A dragon was pulling a bear into its terrible mouth.
A courageous man went and rescued the bear.
There are such helpers in the world, who rush to save
anyone who cries out. Like Mercy itself,
they run toward the screaming.
And they can't be bought off.
If you were to ask one of those, “Why did you come
so quickly?” he or she would say, “Because I heard
Where lowland is,
that's where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.
And don't just ask for one mercy.
Let them flood in. Let the sky open under your feet.
Take the cotton out of your ears, the cotton
of consolations, so you can hear the sphere-music.
Push the hair our of your eyes.
Blow the phlegm from your nose,
and from your brain.
Let the wind breeze through.
Leave no residue in yourself from that bilious fever.
Take the cure for impotence,
that your manhood may shoot forth,
and a hundred new beings come of your coming.
Tear the binding from around the foot
of your soul, and let it race around the track
in front of the crowd. Loosen the knot of greed
so tight around your neck. Accept your new good luck.
Give your weakness
to one who helps.
Crying out loud and weeping are great resources.
A nursing mother, all she does
is wait to hear her child.
Just a little beginning whimper,
and she's there.
God created the child, that is, your wanting,
so that it might cry out,
so that milk might come.
Cry out! Don't be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament! And let the milk
of loving flow into you.
The hard rain and wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.
Ignore those that make you fearful
and sad, that degrade you
back toward disease and death.
version by Coleman Barks
from "The Essential Rumi"
I thought it was beautiful. Rumi does wonderful things for my soul.
(So many great things that I'm compelled to share, so I'm cross-posting to boob_nazis, doulas, alternparents, birthing_fun, and ahavah. When I like it, I pimp it. Hope you enjoy.)
So after I read that, I realized I never shared my breastfeeding icons that I made. I'd wanted to do a whole big post about the Livejournal discrimination thing, but I just couldn't get motivated to put more energy into that. I figure most of my friends list knows what that was about anyway. For those of you who don't, basically Livejournal was doing a mass-suspension of mothers who had breastfeeding default icons. This perpetuates a great ignorance that goes on in this country, and blatantly discriminates women ("man boobs" are fine). It really hurts and saddens me on so many levels.
As it happens, I downloaded the GIMP - a free image manipulation program. I've joined several great communities, gimp_users, gimp_resource, and the new gimp_tutorial. I've been playing around, learning how to make icons. I was inspired to do breastfeeding icons - several appropriate for defaults, but others not so much. Feel free to use any that you like. I had a lot of fun playing with this. Let me know which ones you like.
#1. Teaser: LJApproved Irony (this is my favorite, because I love the picture of Ivy):
#2. Boycott Nestle:
#4. LJ Approved:
#5. Not Indecent: