by elephantjournal.com on May 18, 2013
These days, even though many people realize the limitations of material comfort and are interested in following a spiritual path, few really appreciate the true value of practicing Dharma. For most, the practice of Dharma, religion, meditation, yoga, or whatever they call it, is still superficial: they simply change what they wear, what they eat, [...]
by Jennifer S. White on May 17, 2013
Your weakness is your strength. I woke up this morning with eyes practically swollen shut from all the crying I had done the night before, when I had gone through the oddest experience. I’ve moved around a little bit in my life, but this is the first place that my husband and I really have ever [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 15, 2013
To become their own psychologist, a person doesn’t have to learn some big philosophy. All they have to do is examine their own mind every day.
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 4, 2013
What seed have you buried, only to see blossom at some time so beyond the memory of when the seed was planted, perhaps you forgot that it was even there? Estimates are that millions of trees in the world are planted unintentionally by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget them. I have planted seeds [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 30, 2013
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 21, 2013
F*ck Gluten. F*ck “the Mindful Life.” It’s the Life Organic for me (3 3 3, irony). Hunky Bondi Hipsters are backatit. PS: True Definition of a true Hipster? Here. The best video making fun of, well, us (minus the coke) since the last one they did that we loved: Official Music Video to the song “The [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 18, 2013
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 6, 2013
How (the hell) did I get here? I am sure that you have asked yourself this question. I know I have, especially when I was younger and far more naive, back when I would let the wind carry me and made decisions based on a whim. I would find myself in all kinds of precarious [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 27, 2013
I struggle with self discipline. There, I said it, for the whole world to hear. I suck at sticking to my goals. I’m easily led astray by temptation, social and psychological influences as well as environmental distractions. Here I am, day 17 of my meditation and winter cleanse challenge. I’ve spent a week away from [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 25, 2013
Source: Uploaded by user via Tessa on Pinterest Last night marked the 85th Annual Academy Awards, a ceremony which honors the year’s greatest achievements in film. As is my tradition, I watched the entire telecast in rapt attention—drooling over the gowns, deconstructing the performances, and waiting with bated breath for the winners to be [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 25, 2013
For those of us who don’t revel in the golden pageantry (and I’m with you, more or less, though there were some great moments last night), this has got to rank as one of the more meaningful moments among so many thank you thank you thank you Oscar speeches. “Sacheen Littlefeather refusing to accept [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 25, 2013
At this year’s Academy Awards, there were several movies that came to life because of the beautifully-crafted words of a novelist…
by Amy Taylor on Feb 25, 2013
Source: Uploaded by user via Sharon Dowling on Pinterest And I’m not alone. But, even if I am, I have to speak up. Otherwise, the disgust eats away at me. It was a very different Academy Awards show last night. Granted, I only watched the first third but that was enough to leave me [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 24, 2013
I can’t believe Twilight was passed over again, Cocaine Trees & “I want to thank Canada!” Namaste, Hugh Jackman to the rescue, Vfx layoffs, Ted pronounces “Les Mis” better than Travolta, and 12 other highlights of the Oscars. Ang Lee says Namaste! It’s Waylon Lewis‘ Top 10 Oscar Moments, plus Two. 1. > Les Miserables [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 21, 2013
Source: tumblr.com via Betsy on Pinterest “Music is what feelings sound like.” ~ author unknown I am a big fan of music—all kinds of music. Whether it is pop, jazz, blues, alternative, swing, opera, bluegrass or any combination of these, it all has it’s place. You can find me singing along to old timey [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 15, 2013
I am not a misandrist. I have not been especially active, in the past, advocating for social and political change to bring the rights, entitlements and treatment of women equal to those enjoyed by men. However, it occurrs to me, without realizing it consciously, perhaps the primary reason I have avoided identifying myself as a [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Oct 5, 2012
Update: 12 Moments from the Oscars (including Adele), plus, Shirley Bassey’s towering, commanding return: I’ve listened to this 5 times, and am just getting started: Still, a fan of Shirley Bassey’s classics above all—her style, her voice, iconic. And the opening credits, particularly for the early ones…wow. High camp meets art: From the video: Three [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Sep 26, 2012
Pro-life? Pro-choice? Caring for life may or may not begin at conception, but it certainly shouldn’t end there. “If you want to prevent abortions, you make sure everyone has health care, a high school education and birth control. Not the exact opposite.” (eclectablog.com) …That presumes you give a sh*t about the actual people involved, and [...]
by Dianne Bondy on Sep 26, 2012
I needed to find my courage. I needed to stand more powerfully. I was confused for most of my life, I have let people take advantage and use me. I allowed myself to be less then who I was. I often give away my power too freely.
