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“Do your thing. Do the–do the stuff. Talk about yourself, man.”

20 Things "A Series of Unfortunate Events" has taught me, and why it's one of the best books to read.

1) not everyone in the world is bad or good.

2) you can make the most out of the worst situations.

3) knowing what’s right yourself is more important, than having other people tell you what is, this is a crucial step in becoming a better person.

4) there is more goodness in the world than we actually see, you just have to look for it.

5) being educated and educating yourself will go along way especially if a crazy count is after your family fortune.

6) some mysteries will never be answered and that’s okay.

7) it is important to be well read. Also to read as much as you can, and to find joy in it. You never know when strange information will be needed.

8) terrible things will happen and that’s okay, you must move on and remember it in your heart to be better than what the situation is.

9) life will be unexpected, wether it be good or bad.

10) death is certain

11) villains are not always evil

12) hero’s are not always good

13) you can not always trust the news, and what it tells you, remember there are always multiple sides to a story. ( the daily punctilio)

14) tying your hair up will help you think better
(Violet Baudelaire)

15) people often disguise themselves as they wish others to see Rather than who they truly are.

16) people are not perfect, adults are not perfect and more than often make wrong choices and mistakes. This is okay.

17) sometimes the people you trust are truly betraying you. Be wise in the friends you keep and value the one you have.

18) choosing mercy is a better road than revenge, it is often shorter and more rewarding.

19) villains are not born. They become that way over time, and because of the situations that have shaped them. Saying so don’t be so quick to judge the person who has wronged you.

20) the end is not always the end. There is always more.

INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS SERIES, HOW TO MEDITATE, 10 TIPS

How to Meditate: 10 Important Tips

Why meditate?

On one level, meditation is a tool.

It can help combat stress, fosters physical health, helps with chronic pain, can make you sleep better, feel happier, be more peaceful, as well as be more present.

But on a deeper level, meditation is a doorway into the unknown. It can help us get a sense of the mystery of who we are.

When you start meditating, you’ll notice how unruly the mind is.

I remember being quite shocked by this!

At first, my mind was all over the place.

Profound thoughts about my past or future jostled with mundane thought clips about what groceries I needed to buy. Some time afterwards I would come too and notice that I had spend 15 minutes running a painful memory over and over.

It was like sitting in a crazy cinema!

So, if you’re starting out with meditation, please don’t beat yourself up about your wild mind. It is a natural condition. In time you will learn to work kindly with the barrage of thoughts and you will find some clarity and peacefulness.

Here are some simple tips on how to meditate. .

1. Posture

Whether you sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor, make sure that your spine is upright with head up. If you are slumped your mind will drift. Mind and body are intertwined. If your body is well-balanced, your mind will also be in balance. To straighten up, imagine that your head is touching the sky.

2. Eyes

Try and keep you eyes open. Open eyes allow you to be more present. Just lower your eyes and let your gaze be soft. If you close your eyes you will be more likely to drift away on thoughts and stories. However, it’s important to do what is comfortable for you. Some people find closing their eyes much more effective. It’s good to experiment and see what feels best for you.

2. Focus

In ordinary consciousness we are hardly ever present. For example, sometimes we drive the car on autopilot while being preoccupied with thoughts. Suddenly we arrive at our destination and don’t remember anything about the drive!

So, meditation is a wonderful way of waking up to our life. Otherwise we miss most of our experiences because we are somewhere else in our mind! Let’s take a look at what focus is. In ordinary life, we tend to equate focus with concentration. That’s like using the mind like a concentrated beam of light. But in meditation, that kind of mind isn’t helpful. It’s too sharp and edgy. To focus in meditation means to pay soft attention to whatever you place in the centre of awareness. I suggest using the breath as a focus. It’s like a natural door that connects ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. Zen Master Toni Packer says:

Attention comes from nowhere. It has no cause. It belongs to no one

3. The breath

Paying attention to the breath is a great way to anchor yourself in the present moment. Notice your breath streaming in and out. There’s no need to regulate the breath – just let it be natural.

4. Counting you breath

If you are having difficulties settling, you can try counting the breath – which is an ancient meditation practice. On your outbreath, silently count “one”, then “two”, and up to “four”. Then return to “one”. Whenever you notice your thoughts have strayed far away or you find yourself counting “thirty-three”, simply return to “one”. In this way, “one” is like coming home to the present moment. It’s good to return without a backward glance.

5. Thoughts

When you notice thoughts, gently let them go by returning yous focus to the breath. Don’t try to stop thoughts; this will just make you feel agitated. Imagine that they are unwelcome visitors at your door: acknowledge their presence and politely ask them to leave. Then shine the soft light of your attention on your breath.

