Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, shaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

(Source: mammothpills, via fukwatever)

I want to get more comfortable being uncomfortable. I want to get more confident being uncertain. I don’t want to shrink back just because something isn’t easy. I want to push back, and make more room in the area between I can’t and I can.
Kristin Armstrong (via shines-like-phosphorus)

(Source: psych-facts, via shines-like-phosphorus)

Begone, foul shades

randomoverwatt:

"…neocons know instinctively that their enemy is any pervasive sense of oneness or community where people actually feel some sense of responsibility to each other, and, in the case of those much weaker through no fault of their own, a responsibility for each other. The proponents of no government to speak of, the essential eradication of gun laws and most taxes, the imposition of pro-life and Christian fundamentalist fiat, the de-integration of schools, and the end of the public school system cannot survive in an atmosphere of community. They must divide white from black, rich from poor, old from young. They must promote intergenerational and interracial tension - or at least allow it to fester. They must destroy faith in public policy and public office holders. They must feed off intergenerational and interregional angst, stirring it up whenever they can. They depend on the corrosive force of division to sustain their politics of beggar thy neighbor small-mindedness. Only in that framework can the selfish option appear sane and appropriate."

— H. Segal, _Beyond_Greed_ (1997, Stoddart Publishing)

I actually attack the concept of happiness. I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.

(Source: newsweek, via wired)

There is no special love exclusively reserved for romantic partners. Genuine love is the foundation of our engagement with ourselves, with family, with friends, with partners, with everyone we choose to love. While we will necessarily behave differently depending on the nature of a relationship , or have varying degrees of commitment, the values that inform our behavior, when rooted in a love ethic, are always the same for any interaction.
bell hooks, All About Love (via shines-like-phosphorus)

(Source: denisejollyspoken, via shines-like-phosphorus)

20th-century-man:

Jim Henson and Bert, 1971.

Played 50 times

Arabesque No 1 - Debussy

If we haven’t forgiven, we keep creating an identity around our pain, and that is what is reborn. That is what suffers.
Buddha (via sublimesea)

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(via seasideisme)

Hang on there

randomoverwatt:

Do you think what you’re doing is important? Then take two minutes to take ten slow breaths for me. Enjoy the simpleness of it. Meditate if that’s your thing. But do it, please, because if you’re having trouble breathing, you’re going to be so focused on that that you’re not going to get anything else done.