respect & reflect

You and your body are not meant to work against one another, but to work together in harmony. You’re both a team. A single unit.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin


A few designs I did for Moana (about four years ago ha). I set out to celebrate the unique and culturally specific features of Polynesian people. I hope, if at the very least, a fraction of that care and respect is reflected in the film. Moana is in theaters today. More on my Instagram!

The words “shams” (شمس) (sun) is feminine, and “qamar” (قمر) (moon) is masculine. The sun burns itself out to give light and life to everything around, and the moon is muneer, meaning it reflects the light. Within itself it has no light; it radiates the brilliance of the sun. So when we shine as men, the implication is that we are reflecting the glorious light of our women.
—  Shaykh Abdullah Adhami
Not everything in your life has to make sense right now. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what your purpose is. It’s cool to take your time, try new things, make mistakes, and laugh them off. Just enjoy the process. You’ll figure it out one piece at a time; just be patient with yourself, and keep going at the right pace.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

One of the things that’s seldom talked about in the Gilmore fandom (but totally should be) is how the stylists handled Rory and Lorelai’s looks (i.e. clothes/hair/makeup), especially in the first couple of seasons.

Like, in so many shows, if the main characters are young, supposedly attractive women they always have perfect makeup, their hair is always flawlessly highlighted, cut and straightened/curled, and their clothes are generally the latest “styles”. Or even if they’re older, or playing a specific role (like detective, lawyer, doctor, etc.) they’re given a certain ‘look’ that we’ve come to associate with that type of character. Basically, they look like no real woman actually looks unless they’re at a magazine photoshoot. But for Lorelai and Rory, their style actually reflected their respective personalities. 

Often, early on, it appears that Rory is not even wearing makeup, particularly in casual situations (obviously they wear stage makeup but you can’t really tell). Her hair is cut pretty basically, one length, parted in the middle, and often looks a bit frizzy (aka just normal and not straightened). Her style is pretty much just what you’d expect from Rory - casual, comfortable, not super trendy or “cute” but you can still imagine she enjoys her clothes and did pick them out (hoodies, t-shirts, jeans, cargo pants, chunky sweaters and the occasional rather frumpy dress). I feel like it’s so important to show that Rory’s look is simply Rory - she doesn’t look stereotypically “nerdy” even though she enjoys things that are often pegged as “nerdy” - i.e. reading, studying, etc.

With Lorelai, she’s given unique and wacky outfits (some of which are cute, some of which are not, but all of which totally scream Lorelai), with her hair alternating between nicely curled (probably when she’s feeling fancier) and straightened/pulled back in a low ponytail. She’s not the kind of person who will have one hairstyle or hair routine every day for years. She also experiments with makeup - I specifically remember a weird icy blue eye shadow and a nude lip gloss…neither of which were particularly attractive, and I love that. Because in real life, women who wear makeup don’t look like they’ve come straight from getting a perfect makeover - they try different stuff, get bored of it, move on.

It’s not just Lorelai and Rory either - it’s Lane, it’s Sookie, it’s Paris - and when someone (male or female) doesn’t change their look much (i.e. Luke or Emily) it’s shown to be a character trait, not something imposed on them because they have to look a certain way to really embody the character or whatever.

It’s especially important because most TV shows don’t show women this realistically or complexly when it comes to how they look. They usually have one style, one look, generic ‘perfect’ makeup and clothes that get more dramatic for special occasions and less when they’re meant to be casual - but not in a way that rings true to how women actually present themselves. It’s so validating to see people who some days dress up and do their makeup, other days just kind of hang loose, try new things with their hair that aren’t always the latest trends. 

I’ve just been thinking about this a lot lately, watching other shows that I genuinely love but feeling like unless it’s supposed to be a gag where a female character looks ‘ugly’ they always stick to this perfectly manicured look - wardrobe, hair, makeup. It’s frustrating and I wish more shows would take a page out of Gilmore Girls’ book and create more realistic and diverse looks for female characters.


