by Hayley Hobson on May 15, 2013
It’s not a secret that sex sells or that just the mention of sex gets everyone a little hot under the collar. Humans were designed to be sensual beings and are drawn to sex as a profound vehicle to connect, feel, experience pleasure and euphoria, make babies and love others. When the time and space [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 15, 2013
by The Global Yogini on May 10, 2013
I embarked on a voyage to find the Experience Hatha Yoga teacher Oona Giesen. Under heavy winds, strong tides, and a rose orangerie sunrise, I traversed the Mediterranean sea in a ferry until arriving to the Cycladic Island of Paros in Greece. It was an explosion of karmic enigmas; yes, indeed it was like starring at a Surrealist painting of karmic anarchism, yogic mysticism, a perfection in color matching, brushstrokes in slow motion…a framed canvas that portraid the artist’s life story.
by elephantjournal.com on May 4, 2013
Not that kind of pornography—not the viewing of sexually explicit photos or nude yoga classes. Rather, pornography that creates a sense of desire or aversion, as described by James Joyce in his novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce’s prime character, Stephen Dedalus, who is the avatar for Joyce himself, explains that [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 2, 2013
Source: nowandthan.tumblr.com via Lacy on Pinterest After the Storm (for Raven Casey) Last week a brazen wind bolted from the unsuspecting mouth of the dawn Lifting the arms of the sleeping trees I guess we are praising they sang in their thin morning voices it must be that time. Yes, said the wind, stripping the trees of all who had dreamed about flying, ending the town’s adolescent affair with the grid So [...]
by Susanna Harwood Rubin on Apr 30, 2013
I return in quiet to certain specific images that hold the space of meditation for me like an inner bookmark.
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 28, 2013
Creation comes from inspiration. Inspiration is simply spirit in motion. And when spirit moves us, our creative power goes far beyond anything we can imagine. In a moment of inspiration, the idea of this video came to me. I had been taking my own yoga pictures in different places around the world and one day [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 25, 2013
Our bodies, our breaths and the beating of our hearts. “You said live out loud, and die you said lightly, and over and over again you said be.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke A city is a living organism. A collective of bodies, breaths and heartbeats: beating in rhythm, walking in step, inhaling and exhaling the [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 23, 2013
A rainbow revolution called DIY Rainbow Crossings has gone global this last week all through the use of chalk, community and compassion. The artistic movement began after the removal of a rainbow crossing on Sydney’s Oxford Street, which celebrated 35 years of the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Mardi Gras. In response to the council’s [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 14, 2013
by Kelli Prieur on Apr 11, 2013
Life is boring when you feel uninspired. It feels fuzzy and grey and sluggish and slow rather than bright and bouncy, connected, clear and light. That’s why I gotta’ get my hit, and tap into that shit as frequently as I can, stock piling inspiration like a famine was coming, like it was toilet [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 9, 2013
“Time spent with a cat is never wasted.” ~ Colette Andy Prokh and his wife have had a cat for four years by the name of LiLu Blue Royal Lada. When the British shorthair Lilu was two years old, little Katherine came into the world and Andy decided it would be nice to document the journey [...]
by Benjy Wertheimer on Apr 4, 2013
I’ll never forget my first experience taking a retreat—going into solitude in the wilderness. I was 23 years-old and had decided that I wanted to “disappear into the woods to find myself” by staying at my father’s cabin in the Rockies for three weeks. My father joined me on the hike in, and just as [...]
by Robert Sturman on Apr 3, 2013
This post is dedicated to the men who stepped up and struck a pose.
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 3, 2013
Get romantic with your art and fall head over heels in love with it.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 31, 2013
…whimsically illustrated reminders of the inherent happiness and wisdom that we carry with us at all times. As a spunky cartoonist with a knack for spirituality, this is my way of being of service to the world on a daily basis.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 30, 2013
These considerations also allow my inner places to feel free to speak on paper with an awareness that my consciousness will appropriately discern what is okay to share and what isn’t.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 23, 2013
by Amy Taylor on Mar 19, 2013
On ballerinas in yoga. There were two in my teacher training: a rising star felled by a career-ending injury and her childhood teacher, a tiny woman with gray hair. The older woman didn’t trigger me at all; the younger one was another story. Strong yet demure, a mix of wounded and warrior, her poses outshone [...]
by Miriam Hall on Mar 15, 2013
“You are selling something,” the salesperson next to me on the plane insisted. I felt myself immediately rail up against her words. Moi? A teacher of dharma and arts? Selling something? No. Not me. Not only was I resistant, I was judgmental—in fact, the judgment is what fed the resistance. I know what sales looks like, I [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 14, 2013
I rarely take monkey photos in Asia, but I couldn’t resist this one.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 13, 2013
His lens has captured mountains, oceans, sandstorms in the desert and smoke from fires, all shared with the folks back home along with colorful anecdotes or facts.
