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Harley and Lotus sit and catch up for a while on their day to day lives. She hasn’t really gotten the chance to know Harley very well as she was just a toddler when she became friends with Aspyn as children. However, it seems that Harley has grown up into a very cheerful, caring and independent young lady!

Lotus sees a lot of herself in Harley as she was when she was a teenager. She can’t remember the last time she felt so happy and care free. Perhaps she needs to take the courage to start saying no to Aspyn and do the things that she wants to do!

Eventually, Charley shouts a warning that Aspyn is on her way over. She guesses that this is the end of their evening out on the town. Lotus and Harley quickly part ways with a promise to meet up again and not to let Aspyn put them down any longer!

you’re an ambassador of a roman province and have traveled far from home to meet gaius julius caesar to discuss some political problem you wish he will eventually understand. entering a military tent heavily decorated with miniature busts of alexander the great, you find him clothed in an early version of iron man’s suit sitting in lotus position on his chair. he sends a sick fire through his palm obliterating the front door, muttering to himself “bet you didn’t see this coming, gaul”. you look above, mark antony is taped to the ceiling

Heqet Aesthetic

To the Egyptians, the frog was a symbol of life and fertility, since millions of them were born after the annual inundation of the Nile, which brought fertility to the otherwise barren lands. Consequently, in Egyptian mythology, there began to be a frog-goddess, who represented fertility, referred to by Egyptologists as Heqet. She was often referred to as the wife of Khnum. As a fertility goddess, associated explicitly with the last stages of the flooding of the Nile, and so with the germination of corn, she was associated with the final stages of childbirth. This association, which appears to have arisen during the Middle Kingdom, gained her the title ‘She who hastens the birth’. Some say that—even though no ancient Egyptian term for “midwife” is known for certain—midwives often called themselves the Servants of Heqet, and that her priestesses were trained in midwifery. Women often wore amulets of her during childbirth, which depicted Heqet as a frog, sitting in a lotus.

anonymous asked:

Could you do a SFW thing with Hanzo cuddling his s/o? They're on the couch and S/O wants to watch cartoons lmao

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Note: This is such a pure prompt, and this was very fun to write. There’s never such a thing as too much fluff with characters, and it warms my heart to receive Hanzo-based requests. Thank you for the request, and I do hope you like it!

Please?” 

You stood across the dark-haired male, frowning, as he remained motionless to your begging. You clasped your hands together, puckering your lips and pouted, watching through feigned puppy eyes at the visibly irritated archer. He was unmoving, unaffected at your attempts of swaying him through an innocent visage. You had been pleading with him for quite some time at this point, but his stubbornness knew no bounds.

“Absolutely not.”

You groaned in defeat, lowering your head and dropping your hands to your sides. You shook your head and watched him wander into the kitchen area without a second thought. Crossing your arms, you followed him, observing as he began to make something. At this point you felt like a persistent child, but you didn’t care, you wanted to try and swindle him down so that he would accompany you. Your eyes peered into his back, and you knew he could feel it. You tilted your head, waiting from a response from him, and your eyes widened a bit as you noticed him becoming still.

“You are acting like a child.” He spat, placing utensils down before turning to face you with a deadpan expression. “My answer remains as is.”

“Hanzo, please–?” you whined, puffing your cheeks.

“I find no entertainment in cartoons, nor will I watch them.” He arched an eyebrow as you glared at him, but his words remained as sharp ever. “Do not ask me again.”

Exhaling, you gave up, sensing how he was becoming not only uncomfortable but more agitated at the concept, and decided to leave him as is. You looked at him one last time before averting your gaze and heading to your shared living space area. For the past week you’ve been ‘reminding him’ of a very particular cartoon special that was happening in the next half hour. Whether it was through post-it notes on the refrigerator, messaging him, or even upfront telling him after his activities, you let it be known.

You turned on the television, sitting lotus position as episode reruns aired before the premier. You peered down to your cellphone in the meantime, scrolling through your feed in an attempt to not only distract yourself from the reruns, but also Hanzo refusing to watch them with you. Of course, he told you ‘no’ repeatedly, but you felt that he would eventually come around and decide to join you. Shrugging, you locked your phone and stared at the screen while you heard silverware be put away, among other things.

Ever since you were young, you were a huge fan of the original Teen Titans series, the only variant that you enjoyed was the original Teen Titans animated series that aired decades ago. They created a spinoff which you detested, as did many, but were relieved in the years following how they planned and actually made – not only a reboot to the original, but – a new series that followed the comic series exceptionally well. You were so excited now, to see the premier of your favourite series again.

Your face lit up as you saw the familiar faces of your favourite characters flash on the screen. Your eyes were wide in anticipation, and you giggled rewatching one of your most liked scenes from the rerun. You couldn’t help but grin widely as you watched energy bolts and dark magic drown the enemy forces as The Titans once again spar against the villains. Your heart fluttered at the calls from the characters as you lipped them perfectly, having memorized dialogue over the years. Leaning to the edge of the couch, you squealed in excitement, so much that you didn’t notice the archer next to you, or the cover that was around you.

Wait, what?

You blinked, tugging at the blanket that covered you, and turned to face him. He sipped from his tea cup, neatly placing it on the tray that was in front of the both of you on a stand. You blinked, making sure you were seeing things correctly, and felt a wave of warmth hit your cheeks. When did he sit next to you? When did you get the cover? You weren’t sure and couldn’t identify when any of this happened. You were so focused on the show, too much in your element, that you had ignored the happenings around you.

“Your level of awareness is appalling.” He uttered, causing you to pout, but not for long.

He glanced from the television screen to you, raising an eyebrow and huffed. Your expression gleamed, and your immediate reaction was to hug him with the biggest grin. “I knew it!” You giggled, leaning on him and staring into his eyes. “You were going to watch them with me.” You paused for just a moment before continuing. “My begging paid off.”

“I will humour you just this once,” he stated dryly, his expression still as concentrated as ever. You removed yourself from him momentarily before leaning your head on his arm, closing your eyes. You listened to the narrator on the screen before finding Hanzo adjusting himself to become more comfortable, all the while sitting upright as a gleeful you kept near him. Your heart beat fast, more than content that your lover was here with you right now.

