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Discern the Whisper

I have a certain mode of being that I think of as now-walking. It’s when I’m deeply in the unknown and just stepping through, moment to moment. This phase of being usually kicks in during crisis. “Bad news” unhinges me and my expectations about the world fall apart. I step into the moment because I don’t trust the future—and sometimes not even the past. Lately, though, the now-walking/not-knowing mode … Continue reading Discern the Whisper

Boil Water, Calm Wood

My father tells stories about following his father, Dr. Manuel Antonio Chamorro, around the Colombian countryside teaching people to boil their water. In his spirit, I’m going to write up the tools I teach people to improve their health without having to go to the doctor. The title of this post refers to a famous Zen saying, “Before enlightenment, carry water, chop wood. After enlightenment, … Continue reading Boil Water, Calm Wood

The Story of My Spine

When I was sixteen years old, my family physician noticed that my back was curved. A specialist later confirmed that I had scoliosis. Within a few years, the imbalance led to a devastating injury in my lower back that left me in chronic pain. I spent much of my twenties crying myself to sleep as the pain was worse at night. Since Western medicine couldn’t … Continue reading The Story of My Spine

Hot Wheels & Your Health

Cary has been playing with Hot Wheels at his friend’s house. He picks out a metal car and shoots it out a battery operated launcher. He’s always hoping for air, adjusting and re-adjusting the length and angle of the red plastic tracks connected to the launcher. While he plays, I ponder the connection between this Mattel toy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Why not? Both made … Continue reading Hot Wheels & Your Health