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Looking back on the year, it’s hard to know what to feel. Powerful momentum. Staggering losses. Twelve months later we are collectively in a place that we’ve never been before. Exciting and scary as hell. There is no way to know what to expect.

One thing is certain. We aren’t finished yet.

Photos by Robyn Beck, Chip Somodevilla, Kristian Buus, Marlin Olynyk, Hubert Libiszewski, Kena Betancur, Sandy Huffaker and Spencer Platt.

I’m on some weird level of vibration at the moment,

I took a deep breath and concentrated on being nothing except the “me” within and it was like *POP* and I felt this super weird headrush and now my crown and third eye are like SUPER vibrating. And I feel like I’m in a cloud and I feel so relaxed and at ease and like I want to laugh at everything and cry because shit is so beautiful so like I don’t know what tf is happneing but I think I like it… so yeah Im sending some love to ya’ll as I write this cause my heart chakra is also lit af.

anonymous asked:

I have quite a few symptoms of psychosis, but I'm not diagnosed and there is no way ill be seeing a therapist anytime soon. so do you have any tips that could help me sorta self diagnose myself?

Hey anon! 

Dealing with psychosis is hard, but it’s a type of symptom that doesn’t need a diagnosis to cope with. It can appear in a number of different situations, and it’s best to focus on coping skills for symptoms that are causing you significant distress or are impacting your ability to live the life you want. Some helpful coping skills for me have been reality checks, grounding activities, and a buddy system for dealing with bad episodes. Here are some resources for dealing with psychosis:

Best of luck and stay strong

Rowan

Seconds Choice: Bellamy Blake imagine

All my life I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I was always the second choice. For everything. It hurt, deep down it really did but I pretended like nothing was going on. 

But now it was my chance to start over. We were sent down to the ground, the nuclear radio active ground to survive. Not to fall in love. I didn’t want to fall in love, but it happened.

I don’t know when or how but it happened. But the series of unfortunate events only got worse when I realized nothing would ever happen. Bellamy Blake, is the leader of our camp, he sleeps with whomever he wants because down here he was like a king. 

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seventeen at boy scout camp
  • bc i hve a raging hate for their final stage outfits (tnx pledis screw u)
  • scoups: head camp counsellor, probs eat hotdogs for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • jeonghan: that one guy that doesnt want to participate in activities bc he'll get his hair ruined
  • joshua: assists scoups on ground activities, also makes up games and shit and extra af rules bc he wants everyone to be safe
  • junhui: this boi not wearing his uniform right, has tons of badges that everyone is jealous of bc taLENT
  • hoshi: excels at games and is on his way to beat junhui's record of badges, always suggests a dance off at bonfires but gets ignored
  • wonwoo: the geeky one that reads during breaks, likes his marshmellows and hotdogs semi-burnt, whines at morning jogs
  • woozi: very serious but is actually a cutie, wants to be head camp counsellor one day like seungcheol, sings during bon fires and everybody is amazed
  • deokyeom: very funny child and likes to cut lines when lining up for food, suprisingly competitive during games wow
  • mingyu: always asks why boy scouts dont make cookies like the girl scouts do, volunteers as canteen assistant during meal times
  • minghao: thughao the best hao, apparently gets lost one day int he middle of the woods while hiking with the group bc he saw a cute squirrel and tried to catch it, stayed in the woods for a day surviving by picking berries and killing rabbits and making fire before someone found him
  • seungkwan: joins woozi at campfire songs during bonfire, everybody likes him bc extra af, kinda wimpy at competitive games but is a sweetheart, u cannot outsass boo seungkwan in a quiz game tho
  • vernon: joined boy scouts bc his parents forced him to, doesnt want to do everything but when dino drags him to games he actually likes it and joins in on the fun
  • dino: knows everything fr making a fire, doing first aid and what berries are poisonous or not; brought his own cereal box for breakfast bc he doesnt like the cheap hot dogs they serve everyday
This is the first time the seven bands of the Sioux have come together since Little Bighorn. Now, we have no weapons, only prayers. We are here for what our ancestors fought and died for. We have endured 250 years of betrayal by the white man.
—  Hawste Wakiyan Wicasa, a Native American protestor interviewed at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in September 2016

You know what would be great?  A Black Widow movie spanning from its origins with Dottie Underwood to its completion with Natasha Romanoff.

I’ll just be waiting over here, Marvel.

