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Hi everybody,

This is World Philosophy Day, so we wanted to share some thoughts from our favorite thinkers from the East and the West, and some of our favorite places in Sedona. We hope you find some time in nature to get to know your changing self, and that accepting this change brings you peace and understanding.

Philosophy Sunday Meetups are now online, so you can join from AoE (anywhere on Earth). In December we’ll discuss Seneca's letters and our guest facilitator will be Craig Van Slyke. Stoicism is certainly a topic for our times. Thanks to Stuart Schupack of Cottonwood for recommending.

Happy world love-of-wisdom day!

All best wishes,
Fiery fall colors mark the riparian line at Red Rock State Park.

Seasonal change and personal renewal

Change is inevitable. And beautiful. At this time of year, the leaves remind us of the best aspects of change: surprise, artistry, and newness. This time of year is also familiar. The cycle of the seasons is reassuring.

Leaves change. Seasons recur. 

Nature shifts. Nature stays the same. 

The way we see it depends on the perspective we take. 

In ancient philosophy, this contrast is presented through the figures of Heraclitus and Parmenides. Heraclitus saw a world in flux, and Paremenides saw one of permanence. 

It was Heraclitus who famously said, “You can’t step in the same river twice, because it’s not the same river, and it’s not the same person.” Parmenides is to have said, “It is indifferent to me where I begin, for there I shall return again.” These contrasting perspectives remind me of one of my favorite sayings:

“We don’t believe what we see, we see what we believe.” 

What we see is up to us, perhaps to a greater extent than we realize, because what we believe determines what we see, and belief can be a conscious choice. 

Here is an example of how you could change a belief, if you wanted to. 

Life’s progression is usually described as growing old, but it could be described as becoming new. 

Grow old, or become new? 

The view you take is up to you.


A tree’s changing leaves are very like our changing selves. The beauty of change comes again and again. 

There is newness in people throughout their lives. We should be open to that, and not see people as fixed. We are all always changing. Each one of us.  

People and leaves change on Kingfisher Bridge.


And yet, certain parts of us persist. For me, it is a love of nature, and philosophy, and people. These are constant.


Buddhism tells us that resisting change causes suffering, because to resist change is to resist nature. Life is easier when we don’t fight change. 


Socrates encouraged us to examine our lives and know ourselves. Because the metamorphosis that is a human life never stops, self-examination and self-knowledge are lifelong quests. 

At Sedona Philosophy we think that where we get to know ourselves matters, and that nature is the best place for it. Happy World Philosophy Day!

Philosophy Sunday on Zoom

Like a lot of meetings, Philosophy Sunday (second Sunday of the month) is now on Zoom. On December 13 we'll discuss Seneca's letters with guest facilitator Craig Van Slyke. Topics are often selected by attendees, and stoicism was chosen by Stuart Schupack of Cottonwood. Join us!
Sedona Philosophy is committed to racial and social justice. As a part of that commitment we share the following opportunity to support the TransGender community.

Virtual Screening of “MAJOR!”

 Sedona International Film Festival - MAJOR!
All proceeds go to Peacework Medical a free clinic in Phoenix for marginalized communities and gender transitioning care. 
Once you purchase tickets, you will receive a Zoom link for this event.
Please join us in remembering our TransGender brothers and sisters.

The event begins at 3:30 MST via zoom then at 4pm MST you can stream “MAJOR!” in your home. After the movie join us back on zoom for the candlelight vigil and the reading of the names of the siblings we lost to violence in 2020.  Tickets are available for a three day pass so purchase your ticket 2 days prior to the event. All ticket holders will receive the zoom link to join us in pre and post conversation.
Hope to see you soon, whether it’s online or on the trail.
If you’re coming to Sedona start with a Sedona Philosophy tour for an immersive introduction to the region’s nature, culture, and history with a philosophical twist.
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