“Thank you,” you spoke softly, looking at him with loving eyes. He took in your smile, his expression softening for only a moment, before hearing you tease him, “But I knew you would watch them with me.”

He rolled his eyes before scoffing, “How presumptuous of you.”

Everything You Need to Know About Meditation Posture

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Do you rest down for reflection and also wonder if you’re doing it ? Learn about the global reflection pose here.

There are a million types of meditation in the world, yet if you explored the globe taking photographs of individuals meditating numerous of them would certainly look quite similar. Why? Because there are some basic aspects of the reflection position that are employed around the world in order to relax the mind as well as align the body.

Seven-Point Meditation Posture

I originated from a Tibetan Buddhist background, so the framework I generally utilize is the 7 points of Vairocana. The Buddha Vairocana is usually represented sitting in this position at the home of a mandala of the 5 principle Buddhas. He is the lord of the buddha family, all white standing for the wisdom of all-inclusive room, as well as it’s specific contrary, the really lack of knowledge that is the driving make behind our cycle of suffering. He stands for, in component, the idea that our lack of knowledge could be changed into huge space, which can fit every little thing. Not a bad shining example, right?

First Point of Position: Resting Down

For those of us who are useded to positioning in a chair, you might be a bit daunted by the idea of sitting on the ground in a cross-legged style. This is a great time to give it a try. If you locate that it is difficult, you could assume among the simpler cross-legged positions I mention below.

There are a couple of variations on sitting cross-legged on the ground, however all them are most ideal supported by having an official reflection cushion. I like those marketed at Samadhi Cushions as their seats are durable and firm. It is worth the financial investment to purchase a pillow if you’re visiting launch a regular meditation practice. And also if you are going to make use of cushions from your sofa or bed that’s all right, however it takes a lot of adjustment to obtain you sitting high enough to ensure that it’s not unpleasant. That claimed, if you wish to snatch some sturdy pillows as well as rest on those to obtain going, go with it.

More from our partner: What to Do with Your Mind Throughout Meditation

Six Ways to Sit for Meditation

1. The Quarter Lotus

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Here you can rest on your reflection seat with your legs loosely crossed as well as both feet resting below the other thigh or knee. I advise this method.

2. The Half Lotus

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This is a variant on the above. Your legs are gone across with one foot hing on the other thigh. The other foot can fold underneath the top leg as well as remainder here the knee or thigh.

3. The Full Lotus

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Your legs are crossed with both feet resting atop your other upper legs in Padmasana (Lotus Posture).

4. The Burmese Position

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If you could not rest with your legs went across, that’s fine. Merely rest with both feet laying on the floor in this relaxed location, aka Sukhasana (Easy Pose).

5. Seiza

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Instead of sitting with your legs crossed you could likewise kneel as well as place a cushion or yoga props between your legs. This standard meditation posture is basically a propped-up Virasana (Hero Pose) or Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Posture).

6. Chair

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Finally, yes, you could make use of a chair if you have to. No embarassment in it. Merely make certain to rest far from the back of the chair and area your feet firmly on the floor, straightened with your hips and also knees.

Sometimes individuals ask if they could practice meditation resting. You can, yet you’re most likely to sleep. If you’re going to do that you can put your feet on the ground with your knees up in order to keep a feeling of wakefulness.

Second Issue of Position: Lengthen the Spine

Having developed this firm foundation it is very important to raise on your own up with your back. Conventional analogies say that your back should resemble an arrowhead or a pile of coins, one atop the other. It is as if a pole might undergo the top of your head and also down through your bottom. You intend to feel boosted when you sit down to meditate.

Third Issue of Position: Relaxing Your Hands

The easiest thing to do with your hands is to relax them on your lap. You could lose your hands at your sides and pick them up at the elbow then drop them hands down on your thighs. This is an organic center point on which to sit them, giving far better assistance for your upright spine. In his new book The Relaxed Mind, Kilung Rinpoche points out that sitting with your palms down has the tendency to relax the flow of power throughout your body.

Alternatively, you can put your right-hand man in addition to your entrusted your thumbs very gently touching, relaxing them on your lap at your navel. Kilung Rinpoche has remarked that this produces more warmth and power in the body, which could be beneficial if you are feeling sleepy. Symbolically, the left hand stands for wisdom as well as the appropriate empathy. In this gesture you are bringing the 2 together.

Fourth Point of Posture: Loosening up the Shoulders

Let the muscle mass in your shoulder as well as back loosen up. Your shoulders can be pressed slightly back. This establishes a strong back while opening up the front body. There is a touch of vulnerability in this issue of posture as we expose our tender heart.

Fifth Point of Position: Embeding the Chin

Slightly put in your chin. You do not desire to go so much that you are looking directly down at your lap yet you do not want your head held until now upwards that it may tire you out.

Sixth Issue of Pose: Opening the Jaw

Bring a sense of leisure to the muscular tissues in your face to make sure that your jaw puts up open. Area the tongue up versus the roof covering of your mouth to allow for clear breathing and also slow down the swallowing procedure, which could sometimes be distracting.

Seventh Issue of Position: Relaxing the Gaze

Relax your look two to 4 feet ahead of you on the ground in an unfocused fashion. Do not select patterns in the rug before you. Merely preserve a loose look. Sit your eyes. Occasionally folks do not comprehend why they must open their eyes throughout reflection. For one, we are always gazing at our world– why should we treat our meditation technique as a time to conceal from our life? It is as an alternative a time to look straight at who we are. Our eyes can be open as a gesture toward that intent. On a functional level, you are much less most likely to drop off to sleep with your eyes open.

If you are not able to meditate with the eyes open you can close them. It is necessary to make a conscious option just before beginning to contemplate which you will do or you will fidget back and forth the whole reflection session in between those options. It has been said that closed eye reflection causes a lot more ideas, daydreams, as well as distraction. However if this is not the situation for you, you can definitely practice meditation with your eyes closed.

If you take the time to establish your reflection pose properly, you will certainly locate it is much easier to sit your thoughts as well as get in touch with the things of your meditation. When you go via these 7 issues you will enter your practice feeling loosened up yet uplifted.

