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"We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves."
Andy Goldsworthy. Artist, environmentalist (via purplebuddhaproject)

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— 1 day ago with 3716 notes

your black brown stains are history

to close and open

a book you can’t read

longing fingers creep between the spine of your paralyzed body 

untelling insult

unkempt secrets

decades later to the reborn

questions dwindle to nothing

your lips can’t move like they used to

your legs forgot to step and walk

your arms to hold

your foot to stomp

but the eyes still close and open

decades later still caught in the circle

the cycle of things doomed to repeat

lubricated with the oil that keeps them hinging

flowing down a face

racing streaks

engine growls like ghosts for revenge

reckless kids scream out windows

hot summer nights inside

in the rear view staring 

ice blue coolant, me

— 1 day ago with 1 note
justbeingnamaste:

“Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”  

justbeingnamaste:

“Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”
 

(via guruwithin)

— 5 days ago with 2132 notes
"Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
Albert Einstein (via purplebuddhaproject)
— 2 weeks ago with 637 notes
15 Ways We Can Put An End To The Dishonest Dating Culture We’ve Created →

1. If you like someone, don’t pretend you don’t.

If the person then runs for the hills, ask yourself what the point was for investing any further emotion, anyway?


2. GO ON DATES.

They aren’t an extinct practice. Going to the movies with someone doesn’t mean you’re signing a marriage license. It’s for fun, you guys.


3. Don’t use your past relationships as a crutch that enables you to fear commitment.

We have all had relationships that failed. If you use those problems to justify your twisted actions in every future romantic encounter, you will waste many potentially successful relationships.


4. Don’t alter what you want.

If you want a relationship and someone else doesn’t, don’t settle for his or her sake. That would be like playing a board game without getting to roll your own dice.


5. Stop caring about what people will think.

The connotations that surround dating and relationships are so blurred and disfigured at this point that you will drive yourself crazy trying to figure out how to please everyone.


6. Quit using people.

Don’t use others for the way they make you look to other people. Don’t use them for physical reasons. Don’t use them because you’re lonely. Just don’t use them.

You use a mop to clean the floor. You use a match to start a fire. You don’t use human beings to satisfy your own needs.


7. Find out who people actually are.

Go ahead; ask about their little sisters and whether they’re more afraid of spiders or snakes. There’s nothing wrong with learning more about people than the fact that they like Fireball whiskey and study engineering.


8. Have chivalry and respect in every way.

As the age-old saying goes, always treat others as you wish to be treated. No one deserves anything less than your utmost respect.


9. Stop playing with other people’s emotions.

If you know that you are dragging someone along for selfish reasons, put yourself in his or her shoes and do the decent thing. Just be honest.


10. Stop settling.

If you want that girl with the curly blonde hair and 4.0 who you hardly know, go for it. You aren’t beneath anyone or anything; you can have a dream and you are the largest obstacle standing in the way of it actually happening.

Stop feeling like you are limited to certain people; you’ll only grow to be unsatisfied with that limited group.


11. Don’t be afraid to be corny.

Just be you. If simple things like a “good morning” text or an impromptu smoothie date is how you want to show interest in someone, go for it. Be dorky and stop worrying about satisfying the status quo.


12. Take all of the physical aspects of your relationship slowly.

I know this one is difficult to grasp, but let’s be completely honest about the fact that intimacy complicates things. Why add one more complication before you can trust someone?


13. Don’t try to make someone jealous.

It will never lead the person to like you more. I’ll never understand why we seem to think that it’s a viable option in any situation.


14. Let go of any preconceived expectations you have for someone.

Trust me, you really have no idea what you want and dismissing people based upon your specific criteria could lead you to really miss out.

— 2 weeks ago with 1 note
veg-tastic:

treekisser:

How amazing is MTV Canada personality Phoebe Dykstra in The Tree Kisser "Animals Are Not Fabric" boxy tank?? For all style options in this design, visit: http://bit.ly/AnimalsAreNotFabric 

Cutie. 

veg-tastic:

treekisser:

How amazing is MTV Canada personality Phoebe Dykstra in The Tree Kisser "Animals Are Not Fabric" boxy tank?? For all style options in this design, visit: http://bit.ly/AnimalsAreNotFabric 

Cutie. 

— 3 weeks ago with 77 notes

turn ons - trust, patience, nonviolence

turn offs - short tempers, relationship conflict, pushy people

— 3 weeks ago with 3 notes
My Favorite Mental Health Documentaries + Links →

justlouisabeinglouisa:

Addictions

Facing The Habbit - There are over two million heroin addicts in the United States alone.

In this documentary we follow Dave, a former millionaire stockbroker who has lost control of his heroin addiction, travel to Mexico for undergo an Ibogaine treatment as…

— 3 weeks ago with 309 notes

khaoskomix:

Okay, so I missed making comics alright? I brought out a new t-shirt at manchester expo and people went nuts over it, inspiring me to come up with an entire series of characters, and comics to go with them. 

Here’s the t-shirt that started this whole mess:

http://www.khaoskomix.com/shop/en/clothing/114-t-shirt-fabulous.html

And if you want to see more, vote for the next monster over here! 

http://poll.pollcode.com/82222284

HOW CUTE TIS! VERRILY

(Source: discordcomics.com, via lgbtlaughs)

— 3 weeks ago with 3498 notes
necessaryveganism:

animalsandtrees:

"Given what we know about the connections between animal agribusiness and climate change, water waste, pollution and more, why aren’t the major environmental organizations more vocal and straightforward about promoting the alternative to it? 
Today, please respectfully ask environmental organizations to promote veganism as an easy, accessible and, most important, effective solution to human-caused ecological disasters. Preserving our planet and its inhabitants is of far greater importance than not alienating members and potential members. Environmental organizations should be leading the charge, not counting memberships, and we don’t have time to waste.https://www.facebook.com/VeganStreet —-> https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub —-> https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international —-> https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork “

Not only are they “not very vocal” about it, there is nothing but absolute deafening silence coming from these organisations.The people whose primary concern should be the wellbeing of our planet are quiet. It’s up to us. Please spread the word.

necessaryveganism:

animalsandtrees:

"Given what we know about the connections between animal agribusiness and climate change, water waste, pollution and more, why aren’t the major environmental organizations more vocal and straightforward about promoting the alternative to it?

Today, please respectfully ask environmental organizations to promote veganism as an easy, accessible and, most important, effective solution to human-caused ecological disasters. Preserving our planet and its inhabitants is of far greater importance than not alienating members and potential members. Environmental organizations should be leading the charge, not counting memberships, and we don’t have time to waste.
https://www.facebook.com/VeganStreet

—-> https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub
—-> https://www.facebook.com/greenpeace.international
—-> https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork “

Not only are they “not very vocal” about it, there is nothing but absolute deafening silence coming from these organisations.

The people whose primary concern should be the wellbeing of our planet are quiet. It’s up to us. Please spread the word.

(via guruwithin)

— 3 weeks ago with 629 notes