Michael Byrne, ND, MA
Psychotherapist, Naturopathic Physician
Seattle Healing Arts Center
6300 9th Ave. NE, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98115 [map]
(206) 428-2067

Creating Vitality Blog


How do we create lives that we love? What is vital to us? What is vital to you? What does it mean to be alive? In these posts I may ask more questions than anything else. Perhaps that is because for me, in part, life is about learning. What is life about for you? I am curious.

creating vitality blog


Who makes you laugh?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Heart, Spirit | 0 comments

Who makes you laugh?

I had a great discussion yesterday about humor. We all know what a great feeling it is to laugh. It’s wonderful to be around someone who can make us laugh. They bring lightness. They invite joy. To make others laugh is also a joy. I think I enjoy that even more – to bring pleasure to another person. Laughing and being silly is not just fun, it is healthy, whether we are appreciating or creating the humor. It releases chemicals that boost the immune system. It also combats anxiety and depression, inducing a sense of well-being. So...

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A Rite of Change

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Body, Mind, Spirit | 0 comments

A Rite of Change

I just opened a book, The Fruitful Darkness, by Joan Halifax. This is the passage I just read: When we sever ourselves from society in a rite of change, there is an invisible door that we pass through that has no words on the other side. On this side of the door, says Garcia Larco, “Our eyes remain on the surface, like water flowers behind which we hide / our trembling bodies floating in an unseen world.” It is this door to the depths that opens when we die. When we pass through this door, we always lose something. Something must...

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A New Park

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Body, Spirit | 1 comment

A New Park

I’ve been going for the best walks lately. Circles upon circles within circles. Around and around the Mapleleaf Reservoir, which was just recently “topped” with a big open park. Grass and trails now. It’s about a half-mile around, though there are offshoots from the paved path that can make it shorter or longer. It has become my new religion to walk around that park. Walking, reflecting, unwinding, realigning, settling, walking.  It can become a ceremony so easily. I think that’s what I like about it. I find myself feeling more present. The...

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Kicking it all off…

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Spirit | 0 comments

Kicking it all off…

I am so curious where this life will lead. I would never have been able to guess what my life would be like now 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 and 40 years ago. Helen Keller said, “Life is either a grand adventure, or nothing at all.” I agree. We are all on grand adventures; at least that is what I hope for you. These adventures don’t have to be about climbing mountains or sailing across the sea, in fact most of them are the internal adventures: trying to navigate our relationships, finding meaning in our work or daily...

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