6. Emotions

It’s difficult to settle into meditation if you are struggling with strong emotions. This is because some emotions tend to breed stories in the mind. Especially anger, shame and fear create stories that repeat over and over in the mind. Anger and shame make us keep looking at past events of the past. Fear looks at the future with stories that start with, “What if…”

The way to deal with strong emotions in meditation is to focus on the body feelings that accompany the emotion. For example, this could be the tight band of fear around the chest or the hot roiling of anger in the belly. Let go of the stories and refocus on your body. In this way you are honouring your emotions but not becoming entangled in stories.

7. Silence

Silence is healing. I know that there are is a lot of ‘meditation music’ around, but nothing beats simple silence. Otherwise the music or sounds on the tape just drown out the chatter in your mind. When we sit in silence we actually get to experience what our mind is doing. There is steadiness and calmness that comes from sitting in silence. In time outer and inner silence meet and you come to rest in the moment.

8. Length

Start with 10 minutes and only sit longer if you feel the length is too short. Don’t force yourself to meditate longer if you are not ready to do that. In time you might like to extend your meditation to 25 minutes. That’s a length that allows you to settle your mind without causing too much stress on your body. Most importantly, shrug off any ‘shoulds’. Some people enjoy sitting for an hour at a time. Others find that they can’t sit longer than 10 minutes. Do what feels right for you!

9. Place

It’s lovely to create a special place to sit. You can even make a shrine or an altar that you can face when you sit in meditation. You might like to place a candle on your altar and objects that have meaning to you. It’s lovely to find objects for your altar as you walk. Maybe you find stones, or seashells, or flowers that speak to you.

10. Enjoyment

Most of all, it’s important to enjoy meditation. You might like to try sitting with a hint of a smile. Be kind to yourself. Start sitting just a little each day.

Watch the video below to get access to the Meditation Resource Guide.

Tú siempre serás mi excepción favorita, esa regla que he roto varias veces, eso que negué, lo inimaginable, eso a lo que dije nunca más.
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Missing Puzzle Piece (part 1) - Likelovelikesuicide - Glee [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 17/?
Fandom: Glee, klaine - Fandom, Early!klaine - Fandom
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel
Characters: Kurt Hummel, Blaine Anderson, Glee Ensemble
Additional Tags: Part 1 of 3, missing puzzle piece
Summary:

Canon Follow Klaine - This Fic contains missing scenes from seasons 1 and 2 of GLEE following the story of Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson. This is part 1 of a 3 part series …

Why I am sure that Season 4 is about Even

1: Isaks season was only 10 episodes, the other two seasons have twelve episodes each.. Isaks season was about him and about accepting his sexuality and he is happy at the end of IT…but only near the end we found out that Even was bipolar and we got to see a little glimpse of how it looked and how Isak got to deal with it. But why was it only 10 episodes? Why start a story about mental illness near the end and then move on to a new character, if the reason is not that Even gets his own season? Skam is an incredibly important series that educates young people. And mental illness is something that many young people suffer from (I suffer too), I honestly do not think that they just gave us a little bit of something so important and then not continue on that track and talk about it more. This is the perfekt time to let a bipolar character Have his own season! And maybe because Isak & Even are a couple now and their storys collide is the reason for the 10 episodes instead of 12?

2: in the last episode, in the kitchen when Even talks about his mother with Isak, he sends a message to someone, surely his mother, we hear that the message is sent, we hear the sound of Even’s phone, which we do not usually hear from someone other than the main character. Which is very strange, why do we hear that now all of a sudden? Maybe because we are slowly replacing the main character?

3: Okay, we all know for sure that we will get a season with both Sana and Vilde. Obvious! But the other seasons have been about people who are still in school, and this then becomes Evens last year in school, therefore the last chance for him to get a season. so it’s perfect timing for Even to have his own season. I myself see no reason why any of the other guys would get their own season yet. Even is the only guy right now that has an important story to tell. with this timing, they build up Vilde’s season really good, I see that Sana will get season 5 & Vilde get season 6 when russetime occurs.

4: the other seasons have ended with who next season will be all about. In season one it ends with Eva & Noora, season two ends with Isak looks at us. And season three ends with Even looking at Isak. (Okay, it ends with Isak & Eva but they have already had a season) This may be to fool us what do I know, but I do not think that they break the pattern. It is one of the things I love about the season finale. and not only that, the last thing we see is the text ‘alt er love’. the first time we see this is in Evens room, on a note attached to his wardrobe. it can not be a coincidence that they end the season with Even looking at us/ Isak and then the 'alt er love’ at the end IF season 4 is not about Even, like come on!