In some versions of the Egyptian creation story, the sun god was born from a blue lotus that emerged from the primeval waters. The flower itself could be identified with the great goddess who gave birth to the sun. The blue lotus came to be a general symbol of rebirth. It was also the emblem of the god Nefertem.
The sweetly scented blue lotus (nymphea caerulea) grows in still water. It’s flower buds only rise above the water and open their petals when the sun is shining. This lotus is pollinated by beetles, which links it to Khepri, the beetle god of dawn. The image of the first sunrise as a lotus emerging from the dark waters and opening to reveal its golden stamens seems to be an ancient one.
From the fourteenth century BCE on, the newly risen sun could be pictured as a naked child sitting inside the lotus and holding one finger to his lips. In hymns intended to be sung at dawn, the sun god Ra is “the child of gold who issues from the lotus.” Ra was thought to age during the course of the day, so the infant god became an old man by sunset.
—  Egyptian Mythology; A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch
Re: shag carpets and study buddies

Originally posted by vixxmyheart

+ “The problem is sexual tension. There’s too much of it.”
+ “You know I dream of you.”
+ “Are you trying to turn me on right now? Because it’s working.”

Pairing: Hyuk x Reader
Genre: Smut, smut, smut
Words: 878
Requested by: anon

written for my 600+ Followers Drabbles Event (requests closed!)

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Origami

A birthday present for my good friend @loubuggins. Happy birthday!

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others,
And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Distichs.

-=oOo=-

Raven walked into her room and closed the door. She was exhausted after the confrontation they’ve just returned from, but any restful break would have to wait. Right now she had to meditate and calm down.

Outwardly emotionless, she seethed inside. The responsibility was hers; the villain escaped because of her mistake. It did not matter that the rest of the team never said one word of criticism, or that she couldn’t detect any feelings of reproach or disappointment coming from any of them. Even Robin was unable to find anything wrong with her performance, but in the end it was irrelevant. She knew what really happened.

She screwed up. She let them down. She failed them.

She opened her eyes at the soft knocking, releasing the focus and breathing slowly out, emerging from her meditative trance. She knew it was Garfield even before she sensed the pattern of his emotions behind the door. He had several different ways of knocking, and this was one of them. The one he used when he was concerned for her and wanted to comfort her.

It blended well with his aura; it glowed with those same sentiments. And yet, in every previous occasion it included a feeling of almost resignation, of knowing that she would push him away and snub him and reject his attempts at making her feel better. But not this time. This time there was a calm certainty about him, one that piqued her curiosity and made her open the door with a telekinetic command.

“What is it, Beast Boy?” she asked with more coldness than she wanted, realizing in a flash that it was a defensive response to his own unusual emotional state.

“I brought you something,” he said quietly. She lifted an eyebrow.

“Come in,” she invited, her interest fully roused.

“I know you don’t wanna hear it, but it wasn’t your fault,” he began, noting the immediate hardening of her eyes and the shadow of a frown clouding her features. He smiled and lifted a hand. “Don’t worry. It’s not why I came to see you. Well, actually it is, but not that way.”

He extended his arm and opened his hand, showing her a small origami tiger in his palm. “I made you this.”

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anonymous asked:

Hey there! So, something recently made me disappointed with some fans of mysme. I've seen some fans who attempt to change the settings (mostly to Japan or America). I once met someone who full on gave them English "nicknames" because she didn't want to attempt to pronounce or use their proper names. I don't know if I'm overreacting or anything, but it bothered me. So, can you do random HCs to honour Korean culture? Like going on vacation somewhere in Korea, or celebrating a 100 days anniversary?

A/N: why do people do that wtf?? I mean i know we somewhat change the culture when we write certain requests pertaining to how an mc looks because sometimes the culture doesn’t really look kindly on the appearance but as someone who isn’t korean, i can’t get into the mentality to reject a request like that or anything, ya know?? Because it can be harmful and hurt someone (i keep it in the back of my mind what the actual view is so i dont just…. disregard it, but i do feel terrible for not addressing it) but i’d never completely REJECT the culture and change their names or anything because just what the fuck ~Admin 404

ALSO IM NOT KOREAN SO I HAD TO RESEARCH A L O T FOR THIS REQUEST BUT STILL COULDN’T WRITE MUCH- AND I MEAN I RESEARCHED REALLY HARD BECAUSE IM A NERD AND ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES BUT IF SOMETHING IS WRONG PLEASE LEMME KNOW

I’m sorry it’s so short omfg

               -Okay y'all, I’m pretty sure Zen knows traditional dances and our MC has to beg him for DAYS to teach them one. Any of them. Buchaechum (fan dance), Nabichum (butterfly dance), even Ilmu (line dance). Any of them. All of them. Just- JUST TEACH MC ZEN, DO IT

               -LOTUS LANTERN FESTIVAL IN HONOUR OF BUDDAHS BIRTHDAY! It’s a celebration that everyone in the group makes time for! Seeing all of the gorgeous lights and lanterns is enough to put everyone in such a good mood! The group makes it into a slight competition- who can bring MC the prettiest lantern? Winner gets a kiss on the cheek from MC! yeees mc, yes

               -Jumin has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL terraced garden you’ve ever seen in your life. He invites you over to help him with it every now and then. It relaxes him and hopes that it could do the same for you! The two of you could spend hours sitting by the lotus pond, drinking some sort of imported and expensive tea this rich guy has to have, talking about anything and everything plus helLO YOU’D GET TO SEE JUMIN IN SWEATPANTS

               -Jaehee. In. Hanbok. Think about this for a little bit. Colourful, beautiful, and just- what else can I saY???? JAEHEE IN HANBOK

               -YOOSUNG LOVES CELEBRATING HIS VERY FIRST 100 DAYS ANNIVERSARY he might not have a ton of money to spoil you like he’d like to, but he does get really creative and goes hardcore. Takes the knowledge he’s gained from all of the clubs he’s been in and makes you a ton of gifts! Coffee, cards, dinner, he makes it all just for you! He does it every 100 days though so he has to get more and more creative about it and sometimes has to go to the rest of the RFA for some ideas (MATCHING SHIRTS AND HE’S EVEN BOUGHT YOU A COUPLE’S RING BECAUSE HE WANTS TO SHOW PEOPLE HE HAS A S/O THAT HE LOVES VERY MUCH)

               -Remember when Jumin called Yoosung’s mother and he was so mad he promised to slap him with Kimchi? Ya know how Kimchi is a symbol for Korea and is considered strong? Well he definitely gave Jumin a hard slap if that counts; MC has it on video and all you can hear is the *smack* and Saeyoung laughing in the background

               -You and Saeran have had a few drinking contests, and Saeyoung cannot believe how many bottles of soju the two of you can go through?? How are you both still breathing?? It’s even worse when you add Zen into the mix, it’s as if doesn’t work on any of you. Yoosung gets one shot and he’s out for the rest of the night

               -Jaehee and MC plan a hike at least ONCE a month because the poor girl needs fresh AIR and it’s good for the both of you, y'all get out there and earn those pajeons (fritters) and dong dong ju (rice wine) at the top of that mountain!

