More Than Rest and Recreation

By Celia Coates With extra time to spend before boarding a flight, I was turning the display rack of books meant for business travellers. Not my usual reading material. But I was glad  I’d looked through one of them – ON MENTAL TOUGHNESS – that contained a selection of articles from the Harvard Business Review. Its…

Fourth Grade Hero

By Richard Howland When Mrs. Parmelee sat up there behind that gigantic desk, tapping the point of her red pencil and looking out over the tops of those gold-rimmed glasses like that, we knew somebody was going to die. And the way Bobby Livingstone was staring down at his hands, lying there on top of…

Elmer Green and Al Sharpton

By Celia Coates Both Elmer Green, a pioneer in clinical biofeedback, and Al Sharpton, “The Rev,” have given the same wonderful advice: “Just keep going.” Elmer gave me that advice years ago when I was puzzled about where I was going with studying subtle energies. He was helpful to many, many people – at first…

Making the Invisible Visible

By Brenda Molloy The image that leads this post, “Waves of Energy,” is from my new series, SOURCED FROM THE INFINITE. It is accompanied by a quote from Richard Thieme: “Once we break through fear, there is nothing but space, sheer possibility. Then we can fly.”  In making fractal art I work with formulas and…

Screen Addiction and the Human Spirit

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. In a clever update of the renowned painting of Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, the ego-driven youth is shown lying on the riverbank obsessed with his own image on a smartphone. Technology evolves but human behavior is slow to change! Today it is very easy to become completely absorbed in…

Holding Questions

By Trudy Summers and Paul Jackson From Trudy: One year ago my nephew, Paul Jackson, invited a group of people to participate in a collaborative writing project called “What have you learned so far?”  I joined in happily. We did not know each other‘s names and now, months later, we remain anonymous. We did know…

High School Is Rough All Over

By Neil Krasnoff As a science teacher and librarian in several different public schools, I’ve seen a real contrast between students who come from wealthy communities and those from working class ones: socioeconomic circumstances have an overwhelming influence on academic outcomes. What’s assumed to be privilege can create strong stresses that make kids anxious and…

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…

What Is Service?

By Celia Coates I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I woke and saw that life was service. I acted, and behold, Service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) This is one of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore’s best-known poems. It is lovely and deceptively simple, an easy read as a kind of lyrical haiku. But…

How to Rest – and Why

By Celia Coates A recent blog in SATI Mindfulness began this way: “For most of us, most of the time, we’re running on fumes. Or, if not fumes, then on half a tank of gas. In a car that needs an oil change. And some new tires. We don’t give ourselves the rest we need.”  Just…

Two Kinds of Peace

These are days when I have especially appreciated two reflections on peace. The first is from a book about flowers: “Wars and roses have a long relationship. The English civil wars, waged from 1455-1485, over possession of the crown, were called the Wars of the Roses. The name came from the badges of the house…

What Does ‘Love’ Mean?

Here’s a quote from a book with the title, 6 QUESTIONS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE: “Emerson said, ‘Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.’ Sure, you think, in an ideal world, maybe. The fact is it’s human nature to want things and…