I have been writing as long as I can remember, with a fiery interest in the life of words, their meaning, rhythm and derivations. At 20 and a single mother I started work as a journalist in Sweden, always as freelance. In the beginning for different magazines and later for thirty years I wrote series for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, always pressing the limits of news reporting with topics like nonviolence, depth psychology, intuition, human energy, the meaning of life, etc.
My books, 14 to date, evolved naturally from my perspective on life.
In the fall of 2017 my book Stillness in Preschool and School about the process in the schools (see below) was published in Swedish. It came out in Norwegian 2020 and I am happy it is now available in English! You can find it on the Austin Macauley Publishers website.
In the 1980s the situation with bullying and violence in the high schools were getting out of hand and I was invited to talk to the students on non-violence. I travelled all over Sweden introducing short and simple stillness practices in the classes. Together, I and some friends then funded the non-profit Dream of the Good organization. Its name refers to our inner human value, our treasure, the basis of democracy. Its task was and is to weave short times of rest into the daily school-reality. We adjusted the practices to fit different ages.
I thought I would devote a year or two to the work, but now I have been at it for 25 years. The Dream of the Good have spread all over Sweden to schools at every level, even preschools. Nobody believed it would work when we started. Today we know the students and children ask for the stillness times if the teachers forget. The practices are an efficient an inexpensive way to improve the environment and conditions in the school-reality for everyone.
Dag Hammarskjöld who created a stillness room in the UN in New York while he was its Secretary General inspired us. Today we are spreading his idea, to the everyday reality of the growing generations.
©2022 by Anna Bornstein