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…

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…

One Story and One Poem

Animals naturally notice and size each other up – is this a friend or an enemy, prey or threat, dominant or insignificant? We’ve kept some of that survival behavior and, although it wise to be aware of strangers, we often load up our noticing others with clouded judgment about what people are worth. Here is…

Beyond the Bonds of Time

By Bernice H. Hill The first week with Ed in the hospital didn’t seem so bad – a time of innocence. Images of the following weeks play across my mind: the drip of the chemo, the night nurse taking a temperature, the fish tank in the waiting room, doctors clustered and non-committal. By the third…

Guidance Along The Seeker’s Path

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. The first time I noticed the imprint of what appeared to be a mysterious symbol on the palm of my right hand was in the shower as I poured out some shampoo. Over the next seven months, this same symbol appeared several more times. During the last occurrence it appeared…

In A Different Light

A few weeks ago a dear friend told me a story that a friend had told him. Here is an account of what he heard Robert McNamara say: “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…

Spielberg’s Special Gifts

I enjoy going to the movies. It’s a little old-fashioned but there’s an extra energy that goes along with seeing films on a big screen in the company of other people. This month I wanted to see both A WRINKLE IN TIME (mentioned in last week’s post) and Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE. For me Spielberg’s…

Life Is Like A Sonnet

In her book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, Madeleine L’Engle has included one of the best and clearest ways to answer this question – “Do we have free will or are our lives determined by forces outside ourselves? Do we have control over how we live our lives or does Fate run things?” In the West…

Courage, States of Consciousness, and Edgar Mitchell

The Apollo 14 astronaut and extraordinary researcher of states of consciousness, Edgar Mitchell, was the subject of two posts published on June 9, 2016 that still reflect core ideas for WINN. I hope you will scroll back down and click on “older posts” to find them. It’ll take a long moment to click seven times, but…

The Eight Social Sins

Three months before he was assassinated in 1947, Gandhi gave his grandson a list of seven social sins: Wealth without Work Pleasure without Conscience Knowledge without Character Commerce without Morality Science without Humanity Religion without Sacrifice Politics without Principle The list was originally published in 1925 in Gandhi’s newspaper, YOUNG INDIA, and although it is…