

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COVID Diary – The Polar Bear Express

We take our mind with us everywhere, even to bed. Last week, I dreamed that the sky was lit up with an other-worldly glow; a comet was passing Earth inside the moon’s orbit but almost motionless under the strange laws of dream consciousness. There was a sense of both apocalyptic world ending panic and transcendent beauty. I felt my breath, my feet on the Earth, and my connection with all creatures. We are timeless beings swimming through the illusory nature of materiality.  In our dreams and quiet moments, we know these truths and can act with fearless imagination.  The dream continued...

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Building A Better World Starts Here and Now

In my last blog, I shared my experience of being abruptly pulled out of a silent retreat by COVID-19. I had intended to remain in silence for a month. Nonetheless, I felt fortunate to have participated in 12 days of rigorous spiritual exploration. Having been home for nearly a month and not having held an acupuncture needle in my hands once since late February, I realize that in some ways the retreat never ended. Our world stands at a crossroads of unprecedented significance. Modern technological society has conditioned us to be uncomfortable living in uncertainty. We long to return back to...

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Telehealth Consultations and Community Meditation with Jordan Van Voast, L.Ac.

Dear Friends, I hope this finds you healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Although the acupuncture clinic is closed due to COVID-19, I am still here to support you and this community and am excited to offer new opportunities for optimizing your health during this challenging time. While I am unable to offer acupuncture at this time, East Asian medicine encompasses a much vaster universe of modalities than poking people with needles. I am now open for telehealth visits, offering health and lifestyle suggestions using the principles of Chinese medicine and nutrition, as well as guided meditation...

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