Love, love, love this kitty. Happy Earth Day, folks!

Love, love, love this kitty. Happy Earth Day, folks!

“Being a victim of oppression in the United States … is not enough to make you revolutionary, just as dropping out of your mother’s womb is not enough to make you human. People who are full of hate and anger against their oppressors or who only see Us versus Them can make a rebellion but not a revolution. The oppressed internalize the values of the oppressor. Therefore, any group that achieves power, no matter how oppressed, is not going to act differently from their oppressors as long as they have not confronted the values that they have internalized and consciously adopted different values.”
Grace Lee Boggs (via beautywood)
“My father used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (via te-hya)

HH:  Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes ~~ Rumi: ’Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.’

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youngblackandvegan:

sikssaapo-p:

"The system was never broken it was built this way"

the sooner you realize this, the sooner you’ll realize what you should really be mad at

youngblackandvegan:

sikssaapo-p:

"The system was never broken it was built this way"

the sooner you realize this, the sooner you’ll realize what you should really be mad at

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My all time favorite prayer/poem. This is a wonderful book.

skinnerhousebooks:


That Which Holds All
Because she wanted everyone to feel included 
in her prayer, 
she said right at the beginning 
several names for the Holy:
Spirit, she said, Holy One, Mystery, God
but then thinking these weren’t enough ways of addressing 
that which cannot be fully addressed, she added 
particularities, saying, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love, 
Ancient Holy One, Mystery We Will Not Ever Fully Know,
Gracious God and also Spirit of This Earth, 
God of Sarah, Gaia, Thou
and then, tongue loosened, she fell to naming 
superlatives as well: Most Creative One, 
Greatest Source, Closest Hope—  
even though superlatives for the Sacred seemed to her
probably redundant, but then she couldn’t stop:
One Who Made the Stars, she said, although she knew 
technically a number of those present didn’t believe 
the stars had been made by anyone or thing 
but just luckily happened.
One Who Is an Entire Ocean of Compassion,
she said, and no one laughed. 
That Which Has Been Present Since Before the Beginning,
she said, and the room was silent.
Then, although she hadn’t imagined it this way,
others began to offer names:
Peace, said one.
One My Mother Knew, said another.
Ancestor, said a third.
Wind.
Rain.
Breath, said one near the back. 
Refuge.
That Which Holds All.
A child said, Water.
Someone said, Kuan Yin.
Then: Womb.
Witness.
Great Kindness.
Great Eagle.
Eternal Stillness.
And then, there wasn’t any need to say the things
she’d thought would be important to say,
and everyone sat hushed, until someone said
Amen.
—Nancy Shaffer, from Instructions in Joy, available at www.uuabookstore.org, (c) Nancy Shaffer
My all time favorite prayer/poem. This is a wonderful book.

skinnerhousebooks:

That Which Holds All

Because she wanted everyone to feel included

in her prayer,

she said right at the beginning

several names for the Holy:

Spirit, she said, Holy One, Mystery, God

but then thinking these weren’t enough ways of addressing

that which cannot be fully addressed, she added

particularities, saying, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love,

Ancient Holy One, Mystery We Will Not Ever Fully Know,

Gracious God and also Spirit of This Earth,

God of Sarah, Gaia, Thou

and then, tongue loosened, she fell to naming

superlatives as well: Most Creative One,

Greatest Source, Closest Hope 

even though superlatives for the Sacred seemed to her

probably redundant, but then she couldn’t stop:

One Who Made the Stars, she said, although she knew

technically a number of those present didn’t believe

the stars had been made by anyone or thing

but just luckily happened.

One Who Is an Entire Ocean of Compassion,

she said, and no one laughed.

That Which Has Been Present Since Before the Beginning,

she said, and the room was silent.

Then, although she hadn’t imagined it this way,

others began to offer names:

Peace, said one.

One My Mother Knew, said another.

Ancestor, said a third.

Wind.

Rain.

Breath, said one near the back.

Refuge.

That Which Holds All.

A child said, Water.

Someone said, Kuan Yin.

Then: Womb.

Witness.

Great Kindness.

Great Eagle.

Eternal Stillness.

And then, there wasn’t any need to say the things

she’d thought would be important to say,

and everyone sat hushed, until someone said

Amen.

—Nancy Shaffer, from Instructions in Joy, available at www.uuabookstore.org, (c) Nancy Shaffer

ted:

In this funny, poignant talk, Brené Brown explains what makes us feel a sense of love and belonging. It’s a powerful reminder (especially for all you Type A’s out there) to embrace the messy and unknown, even when that leap of faith seems scary or uncertain.

Watch the full talk here »

inspiringwisdomgems:

The Universe is sacred. You cannot improve it, if you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it. Tao Te Ching






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inspiringwisdomgems:

The Universe is sacred.
You cannot improve it, if you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.
Tao Te Ching

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