We’re so used to seeing KJ and Cole being ridiculous with each other/together off camera and on their social medias that sometimes you forget that Cole is really in fact 5 years older than KJ. Not sure if because KJ looks really mature for his age or that Cole looks really young but the way Cole articulates himself and how KJ describes Cole with this respectful undertone, definitely reflects their age difference 

Take a moment to remind yourself right now that, regardless of your current level, you are doing a phenomenal job. One can only move so fast, so please give yourself more credit.

Do you ever wonder why?
You do what you do
You think what you think
You say what you say
You feel the way you feel
You trust the way you trust
You love the way you love
You hate the way you hate
You act the way you act.
You live the way you live.
You hurt the way you hurt.
Its all connected in some bizarre way or the other, our spiritual and earthly beings having a constant battle inside our heads. The one we encourage, wins and is portrayed through our senses, thoughts and deeds….take a step back for a minute and examine who you are and what you have become, that realization at that particular moment, changes us in the right direction. Helping us ease up on ourselves, from self destruction and peril. Self confidence, self love and self respect, stems from this. The whole new you, changed with just a thought and introspection surging you forward, to a life of happiness and bliss.
—  ЯR

anonymous asked:

Not being mean, I honestly want to know, what are the main tenants of ma'at everyone should follow?

So the answer to this could probably be a couple of miles long, tbh. But I’m going to try and give you guys a concise list of some of the most common themes I’ve seen over the years while reading up on ma’at. Most of this stuff comes from Karenga, Quirke and Muhlenstein. I’ve bolded the key points to help for readability.

So, to start off with…

  • Humility. You are supposed to be humble. Conversely, you’re supposed to not be arrogant or overly prideful.
  • Moderation is another common theme. This is why Set is often othered, because he lacks moderation in many respects. This is reflected in what you consume, how you respond to people, how you act, etc. I would also argue that it’s also about how you live (aka the wealth you obtain), but I don’t know that that is historically corroborated (probably not, tbh, because you were supposed to give your wealth to those who had less, and so long as you were giving back, you’d be golden afaict).
  • Giving to those who have less than you. This is commonly worded as “clothing the naked, giving a home to the homeless, a boat to the boatless, feeding the hungry, etc.” It’s about giving to those who have less than you. Egypt failed on this a lot. A lot of modern practitioners also fail on it.
  • Not being a jerk to other people. Esp. if they have less than you. It’s written in the wisdom texts that if someone who is of lesser rank than you spouts off, it’ll do you well to listen to them, but not to berate them. Leave that to someone who is of an authority to do so. This also goes back to moderation.
  • All in all, finding your place within your community, and doing what you can to help the community. This is probably because before the modern era, humans truly required their fellows to help them survive. No man was an island before the modern era, and everyone was needed to help keep everything running smoothly. Hence the emphasis on community in the here and now. This, ofc, means more than just the Kemetic community, but also the ppl you live next to. Conversely, it also seems to tie into not suffering people who would destroy your community.
  • Doing your job well, being a hard worker, having a good work ethic. Not being a cheating, swindling jerkface.
  • Self-reflection and making self-awareness and growth something of a priority. Taking the time to look at yourself and being honest with what you need to improve, and working to make improvements as you are able.
  • Maintaining the cult of the gods. This is arguably more relevant to the people whose jobs it was to do this on the regular (aka the king, priests), but it still deserves a place on the list. The gods helped us maintain Order, maintain our world. As such, it benefited us to take care of them. Conversely, if the gods weren’t fulfilling their roles, it was also within ma’at to call them on it (see my point about doing your job well) and refuse to take care of their needs until your needs (or the community’s needs) are met.