               -You and Yoosung have to drag Saeyoung out of the house sometimes, but the three of you end up at an internet cafe more often than you’d like to admit. One time though, there was one person in LOLOL who kept killing all three of you, and the anger just kept rising- which meant the voices kept rising as well. The person on the other side of you all kept trying to stifle a laugh each time. In the Rage of Saeyoung™, he almost flipped the table until he realized the one beating you all was Saeran on the other side

               -YOU CAN’T TELL ME SAEYOUNG, MC, AND ZEN HAVEN’T TRIED TO RECREATE SOME KPOP VIDEOS

               - You also can’t tell me that Jumin hasn’t tried to dance along to a few every now and then; MC has a picture they keep to themselves in remembrance

               -You and V watch the movie Shiri almost religiously?? When the two of you have movie marathon dates, it’s played at least once (“IT’S A CLASSIC, MC. CLASSIC”)

               -It’s hard to go on any dates with Saeran, but you did get him hooked on a few different K-drama’s and he reminds you constantly that he HATES YOU because of it. Don’t you DARE watch an episode without him because the boy can hold a grudge

               -K A R A O K E!!! All of you. Almost every weekend. Competitions. Somehow Saeyoung tends to win them except that one time you convinced Jumin to participate and WOW okay

Oh boy first multi person here we go!

Genji 

  • Isn’t very surprised to find them walking along the walls, he does climb them all the time so it isn’t very shocking. 
  • it IS shocking however to enter a room one day and see them casually sitting lotus style on the ceiling reading
  • He’s honestly very impressed with it and says they remind him of the video game characters he loved as a kid’
  • he would get flushed after saying something so childish, but its shows that the old Genji is not completly gone
  • Would absolutely ask them to help him with pranks

Hanzo 

  • Like his brother isn’t super shocked by the climbing 
  • He does find the fact that they can just sit on the walls and ceiling fascinating though, but he’s much more quite in his admiration 
  • Would probably ask them how they could do that
  • Doesn’t really have any room to talk when they say they just do it. The man does summon dragons out of nowhere after all 

Mcree

  • The man is COMPLETELY flabbergasted, he’s just a simple cowboy so its very shocking to him
  • he found out when they dropped something on his head and knocked off his hat  
  • Would ask them if they would show him what else they can do. 
  • His favorite is watching them casually walk along the ceiling like they’re on the ground. 

Mei

  • Is shocked at first, I mean she was in cryo for a long time so she’s shocked by a lot of things 
  • but she thinks it’s so cool
  • would make a ton of puns about hanging around. 
  • Would also build ice walls to sit on so you two can hang out on the ceiling (even if shes technically not on it)

Tracer

  • At first she thinks her accelerator is acting up, but no she is definitely seeing the new recruit walking along walls
  • Also thinks its super cool, she can warp through time sure. But WALKING ON WALLS?! The thought is super awesome to her
  • She totally likes to play games involving this new discovery, I mean have you seen how much energy that girl has?
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Pairing: Neji x Tenten | Read Time: 11 mins

“Good work today.”

Tenten glanced down from the treetop where she sat as she watched over their target’s residence that rainy evening.

Twenty feet below her stood her teammate, Hyuuga Neji, who was clad in a dark gray raincoat to ward off the expected overnight chill during his shift. For the next few days, they would be taking turns keeping an eye on a B-class criminal who was assigned to them for capture by the Tsunade-sama.

Rock Lee and their temporary team member for this mission, Uzumaki Naruto, had already taken their respective shifts during the day. She took the early evening to midnight hours, while Neji was slated for the graveyard hours.

(She initially got the overnight shift when they drew lots to decide their assigned hours, but the Hyuuga clandestinely switched hers with his upon learning what she picked.)

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The 108 Names of Goddess Lakshmi

