“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Saturday, March 30, 2013

worth the effort

this video presentation reminded me of church but in a short while I was so interested I got over the discomfort and just paid attention and enjoyed it. The title will speak to many: "How To Control The Matrix"
the presenter is again Gregg Braden. Check it out, take the time and jump on this:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

gregg braden - the power of visualization

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg4IY7XAdZU in another video this fellow explains how life is holographic and thus why:

your beliefs become your thoughts
your thoughts become your words
your words become your actions
your actions become your habits
your habits become your values
your values become your destiny
~Mahatma Gandhi

and how the Ripple Effect works

Sunday, March 24, 2013

back from the desert

views from the main drag thru the park. Was quite crowded actually, near spring break etc.

Farmer's market was cool, literally, Susan and Deedee took care of everything, I helped set up and take down, Susan used her phone to sell one of the palm paintings to a friend of theirs in Hawaii so that is where the sea turtle is going, nice huh?

We enjoyed a visit to the Cactus Wren used book store, my favorite stacks where I found the Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison. OH My! reading fiction! never mind...interesting reading about Tibet since the Chinese invasion, who knows how accurate?nevertheless, a good read, and recommended by the Fundamentals of Oriental Medicine Prof.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

studio here

first quarter is over! I made tags for the palm paintings today and will have them at the Farmer's Market in Joshua Tree on Saturday. Now I have to take Patience here for a walk.

couple new paintings

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Escape Fire

I have not seen the video described below but it is regarded as highly important by Emperor's College admin for the future of healthcare in America. Check it out, don't get bummed out, it's ok, we are going to be ok. Look at TED for hope and happiness.
Escape Fire: Re-Broadcast this weekend on CNN:
The award-winning Sundance documentary ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, directed by Matthew Heineman and Oscar-Nominee Susan Froemke, tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: what can be done to save our broken medical system? ESCAPE FIRE will be broadcast on Saturday, March 16th at 8pm & 11pm ET on CNN.
ESCAPE FIRE features the problems of healthcare providers from all sectors, including primary care physicians such as Oregon's Dr. Erin Martin, who struggles with limited time for patients and too little reimbursement, as well as leaders in medicine and healthcare, such as Dr. Donald Berwick, former Administrator of Medicare/Medicaid.
Please visit 
the official film site to learn more about the film, the movement, and the broadcast. Remember, if you missed the broadcast but still would like to view the film and complete the assessment for CME credits, you can watch it on DVD or download the film from iTunesAmazon.com, or a number of other digital providers.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Reflection on Practice

It is often just a small twist of perspective that is needed to restore sweetness in life. That small twist is of course more effective if there is habitual practice to return to, and that's Dhamma.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


”If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ah what a beautiful quote. This is the idea behind moving Qi, and meditation and mindfulness and everything and anything.  We mustn't make ourselves do things, instead we must let them happen, we must take delight in the little things, the simple pleasures of life. Then we must appreciate the movement of Qi and the harmony of all the world. When we appreciate the harmony we are amplifiers and resonators and healing spreads and soothes and causes delight. Take hope with me, there is such wonder here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hope for the future on TED

Here is a scientist and an animal lover who caused the murder of thousands of elephants, as sentient as any similar group of human beings in my belief, Because of that (I can only imagine the horrendous shame and agony) he is motivated to devote his life to restoring the balance.


I have been wondering how to apply traditional chinese medicine to the earth's condition - and here it is. A deficiency of Yin, exhibited by loss of biomass and dryness, leading to a relative excess of Yang exhibited by heat in the most simple terms.We can do this, this is the outward manifestation of our inward change. Thinking about it, having conversations about it, using the grassroots media to talk about it will bring it into being. We move like the seas of grass that will again cover the prairies of the world.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chinese Medicine Blues

it's an uphill climb, but the air at the top is sublime
here is a link to a great video of bluegrass grassroots creative response to obstruction to care:
check it out!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

the couple that saved the fawn in Indiana?

Does anyone else remember hearing about the cop and his wife that saved the fawn after its mother died?
They were possibly going to be fined $60K and even sentenced to prison?
I got this response from the gov of Indiana's office:

"Thank you for taking the time to contact the office of Governor Mike Pence.  He has shared your e-mail with me and asked that I respond on his behalf. I appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns.
'While the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) appreciates the public sentiment surrounding this case, the Department has requested the charges be dismissed "given the time that has elapsed, the costs associated with the prosecution, and the apparent absence of any immediate harm from this single incident.'
For more information on what to do if you encounter an injured or orphaned wildlife, please visit the DNR website http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5492.htm
Again, thank you for writing, and thank you for your active citizenship."

So hurraay! evil averted for the time being, it is a constant struggle, keep it up.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


walking Hiro yesterday evening the hummingbird moths were attending the jasmine, so tiny and attentive, so alien and so native, what an amazing place this planet is...

hearing Bryan Stevenson and Amanda Palmer on TED talks reveals how varied is privilege and understanding...

                   and a quote for today: Are we using our imaginations to create problems or to solve them?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Learning Garden

Have been having a great time weeding and watering at the Learning Garden. The traditional chinese herbal section takes up about a quarter perhaps, lots and lots of herbs, there is a general garden master - Dave, and the herbal master Ingrid. What a great place.

Here is my current dream: to create TCM herb gardens around the country for learning and for use, in monasteries and community gardens and intentional communities, to travel around planting and harvesting, making tinctures and teaching and giving acu-moxa treatments in return for supportive welcome as part of the community. Hmm? sound like a relationship that a community you know of might consider?