Environmental Healing

Mexico City Medical Outreach with Tzu Chi International Medical Association

My first mission with Tzu Chi was to Haiti in February 2010 after the great earthquake that took the lives of an estimated 300,000 or more people. I witnessed such incredible suffering, not merely due to the aftereffects of the earthquake, the many lives taken, the families tragically affected, but also due to the severe and long term poverty of the entire country affecting the region for centuries. Although my heart was filled with the joys of building global connections and offering service, I had many questions. After returning to my comfortable and privileged existence in the United...

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Systems Change

I leave for one week in Mexico City next week.  After having been licensed as an acupuncturist for 22 years,  the opportunity to serve so many and help them heal in body, mind and spirit, is an incredible honor and a sacred trust that is never easy to step away from. (Please see my previous blog post to read about My Nhung Kolb, LAC, who will be offering acupuncture at CommuniChi in my absence). Since 2005, I’ve been involved in global health volunteer work, responding to natural disasters and finding ways to build bridges that span the chasms of nation, race, religion, economics, and...

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A Day in the Enchantments

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Balanced Perspective

Thanksgiving 2018. A holiday founded on colonialism and genocide, repurposed to allow gratitude and connection – with family, community, and all life.  As I turn the compost pile in the front yard, a neighbor walks to her car beneath a sunny Seattle morning sky with double rainbows. “Happy Thanksgiving Jordan”.  Returning the perfunctory greeting, I am aware of the deep inner conflict and discomfort at any hint of celebration over a holiday which – for some – symbolizes the beginning of a centuries long European assault upon indigenous peoples in America, which...

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Sol Duc

  Any wilderness journey is a story of contrasts – low and high, water, rock and snow, challenges and rewards. With a sense of deep reverence for the great circle of life, the elemental forces flowing into each other, we began our journey with a trip to the seashore. An eagle drifted over head as we departed the beach for the Sol Duc trail-head, the first of many auspicious signs.                                                   Thank you little frog for...

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Respect the Earth: Don’t Cut Switchbacks!

The wooded trails of Mount Si are among the most heavily used in the entire state. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a treasure in the backyard of Seattle. I’ve climbed the old trail up Mount Si probably 40 times. Towards the top of the trail before it intersects with the standard route at the ridge line, there is a gentle switchback that has had an ugly cut through for as long as I can remember. Professional trail crews build switchbacks on trails for a couple of reasons. They help moderate the grade of the trail and make it more pleasant to climb. They are generally safer....

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