grow your soul

Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
—  Kurt Vonnegut
10

I make light in dark minds
You take the signal inward and it shines

Happy Birthday, John Frusciante!

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
—  Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country.
Be careful,
you are not in Wonderland.
I’ve heard
the strange madness
long growing in your soul,
in your isolation
but you are fortunate in your ignorance.
You who have suffered
find where love hides,
give, share, lose,
lest we die unbloomed.
—  Kill Your Darlings
You’ll Be There

Request: “Hi I was wondering if you could write a Neville longbottom x metamorphmagus!reader? Where the reader likes to hang around Neville and likes to listen to him talking about the different plants and he notices that hair changes colors when she around him but it stays the same natural color when they are around other people.”

Pairing: Neville Longbottom

Word Count: 1464

Warnings: None

A/n: sorry if this sucks - first time writing this character :)


Today your hair was its natural colour. But to use the word “natural” was somewhat stretching the definition. On normal days, your hair dulled to a brownish-purple colour. Your mother, who had passed down this strange gene, had said that the colour must’ve reflected your content moods. You soon learned in your early days that your hair was a literal mood ring, displaying your emotions for the entire world to see. And you hated it.

You were lucky to have no one tease you for your natural trait, although many handled you with caution when your hair flared a deep red. Friends would often come up and ask you what was wrong if your hair was a sorrowful blue. The only time you felt that people were totally comfortable around you was when your hair was the dark purplish hue that it subjected most of the time. You remembered your first years at Hogwarts, concealing the colour with a hat all the time. Since then you had become more comfortable with the fact that your feelings were an open book, although you still felt a pang of embarrassment whenever you were reminded of it.

It all seemed to change when you met a shy boy in fourth year.

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Doubt it | Taehyung, You

Based on song - ‘Breath’ by Lauv, please read the lyrics or listen to the song before/while reading this!

Warning: Like over the top angst

I should leave, ‘cause you deserve better, better

You wrapped your arms around his broad shoulders, causing him to smile. “What’s up?” he asked, rocking you from side to side.

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If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
—  Kurt Vonnegut
4

  Be careful. You are not in wonderland I have heard the strange madness long growing in your soul. But you are fortunate. In your ignorance In your isolation, you who have suffered Find where love hides. Give. Share. Lose. Lest we die unbloomed.❞  

-Allen Ginsberg

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

aries:
don’t let anyone burn out the fire thats inside of you. you have what it takes to push past everything that stands in your way, and you will because you have this rage inside of you, this magnificent light that burns from the inside and out. don’t loose your fire, or i’m afraid you would loose yourself.

taurus:
even though you hide yourself from the rest of the world you have flowers growing throughout your soul, even in the darkest parts of you. You are nature and the dirt it needs, you are grounded and strong like the trees in the forest around you. you have a fight inside of you, you just have to learn how to stand up and move on.

gemini:
you are life, you are the wind and the freedom it leaves behind. you are the sun that radiates light on summer days, and the rain that falls into puddles in the spring. you are everything in between, and all of it at the same time. a walking contradiction, but you will win the battle within you. for you are a fighter filled with inner strength, for you are the light and dark.

cancer:
you are strong, stronger than you let on. don’t let all the tears that you drown in tell you otherwise. you are the moon and secrets kept behind walls you built up on your own, hoping to stay in them without someone knocking them down. break them down, break free. just because the walls are breaking doesn’t mean your heart will too.

leo:
you have so much confidence built up inside of you, you are the sun and all of its light. you are the laughter in the children on sunny days, and the wildflowers growing in fields of yellow. you are also the blackest parts of the ocean, containing your emotions that form into bursts of angered rages. you can’t live like this, hurting yourself and others? don’t demand people of things just because you’re keeping parts of yourself hidden.

virgo:
you are dangerously beautiful, you are the freckles that my grandmother called angel kisses. you are as pale as snow, and your heart is cold like it to. but you know its not true, you just have to learn how to love yourself. your flaws will always be visible, but they make up who you are and I could connect constellations from your beauty spots, and scars and you would become the universe. simply breathtaking.

libra:
you are filled with laughter, you are the smiles in the melancholy people with horrible pasts, but heres something that you need to learn, how to make yourself smile and actually feel it deep inside. you have this remarkable persona that makes everyone stop and stare, and you’re too blind to see how wonderful you are. you’re too blind to see that people care for you. you’re the daylight, and the start of a new day. you are the sunset and the beginning of a new tomorrow.

scorpio:
you are a thousand pieces of different parts of the world, you are the world. all of its beauty, and all of its secrets combined into one. you are as fiery as the deepest parts in a volcano, and the saddest parts at the bottom of a vodka bottle. you are no where in between, you’re either cold as your heart is black or passionate as your heart is when you finally meet someone who opens up your soul and when that happens you will be nothing but light.

