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.

Mystics, saints, and sages know that living with compassion 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, kindness, and love. We are caught in a culture that does not put these generous qualities…

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…

Catching Kindness

At the grocery store I picked up the two things I needed to buy and joined the short line, the one marked “15 Items or Less.” I was in a hurry and I was hungry. I’d just resisted picking up one of the $1.69 medium-sized bags of potato chips. Then, when I glanced at the…

Are Humpback Whales Altruistic?

The question, “Are Humpback Whales Altruistic,” has been researched and, “Humpbacks, it turns out, deliberately interfere with attacking killer whales to help others in distress. They don’t just defend their own babies or close relatives. They intervene on behalf of other species – a gray whale calf with its mother, a seal hauled out on…

One Man’s Search for Kindness

By Celia Coates The Dalai Lama has said that his religion is kindness. Leon Logothetis is a wild example of living the religion of kindness – giving and receiving kindness. Many people already know about Leon, a former London stockbroker who so disliked his work that he made a radical change in his life. I…