Beautiful Things

These are my opinions, thoughts, and things that make me smile.
My posts frequently concern aesthetics, feminism, anxiety, and comfort.

All content is to be taken with a grain of salt, unless otherwise stated.

shrapnel-grade-glitter:

I had the most lame adult experience I think I’ve ever had today aiding at the elementary school. 
I asked a kid whats up and she said, ” just doing my homework” 
and I was like, just out of habit, I guess, I just blurted out, “homework is boring” 
Then she just looked at me like, “what are you doing” 
And I don’t know what happened, my mind just sort of panicked, and I sort of a quarter-shouted, “homework sucks!” and then two other kids started looking at me funny and I said really quick, “skateboarding is rad!!” and fast-walked the hell out of there

(via shotadean)

Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume.

—Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via inextinguishabledesires)

(via rumbox)

nakedlens:

Photos from “Flight to Spirit / Pūjā” a lecture and presentation by Fakir Musafar and CoRE (Constructs of Ritual Evolution), presented by the 2014 Dallas Suspension convention.

(via adamrichins)

archiemcphee:

As part of a tour put on by an organization called The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India recently visited the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas. They were there for a weeklong residency during which they constructed this magnificent Tantric Buddhist mandala sandpainting.

The monks will spend up to eight hours a day working together on one of their sandpaintings. The process starts with an opening ceremony and the consecration of work site.

Each work begins as a drawing, the outline of the mandala. Then, colored sand is poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.

Once the sandpainting has been completed it is ceremoniously destroyed using a ritual vajra.

"The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing."

Click here to learn more about The Mystical Arts of Tibet

[via My Modern Metropolis]

(via 4thedingos)

jimsens:

This jaw dropping navel piece found the perfect home today! 18k solid yellow gold 14g 3/8” Princess cut black opal from @Anatometalinc. #highpriestess #safepiercing #appmember #anatometal  (at High Priestess Piercing & Tattoo)

jimsens:

This jaw dropping navel piece found the perfect home today! 18k solid yellow gold 14g 3/8” Princess cut black opal from @Anatometalinc. #highpriestess #safepiercing #appmember #anatometal (at High Priestess Piercing & Tattoo)

(via adamrichins)