humansofnewyork:

She said she wanted to be a pilot, and when I asked why, she spoke two words. My translator said: “She says, something like: ‘I want to be able to control myself in the air.’”
"But what exactly did she say?" I asked.
“‘Kuar Nhial,’ he answered. ‘It means: ‘I’ll be the leader of the air.’”

(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

The Albatross

Often, to amuse themselves, the men of a crew
Catch albatrosses, those vast sea birds
That indolently follow a ship
As it glides over the deep, briny sea.
Scarcely have they placed them on the deck
Than these kings of the sky, clumsy, ashamed,
Pathetically let their great white wings
Drag beside them like oars.
That winged voyager, how weak and gauche he is,
So beautiful before, now comic and ugly!
One man worries his beak with a stubby clay pipe;
Another limps, mimics the cripple who once flew!
The poet resembles this prince of cloud and sky
Who frequents the tempest and laughs at the bowman;
When exiled on the earth, the butt of hoots and jeers,
His giant wings prevent him from walking.

Charles Baudelaire - Les fleurs du mal

kirillgatavan:

K. Gatavan. Whispered World. Collage, 2014.
К. Гатаван. Ускользающий мир. Коллаж, 2014.
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kirillgatavan:

K. Gatavan. Whispered World. Collage, 2014.

К. Гатаван. Ускользающий мир. Коллаж, 2014.

Beneath your feet the outdoors is not just a mere patch of grass, dirt, sand, or concrete. It is an omnipresent source of natural healing energy. After you read this book, you will never look at the ground the same way. We humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on.

– Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? By Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. and Martin Zucker (via alternative-health)

Longevity arguments are complicated and the best we can do is make epidemiological statements, which strongly suggest those with the greatest longevity and primarily, if not entirely plant source only in their diet. According to Herodotus, the father of history, the Pelagasians, who lived 3,000 years B.C., had a 100% live-food, plant-source diet; their average age was 200. I travelled to this area of Greece and learned that these people did, in fact, exist, and that this was indeed their diet. The inner circle of Essenes, when most of the population’s lifespan at that time was 40-50 years, had an average lifespan of 120 years. In my book Conscious Eating, and in other books, it is documented that Jesus and all his disciples were vegetarian. This fits with the Biblical Genesis 1:29 recommendation. People who don’t understand Torah teaching, and use Genesis 9:3 to justify meat-eating, miss the point. Genesis 1:29 is the ideal diet. If you are not ready, as I paraphrase the great Torah sage and physician Maimonides, “Then do the best you can and limit your flesh intake until you are spiritually ready to live by Genesis 1:29.”

There is at least one anthropological finding of 3.2 million years ago, showing that the basic diet of the people at that time was similar the chimpanzees’ diet, which is about 98% plant-source. The Hunzakuts (well known for their longevity) are generally considered to be primarily vegetarian, except for the ceremonial use of meat. There is a certain tribe of Yemanites, who were vegetarian and long-lived. One study done in Russia on their 21,000 centenarians found the highest percent were vegetarians. Another study done in Bulgaria showed 1,600 centenarians for every million of its population compared to 9 centenarians per million in the US. The vast majority of these Bulgarian centenarians were lacto-vegetarians. The tribes in the Vilcabama region of Equador, the Mayans, and Tarahumaras of Mexico are all known for their longevity and are primarily plant-source-only societies. All these studies suggest that vegetarian cultures tend to live longer.

– Gabriel Cousens, In an Open Letter to Dr. Mercola on Vegetarianism Vs. Meat Eating (via alternative-health)

The real object of our love is not outside of us, the real object of our love is ourselves. We have to know how to love ourselves, know how to return to our true nature, to see the wholesome, the good, the true and the beautiful within us.

If your blood is formed from eating the foods I teach [fruits and green-leaf vegetables] … your soul will shout for joy and triumph over all misery of life. For the first time you will feel a vibration of vitality through your body (like a slight electric current) that shakes you delightfully.

——Arnold Ehret, Mucusless Diet Healing System (Benedict Lust Public., NY, 1970) 


 

(via alternative-health)