1.      Aditi  – Bright like the Sun

2.      Anugrahaprada – Granter of Good Wishes

3.      Ashoka – Dispeller of Sorrows

4.      Amrutha-  One who is like Amrut (Nectar)

5.      Ahladajanani- Source of Joy

6.      Anagha- The Sinless

7.      Buddhi- Intelligence

8.      Bhaskari- Radiant like the Sun

9.      Bilvanilaya- One who lives under Bilva tree

10.   Brahma-Vishnu-Shivatmika – Trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva

11.   Bhuvaneshwarya – The Supreme Deity

12.   Chandravadana- Having Moon like Face

13.   Chandra- One who is cool like the Moon

14.   Chandrasahodari- Sister of the Moon

15.   Chaturbhuja- One having four arms

16.   Chandrarupa- Moon-Faced

17.   Daridriyanashini- One who removes poverty

18.   Dhanya- Embodiment of Gratitude

19.   Deetya- One who Answers the Prayers

20.   Deepta- Flame Like

21.   Deepa- With Radiance

22.   Dharmanilaya – Creator of Eternal law

23.   Dhanadhanyaki- Bestower of Wealth and Food grains

24.   Devi – The Goddess

25.   Devi – The Deity

26.   Daridriya Dhwamsini – Destroyer of Poverty

27.   Hiranmayi- Golden Appearance of Hirana (Deer)

28.   Harivallabhi- The Devine Consort of Lord Hari

29.   Harini- Beautiful like Deer

30.   Hemamalini- Having Golden Garlands

31.   Hiranyapraka- Amidst Gold 

32.   Indira- Radiant like the Sun

33.   Indusheetala- One who is cool like the Moon

34.   Jaya- The Goddess of Victory

35.   Kamala- Lotus

36.   Kantha- The Divine Consort of Vishnu

37.   Kamakshi-One with Attractive Eyes

38.   Kamalasambhava- Originating from the Lotus

39.   Karuna – Kindhearted

40.   KshirodhasambhavaKrodhasambhava

41.   Lakashokavinashini – Remover of Universal Agonies

42.   Lakshmi- Goddess of Wealth and Fortune

43.   Lokamatri- Mother of the Universe

44.   Mangala- Most Auspicious

45.   Mahakali- A Form of Kali

46.   NityaPushta- Gaining Strength Day By Day

47.   Navadurga- All Nine Forms of Durga

48.   Nrupaveshvagathananda- Loves to Live in Palaces

49.   Narayana Samashrita – One who sought Refuge in Narayana

50.   Prakruti – Nature

51.   Paramatmika – Omnipresent

52.   Padmalaya – Sitting on the Lotus

53.   Padma    –  Lotus   

54.   Padmapriya – The Lover of Lotus

55.   Padmahasta – Having Lotus-Like Hands

56.   Padmakshya- Lotus-eyed

57.   Padmasundari- Beautiful Like the Lotus

58.   Padmodbhava- One Who Emerged Out of the Lotus

59.   Padmamukhi- Lotus-Faced

60.   Padmanabha priya- Beloved of Padmanabha

61.   Padmamaladhara – The Wearer of Lotus Garland

62.   Padmini – Lotus

63.   Padmagandhini – Having the Aroma of Lotus

64.   Punyagandha- Having Divine Scent

65.   Prasadabhimukhi- Emerging to Grant Boons

66.   Prabha- One who is Radiant like the Sun

67.   Pushti- Healthy

68.   Preeta Pushkarini – One with lovely eyes

69.   Prasannakshi- With graceful eyes

70.   Ramaa- Pleaser of the Lord

71.   Shri- Goddess of Fortune

72.   Suprasanna- Ever Glowing and Smiling

73.   Sarvabhootahitaprada – Provider of Universal Facts

74.   Shraddha – Devotion 

75.   Surabhi – Celestial Being

76.   Shuchi –  Personification of Purity

77.   Swaha   – Shape of Swahadevi (Auspicious)

78.   Swadha – Shape of Swadhadevi (Inauspicious)

79.   Sudha  – Amrut (Nectar)

80.   Shiva – The Auspicious One

81.   Shivakari – Source of all auspicious things

82.   Satya – The Truthful

83.   Shanta – Peaceful

84.   Shuklamalambara- Wearer of White Garland

85.   Siddhi – Ever Ready to Protect

86.   Soumya – Showering Goodness on Women

87.   Shubhaprada – Granter of Auspicious Things

88.   Shubha – One who is auspicious

89.   Samudratanaya – Beloved Daughter of the Ocean of Milk

90.   Sarvapadravanivarini – Dispeller of all Distresses

91.   Trikala-dnyanasampanna – Aware of all, the Past, Present and Future

92.   Tushti- Possessor of all wealth

93.   Udaranga- Endowed with a Beautiful Body

94.   Vikruti –       Many-Sided

95.   Vidya   –        Knowledge

96.   Vibhuti  –      Prosperity   

97.   Vachi       –   Eloquent Speaker

98.   Vibha    – Radiant

99.   Vasudha  – The Earth

100. Vasudharini  – Bearing burden of the Earth

101. Vimala – Pure, Chaste

102. Vishwajanani- Mother of the Universe

103. Vararoha – Ready to Offer Boons

104. Vasundhara – Daughter of the Earth

105. Varalakshmi – Granter of Bounty

106. Vasuprada – Bestower of Wealth

107. Vishnuvakshah – Residing in Vishnu’s Chest

108. Vishnupatni – The Consort of Vishnu

109. Yashaswini  – The Famous

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It Started With a Bangkok!

My first stop in South East Asia is Bangkok! I am only here for 2 days because my dad has joined me and my mom did all of the planning. The schedule is packed. I’ll probably be back in a few months though,  since Bangkok is such a hub and also contains “backpacker’s paradise” Khaosan Road (literally a backpacking Las Vegas-type Convention Place that’s been around since before my mom traveled here in the ‘80s) which I haven’t properly explored because I am in “family vacation” mode.

Of course Bangkok is a standard first stop for South East Asian travel. Oh man, it is worlds different from the places I have been in Africa of late. I am so overwhelmed by the intricate details in gold and gems and… beetle wings on every temple or building of importance. 

After juggling jet lag and a quick culture shock, my dad and I started our first full day hoping to see some temples and the Grand Palace. We found a tuk tuk driver and told him which temple we wanted to start with. I showed him on a map and he said he knew where we meant.

15 minutes later, we arrived at what looked like a palace… next to a zoo. And it was a zoo. Buses on Buses on Buses of Chinese tourists were unloading at this location that…wasn’t the temple we pointed to on the map and definitely wasn’t the “Grand Palace.” Turns out it was  The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. I have no idea why the driver took us here, but I am glad he did. 

Once my dad and I maneuvered through the sea of tourists and realized we did not have to wait in line with them, we entered the palace. Inside there were displays of golden thrones, silk embroidered tapestries 10 feet tall, fantastic acrylic paintings, and the most detailed wood carvings telling stories of Thailand’s history and royalty. Every piece was absolutely magnificent. We couldn’t take photos but the silk tapestries are some of the most beautiful pieces of art I have ever seen (it all kicks anything in the Louvre’s ass, sorry Paris). Most took many sempstresses and years to complete, but they were shimmery and mind-blowing. If I ever become wealthy, I will buy one of these tapestries. Even if it is small. 

After realizing what this museum was and feeling grateful that we randomly ended up there (I recommend it!), we hopped on another tuk tuk and hoped it would take us to the Grand Palace!

It kinda did. It took us to the neighborhood.

