Pin-tailed Sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata) »by Patrik Wittenby (1|2)

I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.
Maya Angelou  (via thatkindofwoman)

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It’s sad when things are sad.

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The universe is “seriously big”. My thighs are a powerful, functioning part of my powerful, functioning body.

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He rode in like a river in search of the sea with a far away blue in his eyes. I knew when I laid down to hold him that night, I was holding the growing tide. I know you can’t stop a river, but I had him moving with me, til the morning sun dripped down on his cheeks like wildflower honey.
And it ain’t ever easy for a river to say just where he’s coming from. He told me he came from the mountain where the wildflower honey still runs. I knew there were things that he’d done, things he was still running from. Cuz all he left was his name lying on my tongue, like wildflower honey. Of all the marks carved hard on my heart, there’s one man I could never blame. He left me with only his name. And now the sea the whispers over the sand, memories come rowing in. I can taste his kiss so sweet on the wind, like wildflower honey.


Big huge bowl decorated with species of fish from the Charles river in Boston.

You’ve got an awfully kissable mouth.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bernice Bobs Her Hair   (via thatkindofwoman)

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When we turn away from samsara, we stop blaming external situations for the state of our mind, and we begin to use the Buddha’s teachings in order to take responsibility for our own well-being. We reorient the mind away from causes and conditions that create suffering. This does not mean that we turn away from the suffering that humans create, such as warfare, poverty, prejudice, slaughter, or environmental destruction. We do not turn away or become passive, impartial spectators. However, we need to assess our strategies for engagement. Many well-meaning people assume that inflaming passions, especially anger, is a justifiable, necessary, even beneficial response to injustice. They often assume that anger is an automatic and inherent response to injustice, in the same way that exasperation is an inherent response to waiting at the airport. But it is not. Anger does not allow us to see clearly, so the good intentions of people engaged in trying to help others can actually be hindered by their own negativity. Anger does not allow us to act with true compassion, because the mind of anger keeps us trapped inside ourselves. Turning away from samsara means figuring out how to function with an open, clear mind, not a mind shut down and incapacitated by destructive emotions.
My father sent me this quote last night from "The Wheel". It has radically changed my approach on not only casual communication and interaction, but also on how I will disseminate my opinions as a political and environmental activist.

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