On #WorldHumanitarianDay , we celebrate the hard work of humanitarians and honor the risks they take on the frontlines. From Puerto Rico to Colombia to Bangladesh, @RefugeesIntl will continue to bear witness to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and advocate on behalf of refugees and IDPs.
Las arrugas de este hermoso e inspirador monje budista no son en vano. Lleva varios años como monje; desde que lo atrapó su destino se ha dedicado a liderar un monasterio en las montañas del país que mejor conserva las enseñanzas budistas , Myanmar. Se llama Uzin Rebatanada, su nombre traduce río amable...es abierto, conversador , se ríe de las historias de los meditadores ( todos los meditadores tienen algún cuento con gases corporales 💨 en medio de las salas y el silencio 😂) , y aunque en las enseñanzas budistas se cree que todo lo existente es ilusorio, pasajero e impermanente, el sigue disfrutando de la cotidianidad, de las conversaciones con los amigos , y de las deliciosas frutas de su tierra . •
Uzin enseña el budismo Theravada, el cual consiste en la tranmisión de las enseñanzas de Budha tal cual fueron dichas por el. 💛 un día le dije: -Uzin... que piensas de la muerte? , y me dijo con mucha frescura - hemos nacido y muerto tantas veces , que no hay nada de que preocuparnos ... solo dejar la vida ser , sin lucha , sin apego, sin negación , solo déjala ser, y déjarle que sea a través de ti de la manera más buena posible .
(A los monjes budistas no se les puede abrazar ... así que me quede con las ganas/ pero se lo dije! )
“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Anonymous
It's been a worthwhile travel from north to south (not complaining though, I actually loved it!)... I've met some beautiful butterfly warriors from down south today and their ever supportive caregivers... It was our first time facilitating a group session and it pretty much went well, although we didn't have much practice, it helped that we've experienced some, if not all, what these warriors have gone through... It has been a give and take process, wherein everyone learned something from each other, both the facilitators and the attendees... We thank @hopeforlupusph for giving us the chance of being part of this wonderful event... our own way of giving back to our co-lupies... we all needed those words of ENCOURAGEMENT and HOPE that there's life despite what we all have gone through... Thanks as well to @sid_salazar for his support in this advocacy for all lupus patients... we're hoping that everyone had fun and until next time! 💜💜💜
Regrann from @pawsphilippines - OUR NEWEST CAMPAIGN.❤️ Actress and animal lover Heart Evengelista once again speaks for the underdogs in PAWS’ new campaign, "HAVE A HEART FOR ASPINS." It is a call for better treatment for aspins - who are often victims of cruelty or neglect - and encourages people to adopt aspins from shelters instead of buying from pet stores. (Heart poses with adoptable and friendly shelter dogs McCoy, Peppa, Luigi, Panda, and Fortune during the campaign pictorial.) Heart, who grew up with native dogs, encourages people to treat native dogs the way they would any purebred pet — as a cherished members of the family.
The "HAVE A HEART FOR ASPINS" campaign is a call for responsible pet ownership. Prevention is always better than cure. And the prevention of animal cruelty starts with us being responsible pet owners especially for our aspins.❤️🐕 #iSupportPAWS#animalwelfare#AdoptDontShop#advocacy#animalshelter#aspin#animallover#doglover#haveaheartforaspins#PAWSphilippines - #regrann
I want to take a moment to delineate the difference between a “tomboy” and a transgender boy.
This come up A LOT.
It’s comical to me that people believe that we, the parents of trans kids, don’t do our research. Like, it never dawned on us that it could just be this simple, that my little girl just “likes boy things”. Thanks. I NEVER thought of that. 🙄
I’ll impart the education that I’ve gained through our journey thus far to try to help.
First, I loathe the label “tomboy”, and always have because why can’t girls just like “boy” things without being excused by a label? But, I know it makes so many in our society feel better about girls that love sports, or more masculine clothing and toys, etc.
Notice there’s no male equivalent to this label? Why? I digress.
So, for this post’s purpose, I’ll go with the masses and say it’s a thing to be a tomboy.
There is an enormous difference between a girl who gravitates towards being sporty, athletic, hating dresses, liking boy toys, etc., yet embracing her body, identifying still as a female...and then unequivocally identifying as a male, carrying shame for feeling this way, loathing their bodies, rejecting all things “female”, and struggling with any of their feminine characteristics, knowing that they were born with the incorrect anatomy. (This is where it’s also important to understand what Intersex means. Please google it.) A “tomboy” would essentially feel just fine in her body. A transgender boy does not because it does not align with their brain.
And we as cisgender (not trans) people CANNOT imagine how this feels. It’s impossible because we aren’t transgender.
But we can empathize, look at the stats, read the studies, and continue to align with the affirmation model that shows a greater outcome for those that transition and live their lives as their authentic selves.