We had to walk a bit. On the way we were told that I would need to buy a shirt to cover my shoulders. I saw men and women of all nationalities and ages wearing typical Thai Elephant pants. Most had to buy these on the spot because they were wearing shorts. You must be well dressed to visit the most sacred place in Thailand! I thought a shall covering my shoulders and a dress covering my knees with ballet flats instead of my usual flip flops was enough, but I was wrong. Respect for the King is a huge part of Thai culture and it’s phenomenal. 

When I was finally dressed up enough, we were about to cross the street with a giant hoard of tourists to enter the Palace grounds when police men started screaming in Thai. The people who understood took off their hats and began to kneel. Everyone else followed suit. For the next few minutes, we all hovered over the ground as fancy cars holding Thai Officials entered the premises. 

When we finally entered the Palace Walls, it was a bee hive of tourist activity. Giant tour groups were assembling in every piece of free space. It was hard to find where to go and I got a bit overwhelmed. 

Once we walked into the Temple area where the Emerald Buddha is housed, I was even more overwhelmed. So many ornate, golden-tiled buildings surrounded us, climbing to the sky. Photos could never do the Majesty of this sight justice. I was beginning to have a bit of culture shock. I hadn’t seen this many tourists or intricate details ever in southern Africa or Madagascar and it was A LOT to take in. 

We walked into the Prayer Temple to pay respects to Buddha by sitting in lotus position with our feet pointed away from the shrine as a monk said a prayer over some Thai Buddhists kneeling ahead. It was hot and very busy but I think most people did their best to respect the religious rites unfolding before our eyes, despite the frenzied environment. 

After we left the temple area, we walked past the Grand Palace and read a bit about the former king who ruled for 70 years. He was a very multi-talented, highly respected man. 

After the Palace, we walked a bit down the street to find Wat Pho, the oldest temple in Thailand. This temple houses the famous “Reclining Buddha” which is GIGANTIC and awe-inspiring. 

Later that evening, my dad and I walked around Khoasan Road which is nick-named “Backpacker’s Paradise.” It is filled with bars, tattoo shops, henna shops, hair braiding stands, massage parlors, clothing stands (your typical colorful travel dresses and elephants pants- gotta get the look!), jewelry, and a mazillion other things like lights and music and activity that is SO OVERWHELMING to someone who just got off of an island where for two years I hardly participated in night-life. 

I bought some dresses. There are so many!!! But I do feel guilty since I try to be so minimalist… and stingy. Good thing Dad is paying for these few weeks. 

After a night of bad sleep thanks to jet-lag, a tour bus picked up my dad and me to go to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market 90 kilometers outside of town. I was soooo tired but I hopped in the car and turned off my brain for an hour and half. Eventually we arrived at the floating market which was mostly a giant Disneyland, tourist experience. But it was cool and sometimes you gotta do the Disneyland Things. Most of the boats on the water were actually canoes of tourists, but there were also paddle boats carrying cold spring rolls and fresh fruit floating around. It was all kind of silly, but still unique and I am glad we went. 

After the floating market, our group went in a speed boat along the canals to see the houses and agricultural life around the brown waterways made by the Chinese. It was super cool. 

Once we returned to the city by mid-day, my dad and I took a cab to check out a random part of town and ended up in the financial district. After that we took a cab to Chinatown and explored a bit before I collapsed from exhaustion. I normally don’t pack this much activity into an average day because I am traveling for many months/years and it is a marathon. I also just left winter in Africa and came to summer in a tropical, humid climate, so my body is confused. 

Anyways, Bangkok has been fun to explore. I am pretty sure I’ll be back, but I am glad I have already done the most touristy things (and didn’t have to pay for them) so next time will be more chill!

SRAVANAMASA VARALAKSHMI VRAT/VRATAM ~ seeking the mother goddess of spiritual health & wealth .

The month of Sravanamasam marks the beginning of festival season in Hinduism. Varalakshmi Vratam is one of the eight most prominent and widely celebrated festivals in hinduism . It is the festival of prosperity and well being. Varlakshmi refers to Goddess Lakshmi who grants boon to all her devotees and vratam meaning prayer offered to God. Thus this festival of Varalakshmi Vratam connotes prayer offered to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and riches, the one who bestows her worshipers.This year it is celebrated on 4th august ,2017.


MAHALAKSHMI - The Shakti of lord Narayana 

Varalakshmi, the household Goddess of most Hindu families is portrayed as women of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full bloomed red lotus. The lotus symbolizes fertility, purity and beauty. Her four hands denote righteousness, desire, wealth and liberation from life. Gold coins are seen pouring from her hand, signifying that her devotees are conferred with wealth and divine blessings, Goddess Lakshmi is seen wearing a gold embroidered red Saree, where red symbolizes luck and gold represents affluence. As a Goddess of wealth, she is always seen decked with opulent gold jewellery. Like Goddess Mahalakshmi, who signifies aiswaryam, South Indian women during all puja and other religious occasions, customarily dress themselves in gold jewellery to impersonate goddess Lakshmi. There is even a trend of purchasing gold jewellery for occasion like Varalakshmi Vratham among certain sections of the society as it is considered appropriate and auspicious.

Varalakshmi Nomu (vrat) is  believed to be the day in which Goddess Lakshmi was born from Sea . Praying to Goddess on this day is said to be equivalent to worshiping Ashtalakshmi (the eight goddess of wealth, earth, learning, love, fame, peace, pleasure, and strength) especially Dhanalakshmi. That is the reason why families also have a habit of buying gold jewellery or gold coins during Varalakshmi Vratam, as a sign of welcoming Dhanalakshmi into their houses. Varalakshmi Vratam is performed by married women for the welfare of their husband, children and household. It is believed that if one worships Goddess Lakshmi on this day, she will present the entire family the gift of health, wealth, peace and happiness.


WHY LORD VISHNU IS WORSHIPPED ON VARALAKSHMI VRAT DAY : 

The name Vishnu really means pervading everywhere, and Lakshmi, his consort, is symbolical of the forces found everywhere. Eight forces or energies are recognized and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Saraswati (Learning), Preeti (Love), Keerti (Fame), Shanti (Peace), Tushti (Pleasure) and Pushti (Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis by Hindus. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rhythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three. Hence this festival is celebrated and Vrata is observed for invoking the blessings of Sri Vara Lakshmi mostly by ladies for the welfare of their marital bliss (Sowbhagyam), children (Santana) and to have all the desired boons fulfilled (Sakala Ishta Kamya Phala Siddhi). 

