by elephantjournal.com on May 6, 2013
The media portrays hunters as a bunch of trigger happy “good ole’ boys” with too much testosterone and not enough brains. Reality television glorifies this stereotype, and people make a lot of money in return. “Sport” is a word that makes me sick to my stomach when it refers to hunting or fishing, yet people pay big bucks to have a trophy to show their friends or something to brag about at the bar.
I am adamantly against this type of irresponsible and mindless behavior.
by elephantjournal.com on May 3, 2013
elephant’s not about the “the green life”, because if you’re yelling at your children about recycling, clearly something’s off, right. But if we’re just meditating and letting the world burn, that’s selfish. We call it “the mindful life”: “Community really is the answer, but community is almost the opposite of cliquishness or clubiness. I [...]
by Melanie Klein on Apr 22, 2013
Feminism and yoga changed my life. In fact, I often credit them for saving my life and they just so happened to come into my life around the same time. For me, both feminism and yoga are synonymous for freedom, and I see them as the keys to liberation. It’s why the film Yogawoman resonated with [...]
by Walk The Talk Show on Apr 21, 2013
Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Joan Halifax Roshi. Apologies for the many sound problems…I’d advise just watching and listening while it’s synched, then just listening. Apologies, and deep thanks to Halifax Roshi! ~ ed. Waylon sits with leading Zen Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax. They talk re: how to balance inner work & outer [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 8, 2013
In the rainforest during the early morning there is a changeover, a sequence of moments elegantly shifting through transformation, lingering amid predawn and postnight. The shift transpires, quickly like flipping a switch yet remains as methodical as the change of a season. Life passes the baton of consciousness, wakefulness. The witching hour is arriving and [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 30, 2013
by Tara Brach on Mar 21, 2013
The Buddha taught that we spend most of our life like children in a burning house, so entranced by our games that we don’t notice the flames, the crumbling walls, the collapsing foundation, the smoke all around us. The games are our false refuges, our unconscious attempts to trick and control life, to sidestep its inevitable pain.
by Francesca Biller on Mar 19, 2013
One Woman’s Painful Prescription Drug Addiction and a Boy’s Suicide.
A story you will read if you care about the epidemic of addiction and death.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 13, 2013
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 26, 2013
Source: verdict.justia.com via EqualRightsAdvocates on Pinterest On behalf of an old high school acquaintance and all working and potential childbearing persons, I am writing this note to raise awareness to the pregnancy discrimination that is still alive and thriving in the United States. Kelsey Fisher had been employed as an administrative assistant by a small, [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 3, 2013
The protests against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Tahrir Square, the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire as a result of a two week volleyed attack and the UN General Assembly’s vote to recognize Palestine’s “non-member” statehood status. With recent events in the Middle East, I began to realize that these issues deflected attention from my social media campaign [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 1, 2013
I came to the Party with that background. I taught people how to read, fill out forms (welfare, social security). I would help them write letters to their sons in Vietnam, and be able to read information concerning them. Then we started the breakfast program. It was Huey’s idea that we needed to do more things in the community.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 1, 2013
Can you imagine a future where your steak is manufactured in a lab? Where automation aids our every move, including our morning commute? Do you imagine a world where our rivers, lakes and oceans are filled with micro-sensors relaying important data to our personal computers? Do you dream of a world where 3-D printing will [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 9, 2013
I am inspired, invited and given permission to share more deeply with people who place spiritual exploration, compassion and social transformation at the center of their lives. It was supposed to have been one of those romantic winter vacations where I didn’t have to produce anything and my only goals were to do sadhana, play my new [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 30, 2012
Waylon’s Ask Me Anything conversation/interview on Reddit: the Transcript. Note to elephant editors: no need to share this one up, just putting up for those who might find interesting. ~ Waylon, ed. All questions were answered, for several days. An interesting, constructive conversation. Here’s the transcript, for those of you not on Reddit. If you [...]
by Tara Brach on Dec 29, 2012
Often, our first instinct is to protect our wounds by armoring ourselves with hatred and blame. Forgiveness, which allows us to let go of this armor, becomes possible as we bring a full, compassionate presence to our underlying vulnerability. Such presence loosens our identification with the thoughts and feelings of anger, and uncovers a heart space that is naturally open, inclusive, and warm.
by Lynn Hasselberger on Dec 28, 2012
We have an elephant readers and writers facebook group—a great way to connect with (and support) the elephant community.
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 20, 2012
Today was supposed to not happen. Day 1 We are all not dead! Amazing! What did the Mayans know? Better look outside the window and check, for what, aliens? Submerged coastline? Triffids? All I see is the postman. He drops the mail in my mailbox without any scaly tongue doing the work of his hands. [...]
by Melanie Klein on Dec 3, 2012
by Waylon Lewis on Dec 2, 2012
Seriously: Don’t Watch this—it Ruined my Day (Sex, Violence & Fish) This will be your face as you watch this: Again, trigger warning. I literally covered my face (mostly) with my hands. Still, I learned a lot. If you don’t want to watch the video, don’t. Skip it and read the below information, you’ll get [...]
by Chris Fici on Nov 29, 2012
We have an existential crisis.
