Two and a half weeks ago, I had a total knee replacement here in Hualien, Taiwan where I continue to recover day by day. I feel grateful in this moment for so many reasons: I’m still alive and life offers endless opportunity to learn and grow, to make a difference in the world, and to […]
Mind Body Medicine
Family support is a precious jewel. How am I so fortunate? When I developed a severe arthritis flare up in my left knee on January 2, I was sent home from the ER with a prescription for analgesics and a referral to Swedish Orthopedic Institute. The PA there looked at my x-rays and told me
Travel is many things. An opportunity to see oneself reflected in the mirror of another culture, immersed in the verbal ocean of another language; and an opportunity to be with loved ones. We live in a time of climate emergency, fueled by human caused carbon emissions which are due in no small part to jet
*I gave this talk on July 29, 2023, at an Interfaith Prayer Ceremony standing beneath Luma the Cedar, in Seattle, on traditional, unceded Coast Salish land of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshot, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, and Tulalip people. Good evening. My name is Jordan Van Voast, I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for around 30 years. I don’t
I heard about LUMA less than a week ago – an old growth cedar tree in North Seattle destined to be cut to the ground at the orders of a Bellevue based real estate development company, and approved by City of Seattle. What? In the hottest year on the planet in the last million years?
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Allergies Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine is always understood in the context of an inter-relationship between the external environment and the internal health of the person – body and mind. External factors like excess heat, dryness, damp, wind, cold, pollen, smoke, dust, chemicals in the environment and certain foods can become
This morning, a person suffering from Long Covid – an instance where the Coronavirus becomes deeply embedded in the individual’s body – presented with extreme anxiety. While acupuncture can definitely be effective in such situations, it is also true that for some individuals, needle stimulation can increase anxiety. So we decided instead to try a
The world never stops but we can at any time. I do every day – snatching a quiet reflective breath whenever I think of it, or perhaps 20 minutes before breakfast. But sometimes, it is good to take more time, to go deeper, to spend time with your loved ones so that relationships are fresh and alive and not running on AI.
I’ve been offering an online meditation course for the past several months on Saturday mornings. I first started meditating when I was 16 and have studied Buddhism for the past 30 years, primarily in the Tibetan tradition. My teachers, Venerable Thubten Chodron and Yangsi Rinpoche have both encouraged me to teach. I still consider myself
Gratitude to all teachers, friends, and acupuncture clients for being a part of my life. Gratitude to the land, and the indigenous tribes of the Salish Sea for their wisdom and guidance in the challenging times ahead. Gratitude to the air, water, earth, sun and spirit. I look forward to seeing and serving you in