The conversation between Isak and Eva was a bit strange. It was realistic and all that, I understand, but it gave me a strange feeling. that something will happen. that their story does not end there. I can not really explain it but I still have a strange feeling. it feels like it was the beginning of something new. I cant be the only one feeling like this?

and finally, it is Isak & Even’s love story that made the whole world to watch Skam. so why not continue with their love story? because I like many others felt that 10 episodes was not enough, we want more! However, I want Evens season to be about how he is with being bipolar, and everything else we do not know about him, but Isak become a big part of his life now and I think we deserve to see more of them two together. there are too many loose ends if we only get to see them in the background..

I Have strong faith that Even Will be the main in season 4, and I suck at explaining things and even worse in english so sorry for that. Just wanted to share My thoughts.

NOW WHEN WILL WE GET THAT TRAILER?!?!

INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS SERIES, WHAT IS WICCA

What Is Wicca?

History Misconceptions Satan Evil Spells Divinity
Nature Other Faiths Afterlife Sin Ethics
Leadership Churches Magick What is Wicca?

History


Wicca is a neo-pagan religion based on the pre-Christian
traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Its
origins can be traced even further back to Paleolithic
peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility
Goddess. Cave paintings found in France (and dated at
30,000 years old) depict a man with the head of a stag,
and a woman with a swollen, pregnant belly. They stand in
a circle with eleven mortals. These archetypes of the
divine are worshipped by Wiccans to this very day. By
these standards, the religion that is now called Wicca, is
perhaps the oldest religion in the world.

In 1951, the laws against Witchcraft were repealed in
England. A man named Gerald Gardner was the first to
come into the public eye with a description of what
modern witches were practicing. His information came
from the traditions of a coven called the New Forest
Witches, and from Ceremonial Magick and the Cabballah.
He began what is now called the Gardnerian Tradition of
Wicca. From Gardnerian came Alexandrian Tradition,
and a host of other offshoots that today number in the
hundreds.

Misconceptions


For two thousand years the image of the Witch has been
associated with evil, heathenism, and blasphemy. These
ideas have their origin in Christian myths created to
convert members of the Old Religion to that of the new.
By making the Witch into a diabolical character of ill
intent and action, the Christian missionaries were able to
attach fear to a word that had once meant Healer, Wise
One, and Seer.

These fears are present to this day. When we think of the archetypal image of the Witch, we remember the evil enchantress of childhood tales. We think of an old, wrinkled hag with a nasty wart on her nose. We think of hexes, and devils, and foul incantations chanted around a bubbling cauldron. While we modern witches have been known to stir up herbal remedies in a cauldron, we are a far cry indeed from the horrifying Wicked Witch of the West!


Witches Do Not Worship Satan

To believe in Satan, one must subscribe to the Christian mythos. We do not. Wicca does not have any belief in, nor do we worship a concept of evil incarnate. All life is perceived as a
constant flow of positive and negative energies, which
intertwine to create the balance of life. [From my own
experience, I must say that the only evil I have ever
observed in the world has come from Man. There are no
ax-murderers, or child-abusers to be found in the animal
kingdom, or in nature as a whole.

Witches Do Not Cast Evil Spells

Modern Witches have a very strict belief in the Law of Return. Whatever we send out into our world shall return to us, so even the most ill-tempered Witch would not consider doing magick
to harm another being. The spells that we do involve
things like Healing, Love, Wisdom, Creativity, and Joy.
The “potions” that we stir might be a headache remedy,
or a cold tonic, or an herbal flea bath for the family dog.

Beliefs

Immanent Divinity

Wiccans believe that the spirit of God/dess exists in every living thing: in the trees, the rain, the flowers, the sea, and in each other. This means that we must treat our peers, and all the beings of the Earth as aspects of the Divine. We attempt to honour and respect life, in all its many and diverse expressions.

Nature

Wiccans learn from and worship nature by
celebrating the cycles of the sun, and the cycles of the
moon. We look into ourselves for the cycles within that
correspond to those of the natural world, and try to
move in harmony with the movement of life. Our teachers
come in the form of trees, rivers, lakes, meadows, and
mountains, as well as other humans who have walked the
path before us. This belief infers a reverence and
respect for the environment, and all of life upon the
Earth We revere the spirits of the elements that create
our world. Air, Fire, Water, and Earth combine to
manifest all creation. From these four elements we gain
wisdom, and understanding of how the universe unfolds.
The rhythms of nature are the rhythms of our lives.
Wiccans attempt to dance in step with the pulse of the
Earth.