These all seem pretty self-explanatory, imo. And they are probably the most commonly sighted tenets of ma’at. The rules shift, however, when ma’at is threatened. Muhlenstein writes about this extensively in his text “Violence in the Service of Order.” In order to get a complete idea of what ma’at entails, we need to examine this side of things, too:

  • Being willing to smite isfet when it shows up. This is often referred to as “smiting Set’s confederates” or something similar. Ma’at is all about creating something, and maintaining that creation–which means defending it when necessary. So when someone shows up and tries to wreck the party, you wreck that person’s face and send them packing.
  • Once any isfet is eradicated, you are supposed to replace it with ma’at. It’s not good enough to just cut down isfet where it stands. You need to replace that void with ma’at, otherwise the isfet will return to fill the void.
  • Taking care of your community is another aspect of this. Egypt used this as an excuse to go conquesting. Pretty sure most of us know that colonialism is bad and would add in extra caveats on what is acceptable for “taking care of your own”, but from a purely historical standpoint, this meant beating down anyone who had stuff you wanted so that you could bring more resources back to your home. In a more modern context, I would argue that it means helping your fellows to succeed and to be safe. This is also more than just our Kemetic community, and should include people who are a part of your life or in-person community.
  • Protecting what you have built (usually referred to as Order, protecting Order.) This honestly is just a succinct way of saying what I said in the last three bullets.

Now, obvs, not everyone is cut out to smite isfet or help defend things on the regular. And that’s fine. However, just because you’re not able or not necessarily comfortable with it doesn’t mean that you should get in the way of those who are willing and able to do so. I think that’s honestly one of the largest issues I see in most situations. “I’m made uncomfortable by this, and therefore you shouldn’t do the thing, because I personally wouldn’t want the thing done.” Even though defending the community and those who are adherents of ma’at is part and parcel with ma’at in certain contexts.

Given how extensive ma’at is, it’s possible that I’ve missed some things, but these are probably the highlights of what comes to mind. If anyone else can think of anything I’ve missed, feel free to add.

Be still. Feel the beating of your heart. The rise and falling of your chest. The subtle heat that radiates from your skin. You are alive. And everything that you; your skin, your eyes, as well as your talents and traits, is something to cherish. So take this life that you have, and live it.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Questionnaire before you decide to fall for someone again:

1. Does he respect you? This goes in all forms, race, gender, sexuality, opinions etc. How he shows his respect for others reflects on this too.
2. Does he listen to you and engage with what you’re saying? Not just half paying attention and giving half baked answers, is he really paying listening.
3. Does he give you all of his attention? This is so important. If you see him looking at other girls, or talking about how hot other women are while in your presence, don’t bother. If he’s not solely focused on you then you don’t need to work yourself to the bone to capture his attention.
4. How does he act around his friends? Super important. Keep an eye out. And family too if you get the chance, pay attention. Actions speak louder than words.
5. Is he more interested in the people you hang out with than you yourself? Some people are here for a reason, others for a season and some assholes just wanna use you to get with your friends or get into your friend group. Don’t be fooled.
6. Is he honest with you? Make sure he’s a sincere and honest guy. That’s all that matters and it’s the most important key for building trust.
7. Does he try to manipulate you to do things you don’t want to? Don’t ever let someone guilt you into doing things you’re not ready to do. The words “I love you” aren’t even enough.
8. Does he treat you right? Plain and simple. Treating you how he wants to be treated and that’s it. If he treats you in a way you know he wouldn’t want to be treated, walk away.
9. Does he care about how you feel? Apologising sincerely when he knows he’s done something wrong is so important. It shows he cares and knows how to reflect on what he’s done.
10. Does he want you? Not as a rebound, not as a FWB, not as anything else out there, just as you are and as you come. Does he want you. Is he comfortable with who you are and doesn’t try to change you whatsoever, instead he wants and appreciates every little thing that makes you who you are.

Read this from time to time when you think you might be falling for someone. Don’t let yourself get carried away by falling in love with the IDEA of a person rather than who they really are. Take your time with it all. See where it goes.
Good luck.

—  Protect Your Heart ( @i-forgot-i-wrote-poetry )

Maya Weave Their Identity Into Their Soccer Team 

A local soccer team called C.S.D. Xejuyup, incorporates Maya clothing into its uniforms. Xejuyup means “under the mountains” or “at the feet of the hill” in the language of the K’iche’ Maya people. 

