About Empathy

By Celia Coates Recently, “empathy” has often been in the news. In the January 19th Washington Post, Katherine Ellison wrote, “… scientists churn out volumes of work on the subject, with more than 2,000 scientific papers published in 2019 alone. For all its popularity, empathy isn’t nearly as simple as so many blogs and books…

Still the Mind, Fill the Heart

By Brian Luke Seaward You must remain very still to get a hummingbird to perch on your hand as you hold a small bowl of sweet nectar in your palm. The slightest movement signals these tiny birds that it is not safe to land, let alone feed. Last summer I taught my wife’s grandson how…

“We Are All Connected”?

By Celia Coates This week in America, when we are more openly and ferociously divided than we have been in many decades, the idea that “we are all connected” can seem ridiculous. Still, it is an idea that goes back 3000 years or more to the earliest Vedic teachings in India and can be found…

Giving and Getting

By Celia Coates   Many years ago, when I was young and had not been going to school in America for very long, I was surprised that after the Christmas vacation the question that kids asked each other was, “What did you get?” I didn’t really know what to answer. There had been nuts and…

Winners and Losers

By Celia Coates Of course the fierce competition to decide who the political winner and loser would be has grabbed our national attention this week, but this post is not about the 2020 Election, or at least, not directly. There have always been divisions and differences in human communities, but this natural aspect of existence…

Choosing Kindness

by Celia Coates The Dalai Lama has said that his religion is kindness. When today’s post was first published in June, 2018, its title was How to Choose Your Prince or Princess. It’s about deep kindness, one that includes sacrifice, and it’s a story for our times. Here it is, again: Some of the best…

Loving America

This morning two people will publish their stories in WINN. We are all in these troubled times together and we need to be able to see ourselves clearly and to walk in another’s shoes (Gilah’s post) and we need to confront fear and to move forward in our country with love and hope (Pablo’s post)….

In Others’ Shoes

  This morning two people will publish their stories in WINN. We are all in these troubled times together: we need to be able to see ourselves clearly and to walk in another’s shoes (Gilah’s post), and we need to confront fear and to move forward in our country with love and  hope (Pablo’s post)….

The Judging Virus

By Dick Dalton Many of us know about going through our days riding the teeter-totter of feeling superior or feeling inferior to other people. From waking up to falling asleep we were better-than or worse-than everyone we encountered, whether that was face to face or just in our imaginations. We seemed to have no control…

Experiencing Injustice: Chris Wilson’s Story

By Celia Coates Some of us in divided America need to know about Chris Wilson’s life now more than ever. With George Floyd’s killing, the profound inequities in our system cannot be so easily overlooked by uninformed, privileged citizens. We need to hear more stories from the people who’ve experienced injustice in their lives, in…

Some Thoughts About Evil

By Celia Coates The first three words of the title, “Some Thoughts About …,” are simple and ordinary, but the fourth word, “Evil,” disturbs the calm. It’s been unfashionable to think in terms of Good and Evil since our society became psychologically sophisticated and has preferred to consider the early childhood history of destructive people…

Good Vibrations in Troubled Times

By Brian Luke Seaward Forty years ago I met the renowned energy healer, Olga Worrall, and the experience changed my life. It was nothing she did, she was just an amazing presence – so authentic, so sincere, so serene. The day after meeting her, I had an extraordinary spiritual experience that is best described as…