About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet and photographer in Greater Cleveland. Don is the author of six books of poetry (Riding Wild Horses, Cancer as Spiritual Teacher, Stilling the Waters, Walks in Life's Sacred Garden, Chasing Cosmic Butterflies, and Poetic Reflections on Economic Development, and four books combining his poetry and photography (Winter Spirit, Spring Promises, Magical Light, and Speaking Out on the Unspeakable: Poems and Photographs about Human Trafficking). Don is also the editor of two books of poetry. The first is a collection of his father's poems When God Speaks to Us, and the second is a collection of poems written by mental health patients called Windows into Ourselves: Poetry on the Experience of Mental Illness. Don holds a Masters Degree in Consciousness Studies with a specialization in Mind-Body Medicine. He holds a Professional Diploma in Economic Development and a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology. Finally, he completed graduate studies in Organizational Behavior. Don is clinically certified as a Reiki Master Therapist, Meditation Guide, and Life Purpose Coach. He works with cancer patients at Cleveland Clinic as a complementary health therapist, where he is also involved in training other caregivers in healing practices, and conducts research on the use of these therapies in cancer care. Don worked in the economic development field for many years before his move into healthcare.

Power and Love

Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. 

. . . What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1967

On the Eve of My 68th Birthday

We reach a point in life, where
by the grace of God, we are spared
from ourselves and all self-judgment.

And by the miracle of life itself,
we discover that all we experience is
but a tiny example of our potential.

And in the midst of our wandering,
the desert and mountains come together, and
at sunset, the god of self-understanding appears.

On gratitude

Gratitude is not dependent on what you have, it depends on your heart. You can even find gratitude for your measure of sorrows, the hand you’ve been dealt.  . . . Sometimes it’s through the hardest things that your heart learns its most important lessons.
— Jack Kornfield