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Agate Pass Bridge Work: Delays Expected for 3 Weeks

If you haven’t already heard: Delays are expected for three weeks for Agate Pass Bridge work  : /

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says that drivers going across Agate Pass Bridge can expect delays in February as the bridge undergoes a deep cleaning.

agate pass bridge

Travel will be reduced to a single-lane, alternating traffic for 21 days between Feb. 9-28 while crews from WSDOT clean the bridge.

The bridge will be down to a single lane from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

traffic on highway 305

But there is a bright side to this inconvenience: an opportunity for Meditative Breathing.

driving meditation

BIOM will be sending out a step-by-step how-to for you to use to dissipate any frustration that arises when you find yourself waiting for the flow of traffic to resume … which it will!

You could even look at this bridge-cleaning and tune-up as a benefit, resulting in a safer bridge to drive on, and an incentive to create your own personal bridge for crossing over from frustration to calmness whenever necessary—as you continue your travels through life.

bridge to calmness

And being local drivers ourselves, we have a few ‘secret’ suggestions for navigating this inconvenience that we’ll share with you.

One thing is certain, by practicing Meditative Breathing on your way to BIOM, you may find yourself more relaxed upon arrival than usual, and in a position to get even better results from your treatment.

driving meditation

Please let us know if you have any questions or considerations.

driving meditation

And don’t worry about being late; we’re planning to smooth out any ‘scheduling’ issues with tea : )


Food Remedies for Colds and Flu

During those times when your immunity is low, and you feel cold- or flu-like symptoms, it’s time to take preventive action by enjoying one of these nourishing, natural home brews.

Learn more about preventing colds and flu.

Scallion Broth

This simple broth will help you sweat lightly, and is an excellent remedy for preventing and getting rid of colds:

  • Take one scallion, and chop it up.
  • Boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.)
  • Strain and flavor with tamari.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.
  • Scallion broth is the more effective of the two remedies, but if for some reason it doesn’t appeal to you, ginger tea is a good alternative

    Ginger Tea

    If scallion broth doesn’t suit your culinary fancy, try ginger tea:

  • Put a couple of slices of fresh ginger in one and one-half cups of water.
  • Boil for 5 to 10 minutes. (Time it based on how strong you like your ginger tea.)
  • Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping.
  • Add a little honey and lemon.
  • Sip it slowly, bundle up, then lie down, or go to sleep.

  • Winter Solstice ~ 2014

    Now Winter comes Slowly, Pale, Meager and Old
    First trembling with Age, and then quiv’ring with Cold;
    Benumb’d with hard Frosts, and with Snow cover’d o’er,
    Prays the Sun to Restore him, and Sings as before. ~ Thomas Betterton

    Winter Solstice

    December: the Energy of Forest and Garden low in the roots and receding. Days are short in the Northern Hemisphere. The air is cold: Maple and Alder bare; grey light replacing leaves—Cedar, Hemlock and Fir are Winter’s green. As we approach Winter Solstice.

    This darkest time of year is why we have the tradition of lighting things up for the Holidays … an innate celebration of the ‘rebirthing of the Light’ ...


    Winter is YIN

    Winter solitude ~
    in a world of one color
    the sound of wind ~ basho

    We live in a dualistic world: a world of day and night, summer and winter, joy and sorrow; all kinds of two-sides-of-the-coin relationships. In Nature our best examples are: Water and Cold; Dark and Stillness; Quiet and Receptiveness ... all of these ‘qualities’ are Yin.

    During the annual Cycle of Seasons, Yin begins at Summer Solstice, at the height of Summer’s robustness, and ends in what Paul Simon called, “deep, dark, December at Winter Solstice.


    Now is a good time to take a few long ... slow ... deep breaths then ‘feel’ how you feel. Then think about it: Do you have more energy in your mind and body now as compare to the end of June at Summer Solstice? At which point Aeosop’s story of old about The Ant and The Grasshopper may come to mind.

    The important thing to remember Health-WISE this time of year is : CONSERVE your energy—your Chi; by doing so you’ll INVEST in your HEALTH.

    To be in sync with the Yin way of doing things in Winter is to be in BALANCE, in HARMONY, with yourself and what’s going on around you.


    ... there’s a place inside
    deep dark untouched
    by random thoughts
    not that they don’t try to
    go there ...

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