Jonathan Aquino


Jonathan Aquino is the author of Fisherboy, A Wonderful World, A Celebration of Life and The Way To Inner Peace. His stories, essays, articles, poetry and special reports have appeared in various major publications. His Saturday night blog is about music and individual self expression. His plays have aired on national radio in the Philippines. Jonathan's philosophy is summed up in Ralph Waldo Emerson's On Self-Reliance: “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages."

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is about creating something original. It's about sharing a part of yourself through characters that reflect your own, or about sharing the experiences you went through and the insights you've gained along the way. I feel keenly the need to express my thoughts that I even have a journal. Writing a diary is like a mystical revelation: I achieve detachment, yet my senses are heightened so I live more fully in the Moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a kid, I grew up reading Enid Blyton's The Five Find-Outers and Franklin W. Dixon's The Hardy Boys during grade school. But the first adult book I read was Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird so it's special to me. Then, when I became a teenager, two other books also became part of my life. I was the same age and going through the same adolescent angst as Finny in John Knowle's A Separate Peace and Euripides in William Goldman's The Temple of Gold.
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Where to find Jonathan Aquino online


Why The World Needs Heroes
Price: Free! Words: 26,110. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature
"I always remind myself that I'm a spiritual being having a physical existence, which I learned from Wayne Dyer, and not the other way around as I used to. I practice a form of Zen meditation called mindfulness, which I learned from Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, where my senses are heightened as I focus and become fully aware of the present moment, or what Deepak Chopra calls the Now..."
A Wonderful World
Price: Free! Words: 23,610. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature
I looked at the pile of books for a while, going into a heightened state of awareness. I then reached out and allowed the right ones to find me. I just knew that I was then ready for whatever will come. I found three books that I feel perfectly symbolizes who I am and what I have become at this stage of my spiritual journey. They are about angels, healing and ancient secrets of wisdom.
A Celebration of Life
You set the price! Words: 74,830. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature
"Water is softer than a rock yet it can tear down mountains without force. The Tao is like water, gently flowing into everything. Water, like happiness, cannot be grasped. You just allow it to flow. It's about letting go and letting it be. Allow things to happen naturally, like a river flows into the sea..." ~from A Celebration of Life
Fisherboy and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 30,310. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Alternative history
Enter a world where unforgettable characters from a page emerge as real human beings. These stories, even the ones about the young telepath and the old man in the cemetery, are inspired by true events.
The Way To Inner Peace
You set the price! Words: 45,990. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
Why did Richard Bach, Og Mandino and Mitch Albom became best-selling authors? I believe it is because people from all walks of life need to be inspired, to find some guidelines to help them cope with the uncertainties of everyday life.

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