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…

OUR SECRET POWERS

This week’s post is an excerpt from OUR SECRET POWERS, a book by TERJE SIMONSEN. He is an historian of ideas who specializes in the esoteric and the occult. He lives in Norway. Experiences of telepathy, precognition and related phenomena seem a poor fit with the typical modern, rational, Western worldview. But statistics show not the…

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…

What Is The Perennial Wisdom, And Why Is It Needed Now?

By Linda K. Myers Before answering the question – what is the Perennial Wisdom?– I’ll go back to when I was 11 years old.  At that age the world really mystified me.  I couldn’t imagine what I would do as an adult in what appeared to me a meaningless life.  I watched my parents go…

Notes On The Future Science

By Celia Coates For this week’s post I’d planned to answer a question a friend asked a while ago: “Why does WINN publish articles on so many different subjects?” Well, all the posts relate to one larger subject – the multi-dimensional nature of reality. But that post will have to wait because I was distracted…

Gandhi’s Lesson On How To Meditate

By Celia Coates Gandhi’s grandson, Arun, wrote, “Bapuji often had a spinning wheel at his side, and I like to think of his life as a golden thread of stories and lessons that continue to weave in and out through the generations, making a stronger fabric for all our lives.”  This quote is from his…

We’ll See What Happens

By Celia Coates We are living in a time filled with many uncertainties and the phrase – “We’ll see what happens,” – is one we hear often. This week’s post is a reprise of one published after the 2016 Presidential election when I wrote, “This week half the country is cheering and the other half…

How To Choose Your Prince – Or Princess

Some of the best advice about how to make a good marital choice is in a children’s book published in 1967: PICKLE-CHIFFON PIE. It’s not like the usual sources of wisdom, but wise it is. Jolly Roger Bradfield is both the author of this book’s clever words and the artist who created its goofy, lively, charming…