Ancient religion includes many spiritual teachings from times of old. As the years pass, teachings become philosophy. Philosophy informs religion. The social nature of humans means that like-minded individuals will seek out those that are similar. As groups of individuals joined, teachings were reinterpreted. Sometimes teachings were contextually fragmented which resulted in misapplication. Mistranslation of…
Sakenya McDonald’s true passions are exploring, creating, and destroying. Sakenya beliefs that the process of exploration leads to an individual either creating an idea or belief while destroying ideas and beliefs that do not serve the spirit. A philosopher and naturally curious person, Sakenya is always asking questions that require outlandish responses, questions that dare defy the mundane, and questions that drive us to redefine our beliefs and morals.
Sakenya’s professional and educational pursuits are ‘profoundly satisfying’, and she teaches and studies subjects such as, religion, spirituality, spiritual ecology and permaculture, sustainability, mythology, folklore, legend, and Ancient Near Eastern religions and philosophies. Her writings might reflect her musings on the juxtaposition between religion and nature, Assyrian goddesses, or minimalist gardening.
Sakenya is a current graduate student at Prescott College where she is studying religion, spirituality, and sustainability. She is also a graduate teaching assistant and former Director of Religious Exploration program for a local non-profit in Flagstaff, Arizona. Sakenya has undergraduate degrees in the areas of English and Psychology. She is a highly qualified public speaker and has spoken at numerous public events.
In her leisure time, Sakenya enjoys traveling and meeting new and interesting people from around the world, farm-to-table cooking, having fun with her sons (age 22 and 20), listening to live music, exploring nature, or simply sitting in silence and practicing the art of being present and being still.