Other Faiths

Modern Witches believe in freedom first!
We do not choose to look at our path as the “one true
right way,” but as one path among many to the center.
We do not convert new members to the Craft, nor do we
advertise or prosteletize. We believe that anyone who is
meant for this path will find it through their own search.
Wiccans practice tolerance and acceptance toward all
other religions, as long as those faiths do not preach or
commit harm to others.

Afterlife

Most Witches believe in reincarnation of some
sort, whether it be the Eastern version known as the
Transmigration of Souls (the spirit incarnating one body
after another in an effort to learn all the life lessons
that it can), or Ancestral Incarnation (where the spirit
and life lessons of the grandfather transmute to the
granddaughter, and so on down the genetic line). The
latter is a more traditionally Celtic approach, but both
are accepted.


Sin In Wicca

We do not have a specific concept of sin.
There is no heaven or hell that souls will go to based on
their worldly actions. Wrong-doing is governed and
determined by the individual conscience. With the belief
in the Law of Return, one’s actions will determine one’s
future. The individual is therefore responsible for his or
her own fate, based on what he or she chooses to do
internally and externally in the world.


Ethics

Wicca has but one law of action and ethics. It is
called the Wiccan Rede or the Wiccan Law, and can be
found under the Reading Room category of the same
name. “And ye harm none” covers almost everything that
the Ten Commandments do: don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t
cheat, etc. It encourages us to strive not to harm any
living thing - including ourselves - except perhaps to
survive. Whether this means that you must become a
vegetarian or a passivist is up to the individual. The
Wiccan Law serves as a guideline to action, not a
mandate. The only law that the Ten Commandments
express that is not covered by the Wiccan Law is that of
marriage and adultery. In Wicca, love itself is
sanctified, with or without government authorization. As
long as two individuals share a sincere bond of love that
does not harm either party, it does not matter if they
are legally joined, if they are heterosexual, homosexual,
bisexual, or interracial.

Leadership vs. Hierarchy

There is no Arch Bishop of Wicca. There is no one person or organization that determines the practices and beliefs of Wicca as a whole. Instead, Wicca is formed of small nebulas groups
and solitaries who are charged with the leadership of
themselves. Wicca is a religion of clergy, not followers.
Each person who seriously pursues the Craft, whether it
be through study in a particular tradition, or through
self-teaching and private learning, has the choice to
become a priest or priestess of Wicca. Most modern
traditions of Wicca offer a three year program of
learning that will bring the student to the level of High
Priest or Priestess.

Churches and Temples

Wiccans do not usually have churches created specifically for the worship of the gods. Our temple is found in nature, among the creations of the divine. We meet in a circle that represents the Circle of Life, and the equality that we share. There is no
head, no top, no beginning and no end. When necessary,
our circles take place indoors in houses, apartments, or
wherever we can find a sacred, protected space. But
ideally, a circle will take place in a grove beneath the
stars, with the silver moon shining down from above.


Magick

Witches believe in the power of magick to
create change. A prominent Wiccan author named
Starhawk defines magick as “the art of changing
consciousness at will.” By being in tune with the rhythms
of life, we can create change for ourselves and for our
world. We use herbs, oils, colours, stones, crystals, and
other symbolic materials to represent the change we wish
to create. Wiccans believe that the individual is
responsible for his or her own reality. If there is
something that is not healthy, or conducive to happiness
and growth, we have the power to change it. As aspects
of the divine, we are each Creator and Creatress, filled
with the power to manifest all that we dream of or
desire.

What is Wicca?

Wicca is a forest in the light of the silvery moon…a glade enchanted by the light of the Faery. It is the dewdrop on the petals of a flower in bloom, the warmth of the summer sun on the skin, the fall of colourful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow upon the Earth. It is light, and shadow and all that
lies in between. It is the song of the wind, and the tune of the tides. It is the symphony of life! To be a Witch is to be a healer, a teacher, a seeker, a giver, and a protector of all things living and alive. If this path be yours, may you tread it with honour and with light!

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  • Me: I don't think I want to go to college. I'm not very good at school and don't much enjoy it I don't see a point in paying for more. Besides what I wanna do doesn't require college.
  • Cousin: gonna work at McDonald's your whole life?
  • Me: no I-
  • Sister: you have to go to college to get a job how will you pay for insurance and rent
  • Me: where we live isn't expensive livin-
  • Mom: Gonna work at Burger King are you?
  • Me: please stop
  • Everyone: college is most important in determining your value and if you don't go you're worthless
  • Me: please
  • Everyone: COLLEGE
  • Me: sorry