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 3, 2012
How we feel about our zodiac sign is personal. But there are definatly themes all the signs share—Aries are daring, Scorpios are mysterious, Libras love justice and so on. Not everyone has the same taste in music, but hopefully some of these songs will resonate with your sun or moon sign and help you understand [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 14, 2012
A mermaid found a swimming lad, Picked him for her own, Pressed her body to his body, Laughed; and plunging down Forgot in cruel happiness That even lovers drown. ~ William Butler Yeats Like the mermaid, I have plunged down, into the warm, heady realm of not thinking clearly. I recognize it because I’ve seen it [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 12, 2012
A slightly “nasal” version—wow. Click here for the prior song, cause of any nasal-ness.
by Waylon Lewis on Aug 12, 2012
Adele, singing Someone Like You at the height of her tour—Royal Albert Hall. A little cheesey? A lot. But that’s what that heart stuff is—raw, messy, un-cool—and to celebrate love lost and sadness and hope in a hall such as this with Adele, at the height of her tour—well this might just be the best [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 11, 2012
As a little girl, you are often told stories of how girls grow up to fall in love and live happily ever after. More often than not, you spend a lot of time waiting for this prince charming that you will fall in love with. My first love was a marine technician, but he wasn’t [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 31, 2012
If poaching continues at this rate, Vergniault says, “not a single elephant will be alive in Chad in three years time.”
by Waylon Lewis on Jul 4, 2012
Love Thyself. “Bitches.” Like many words used as insults or taunts that are well on their way toward being reclaimed (like, gay, fat…) it’s a tricky word, and one we’ve discussed before. I don’t use it in the singular. But many independent, kick-ass, know-themselves women, and men, use it in the plural. We can own [...]
by Brianna Bemel on Jun 14, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 15, 2012
There is more to life than having everything one can never get.
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 12, 2012
The mastectomy was preceded by six months of chemotherapy. I was used to feeling awful. Bald and pale, I was barely recognizable as I struggled to hold a down dog for more than a few breaths. My practice was limited but I still made it to my mat.
by Lindsey Block on Mar 10, 2012
A Fun Mash up of Adele‘s “Set Fire To The Rain” + Daft Punk‘s “Something About Us.” Enjoy! Via GigWise: Serial mash-up producer Carlos Serrano, who hails from San Diego, has worked his American magic on Daft Punk’s mellow ‘Something About Us’ from the band’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ with Adele’s 2011 hit single, ‘Set [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 23, 2012
For each of us our own past must play a critical role in our evolution even as we learn from the critical process that invokes tradition as ligature of contiguous consciousness. Remaking yourself in every moment—being here only now—may sound swell, but it’s one short step from senility.
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 12, 2012
…And here’s how she sounds: Welcome back, Adele. And thank you for that. More Adele. Daily What: “her first live performance since the Mass General surgeon removed a hemorrhaging polyp from the singular singer’s vocal cords.” Bonus wow cover by those famous children:
by Kate Bartolotta on Feb 2, 2012
Think you’ve seen the most amazing Adele cover already? You haven’t. You’re welcome.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 17, 2012
As I child, I remember a copy of this book sitting on my parents bookshelf and I’ve had several discussions with my mother about how she applied its methods and strategies over the years.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 16, 2012
There is a massive double standard present in our culture when it comes to the public condemnation and vilification of racist versus sexist derogatory words.
by Kate Bartolotta on Jan 6, 2012
Work hard, and go all in when you’re working. But play hard too, and try to unplug when it’s playtime.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 5, 2012
My first reaction on watching the video was it was very focused on Kalu’s pain and grievance. This was in stark contrast to the vast view and understanding of karma, impermanence, selflessness and emptiness that we are used to seeing embodied in great Buddhist practitioners.
by Melissa Smith on Jan 1, 2012
Wanna dance, move, smile, change the world or at the very least change yourself? Listen to these songs.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 31, 2011
Auld Lang Syne. Sing it at Midnight! Soon enough, you and I will die. Nobody gets out of life alive. Everything’s impermanent. The only constant is change (and plastic). But if we can live for others, and die having left our room clean and our country more enlightened, then we can get some satisfaction. We can die happily—in the same [...]
by Kate Bartolotta on Dec 30, 2011
What if I’m just no good at being a vegan?
by Waylon Lewis on Dec 27, 2011
Fave comment on Reddit: “I heard Adele made a cover to this.” ~ > “K-pop Star – Park Jimin (Adel – Rolling in the deep)” The original:
by Jerome Burdi on Dec 19, 2011
When the teacher fills the room with empty music that has no relation to the spirit of yoga, then it’s one more distraction — and a very intimate one — that will have to be put aside to have a proper practice that aligns you with the spirit.
by Kate Bartolotta on Dec 14, 2011
I’ve had a headache on and off for two weeks and a day. Mostly on. And not just a “headache” but a “please just let me lay here in the dark and don’t talk to me” migraine.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 5, 2011
On a 1987 Swedish television special, Vega said the following about her song: “A few years ago, I used to see this group of children playing in front of my building, and there was one of them, whose name was Luka, who seemed a little bit distinctive from the other children. I always remembered his name, and I always remembered his face, and I didn’t know much about him, but he just seemed set apart from these other children that I would see playing. And his character is what I based the song Luka on. In the song, the boy Luka is an abused child. In real life, I don’t think he was. I think he was just different.”
by Roger Wolsey on Dec 3, 2011
“Nonviolence isn’t just a philosophy of resistance. It is a way of life. Nonviolence is the thoughts we have, the words that we use, the clothes that we wear, the things that we say. It is not just an absence of violence, not even just the absence of wanting to cause harm. Nonviolence is a state when your heart is so full of love, compassion, kindness, generosity and forgiveness that you simply don’t have any room for anger, frustration or violence,” Pancho describes.
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 20, 2011
They may not have (time to have) had their hearts broken yet, but they make up for the lack of depth with cuteness. And, needless to say, they come awfully close to Adele herself in pure good-god talent. …Angie (10, vocals), Abelardo (15, guitar/bass/piano), and Gustavo Vazquez (13, drums)… We are siblings doing what we [...]