If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
— Buddhist Proverb (via faeofterra)
… the socialization of boys regarding masculinity is often at the expense of women. I came to realize that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay men). We teach boys that girls and women are “less than” and that leads to violence by some and silence by many. It’s important for men to stand up to not only stop men’s violence against women but, to teach young men a broader definition of masculinity that includes being empathetic, loving and non-violent.
— Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist and educator (via faeofterra)
I sit before flowers
hoping they will train me in the art
of opening up
— The Student, Shane Koyczan
Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.
— David R. Hawkins