Ten Innovative Grounding Techniques

1. Change the sheets - the activity is tactile and requires concentration the sheets are clean so smell good.

2. Dance or sing - you can do this in your bedroom or around the house. It doesn’t have to be in public! Helps you expend energy and calm down is fun and if you use music that means something to you or one of your alters it can be grounding.

3. Bake - a tactile activity that requires concentration. Grounding with delicious results!!

4. A hot shower - my last resort grounding technique as it can be inconvenient !! Strip off and stand under the water hot or cold. Cleanses you. Not that you are dirty. Just cleanses you of stress, bad thoughts and mad thoughts!

5. Walk barefoot - shoes are great but they disconnect you from your world. Walking barefoot on crisp grass is great!

6. Gardening - sounds a bit odd but it’s a great way to see and appreciate the world around you.

7. Take a duvet day - sometimes there is nothing better than to wrap yourself in a soft blanket and say “there there” to yourself!

8. Paint - you don’t have to be artistic!

9. Moisturise - every yummy glob of body cream rubbed in brings you one step closer to being grounded. Carry hand cream in your handbag!

10. This one is for you to choose - not because I’m lazy but different things work for different people and being creative is fun!!!! Let us know your ideas!

The earth is frozen
cold and strong
this ground isn’t yielding
to the bite of my shovel
I don’t know how I’m supposed to burry my memories
I’m having trouble finding a way of laying to rest
all the days and talks and little falls
whirring around my mind
each begging to be analyzed
at a depth I know would only down me
so you see, I must clear my shoulders
blow off the dust
pour the rocks into a cavern
so they stop bouncing against my legs
where they sit in my pockets
when I try to take a step forward
how much strength does it take to forget
at least for a little while
so I can start again
—  A.O.A.M. || Release

Finger Tattvas- Ring and Finger Symbolism

If one is right handed, the right hand is considered your active or giving hand and the left, your passive or receiving hand. If left handed, this is reversed.

Index finger

Wearing a ring on this finger on the active hand is known to boost self-esteem, confidence, and great leadership qualities. On the passive hand, it signifies accepting the leadership of others. If you lack self-confidence, wear a ring on the index finger of your active hand.

The best suitable stones to wear for enhancing confidence are blue topaz, amethyst and lapis lazuli.

Middle finger

The middle finger represents values and responsibilities. A ring worn on this finger indicates that the wearer takes life seriously and knows the difference between right and wrong. If worn on the passive hand, it can indicate that the wearer needs to be seen as serious and responsible. The best stones to wear on the active hand for personal grounding and balance are moonstone and rose quartz.

Ring finger

A ring on this finger on the active hand enhances the ability to impart creativity to others and bring out the best in them. On the passive hand - for many people, this is their wedding finger - a ring brings creativity, which can be used to overcome challenges - an ideal skill for any marriage!

If single, a gold ring with coloured stones worn on the passive hand will invite passion.

Pinky

On the active hand, it signifies the wearer to be an exceptional negotiator with excellent abilities in expressing themselves. It can also be an indication of sexual availability or curiosity! On the passive hand, it shows a fantastic listener and strong intuition.

The best stones to help with communication (on the passive hand) or intuition (on the active hand) are amber, citrine and moonstone.

Thumb

A ring on the thumb on the active hand is indicative of asserting your will over others. On the passive hand, you may be easily led by others. If you need to be more assertive, wear a narrow silver ring on the active hand.

The best stones to wear to combat gullibility (on the passive hand) are garnet, ruby, and carnelian.

No rings

If you dislike rings or never wear them, you are a free spirit. You tend to be impulsive, don’t like to be tied down, and take each moment as it comes.

More than one ring

You may find that their energies balance or cancel each other out! Just as what clothes you choose to wear are governed by your mood, allow your intuition to guide you as to which rings worn on which fingers will be most helpful to you that day.

A ring on every finger:

People who wear rings on every finger at once may have difficulty in getting organised or making decisions. They can also be a little eccentric or enjoy being in the spotlight!

By K.Nagori

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Sun Salutations Pose by Pose!

Begin in Mountain Pose/Tadasana balance and ground, bring the hands to Anjali Mudra.

Inhale release the palms face up and raise them up into upward salute coming into a slight back bend if this feels good.

Exhale fold forward into Uttanasana.

Inhale step the right leg back to lunge, extend through the crown of the head and lift up through the chest to create space.

Exhale step the left leg back into Downward Facing Dog. Externally rotate the shoulders, lift the tailbone up to the sky and reach the heels to the floor.

