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CommuniChi Update May 6, 2020

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Blog 2020, Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, COVID-19 | Comments Off on 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...

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CommuniChi Update – April 27, 2020

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Blog 2020, Community Acupuncture, COVID-19 | Comments Off on 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...

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COVID Diary – The Polar Bear Express

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020 in Community Acupuncture, COVID-19, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories | 3 comments

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...

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Building A Better World Starts Here and Now

Posted by on Apr 7, 2020 in Blog 2020, Community Acupuncture, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace | 2 comments

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...

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

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Blog: 2013, Community Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | Comments Off on 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...

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Healing Ourselves, Our World, during COVID-19

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Blog 2020, Community Acupuncture, Environmental Healing, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, seattle | 2 comments

Dear CommuniChi patrons and friends, We are living through an unprecedented time of uncertainty. Although CommuniChi has closed its doors until the COVID-19 public health emergency is over, I send prayers for your well being and offer these reflections for your physical/emotional health, and spiritual nourishment. And I invite your questions and concerns if I may be of any assistance via email or phone. First the basics in brief, and apologies if this is repetitious for most, but we can’t emphasize it enough. The coronavirus is highly...

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Healthy Perspectives in Difficult Times

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Blog: 2013 | Comments Off on Healthy Perspectives in Difficult Times

Welcome to the last day of winter. The dandelions and crocuses and the Seattle sunshine are out! For most of us, our lives have been upended like never before in the past week. Fear and anxiety are rampant in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, we need to fastidiously wash our hands, maintain physical (not social!) distancing measures, and stay tuned to reliable medical information.  However, be vigilant and guard your mind against panic. Fear is a toxic emotion and needs to be recognized or it infects your mind and others in your...

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Enhanced Public Health Protocols at CommuniChi

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Blog 2020, Latest News, Mind Body Medicine, seattle | Comments Off on Enhanced Public Health Protocols at CommuniChi

3.15.20 – UPDATE – COMMUNICHI CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – will reassess in 2 weeks. Stay safe everyone. Minimize non-essential contact. Dear Friends and Patrons of CommuniChi, In this time of unprecedented public health challenge due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, acupuncture can be of great benefit in boosting the immune system and thereby protecting oneself from disease, reducing anxiety and fear, and enhancing an overall sense of well being. These are important benefits for oneself, one’s family and...

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Coronavirus Update 2.25.20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Blog 2020, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update 2.25.20

The best disease prevention strategy is always education, practicing basic hygiene, and creating good karma! Regarding education, please see the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s website for basic information on the coronavirus. Educate Yourself. – As of February 25, 2020, the risk in the U.S. for contracting the virus is considered low according to the CDC. However, there has been criticism of the current administration’s funding cuts to medical response readiness. Visit this CDC page to check the current situation. Good...

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The Art of Henry Van Voast

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Blog 2020, Henry | 1 comment

        Respect, love, and appreciation for my older brother Henry who has been a visual artist for most of his life. His paintings – mainly oil on canvas – can be found in Seattle area hospitals and non-profit agencies. These pieces here are his more recent works and are all available for purchase. Click on any thumbnail to see full size image. Inquire for exact size – most are relatively large – approximately 60″ X 90″, or in that range. Just leave a comment, or send me an email:...

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