by Julie van Amerongen on Mar 13, 2013
Called poetry posts, the idea is simple: to offer a thing of beauty to the people walking by and for the people walking by to slow down, take a breath and infuse their day with a bit of sweetness.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 12, 2013
I was reminded that art, no matter the size, is palpable and has great depth that can change us—that it is possible to let go of our immediate, surface reactions to an art piece and let a new understanding arise.
by Kate Bartolotta on Mar 9, 2013
“I feel there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
~ Vincent van Gogh
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 3, 2013
Stay tuned for the end. PS: this video is also a good test for technology-induced ADHD. Able to watch the full video, without skipping around? You’re on speaking terms with the present moment. This is easily one of the most impressive acts of human concentration and control I have ever seen. Also, that audience was [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 27, 2013
Like the vase with the illuminated flaw, yoga encourages us to see that we, the object, are perfect the way we are—each one of us made in a uniquely beautiful ambiguous and irregular way.
by Robert Sturman on Feb 26, 2013
I hesitated at first, thinking it needed to be edited down to make it significantly shorter. But the 30 minutes of raw footage is such an intimate view into one of the more magical shoots I have ever had. Included in this post, are nineteen finished pieces from the shoot. As I watched this video, [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 26, 2013
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 Bryonie Wise on Feb 23, 2013
“For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 22, 2013
It takes a while to get used to the intensity of standing for long hours each day, dissecting a cadaver.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 20, 2013
Your readers– whether they follow you on your blog, open your emails, or read your interoffice memos, your letters or your books– crave the Ah and it’s crucial that you create that connection with them….
by Karl Saliter on Feb 16, 2013
We are happier than that time you scored a basket against all odds and everyone jumped out of their seats to cheer and your mom and dad were both there and the teacher who thought you were Bozo Incarnate even had to admit “Shit, nice shot!”
by The Global Yogini on Feb 13, 2013
Poetry rises in my heart as I pay tribute to my teachers Linda Munro and Gérald Disse. The first verses celebrate the first 9 years after having opened the doors of Ashtanga Yoga Paris (AYP) , but as I continue writing, I stop, and discover that for me it is not only poetry to celebrate an anniversary, but poetry for deep personal meditation.
by Jennifer S. White on Feb 9, 2013
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost you a billion dollars. As a woman, of course I won’t complain if my husband picks out something gorgeous from the new Tiffany’s catalog (not a hint honey, I promise), but it’s just not necessary. Often the things we value most don’t cost a thing. So on the day [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 7, 2013
“You think about it really, who we are—are we just a dot on a piece of paper?” ~ Donna Karan It’s a question we all ask. Who are we? What is our significance? Are we mere dots in an abstract painting on a piece of paper that stretches forever? And if so, how can we [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 6, 2013
These glorious beings
tend to children’s needs,
the human heart’s travails,
and all manner of life
by Karl Saliter on Feb 5, 2013
You are every song they ever wrote, played expertly in riverwater and fire.
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 4, 2013
They’re the only animals who think they’re suppose to be happy, the rest of the animals can just be.
by Robert Sturman on Jan 28, 2013
Art is the very expression of Prana, of life’s creative mystery, uniquely moving through you as the human soul aroused.
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 24, 2013
I am grateful that you are so willing to give me light, depth and insight when I haven’t the energy or wherewithal to find my own.
by Jenn Lui on Jan 23, 2013
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ~Marc Riboud I’m no photographer, but I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures. For me, each photo holds the sacredness of the moment it captures, no matter how small or simple, allowing us to hold onto it for perhaps a little bit longer. Taking pictures has [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 18, 2013
Softly Softly, against the shore line of eternity, I lap up against the sands of my own immortality. I ponder and muse, taking my time with my choices, lest I cast into time a path I won’t want to follow. Softly, against the shore line of eternity, I see the infinitesimal smallness of all that [...]
by Gerry Ellen Avery on Jan 15, 2013
Many great authors, who have graced our presence over the years, have either passed on, gone into retirement or churned out one amazing bestseller that still stands the test of time; some have even continued to perfect their craft in ways that are unique to the current climate of novels and publications. These authors do [...]
by Karl Saliter on Jan 15, 2013
“So yeah, f*ck it. Just write. It doesn’t have to be beautiful or eloquent or any of that bulls^#t. If it’s from the heart, it’s perfect.”
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 14, 2013
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 12, 2013
another dance of gaudy feathers and lackluster: wing on a wire a softness pinned like that space beneath breast, or scrotum, that space between the toes that we neglect. a wanting like construction, drowning out the earth’s cadence, turning the soft space to debris. fixed flesh and dreams turned phantom from all that trying. forever [...]