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A compilation of things that resonate with me. Mostly pertaining to green living, radical self love, feminism, menstruation & compassionate communication.

"Being honest may not get you a lot of FRIENDS but it’ll always get you the RIGHT ONES."
— 5 days ago with 411 notes

Wishing all who bleed with the new moon a blessed, sacred and divine moontime. 

— 1 week ago
#women who bleed with the moon  #moontime  #menstruation  #new moon  #blood sacrafice  #i love my period 
wiccateachings:

Tomorrow is a New Moon, this is the perfect time to do a smudge of yourself and your home. If you feel heavy with negative energy or if you have unwanted entities in your home, smudging will expel them. It is very powerful and has been done for thousands of years in many cultures. 
Sage is the major herb used in Smudging but Sweetgrass, cedar, rosemary and mugwort are also very powerful stuff too and can be used together with Sage. Many smudge sticks will have cedar as this is a good protective herb and it also burns well. 
To the Native Americans Sage was one of the gifts from the Great Spirit and it was used as a powerful purifier in many of their rituals. The Romans cleansed themselves and dressed in white before ritualistically harvesting sage with special silver tools. The Greeks used sage as a brain tonic. In English the word Sage means “someone who is wise” below are 9 steps to do a successful Sage Smudging. 
1. Buy a sage smudge stick from a new age or metaphysical store, or make one yourself from dried sage. It can be mixed with sandalwood or lavender to increase the fragrance, but you should burn the entire bundle in one ceremony. Here is a guide to making your own. https://www.facebook.com/127815357367419/photos/a.128666473948974.27910.127815357367419/243376202478000/?type=1&relevant_count=1
2. Open all doors and windows.
3. Light the smudge stick, and when the flame catches, blow it out and allow the embers to start to smoke like incense. Carry it over a large shell (traditional) or bowl to catch any ashes.
4. Before you start, set an intention for your home overall, and then for each room. Say a prayer of cleansing; “I cleanse this home of any impurities, negativity, or energy that does not serve or support this home. I expel unwanted entities, I am grateful for the shelter our roof provides, and for the love these walls hold.”
5. Walk around the house, waving the sage stick so its smoke drifts into corners, along walls, around windows, and along ceiling lines. As you do, imagine the smoke absorbing negativity, problems from those who were in the space before you, toxicity, and anything else you want to go away. See the smoke dissipating and floating out the windows, and imagine that bad energy flowing out of your space, making room for positive, fresh energy. Pause in the kitchen and express gratitude for the meals you prepare there. In the bathroom, for the fresh abundant water you have been blessed with. In the bedroom for the sleep you have and wish for good dreams and peace and so on with each room.
6. After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a sage cleanse by cupping your hands over the smoke and wave it around your face and body as you would with water. Visualize any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion.
7. Take a moment to feel the energy of the house now. It should feel very light, spacious, and clear. 
8. Walk out a the front or back door, close it, and smudge around the door and door frame. Leave the bundle (safely) outside to burn itself out, and then bury it in your back yard.
9. Stay outside for a short while. Let the energies of the house reboot themselves and work. After about 5 minutes go back into the house and that is it done.

wiccateachings:

Tomorrow is a New Moon, this is the perfect time to do a smudge of yourself and your home. If you feel heavy with negative energy or if you have unwanted entities in your home, smudging will expel them. It is very powerful and has been done for thousands of years in many cultures. 

Sage is the major herb used in Smudging but Sweetgrass, cedar, rosemary and mugwort are also very powerful stuff too and can be used together with Sage. Many smudge sticks will have cedar as this is a good protective herb and it also burns well. 

To the Native Americans Sage was one of the gifts from the Great Spirit and it was used as a powerful purifier in many of their rituals. The Romans cleansed themselves and dressed in white before ritualistically harvesting sage with special silver tools. The Greeks used sage as a brain tonic. In English the word Sage means “someone who is wise” below are 9 steps to do a successful Sage Smudging. 

1. Buy a sage smudge stick from a new age or metaphysical store, or make one yourself from dried sage. It can be mixed with sandalwood or lavender to increase the fragrance, but you should burn the entire bundle in one ceremony. Here is a guide to making your own. https://www.facebook.com/127815357367419/photos/a.128666473948974.27910.127815357367419/243376202478000/?type=1&relevant_count=1

2. Open all doors and windows.

3. Light the smudge stick, and when the flame catches, blow it out and allow the embers to start to smoke like incense. Carry it over a large shell (traditional) or bowl to catch any ashes.

4. Before you start, set an intention for your home overall, and then for each room. Say a prayer of cleansing; “I cleanse this home of any impurities, negativity, or energy that does not serve or support this home. I expel unwanted entities, I am grateful for the shelter our roof provides, and for the love these walls hold.”

5. Walk around the house, waving the sage stick so its smoke drifts into corners, along walls, around windows, and along ceiling lines. As you do, imagine the smoke absorbing negativity, problems from those who were in the space before you, toxicity, and anything else you want to go away. See the smoke dissipating and floating out the windows, and imagine that bad energy flowing out of your space, making room for positive, fresh energy. Pause in the kitchen and express gratitude for the meals you prepare there. In the bathroom, for the fresh abundant water you have been blessed with. In the bedroom for the sleep you have and wish for good dreams and peace and so on with each room.

6. After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a sage cleanse by cupping your hands over the smoke and wave it around your face and body as you would with water. Visualize any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion.

7. Take a moment to feel the energy of the house now. It should feel very light, spacious, and clear. 

8. Walk out a the front or back door, close it, and smudge around the door and door frame. Leave the bundle (safely) outside to burn itself out, and then bury it in your back yard.

9. Stay outside for a short while. Let the energies of the house reboot themselves and work. After about 5 minutes go back into the house and that is it done.

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— 1 week ago with 2175 notes
lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:







Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:


I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

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— 1 week ago with 44787 notes
#boom 
inr-pce asked: Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly, and then send it to ten of your favorite followers ♥


Answer:

oooh what a delightful message to receive in my inbox! Here are 5 nice things I cherish about myself:

  1.   I put myself first.  My mental sanity and inner peace are the most important aspects of my life. Food, water, exercise and sleep come first, everything else is a reward for meeting basic requirements.
  2. I’ve learned to stop being so strict with myself. As wonderful as it is to have morals and values to live by, it can be stress inducing to have to follow them to a tee. I’m starting to cut myself some slack; if I’m comfortable and my heart is saying “yes”, then I’m going to do it, without guilt tripping myself.
  3. I am dedicated to being healthy. After years of eating disorders and abusing my body, I’m learning to appreciate my body in every form. I’ve committed myself to finding a diet and lifestyle that works for me. I am no longer afraid to admit when I’m not making healthy choices or when something isn’t working; change is essential for making improvements.
  4. I love to challenge myself, in every way possible, to be comfortable with who I am. No makeup challenge. No hair product challenege. No bra challenge. No shaving. You name it, I’ve pretty much tried it at this point. Turns out, life is way simpler and I’m way happier when I focus on things that are important to me. No more insecurity from forgetting to pluck my eyebrows and having a semi-unibrow for a few days.
  5. My ability to find beauty and miracles surrounding me. Whether it’s the sound of squirrels playing in the trees or a magnificent sunset juxtaposed with a rising waxing moon, I appreciate the bountiful blessings the Universe has provided to me. In turn, this helps me achieve a higher vibrational state.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes

from-ritz-to-rubble:

beautiesofafrique:

San child with her grandmother (14 & 75) | Namibia| Marvin Havery

this is so so so so beautiful! 

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— 1 week ago with 6603 notes
#divine feminine 

ethiopienne:

dragonheartedrabbit:

Going on right now in Ferguson: Police are raiding a church that has been stocked with medical supplies, food, and tear gas recovery kits for community members engaging in protests. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Stand up, speak out. 

This is real life. (x)

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— 1 week ago with 60859 notes
cosmofilius:

 

If you want to change the world love a man, really love him. Choose the one whose soul calls to yours clearly who sees you; who is brave enough to be afraid. Accept his hand and guide him gently to your heart’s blood where he can feel your warmth upon him and rest there. Burn his heavy load in your fires. Look into his eyes, look deep within and see what lies dormant or awake or shy or expectant there. Look into his eyes and see there his fathers and grandfathers and all the wars and madness their spirits fought in some distant land, some distant time. Look upon their pains and struggles and torments and guilt; without judgment. And let it all go. Feel into his ancestral burden and know that what he seeks is safe refuge in you. Let him melt in your steady gaze and know that you need not mirror that rage because you have a womb, a sweet, deep gateway to wash and renew old wounds. 

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cosmofilius:

 

If you want to change the world love a man, really love him. Choose the one whose soul calls to yours clearly who sees you; who is brave enough to be afraid. Accept his hand and guide him gently to your heart’s blood where he can feel your warmth upon him and rest there. Burn his heavy load in your fires. Look into his eyes, look deep within and see what lies dormant or awake or shy or expectant there. Look into his eyes and see there his fathers and grandfathers and all the wars and madness their spirits fought in some distant land, some distant time. Look upon their pains and struggles and torments and guilt; without judgment. And let it all go. Feel into his ancestral burden and know that what he seeks is safe refuge in you. Let him melt in your steady gaze and know that you need not mirror that rage because you have a womb, a sweet, deep gateway to wash and renew old wounds.

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— 1 week ago with 222 notes
poetofwar333:

Make sure you find a WISE man. Don’t worry if he’s not cute. You can DRESS UP something that’s ugly, but u can’t cover up a fool!  ~ #idillionaire  #message for my #Queens

poetofwar333:

Make sure you find a WISE man. Don’t worry if he’s not cute. You can DRESS UP something that’s ugly, but u can’t cover up a fool!
~ #idillionaire
#message for my #Queens

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— 1 week ago with 7 notes

goddesswithinyou:

Daily Affirmation: We all experience angry and hurt feelings. Use anger and hurt to fuel the spiritual fire within and channel it into something that sparks your creativity, such as art, dance, playing with children, serving the less fortunate, etc…

— 1 week ago with 27 notes
#wisdom 
Gratitude Practice

Mornin’ all you blessed crittahs. Here’s a challenge for you for the day… what are 3 things you are grateful for today? Think about it, share it, and FEEL it with your whole being. Here is what I’m feeling especially grateful for today

1. A life partner who provides tremendous support and encouragement to embrace my uniqueness, beauty and god-given talents.

2. Living in city that aligns with my morals. Food co-ops. Gardens growing on every street. Bike paths. Scenic views. You rock, Burlington.

3. BODY AWARENESS. Hello non-fertile cervical fluid, nice to see you again! 

Sending y’all biiiiiig love & blessings

— 1 week ago
#gratitude practice  #gratitude is the attitude  #what are you grateful for today?  #peace and blessings  #namaskar 
"Seventy-five percent confident will do nicely. Seventy-five percent is a good amount. Remember, we say a flower is blooming whether it is in half, three quarters or full bloom."
Women Who Run With the Wolves (via theseareafewofmyfavorit3thingz)
— 1 week ago with 131 notes
#women who run with the wolves  #needed this  #bloom baby bloom 

menstrualblog:

snazzberries:

okay please don’t be weird about this but i’m thinking of making the switch to cloth menstrual pads to help reduce my carbon footprint. does anyone have any experience with this or advice about it? if so please let me know!

followers, please help this person out, if you can!

also, OP, feel free check the cloth pad tag on my blog: http://menstrualblog.tumblr.com/tagged/cloth-pads

menstrual cup all the way! I love my cloth pads, but they’re honestly a considerable amount of work…combining with the cup makes for a perfect match :)

— 3 weeks ago with 7 notes
#menstrual musings  #menstruation  #reusable menstrual products  #menstrual cup  #cloth pads  #glad rags