It's a LIE that ...


1. Being tough on yourself will lead to success. Constantly criticising every move you make will slowly wear you down and undermine your will to try.

2. Self-compassion is a form of selfishness. In fact, people who are willing to give themselves a break are much more likely to be kind to other…


Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.

Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.

Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”



"Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis," The Independent. (via madelinecoleman)

"strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands"

"too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements"

"don’t give me that French shit."

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As a form of identity, religion is inextricable from all the other factors that make up a person’s self-understanding, like culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender and sexual orientation. What a member of a suburban megachurch in Texas calls Christianity may be radically different from what an impoverished coffee picker in the hills of Guatemala calls Christianity. The cultural practices of a Saudi Muslim, when it comes to the role of women in society, are largely irrelevant to a Muslim in a more secular society like Turkey or Indonesia. The differences between Tibetan Buddhists living in exile in India and militant Buddhist monks persecuting the Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, in neighboring Myanmar, has everything to do with the political cultures of those countries and almost nothing to do with Buddhism itself.

No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives.

After all, scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture necessarily involves bringing to it one’s own perspectives and prejudices.


- Reza Aslan, Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One who Misunderstands Religion (via visardist)

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'Night hides the world, but reveals a universe'

"Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you."

- Ali ibn abi Talib (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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Ben Affleck speaks about Islamophobia X


okay um yas

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“A member of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition plays the bagpipe for an indifferent penguin, 1904.”

#the greatest caption in the history of the world

Some choose to be granted the gift of languageto use words to seduce and change the world.  Some choose to be granted the gift of sight, to envision and recreate beauty.  Some choose to be made into figureheads, pale shadows of those who walk the true and enlightened path, alongside us.  Some choose material wealth, mere shadows of true wealth, true power.

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"The world can be cruel, it’s true. The world can also be merciless. And there’s no guarantee that anyone may ever give you anything back. However, once you accept this, and acknowledge it. You become more powerful than the world."

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