There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Victor Hugo (via itsquoted)
From a holistic perspective, disease is generally considered the integrated result of all cosmic, environmental, chemical, electrical, mental, physical, emotional, attitudinal and spiritual stress. Thus, there is no single “cause”. Similarly, any given cause may produce either no illness or any conceivable illness, depending upon the weakest spot in an individual’s constitution.
Caroline Myss (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)
You don’t owe your family affection if they are being abusive and treating you poorly. I know that it’s so difficult not to feel guilty for holding back that love. I know that there are people who will tell you that you should just grin and bear it because they’re family. People who will shame you for the way you feel. People who will try to convince you that wanting to take care of yourself in this way is selfish and unjustified. But the truth is that it’s not your responsibility to be kind or loving to people who have consistently hurt and mistreated you — especially when these people continue to disregard your feelings, ignore your boundaries, and refuse to take responsibility for their behavior. Just because the person hurting you is family doesn’t make them an exception.
Choosing not to be affectionate with family who have abused or mistreated you doesn’t make you a bad person. It isn’t selfish or disrespectful. It’s a form of self-care. It’s about you honoring your feelings and holding people accountable for their abuse. It’s about you standing up for yourself and your needs. It’s about you making your mental health a priority. So if getting distance from certain family members is what you need right now, or permanently, then you have every right to withhold your love and leave. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of maintaining a relationship. And you don’t ever have to apologize for creating a safer space for yourself.
Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)
You can get me these ‘flowers’ any day…
Spray can tops… clever.
A Photograph of a Single Drop of Sea Water
National Geographic photographer and winner of the World Press Photo Award 2008, David Littschwager, has photographed a single drop of sea water magnified 25 times, revealing the stunning amount of life contained. The surprisingly colorful image practically shows us an entire eco-system, with crab larva, diatoms, bacteria, fish eggs, zoo plankton, and even worms. If you want to know more about each particular animal, head over to Dive Shield where they explain it in detail.
"Education begins at the home. You can’t blame the school for not putting into your child what you don’t put into him." - Geoffrey Holder. The legendary dancer Carmen de Lavallade shared this beautiful photo on her Facebook page of her husband, the legendary dancer, actor, painter and director Geoffrey Holder with their son, Leo. While I understand that Mr. Holder is retired, Ms. Carmen de Lavallade is still performing masterfully today! Her latest show, “As I Remember It” will have its world premiere at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts in June 2014 and will tour nationally through 2015. You can visit her website for more information. http://www.carmendelavallade.com/current/
Whatever you are physically… male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy - all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.
Cassandra Clare (via whateveramusesme)