When Everything Is Spiritual

By Celia Coates Rob Bell’s book, EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL, has the subtitle: “Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here.” That subtitle made it the kind of book I’m really interested in reading. It turned out to be a wise and iconoclastic page-turner, an unusual book for a Christian pastor to have written. His ideas…

What To Get Done in ’21

By Paul Jackson  After the pandemic shutdown, I took a walk most days near Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, Maryland. In front of a bridge crossing the creek, I could see a quote on the pavement from the @chalkladies: “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” The line is from Mary Oliver’s…

Gifts for a New Year

By Celia Coates I had been wondering how to begin this new year in WINN, a year that everyone is hoping will be better than the dark and troubled year just past. Then, within days of each other, two gifts arrived – first, a photograph that my sister, Judith Sellers, had taken in her garden…

The Raven’s Gift

By GILAH YELIN HIRSCH Having read the last post by Judy and Jack, I found myself remembering well the process ­­and emotion of leaving one’s personal forest. It took weeks for me to say thank you and goodbye to all the flora and fauna I had come to know intimately in Tonto National Forest, just…

Towards Radiance

This week’s post is by Bronwen Christianos. In my early twenties I experienced an extraordinary shift in consciousness that shaped the rest of my life. Even though this experience has been far and away the most gloriously inspired, powerful, and joyful experience of my life, I was awakened to a duality that catapulted my operating…

How To Cope Now

By Celia Coates Yesterday (March 19th) Americans were told not to “over-react” to the pandemic and the financial crash. What is the right level of reaction to events that seem catastrophic? Few of us have developed strategies for dealing with such a wide-scale set of disasters. In the midst of the stress of all that’s…

Stacey Abrams: Learning, Leading, Teaching

By Celia Coates “When you decide what you want and why you want it, take action immediately. Do not wait for an invitation to act. I promise you, the letter is not in the mail.” This advice is from Stacey Abrams’ book, LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE. Itis not one of the self-positioning books written by…

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…

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…

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…

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…