sagittarius:
you are a restless soul, breaking hearts including your own. your fears wont always be visible, because you’re a fighter who got through them already. if you can do it once you can do it again. don’t let the cruelty of human nature destroy your inner self, you can be you with out making reckless decisions. you can be you without being someone else.

capricorn:
you have firm grip on your life, no one can break that away. you know who you are, and you know what you want. you can create tears in other peoples eyes, just as fast as you can close off yourself from the world. don’t. you need your inner self to radiate through, for you can show people fun, and steadiness and patience and determination out of this world. you are a strong human being, you will find your light or maybe you just haven’t realized that you already have.

aquarius:
you are all the constellations, and all the seasons. The stars shine through you, and you move like water with each change in the world. You are the life within spring, and the fire in summer, the colors of fall and the death in winter. You are the revolution within yourself, no one in the world is like you. You are your own person. you have your own feelings, and your own mindset. but it’s never okay to keep them concealed inside. let them shine through like the galaxies within you.

pisces:
you are eloquence and beauty, and your creative colors flow from you. Everyone can see your colors, your vividness. you are a piece of art the world has created, all of your happiness and all of your sadness make you who you are. Stop changing yourself, you already know who you are.

—  zodiac poems, april 12th

be careful, you are not in wonderland. i’ve heard the strange madness long growing in your soul. but you are fortunate in your ignorance, in your isolation. you who have suffered, find where love hides. give, share, lose—lest we die, unbloomed. |

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Ways to grow your soul

Recitation of the Quran is the first thing you need to do to grow your soul. Within the sunnah you see a strong emphasis on recitation. Any human being who wants to attain closeness to Allah needs to open the Quran and read it. If you don’t do it, you have lost the most powerfool tool to grow ur soul. For every letter that’s recited you receive ten rewards. If you read the translation and commentary only, perhaps you should make an effort to learn to read the Arabic because the reward that is mentioned in the Quran and the hadith has nothing to do with translation, it has to do with articulation.

Salawat on the Prophet (saw) is the second thing that would help your soul grow. It fulfills the mandate of the Quran: 

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا 
 "Verily Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet, O you who believe! Send you also blessings on him, and salute him with submission”. [33:56]

This is the only act of worship that Allah says that I do, my angels do it so you should also do it. By doing so, you don’t benefit rasoolAllah (saw) in anyway. It is a reflexive act: you send salawat on rasoolAllah, it reflects back with ten salawat on you. You bring blessings upon yourself and it gets presented to rasoolAllah. It connects you to the Prophet (saw) and its barakah will connect your hearts. If you can’t do it abundantly, even once in the morning and once in the evening would be sufficient for ur soul to grow.

It’tibah-e-sunnah is the third thing that causes your soul to grow. It’tibah-e-sunnah means internalizing the following of rasoolAllah (saw). Following his sunnah is the magnet that draws Allah’s love, and Allah’s love is the most tasty food for our souls. By following him, what we are doing is turning on our magnet so that it attracts Allah’s love.
For every sunnah that you follow you end up making yourself that much more beautiful to Allah. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.” [Muslim :911]
Therefore, what attracts the attention of Allah is the sunnah. When you put on makeup and dress all pretty, you might be attracting the attention of others around you but to attract the love of Allah, we require the sunnah, and ecstasy lies in finding in every tiny sunnah of rasoolAllah and following that sunnah from head to toe, from heart to soul.

Notes from a lecture by Shaykh Dr Hussain.

Kurt Vonnegut for the Signs
  • Aries: "People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore."
  • Taurus: "It’s the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: ‘Good-bye.'"
  • Gemini: "Everything is nothing, with a twist."
  • Cancer: "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
  • Leo: "If we are not sad when we part, we must have done something lovely."
  • Virgo: "I couldn’t help wondering if that was what God put me on Earth for - to find out how much a person could take without breaking."
  • Libra: "Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone."
  • Scorpio: "I am better now. Word of honor: I am better now."
  • Sagittarius: "To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."
  • Capricorn: "All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist."
  • Aquarius: "Of course it is exhausting, having to reason all the time in a universe which wasn’t meant to be reasonable."
  • Pisces: "The purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved."

i want everyone to have the most beautiful valentine’s day today. even if you don’t have the significant one, go one and celebrate it with your friends because platonic love is just as important as romantic. let your heart grow roses and let your soul be filled with soft moonlight. dance on the glass earth until you no longer feel your legs and write until you have no more ink to spill. your inner beauty is the strongest weapon, so let it shine and let everyone notice your shining. brighten this day with your smile and fill the empty corners of someone’s mind with your echoed laugh. aphrodite whispered to me that you’re too ethereal to be a human so grow a pair of wings and share your love with other angels