Christa Avampato

I love Anne Lamott. She is among my favorite writers because of her raw, honest turn of phrase and her fearlessness that allows her to cut right to the chase. In her efforts to thoroughly understand herself, she is a mirror for her readers.

In 2009, she wrote this gorgeous article in O, The Oprah Magazine, about how to be who you are meant to be. Her advice is this: stop. Figure out what to stop doing, who to stop pleasing, and where you don’t need to be. It’s akin to the advice that learning what not to do gets us closer to figuring out what to do. And then I would also add that you meditate because while you may be able to stop physically, you need to also give your brain a break from its tireless whirr of thoughts.

Enjoy this article and then tuck it away…

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This is just wonderful!

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea – “Spain”

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Moving Day

April 21, 2013

I am moving my blog to it’s new home at That will also be my new website with pages on wellness and animal communication. I’m really happy to finally make this move after thinking about it for YEARS. It just took me awhile to focus.

If you are a subscriber and wish to continue getting email notices of new posts, please go there and re-subscribe. There is going to be a lot more activity, as the first new post will explain but all of the old archives are still there if you like digging into particular aspects of the last 6 years of blogging.

Hope to see you there!

I wasn’t a fan but he is cute and did a fairly good job. But I find this quote is golden, “We’re all so lucky to be where we are today.” I think anyone who was able to watch that on TV is really in that number of LUCKY people.

I personally live in a REALLY modest home, by American standards, but it is my home. I own it. The bank doesn’t own it – I own it. My Jeep Cherokee is old I guess, 1996, but paid for and suits me well. I have a social security income WAY below the poverty line but I occasionally get some work, within my field, and it fills me spiritually and fills in the gaps financially. I’m no longer motivated to sell myself. If people really need what I have to offer, they will find me.

That puts me, I believe, at approximately the top 1 or maybe 2% of the best off people on the whole planet, maybe. Maybe or maybe not financially, don’t have the figures, but certainly in terms of fulfillment.  I LOVE that I am so fortunate. 

Tell me how fortunate you are. I know you are fortunate or you wouldn’t have a computer, nor the time to read this.


People are always saying, “She/he thinks the world revolves around him/her.” This is always said with a holier than thou tone like, “I of course would never think such a thing”. I ask you, who the hell else is the world going to revolve around than WHATEVER individual we are talking about? Of COURSE the world revolves around separate individuals, as long as they/we insist on being separate. That’s how it works! This is MY world, it is about Me. This is YOUR world. It revolves around YOU. It isn’t until we awaken to the ground of all being that the apparent separation changes into – HA! But try to tell people, HA! and they get all offended. HA! 

I Am A Full Woman

July 31, 2012

Beautiful and haunting in a really good way. A celebration of the lives of women everywhere.

from youtube:

Over the past 45 years photographer Linda Wolf has lived and traveled world-wide collecting portraits of women. Her work celebrates the inherent dignity of all women—inclusive of culture, race, color, shape, size, age, religious affiliation, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, abilities, and life experience. Her images celebrate the strengths that make each woman a full woman—to be valued and respected simply as women: resilience, heart, wisdom, intelligence, compassion, experience, intuition, beauty, love. Mostly contemporary, the images were taken in China, Thailand, India, Mexico, Guatemala, the USA, Europe, Africa, Iran, and Israel/Palestine.

“Full Woman,” the song that inspired this video, was graciously donated for use by the composer, Rachel Bagby. For more info about the dream that gave birth to “Full Woman” go to

This video was produced, directed, photographed, and edited by Linda Wolf with assistance from colleagues world-wide, and sponsored by the Daughters Sisters Project—a program of the nonprofit organization Teen Talking Circles—thanks to generous gifts from friends and supporters.

h/t elephant journal & Beyond Meds

Become the Sky

July 26, 2012

My Sky

“Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You’re covered with thick clouds.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.
The speechless full moon
comes out now.”
– Rumi