On Reading and Pondering Deeply

Freedom Friday, Personal Narrative, Text Talk
Second Sokkai Gakkai president Josei Toda urged young people to read good books and to ponder things deeply. Even though Toda died in 1958, this advice is relevant today and is great encouragement for everyone. And, in fact, is a way to stay youthful despite your physical age. What makes a book "good" to begin with? Is it informative? Inspirational? Energizing? Does it make you see things differently? Laugh? Perhaps good books do all of these things. Perhaps something else entirely. A good book enriches me. It nourishes me in some way. A good books speaks to me, even if it's a psychological thriller with a love story at its center. A good book is not only worth reading, it is worth rereading. You come to it again to unlock new lessons, discover new…
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Free Your Mind Friday

Freedom Friday, Personal Narrative
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7iQbBbMAFE?rel=0] "Why oh why must it be this way Before you can read me you gotta Learn how to see me, I said Free your mind and the rest will follow" This song is on repeat in my brain. I can't point to a reason why, but I've found myself thinking, saying and writing free your mind all this week. Maybe it's because I'm reading Assata. Or because I'm being more intentional about nurturing my passion. Perhaps it's a divine message requiring meditation and integration because I've spend too much time thinking inside the box. Sometimes think boxes are okay. They're predictable. Comfortable. You know the boundaries. You understand the rules. But I've always been a tad bit claustrophobic, and if we're being honest, comfort doesn't alway suit me. Thinking through…
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