But an essential fact is that Both Sri Maha Vishnu and Maha Lakshmi are Divine forces that are inseparable from each other. Just like the eyes are two but the vision is one, they have to be prayed together always to seek the Blessings. Hence it is very much important to pray to Lord Vishnu before seeking the Blessings of the Goddess. Therefore Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu are prayed together for prosperity, and spiritual prosperity. To remove obstacles that prevent us from starting a spiritual path or success in business, Prosperity. Please contact us for the Special Lakshmi Narayan Pooja performed most authentically either at your residence .

HOW THE VRAT IS PERFORMED : 

The lady of the house should wake up early and after ablutions, bathe, wear new dress, dress up and proceed for the Pooja. It is best if she can fast, but if unable to fast due to any reason, then she may have some fruits. Lord Ganesh should be prayed first, to clear all obstacles from the way. Kalasha (A copper/silver pot filled with sanctified water, the brim is covered with mango leaves and a coconut is placed on top). This is known as Kalasha and it has to be placed in a flat plate (or a new cloth) covered with white rice. Kalasha Pooja has to be performed then.  One method of making kalasam exists where only gold jewellery is placed within the kalasam and is partially filled with holy water from any river. This method is gaining ground among the society as this also adds to the families riches in the form of jewellery. After the holy kalasam is filled, it is topped with mango leaves and a coconut smeared all over with turmeric powder. To this coconut, face mould of Mahalakshmi Ammavaru is fixed. The kalasam, now symbolically representing Goddess Lakshmi is further decorated with gold ornaments old and new, silk and fresh flowers. After karpoora harathi, kalasam is carried from the front door to the pooja room, placed inside the Mandapam and Devi is invoked in the kalasam. From now on Kalasam is called as Devi.  

It is essential to have a picture or a small statue of Goddess Lakshmi. This is to be placed on the main alter in the center position. Then she is to be invoked with ‘Sankalapa’, Placed (Sthapana) and prayed with all the Shodasha Upacharas (16 Upacharas – 16 essential forms of services). Then, Sri Lakshmi Sahastra Nama along with Sri Vishnu Sahastranama is recited. It is very important to note here that praying to Goddess Sri Lakshmi without praying to Lord Sriman Narayana (Who is Her Dear Husband and most beloved thing for Her) will not please her and She will not accept any such prayers offered to her. They are Divine couple and must be always prayed together.Vrata is then followed by the reciting or telling the below given story to the other family members and friends attending the Pooja.

LEGEND : 

Like many festivals in hinduism,this festival too has few  tales related to it’s origin.One of them goes as follows.In the kingdom of Magadha of yore, there lived a Brahmin woman called Charumathi in a town named Kundinpura. The prosperous town was the home of Charumathi and her husband. She devotedly served her husband and her parents-in-law. Impressed by her sincerity and piety, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dream, blessed her and asked her to worship Vara Lakshmi (literally means, boon granting form of the Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity) and seek to fulfill her wishes. Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu’s consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Thus was prescribed the Friday of Sravana month, proceeding the full moon day for the worship.

When Charumathi explained her dream to her family, she found them encouraging her to perform the Pooja. Many other women of the town also joined her in performing the Pooja in a traditional way and offered many sweet dishes to the Goddess Varalakshmi. They prayed with deep devotion:

“Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe

Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada”

Meaning: One who is sitting in the lotus, holding lotuses, one who is prayed by the entire universe, One Who is very dear to Lord Narayana, Please always be benevolent to me.

The well dressed women made  offerings of a variety delicious ,sweet dishes with utmost devotion. As they went round the deity in prayer, dazzling jewelry is said to have appeared as ornaments on the bodies of these worshippers and their houses filled with riches. They rewarded the priest who assisted them in performing the Pooja and they all partook in the feast. The women expressed their gratitude to Charumathi who shared her dream and helped them become prosperous. This Pooja came to be practiced year after year by women. Done with devotion, it is said that boons would be granted and thus many wishes would be realized.

Nivedana (Naivedya or Offerings)

The Pooja is followed with the offerings. Devotees offer all the freshly cooked food, primarily ‘Kshirannam’ (Rice cooked with milk & sugar, as this is Goddess Lakshmi’s favorite dish), many other sweets, fruits, new dresses, ornaments are offered to Goddess first and are accepted by all as her Prasad later.

Offerings are generally followed by singing various songs in the praise of Goddess Varalakshmi, Lakshmi Stotras and Bhajans. Various devotees sing, even some times tell many stories from Vedas and Puranas to remember Universal Mother Divine’s glory once again. This is done as per one’s interest, time availability, strength (Yetha shakti) as is possible.

Mangal Aarti

The Pooja concludes with Mangal Aarti for the Goddess Varalakshmi Devi and the offered prasad is accepted with much respect and humility by all.


Let us all in this propitious day, welcome Goddess Mahalakshmi, the abode of all auspiciousness and prosperity into our lives.

Denying the Inevitable

Show: Pucca

Pairing: PuccaXGaru (College-age!)

Description: Though many years have gone by, Pucca and Garu’s relationship has remained essentially the same. Well, except for the fact that Pucca shows much less physical affection than she used to…That is until one day, their relationship takes a turn that neither of them expected, leading to the realization that maybe some things in life are destined to last. A oneshot w/college-age characters!

Rating: T

Genre: Romance/Humor

Original Fanfiction: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10855584/1/Denying-the-Inevitable

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(Okay I cannot be bothered to use my actual computer right now my bed is v comfortable and I’m kind of tipsy so just BEAR WITH ME @a-taller-tale)

*insistently tugs you by the arm into a blanket fort, shoves a pillow and hot chocolate at you, and sits down in the lotus position*

Welcome to Post Chorus Domestic Tuckington.

So here’s the thing. Wash ABSOLUTELY has PTSD. But the thing is, that while half of the symptoms I headcanon him to have (nightmares, insomnia, risky behavior because death is cool at this point) are intrusive like right now during the war, the other half of his symptoms (paranoia, hypervigilance, etc) are still very useful in the context of him being a soldier.

