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…

How To Send (and Receive) Love

By Celia Coates At the end of last week’s post, Love, Healing, and Dr. Gladys, I said I’d publish a post about how to send healing love to another person. Then, as I sat down to write, the title quickly changed to include receiving as well as sending love. They are two sides of the…

Getting Christmas

By Celia Coates This year I’ve felt worn out by all the get-ing that surrounds Christmas (and other celebrations of this season). It includes the question that we ask ourselves, “What am I going to get the people on my gift list?” and the question others sometimes ask, “What do you want to get this…

How To Deal With Threatening Times

By Brian Luke Seaward  A number of years ago, while in Colorado Springs for an event, I decided to fill up my gas tank for the 90-minute drive back to Boulder. With several credit cards and a one-dollar bill in my wallet, I headed for the nearest gas station and pulled up to a pump….

A Few Words for Now

By Celia Coates These are such unusual times – around the world 2018 is ending with no clear way for many of us to see through the dark of the differences and frightening struggles that surround us. This week the first line of an old hymn echoed in my mind: Lead, kindly light, amid th’encircling…

What Does Synergy Mean?

By Celia Coates In the headlines this week it was reported that a negotiator for Russia had offered to make a deal with the 2016 Presidential campaign, a deal to create something they called “political synergy.”  Originally synergy was a medical term and meant that the combined action of the physiological components – muscles, nerves, organs,…

Two Stories About Ants

By Celia Coates This has been an up then down week in America filled first with highs – love, honor, and gratitude in the farewells to Aretha Franklin and John McCain – followed by a return to the on-going lows of chaos and selfishness.  I had to step aside from the dark torrent of breaking…

Good Lessons

Last week I read this statement by a Shoshone elder: “Do not begrudge the white man his presence on the land. Though he doesn’t know it yet, he has come here to learn from us.”  It’s from a book by Kent Nerburn  – VOICES IN THE STONES: Life Lessons From The Native Way– and it reminded…

In A Different Light

A few weeks ago a dear friend told me a story that he’d heard told by Robert McNamara, “Robert McNamara described a personal experience that Lyndon Baines Johnson had that taught the President what life can be like for people who are the targets of injustice.  LBJ began his work in Washington as a Representative…

Mr. T. H.

Saints and sages know that living with kindness is of enormous value. And so do many people who visit “heaven” because of a Near Death Experience and who return with descriptions of a dimension filled with warm welcome, compassion, and love. We are caught in a culture that does not put these generous qualities on…

This Season of Gifts

Of course this week gifts have been on my mind, and it’s been about more than just nicely wrapped packages. My reaction to the endless stream of “asks” from a wide variety of organizations that need money has been to feel discouraged. So much is needed and I have only just so much to give….

With Thanks

“We come into the world needing others. Then we are told it’s braver to go it alone. That independence is the way to accomplish. But there’s another way to live. A way that sees the only path to fulfillment – is through others. That our time here can be deep beyond measure. No one who…