Inhale roll out to Plank Pose. Engage the core stay strong!

Exhale and lower down in Chaturanga or lower the knees, chest and chin.

Inhale move up into Cobra / Bhujangasana relaxing the shoulders back and down and remembering to keep the legs active by extending and grounding through the tops of the feet.

Exhale push back up to Downward Facing Dog.

Inhale step the right leg up to lunge.

Exhale step the left leg up to meet the right and fold forward back to Uttanasana.

Inhale bend the knees and taking the arms out wide, palms face up come back into Mountain pose / Tadasana.

Ready to repeat on the left side for a complete round of Sun Salutation :)

There are many other versions of course but this is a great one for beginners and a wonderful way of building heat in the body to prepare you for standing postures and balances later.

Enjoy and always practice mindfully listen to your body and let your breath be your guide.

Namaste

My Life Driving Uber as an Iraq War Veteran with PTSD

Stuck on my dashboard where everyone can see is my Combat Infantry Badge. It’s a medal given to soldiers “who personally fought in active ground combat… engaged in active ground combat, to close with and destroy the enemy with direct fires.” It’s supposed to be a conversation starter, a way to bridge the gap between the passengers who are constantly coming in and going out of my car.

Almost no one notices it, or they notice it and just don’t care.

I’ve picked up countless fares and only two have asked me what it was. When I told them it was an award I earned in Iraq, one guy went on a monologue—to impress me, I guess—about a distant relative of his who was in the Special Forces. The other said nothing beyond, “Oh.”

Far more people ask me why I have a plain black-and-white Uber decal on my windshield and not one of those “cool” glow-in-the-dark ones instead. Others ask why I don’t also have a pink mustache. But mostly my passengers spend the ride staring down at their phones, treating me like a machine while my thoughts drift, inevitably, to the voiceovers from Taxi Driver that have been rattling around in my head for months.

Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.

Except I’m not standing up. I’m sitting down, watching the city fly past my windshield.

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Champion Reveal: Taliyah

TALIYAH THE STONEWEAVER

It’s tough being different, and Taliyah’s earth-shattering powers have always set her apart from the crowd. She’s a control mage who weaves the ground beneath her into a deadly weapon; when she sets her sights on a destination, the world itself shifts to get her there.

PASSIVE: ROCK SURFING

When out of combat, Taliyah builds movement speed whenever traveling near walls.

Q: THREADED VOLLEY

Passive: Taliyah gains increased movement speed when traversing worked ground.

Active: Taliyah rips up the ground around her, firing a volley of five stone shards in a target direction while moving freely. CastingThreaded Volley converts the area into worked ground for a few minutes. Additional Threaded Volley casts over worked ground will yield just one rock projectile.

W: SEISMIC SHOVE

Taliyah marks a target location. After a brief delay, the ground erupts, knocking up and damaging all enemies caught in the blast zone. Taliyah can recast Seismic Shove before it erupts to throw the victims in any targeted direction—even over walls.

E: UNRAVELED EARTH

Taliyah scatters boulders onto the ground before her. Opponents who dash through the fractured earth take damage from an explosion. After a few seconds, any remaining rocks in the field erupt, dealing a second wave of damage.

R: WEAVER’S WALL

Taliyah briefly channels before summoning a massive wall of spiraling rock that tears through the Rift in a target direction. Taliyah can reactivate Weaver’s Wall while channeling to ride atop the wall as it emerges. Taking damage or inputting a move command in any direction will cut her ride short.

LANING

Taliyah is all about control—she dictates when and where she fights by setting up a gauntlet of traps for her lane opponent to navigate. To win trades, she can close off a section of a lane with Unraveled Earth and knock her opponent into the trap with a well-placed Seismic Shove. With her opponent exposed, a quick Threaded Volley will melt their health.

Taliyah’s passive lets her bust out her rock-board and surf over to a side lane with tremor-inducing speed.”

Spamming Taliyah’s abilities in lane will slowly diminish her dueling power, however, since ground which has been worked by Threaded Volley won’t produce enough missiles to effectively stave off fast-approaching attackers. Experienced Taliyah players will work around this by carefully working strips of ground in a trail leading to their tower. She can use the exhausted pathways as an escape route when thirsty enemy junglers come barreling into her lane.

If she’s winning trades and dodging ganks, Taliyah excels at pushing waves into towers with her area of effect attacks. Once she’s pushed her wave, her passive lets her bust out her rock-board and surf over to a friendly lane with tremor-inducing speed. She’ll cruise alongside the map’s walls, constantly gaining movement speed before blasting into a buddy’s lane. Building an item like Luden’s Echo gives Shurima’s greatest (and only) surfer the means to dart around even faster, making her roams especially deadly.

