Stirring the Soul and Energizing the Mind: The Kōan as a Meditative Tool

Photo by Ian Turnell Craig C. Downer’s Wonder Streams of the Soul is a stunning collection of inspirational poems and philosophical musings that attempt to seek truth and insight into nature, the soul, and life. Reading Wonder Streams of the Soul, I am reminded of the meditation tool used in Zen Buddhism to teach and test…

5 Key Lessons Learned In Overcoming Color Stereotypes 

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto It is a strange time to be Black in America, a country where waking up Black can be considered a crime. – King Bell. Black progress over the past fifty years has been impressive despite standard wisdom. And yet the nation still has a long distance to go on the widening…

Two Sides Of The Freedom Coin

Photo by Jeff Weese People read, dream, rejoice in the notion of freedom, and teach, advocate, and hope for freedom, but what does freedom mean? Generally, freedom means many things to many people. You can politically view freedom as having the opportunity to vote for particular people, ideas, or parties that best represent your personal…

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Life is nothing but a collection of choices. Whether made by us or made for us, options are what brought us here. Not choosing is even a choice, as you are ironically choosing “no choice” or a personal boycott by not choosing. As such, choices and decisions do make the world turn. Aside from the…