Walk Your Own Path

‘There is no form that in and of itself is closer to God. All forms are just forms… not better to stay single or to marry; not better to marry or to stay single. Each individual has his or her unique karmic predicament: each individual must therefore listen very carefully to hear her or his dharma or way or path. For one person it will be as a mother, or for another it will be Brahmachary or celibate. For one it will be a householder, for another to be a saddhu, a wondering monk. Not better or worse. To live another’s dharma, to try to be a Buddha or to be Christ because Christ did it, doesn’t get us there; it just makes us mimickers. This game is much more subtle; we have to listen to hear what our path through is, moment by moment, choice by choice.’

- Ram Dass, Grist for the Mill.

When we are not in conflict within ourselves, we are not in conflict outwardly. It is the inward strife which, projected outwardly, becomes the world conflict.

War is the spectacular and bloody projection of our everyday living. We precipitate war out of our daily lives; and without a transformation in ourselves, there are bound to be national and racial antagonisms, the childish quarrelling over ideologies, the multiplication of soldiers, the saluting of flags, and all the many brutalities that go to create organized murder.

Education throughout the world has failed, it has produced mounting destruction and misery. Governments are training the young to be the efficient soldiers and technicians they need; regimentation and prejudice are being cultivated and enforced. Taking these facts into consideration, we have to inquire into the meaning of existence and the significance and purpose of our lives. We have to discover the beneficent ways of creating a new environment; for environment can make the child a brute, an unfeeling specialist, or help him to become a sensitive, intelligent human being. We have to create a world government which is radically different, which is not based on nationalism, on ideologies, on force.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Turtles can breathe through their butts and pee through their mouths. Source Source 2

Happy World Turtle Day!

Turtle habitats are rapidly disappearing, and both turtles and tortoises are endangered due to many global threats. World Turtle Day was founded to spread awareness and encourage learning about how to help protect these animals and help them thrive.

Originally posted by georgetakei

They are adorable, after all.

Originally posted by stephstuff

I mean, how many other animals do you know that can grow a green mohawk?

The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.
—  Warsan Shire

In Japan’s universal health care system, Hospitals, by law, must be run as non-profit and be managed by physicians. For-profit corporations are not allowed to own or operate hospitals.

Patients are free to select physicians or facilities of their choice and cannot be denied coverage. 

Also

Japan has about three times as many hospitals per capita as the US and, on average, Japanese people visit the hospital more than four times as often as the average American.

I guess, that’s the reason they live so long..

Those who have found the source of love within themselves are no longer in need of love. And they will be loved. They will love for no other reason but simply because they have too much of it - just as a rain cloud wants to rain, just as a flower wants to release its fragrance, with no desire to get anything. The reward of love is in loving, not in getting love.
—  Osho

Mentally ill boys exist.
Mentally ill boys are just as valid as mentally ill girls.
Mentally ill boys deserve just as much validation and recognition as mentally ill girls.
Mentally ill boys deserve love and should be hugged.
Mentally ill boys need support too.
Mentally ill boys are not ‘weak’.
Mentally ill boys struggle too, and I for one am always here for them ❤

From the very beginning you are being told to compare yourself with others. This is the greatest disease; it is like a cancer that goes on destroying your very soul because each individual is unique, and comparison is not possible. I am just myself and you are just yourself. There is nobody else in the world you can be compared with.
—  Osho