Philosophy for change

The ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (530-470 BC) is one of the most important thinkers in history. Heraclitus’ views on change and flow stand in stark contradition to the picture of the static universe presented by his predecessor Parmenides (5th century BCE), and fed into the work of untold philosophers from Marcus Aurelius (121 AD–180 AD) to Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900 AD).

Heraclitus’ philosophy is a good starting point for anyone concerned with change in life. Heraclitus said that life is like a river. The peaks and troughs, pits and swirls, are all are part of the ride. Do as Heraclitus would – go with the flow. Enjoy the ride, as wild as it may be.

Heraclitus was born into a wealthy family, but he renounced his fortune and went to live in the mountains. There, Heraclitus had plenty of opportunity to reflect on the natural world. He observed that nature…

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Christa Avampato

In the 2 months since I returned from India, I’ve thought about it everyday. It has a hold on me unlike any other place I’ve ever been. It is in my bones.

Over these past two months, I revisited my journal and pictures from the trip. My memories are multi-sensory. I don’t just remember what something looked like. I also remember the scent, the feeling, the emotion, the sound. It was a hard journey. Much harder than I expected. And it was beautiful, too – sometimes in ways that I didn’t appreciate at the time.

To sum up as much reflection as I’ve done to-date, I wrote an eBook – In Search of the OM in Everything: 8 Days in India. I struggled to get it all down on paper. I cried through much of the writing because I changed so much during the trip and change is hard.

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What about God?


Heart Attack and Water – I never knew this ! Interesting…….




Heart Attack & Water
Something I didn’t know either! I asked my Doctor why do I and other people urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor = Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water. Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after…

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Every Day Another Story

In response to Flickrcomments weekly ABC Challenge, which is a cool thing to check out by the way, I’m re-posting (not composting!) this piece I wrote on Creation……

This one is for all the artists out there, as it talks to the creative process. It’s a bit of an admonition to not take your creation, your art, as well as your self, so seriously since everything – and that’s Every Thing – is a work of creation. As my grandmother used to say, “Cats have kittens”.

Click to hear this rare and terribly serious, philosophical song that I’ve just written called Works of Creation. Lyrics below. I figure it goes together with this little post of a haiku – plus some cool pictures – which I posted earlier in July. I’m re-posting the haiku and adding this song – which begs for a singer. Anyway…..

There’s the birds chirping in…

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i am the love,
coursing through your heart,
holding all creation together,
binding, building,
bonds that endure time & space.

i am the peace,
spreading warmly within,
calming your spirit,
opening you up,
to the wonder of oneness.

i am the wind,
rustling through every fiber of your being,
lifting you higher & higher,
till you & i are one.

i am the whisper,
booming loud in your ear,
reminding you of your divinity,
imploring you to realize,
that you are God.

i am but you…

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The start of a journey

Beginning of the reel

Struggling from the ground

Emiting a jubilant sound


Swirling above the waves

Seeking salvation from

The worries and concerns

Of lessons barely learned


In the night air

Of overburdened northern seas

Where history has drowned

And doomed many sailors


Where the plentiful shoals

Have been diminished

And souls brave and fearful

Been lost to the deep


Our well converted ship

Rolls across the waves

With only a sailor’s regard

To the functions of the past


When battles were in mind

And the hold designed

For arseneled journeys

Now it is a ship of peace


Ahead the cities of the North

The waterways, places, walks

The legacies of labour forced

The cafe faces newly met


Meeting the future from the past

The bridge of the present

Platform for a new and stunning

Direction to the midnight…

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