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“A truly compassionate person touches a chord in us that resonates with some of our deepest yearnings. People flock to such individuals, because they seem to offer a haven of peace in a violent, angry world. This is the ideal to which we aspire, and it is not beyond our capacity. But even if we achieve only a fraction of this enlightenment and leave the world marginally better because we have lived in it, our lives will have been worthwhile.” Karen Armstrong

In my view, this is what life is all about, and it IS an achievable goal for all of us. This compassion must include ourselves, if we are to be able to openly offer it to others. One way of treating yourself with compassion is daily self-care, whether that is through meditation, mindfulness, energy healing, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, or a gratitude practice.

There are several self-care energy healing techniques in this website, 3 of which include instructional videos. Practice self-compassion by trying one or more of these.

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Another Month in Nepal

Another month in Nepal


From December 27, 2016 – January 26, 2017, I was again in Nepal, this time teaching a few energy   therapy self-care classes, visiting my Nepali friends and Healing Touch students. The above photos are from such a class that I taught at the Young Men’s Buddhist Association (YMBA) of Lalitpur, Nepal. 


While there, I also had the deeply spiritual experience of attending a 10-day mindfulness retreat at the lovely, serene Kopan Monastery, on a hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.


This was followed by a 4 day visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of  the Gautam Buddha, just north of the border with India. Along with seeing the actual site of his birth (in the 600’s BCE), I was able to visit the numerous temples, stupas and monasteries scattered over the 30 sq. Km. Lumbini Development Zone. These were erected with funds from Buddhists in many different countries, and are built in the style of those countries. Fascinating and deeply moving. Here are a few photos of my favorites:



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New FREE Self-Care Kit

Energy Magazine, the free online journal of the Healing Touch Program has a new Self-Care Kit available for download FREE. It’s has lots of ideas on things to do for yourself, is a great way to track how you are doing on Self-Care, and encourage you in this.

Here’s the link:

Check it out!