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 18, 2012
Let me begin by outlining what the purpose of this piece is not, in the hope that it will dissuade readers from—either intentionally or not—misinterpreting what it conveys. Under no circumstance do I assign, or argue for the assignation of, moral value to any particular course of action, precisely because I acknowledge the subjective nature [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 29, 2012
In the past I had viewed politics from a distance. I cared enough to vote, but not enough to do any more than show up at the polls and vote the party lines.
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 5, 2012
by Edie Lazenby on Oct 3, 2012
To begin our interview, can you please describe your upbringing and how you encountered yoga? I grew up on an island in Norway. As a teenager, I was introduced to a contemplative style of yoga. This happened over a decade before the yoga studio and posture yoga “revolution” began in the West in the early [...]
by Julian Walker on Sep 28, 2012
“If I want to be a change agent and participate in creating real healing and peace in the world, then I have to recognize the places in myself that perpetuate this limited belief of separation as well. I have to recognize (and heal) that the very thing I judge in others is something I too embody.”
by Erica Mather on Sep 24, 2012
Please. If you mean it, DO SOMETHING REAL. Today. Start with one thing.
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 11, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 10, 2012
Mary King talks to Carol Horton about her two new exciting projects, how she fell into yoga and why tuning our minds into our practice can help save the world. ~ ed. Writer Interview: Carol Horton Mary: Soooo…just to get started, tell me a little bit about yourself. You know, the general background info [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Sep 6, 2012
The way I see it, if you are going to do activism, go for the systemic roots. And if you are going to do service, find people who are actually in need. Lord knows that’s really not a difficult task.
by Hilary Lindsay on Sep 5, 2012
Arianna Huffington the famous conservative turned liberal voice of the liberal political internet, pitched her Oasis of peace on the harsh sands of the Republican Convention offering yoga on the menu.
by Hayley Hobson on Sep 4, 2012
Finding a teacher you resonate with can change your life. It could be their wealth of knowledge, their sense of humor, or simply the presence they create as they flow through the room. You may feel an instant appreciation for the passion they have for their subject matter which makes it so easily digestible to [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Aug 1, 2012
My connection with myself is stronger than ever, and this has shown me that the teacher truly lives within.
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 28, 2012
We are witnessing a tidal shift in consciousness. Some see it as a great planetary awakening of awareness, accompanied by an extended capacity for empathy and collaboration. The burgeoning networks of people who share these new values, along with the accelerating global communications environment, are creating an unprecedented planetary resonance. We are, collectively, beginning to [...]
by Scott Robinson on Jul 23, 2012
“Refusing to speak in moral terms does not necessarily remove one from the moral fray.”
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 10, 2012
You are not a true hippie, and you a not recreating Woodstock.
by Daniel Simpson on Jul 7, 2012
by elephantjournal.com on Jun 19, 2012
photo: fostersartofchilling A short time ago, thanks to the power of social media networking, I was able to get the following message out to some of the yoga world’s most popular teachers: Dear colleague, I am conducting yoga related research and I would appreciate your help. All you have to do is answer some questions. [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jun 13, 2012
photo: Elvert Barnes Some of the world’s best athletes are vegetarian. There are many reasons why someone might want to eat a plant-based diet, whether for allergy concerns, health reasons or more variety. But nagging doubts often come up. Are plant proteins adequate for athletes and body builders? Are they really the preferred protein source of [...]
by Eric Shaw on May 30, 2012
In my early 30s, I was doing something goofy in public that I thought was really cool, and someone called me a Sensitive New Age Guy The comment cut, and caused soul-searching. I manned-up more in the following years. I haven’t heard the term SNAG in awhile, but an allied concept, the “spiritual bypasser” now [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 24, 2012
by Waylon Lewis on May 7, 2012
Beastie Boys: MCA Adam Yauch on Non-Violence. Adam Yauch, on the solution to Terrorism. [Plus, best Beastie Boys retrospective] The solution to violence ain’t retaliation: And: On Conan: ~ From text on the Tibetan Freedom video: Click here for more Tibet videos http://www.youtube.com/TibetArchive The Beastie Boys perform live at the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert. 1999 [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 6, 2012
Endometriosis taught me how to be a bitch. Chronic pain will turn any seemingly lovely woman into a bitch from hell.
by Lorin Arnold on Apr 6, 2012
Producer Mister Biscuit has created a music video that questions our willingness to engage in social media action without being sure what we are doing, or why.
by Nadine McNeil on Apr 2, 2012
I believe that when you commit to a life of service with an open heart you are the one that is being served. I have received more blessings, lessons, moments of pure bliss and absolute awe from living an awakened, involved life, than I could ever imagine giving back.
by Walk The Talk Show on Mar 29, 2012
“We cannot afford to sit on our butts and play yoga anymore.” ~ Maranda Pleasant, founder, Origin Magazine. It’s a cliché, but it’s true: Maranda Pleasant is a force of nature. As she notes below, she doesn’t sleep—she runs on inspiration. She’s built a national magazine up from nothing, and fast—and as a former magazine publisher [...]
by Karl Saliter on Mar 13, 2012
It is that girl you let down, and the farmer on whose stolen land you are a trespasser. It is knowing that you will trespass again. It is the black sea turtle and the demon god’s younger sister, Shiela, who will eat you as soon as she looks at you.
by Michelle Fajkus on Mar 9, 2012
“How many times did the new viral video, Kony2012 show up in your facebook feed before you finally watched it?” Is it the latest internet sensation, or the start of a lasting and meaningful campaign?