“We Are All Connected”?

By Celia Coates This week in America, when we are more openly and ferociously divided than we have been in many decades, the idea that we are all connected can seem ridiculous. Still, it is an idea that goes back 3000 years or more to the earliest Vedic teachings in India, and it can be…

Winners and Losers

By Celia Coates Of course the fierce competition to decide who the political winner and loser would be has grabbed our national attention this week, but this post is not about the 2020 Election, or at least, not directly. There have always been divisions and differences in human communities, but this natural aspect of existence…

From Celia

A dear friend e-mailed me after reading last Friday’s pair of posts  to say that she always looks forward to receiving WINN but this time she was sad and disappointed that I had published these “purely political articles.” For me these posts are not purely political. This is my response – not a full post – to…

Heroes, Celebrities, & Teachers

by Celia Coates What’s a good person? What’s a good life? We used to have heroes as models to follow while we figured out how to answer those questions for ourselves. It’s been a while since American school children were told about George Washington and the cherry tree: “When he was six years old, the…

Some Thoughts About Evil

By Celia Coates The first three words of the title, “Some Thoughts About …,” are simple and ordinary, but the fourth word, “Evil,” disturbs the calm. It’s been unfashionable to think in terms of Good and Evil since our society became psychologically sophisticated and has preferred to consider the early childhood history of destructive people…

How To Deal With Pandemic Panic

This post is really needed now. Breaking with WINN’s usual practice, it’s from another website – Charles Eisenstein’s. In “The Coronation” he wrote, “Covid -19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible.” To join in a positive common cause we need to be well informed without…

A New Grab and Go Kit

by Celia Coates A friend who had a house in the hills outside of Los Angeles kept a “grab and go kit” stashed near the front door in case an earthquake or wildfire forced her to leave in a hurry. It held the usual essentials for a few days away from a home, a home…

A Little Light

By Celia Coates For many people in many places this is a dark time. I wasn’t feeling cheerful myself after listening to news about hospitals being bombed, giant areas of uncontrolled wildfires, the brutal treatment of children, and ego-maniacal greed and destructiveness. Gaining peace, prosperity, and planetary well-being has always been difficult, but it seems…

Look Up and … See?

By Brian Luke Seaward When I was young, I used to lie on a woolen blanket in my backyard on a summer night and look up to see the millions of lights in the sky. I recall that the Milky Way was so dense that it appeared like a thick cloud. Some nights I could…

How To Grow Together

By Celia Coates Laura is a friend who doesn’t sit still when there’s a new place to explore or something fascinating to discover – that’s how she found Fitzgerald, Georgia. She was visiting friends and heard about a nearby town filled with chickens that have the right of way in traffic, so she went to…

Appreciating …

By Celia Coates WINN appears now on the first and third Friday of each month, but there’s an extra Friday this November. Here’s a very small, “extra” WINN: “One of our major flaws, and causes of our unhappiness, is that we find it hard to take note of what is always around. We suffer because…

Reflections on Spiritual Direction

By Lucretia B. Yaghjian There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or…