SKIRMISHING

If you thought Taliyah’s ganks were cataclysmic because of her passive, just wait til she hits level six. Weaver’s Walllets her roam to other lanes with ease, and the wall she rides in on can block off escape routes for the poor soul(s) she chooses to gank.

If you thought Taliyah’s ganks were cataclysmic because of her passive, just wait til she hits level six.”

Clever Taliyah players will use her ult to instantly apply pressure to far-flung objectives on the map. The enemy team’s taking Dragon? Excellent: just cruise over there and fill up the pit withUnraveled Earth, then blast the enemy jungler out of the fight using Seismic Shove. They’re fighting Baron but taking lots of damage? Sweet: simply line up your ult to wall off the Baron pit with them in it, sealing the squishies in the oven to prepare a delicious feast for your teammates.

Taliyah’s strongest items allow her even greater control over her opponents’ movement. When she dings a fleeing enemy with Threaded Volleywhile wielding Rylai’s Crystal Scepter, the item’s slow effect will make it that much easier for her to land her signature knockup-into-Unraveled Earth combo. Items that boost her low in-combat movement speed help the Stoneweaver quickly maneuver herself into the best spot to control any battle.

TEAMFIGHTS

Taliyah can steal an enemy blue buff after a fight, then Weaver’s Wall to double-time it all the way to the enemy team’s Brambleback for the double-buff.”

In teamfights, Taliyah’s area of effect abilities give her masterful power over her enemies’ positioning. She might use Seismic Shove to hurl incoming juggernauts away from the fight, then slow the enemy team’s exposed backline with carefully-planted Unraveled Earth. Taliyah’s damage-less ult means that she won’t bring major burst power to fights, but she can unearth herWeaver’s Wall to split their team in half, giving Taliyah and her team the chance to gang up on exposed opponents before moving onto those left behind.

Once a teamfight has ended, Taliyah is able to press her advantage with speed and grace. Her passive lets her rapidly cruise alongside jungle walls, catching up to escaping enemies or making her way to a far-flung tower. Once late-game hits and she drops a third point into her ultimate, its range increases enormously—she can steal an enemy blue buff after a fight, then Weaver’s Wall to double-time it all the way to the enemy’s Brambleback camp for the double-buff.

McGonagall knows Best

Woo, we finally have some representation from a non-Drarry pairing. Love me some Scorbus, and love me some Mpreg. Thanks Anon!

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Minerva McGonagall had been teaching at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry for several decades, and serving as Head Mistress for nearly 15 years. During her years, she had weathered the rise and fall of homicidal mad man (twice), war breaking out in the Wizarding World, active attempts at one of her student’s life (at least seven times, though she lost track of that particular student), and even an active battle on school grounds. So Minerva McGonagall liked to think that she could handle anything.

That didn’t stop her from expecting the worst when she found Albus Potter at her door in the middle of the night, eyes red from crying.

“Professor, I think I’ve really fucked up.”

Despite being woken in the middle of the night, the headmistress kept her usual professional composure, “Mr. Potter, having managed to survive you father’s entire educational career, I assure you there is nothing you might have done that I have not dealt with before.”

“I’m pregnant.”

“Ah,I’ve spoken too soon.” She should have expected as much from a Potter. She sighed, “Come in, Potter. This might be best discussed over tea.”

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#NoShameDay Im not sure if this is okey but i wanted to write more and felt that my last post was too long and I got lost in all that text. Summary: I have BPD, OCD, GAD, Panic disorder, social anxiety. 17 years of age and survived and recovered from eating disorders. I have BPD which is quite scary and confusing. There is not that much info out there that isnt ableist. Also Im finding DBT really hard due to my social difficulties aswell as my OCD hindering me from making progress. My disorders and difficulties makes life hard. Not always because I cant work out ways but because my ways and behaviors annoy others. I stim. A lot. I dissociate easily and sometimes have to do quite active and physical grounding technices to stay in one place. Im very ashamed of my inability to do things, handle things and cope with everyday life. Its also difficult to describe how my life is. Dissociation is an everyday struggle. In diffrent degrees. At times I hallucinate and an delusional. At other times im empty and far away from what is happening. But mostly Im cold and shut off. This is and everyday struggle. Today im speaking about it. And it feels a bit easier