Maya culture retains a strong presence in Guatemala. Colorful traditional clothing, usually worn by women. It is less common to see men wearing traditional clothing. This worried Antonio Perechú, founder of the team and former goalkeeper. He founded the team in 1982 as something of a community organization. He wanted his team to reflect and respect their community. 

The coxtar (the skirt), the kutin (the shirt) and the pas (the sash) have meanings associated with the ancestral Maya worldview. Their colors, their embroidery and the weaving line patterns suggest the relation between humans and nature and its elements. 

The uniform is a symbol and the team carries it with great responsibility. It stands for all the indigenous peoples of the country. The women weave the shirts for the men in their families, a task that usually takes two months. The team wants to be an example for the youth in their community to take pride in their identity.

Do not shove your feelings away to be dealt with at a later time. Do not block emotions simply because you do not have the patience. They are an important part of being human, so please respect yourself enough to acknowledge them.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Culloden Moor, Scotland, where the Battle of Culloden was fought by the Jacobite and English forces on April 16, 1746. The top photo is one of many stones commemorating the mass burials of many Highland clansmen; the second photo is the moor itself, which has been allowed to return to nature–this is the terrain men had to fight through; the third photo is the plaque of a later memorial built by an English nobleman (those are my roses!); and the last photo is a simple sign in Scots Gaelic and English asking for a little reflection and respect. The battle was a rout–it was over in about 45 minutes; well, cannons versus claymores. It led to the end of the clan system, the physical destruction of the Highlands, the banning of weaponry, kilts, and the Gaelic language, and the beginning of massive migration to North America.

loving you was not a mistake but a weakness, losing you was not a mistake but a danger
—  the diaries of those who loved
20 Amazing Facts That Will Change the Way You Look at Farmed Animals

#1. Pigs are considered the fifth most intelligent animal in the world — even more intelligent than dogs — and are capable of playing video games with even more focus and success than chimps!

#2. Cows have great memories, and can learn and respond to their names.

#3. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens, but also of humans.

#4. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing, and newborn piglets recognize their own names and run to their mothers’ voices.

#5. Sheep wag their tails to show affection.

#6. Chickens use over 200 distinct noises for communication.

#7. Like humans, cows form close friendships. They choose to spend much of their time with two to four preferred companions.

#8. Hens begin communicating with their chicks before they even hatch. When the babies are still inside their shells, the mother hen clucks softly to them and they chirp back.

#9. Chickens pass down knowledge from generation to generation.

#10. Fish eavesdrop on one another to gather information.

#11. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.

#12. Cows get excited when they solve problems. Upon successfully finding food hidden behind a closed door, their heartbeats go up. Cows also have a similarly happy response to being released after a long period of confinement.

#13. Chickens can empathize with peers in danger, and use their previous experiences to inform decision making.

#14. Cows like to sleep close to their families, and their sleeping arrangements reflect their respective rankings in the social hierarchy.

#15. The cognitive abilities of fish are impressive — they learn faster than dogs!

#16. Crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, are able to remember painful stimuli and avoid certain situations based upon negative past experiences. They also form social hierarchies with individuals close to them.

#17. Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!

#18. Goats communicate with each other by bleating. A mother goat and her baby, or “kid,” will recognize each other’s calls from the moment the baby is born.

#19. Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.

#20. Turkeys enjoy hearing music, and sometimes they’ll chirp along. Next time you’re looking to start a sing-along, consider inviting some feathered friends!


UNsettling Canada 150 by IdleNoMoreMedia

In honour of Art Manuel and the integrity with which he always began with the land and honoured the grassroots people, the #Unsettling150 crew are proud to launch this video filled with Art’s words, read by his daughter Kanahus Manuel, to launch the final lead-up to the national day of action, education, and reflection. Respect to Michael Toledano for his work on this video. Please share widely.