But all of that is going to be really awful after the war, when him and Tucker settle down into a nice little house with Junior, somewhere on Chorus because I said so. That’s the thing about PTSD–it’s your body being like “no wait this is dangerous” when nothing is dangerous. It’s very rude.

Because your brain literally cannot handle unexpected things without jumping straight to DOOM, routine is very helpful. BUT routine only works if you stick to it. And you can only stick to it if you remember all of the steps.

It’s the little things, I think, that Tucker helps Wash with remembering. He doesn’t lose himself completely like ever–he has patched up those holes in his mind–but on Very Bad Days, he does forget his name, where he is, when he is, who he’s with… those days happen. And Tucker is ABSOLUTELY right there reminding him of all of these truths. But those don’t happen very often.

Meds aren’t a cure for PTSD but they really help with the anxiety symptoms. I like to think that at least for some time, Emily convinces Wash to at least try them out, and they work for him. When he remembers to take them. Which is never, because he doesn’t actually like taking them or relying on them. Tucker has a permanent sticky note on the refrigerator that says “TAKE YOUR MEDS” in the morning to help with that.

After the war, Chorus is still a mess, and because Wash doesn’t know what else to do, he helps rebuild. Rebuilding means everything from infrastructure to law systems, and he wants to throw himself into it, but it’s a lot of details to remember and even writing things down, he can’t be everything everyone needs at once. Tucker helps him take breaks and turn down requests, and reminds him of appointments and stuff that get lost in the shuffle. Eventually he even convinces him that he doesn’t owe anyone anything anymore, and gets him to pursue other means of occupation. I haven’t decided what Wash ultimately settles on.

But these are like, within the first five years. After that, things settle out. They both adjust to civilian life. Junior helps, because he’s still a child and they’re raising him. He keeps them focused on things that exist in the present and not in the past.

Which brings me to the less heavy and more adorable headcanons.

Wash’s memory problems mean that he can’t always know in a given moment what information is useful and what he doesn’t need to bother remembering, or writing down. I present to you… PTA parents Wash and Tucker. Wash is that person who writes down everything that’s being said. Even when it’s irrelevant. He has a notebook full of notes.

Well, half full of notes. Because all of the pages read like this:

Susan’s mom - makes gluten free cookies
(Tucker’s handwriting) Susan’s mom is a bitch

And then the whole thing dissolves into them writing notes to each other back and forth. He gets down the important stuff, though, and also the rest of it, complete with commentary.

Wash likes to read, but he can’t really involve himself in a long novel or things that don’t have clear endings and beginnings in the chapters, because he’ll sit down and not be able to remember most of what he read before. Tucker finds short novels for him or periodicals that he thinks Wash will enjoy so that he can still have that pleasure.

Wash doesn’t do very well by himself. Tucker can’t leave him alone for longer than a few days because he will forget to eat three meals a day, what day is trash day, to take the laundry out of the washer when it’s done etc without a reminder. Not because he’s an incapable human being! But because he just can’t remember these details. He remembers the important stuff, like eating at least enough to survive and locking the door at night, but Tucker helps him to remember the rest. He writes notes and sends him text messages and gives him verbal reminders. He’s never patronizing about it, he never uses the words “don’t forget”–it’s just a simple statement like “there’s dishes in the sink” and Wash makes the connection from there.

He’s frustrated with himself over all of this and it’s the thing that makes the transition to civilian life the hardest for him, but Tucker is with him every step of the way. They help each other through all of their readjustment issues, they help Junior, Junior helps them. They’re a family unit of HEALING, and just because sometimes Wash forgets where he put his phone down five minutes ago doesn’t change that.

Tucker just takes care of him, okay?? Because that’s what Wash needs. Not a caretaker, it’s not like that, he just needs someone who will make him feel safe and loved and like he deserves to be taken care of. That’s how it goes.

Ni in all four positions
  • Dominant: *Sitting in lotus position with eyes closed* I am at one with the forces of the universe, able to perceive the distant future and all the factors that will lead to its formation in a plethora of domino effects and chain reactions. You see that tree over there? It’s an Alaska red cedar, which has a lifespan of about 3500 years. To you, it must be quite a long lifetime, but to it, living for thousands of years is nothing special. Much like a typical dog only lives for a bit over 10 years, a single lifetime for you would be the equivalent of multiple lifetimes for it. Or even for a fruit fly, living for under two months is a full lifetime and if it could experience bafflement, it would at the concept that some living beings can live for decades, or even for a single decade in a dog’s case. But all this pales in comparison to the universe, which is the only thing that will outlive all else. You and I will die eventually, as will every other person and living thing that exists, but the universe will keep existing, hosting life in whatever form it takes. Humans are the only life known by us capable of understanding concepts such as this, which may suggest that we have a meaningful role in the grand scheme of things, but an average human’s only contribution to this grand scheme is ensuring the existence of other humans in the future, which can be seen as… *Fails to notice that the person they’re talking to got bored and ditched them sometime around “It’s an Alaska red cedar”*
  • Auxiliary: *Reviews vision for the future* Excellent, all is happening according to plan. *Something doesn’t happen according to plan* SHIT SHIT SHIT THIS IS NOT OKAY WHAT DO I DO
  • Tertiary: *At a bar* I’m getting kind of a creepy vibe from that guy sitting by himself over there. But maybe he’s just a normal guy who wants a drink after a long day at work or maybe all his friends are busy. I mean, not every guy who goes to bars alone is a creep *Sees said guy pester a woman for her attention and not leave her alone even after she turns him down multiple times* Yo, I was right. She looks really uncomfortable. I should step in and do something, I’m getting the feeling that he’s not gonna take no for an answer anytime soon. Alright, aux-Se, do your thing.
  • Inferior: *Is asked to consider the future/abstract ideas* yeah how about i fuckin don’t lol
Mindfulness And Meditation: The Basics

First off so you don’t immediately think this is a bunch of hippie junk on your dash let’s look at this scientifically. Everything on this planet has a frequency, even inanimate objects. This includes your thoughts. The more depressed or “dark” your thought is the lower its frequency. If you can raise the frequency of your thoughts, either by clearing these negative thoughts or thinking thoughts with a higher frequency you can raise your own personal frequency and thus feel happier, more focused, be more creative, etc.

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