And when you say that being transgender is a “new trend”- friends, trans people have ALWAYS existed but we are just now seeing them, affirming them, and saving their lives.
Please try to learn from us. And please don’t tell us what we are or are not living.
I look at this photo from our college graduation shoot and I can’t help but miss my old self. 2+ years since I’ve been diagnosed with MDD and GAD (kindly search for those who don’t know) and have been suffering chronic fatigue and multiple breakdowns in a week. Keeping a day job I love while doing consultancy work on the side, trying to consistently workout, and balance the rest of my life, it has taken such a toll on me. Gladly, there are people who trust me enough to talk about mental health advocacy and my journey battling everyday. I’ll be having a series of talks in different universities, schools, and organizations in the coming months tackling mental health and the role of advocating it in the Philippines, especially its critical role in poverty alleviation, so hit me up to drop by or to collaborate! ✨ #mentalhealth#mentalhealthph#mentalhealthawareness#helpishere
As part on Indignation 2018, Project X was invited to National Education 3, A Queer Conference: Imagining Queer Futures, to have a panel discussion regarding LGBTQ People in Sex Work Advocacy. Our researcher and writer, Sherry moderated our 4 panelists, queer volunteer, Yi Ting, queer volunteer coordinator, Prashain, and trans women sex workers, Sheeda and Nicole.
Some of the topics discussed included what can the public do to reduce social stigma and discrimination against sex workers and LGBTQ people, why it is important to build rapport between the community and allies and how can this help to combat the issues the community face, and how the laws/public opinions which affect sex workers also impact LGBTQ people who aren't sex workers?
We had a great audience, and we hope we were able to help them understand our work with sex work advocacy, and how they can be a part of the movement too!
Medical Cannabis Use Is Associated With Decreased Opiate Medication Use in a Retrospective Cross-Sectional Survey of Patients With Chronic Pain: Among study participants, medical cannabis use was associated with a 64% decrease in opioid use, decreased number and side effects of medications, and an improved quality of life. This study suggests that many chronic pain patients are essentially substituting medical cannabis for opioids and other medications for chronic pain treatment, and finding the benefit and side effect profile of cannabis to be greater than these other classes of medications. 8/31 is International Overdose Awareness Day @overdoseawarenessday. It's important we discuss safer alternatives to opioids and work to #EndOverdose .
If you’re passing through Kings Cross Station this week, look out for the No Boundaries exhibition @nationalrailenq @_Railcards
I’m 1 of 20 artists taking part. “This summer we’re working with Royal Association for Deaf people, Scope, Stroke Association and The National Autistic Society to launch an exhibition called No Boundaries, which will tour some of Britain’s most iconic train stations.
The exhibition is designed to encourage travel without boundaries, thanks to the improvements in accessibility on Britain’s railway and the support available to disabled people and their families and friends.” When my Skin Picking disorder and anxiety levels are at their fiercest, drawing helps me rest on the page, to shift the tension and refocus my hands. Art is my tool for recovery. I create & give my drawings away on journeys as #actsofkindness for passengers and #advocacy everyday, to raise awareness and reduce stigma for mental illness and this disorder. Compulsive Skin Picking also known as Dermatillomania or Excoriation, is a complex physical and mental disorder, part of a group known as body-focused repetitive behaviours, self-grooming in which individuals pull, pick, scrape, or bite their own hair, skin, or nails, resulting in damage to the body.
I’ve contributed a charcoal drawing inspired by the textures of strata at Stair Hole at Lulworth for the exhibition which will tour stations around the country... The exhibition will be at London Kings Cross station for one week before travelling to the following locations:
Birmingham: 24th August – 15th September
Cardiff: 17th September – 6th October
Gatwick: 8th – 28th October
OUR NEWEST CAMPAIGN.❤️ Actress and animal lover Heart Evengelista once again speaks for the underdogs in PAWS’ new campaign, "HAVE A HEART FOR ASPINS." It is a call for better treatment for aspins - who are often victims of cruelty or neglect - and encourages people to adopt aspins from shelters instead of buying from pet stores. (Heart poses with adoptable and friendly shelter dogs McCoy, Peppa, Luigi, Panda, and Fortune during the campaign pictorial.) Heart, who grew up with native dogs, encourages people to treat native dogs the way they would any purebred pet — as a cherished members of the family.
The "HAVE A HEART FOR ASPINS" campaign is a call for responsible pet ownership. Prevention is always better than cure. And the prevention of animal cruelty starts with us being responsible pet owners especially for our aspins.❤️🐕 #iSupportPAWS#animalwelfare#AdoptDontShop#advocacy#animalshelter#aspin#animallover#doglover#haveaheartforaspins#PAWSphilippines#Repost @ pawsphilippines