The Real Wealth of Nations

Honor the work of women equally, especially regarding the most critical job of all, raising healthy children consciously. Adopt policies at all levels of society which value caring and caregiving, and which support human development, creativity and concern for future generations. Tie the development of technology to the ethics of caring. Exclude from economic measurements of productivity, those activities which harm people and nature and include essential non-market life-supporting activities.

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Journey to Kailash

In my dream that night, I am holding a vajra‚ the symbol of enlightenment. I drop it by accident into the mud, and then quickly retrieve it, dipping it into a nearby waterfall. Once again the vajra shines. Innate purity is revealed. I hear a whisper: “This vajra mind is indestructible.” Don’t believe in ordinary conceptions. Question them again and again. Understand gross sense perception as just that. And ever look towards that which dwells beyond, the deathless.

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Blood Building Soup

We’re always told to eat more greens. Dark and leafy, they are good for us: Eat more! Doing so for some recalls barely palatable memories of mushy spinach. Others balk at the idea of eating greens because they’re unsure of how to prepare them. Knowing how to cook these super nourishing veggies means the difference between actually eating them and wallowing in self-recrimination.

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To vaccinate or not?

Good medicine today uses all knowledge traditions as appropriate for the predisposition of the individual, respecting both the unique contexts and historical frameworks of the medicine, and the cultural predispositions of individuals. We are fortunate to live in a country which recognizes and upholds the value of such diversity and openness in today’s health care.

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Sustainable Here and Now

Sustainability starts here and now. Simple food. Pure water and air. Health care without drug side effects. Adequate rest. “Daddy, come to bed now, it’s story time.” My four year old is calling, reminding me that sustainability means turning off the computer no later than 9:00 p.m. and turning all positive intentions for the future into the fertile soil of a good night’s sleep.

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Young Maple – A story of blessings

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Acupuncture and Disaster Relief – Hurricane Katrina Journal

(First published on Feb. 27, 2007 – we continue to transfer blogs from our old server to our new server – enjoy our CommuniChi history!) Although Hurricane Katrina and the Great Flood of 2005 in New Orleans has long since dropped off the front pages of the media, the after effects of this disaster continue

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Community Healing Vibrations

We are all connected and although media and social conditioning often highlight our differences – skin color, age, size, ability, income, class, sexual preference, food choices, religion, and so on – these are like different colors of dye dissolved in water. It’s still water – wet, innately clear, the basis of all life.

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A Brief History of Community Acupuncture in America

Community Acupuncture began in China. Although the practice of acupuncture itself may be anywhere between three to five thousand years old, it’s unclear exactly when CA began.  CA in America probably existed in some form in immigrant communities over the past 100 years or so. But it was not until 1970 and the establishment of

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Chinese Medicine Demystified – or How Acupuncture can Change the World

If you open a current textbook on anatomy and physiology, you are unlikely to find any reference to “subtle energy”. The prevailing notion in western science continues to view the body as composed of discrete atoms and grosser parts which comprise systems inside of a glorified machine. This is beginning to change, fortunately. The Chinese

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