by Waylon Lewis on May 18, 2013
In Defense of Boring Boys. Date a Boy who Travels? That’s nice if your life is about pleasure. But there’s a more exquisite joy. A dear friend of mine just shared an article “Date a Boy who Travels” on her Facebook Wall: “Love this.” I didn’t love it. But I do get it. We all [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 14, 2013
Amid the cheap Collegetown cocktails of attraction, scandal and drama that my peers and I indulged in whilst throwing darts at our degrees, there’s a theme I noticed that kept coming up time and time again: mostly, the women to whom I found myself attracted did this thing; it’s either a practice they followed, or, in many cases, they taught: yoga.
by Marylee Fairbanks on Apr 30, 2013
I had no idea my “Simply Salted” Orville Redenbacher popcorn was genetically modified. The packaging looks so straight forward, with its earthy color and the word Naturals in big, brown capitals. I have been buying tainted food for years and feeding it to my child.
by Kate Bartolotta on Apr 28, 2013
Much has been made of dating a girl who reads, but what of the other side of that coin? For a girl who writes is a double-threat: she is well read, yet creates worlds of her own as well. If you find a girl who writes—find her charming, wish to court her—there are a [...]
by Yoga Comics on Apr 21, 2013
Do you know your dosha? “Ayurveda is India’s ancient system of health and healing. The word Ayurveda has been translated in many different ways including: “knowledge of life,” “science of longevity” or “art of living.” Ayurveda is very complex but many of us associate Ayurveda with the doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Ayurveda teaches that [...]
by Tara Lemieux on Apr 15, 2013
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV I’m not yet ready to comment on the tragedy of this day. I think there will be many [...]
by Freya Watson on Apr 10, 2013
We’re built to thrive on love… but I wonder how many people go through adult life without being properly touched?
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 1, 2013
Date a girl who spends money on electrolytes instead of lattes. Who has problems with closet space, not because she has too many clothes or things even, but because she’s jammed everything out of sight so she can have a proper space to meditate.
by Sara Lovelace on Mar 24, 2013
These percentages reveal a lot about class, gender and race. What they don’t necessarily show is the explosion of feminine rage, longing, passion, compassion, and self-expression that’s happening at that 6:30 vinyasa class.
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 22, 2013
by Walk The Talk Show on Mar 20, 2013
Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Gary Erickson, Clif Bar. Waylon’s had a long road, already. This summer, elephant celebrated its 10th Anniversary Party & Waylon’s 38th birthday, hosted by Congressman Polis, the creators of The Cove, and hundreds of others. The first 6 years, elephant was an eco-paper printed magazine. But the bigger [...]
by Kate Bartolotta on Mar 9, 2013
“I feel there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”
~ Vincent van Gogh
by Kate Bartolotta on Mar 6, 2013
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ E.B. White
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 27, 2013
This was inspired by the article called “If I were a man, I wouldn’t read elephant.” Caveat: I’m still in the nascent stage of my development as a teacher, but I’ve been fat for, well…ever. Getting through teacher training was deeply empowering. It was physically challenging and ultimately it served as an exercise in staying [...]
by Kara-Leah Grant on Feb 26, 2013
Recreational drug-taking can seem like oh so much fun and so very sophisticated when you escape the confines of high school and parents and otherwise well-meaning authorities who always told you drugs were bad.
Everyone’s doing it. Can’t be all that bad. Right?
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 24, 2013
Follow @waylonlewis on Instagram for the full-sized image, high resolution. Whether it’s Robert F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Judaism…every hero and tradition has a similar mission or vision: dedicate oneself to others, and ironically, you gain in joy and love. For more: Bodhisattva Vow. And more: Dedicate any Merit.
by Jeanne Eisenhaure on Feb 22, 2013
Source: richesforrags.tumblr.com via Madeline on Pinterest I have this strange set of skills that I use periodically—I’m really good at job searching, in particular for other people. A combination of my mission-oriented attitude and anal organization skills seems to put me in a rare group of people that can actually enjoy this process. I have [...]
by Rob Pollak on Feb 19, 2013
Number 6: Stop being scared. If there’s something you want to do but aren’t doing because you’re scared, suck it up and do it. The only things in life to truly fear are (a) stepping in dog shit, and (b) asking the one question that makes a public speaker take back the claim that “there’s no such thing as a dumb question.”
by Anne Falkowski on Feb 18, 2013
You have finished your 200 hour yoga teacher training and bought your teaching insurance. Now, its time to show the world your passion about yoga and maybe even make a difference in the world; a yoga teacher must not only know how to teach yoga but also how to create an environment conducive to healing [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 18, 2013
(Click above for Hipster Buddhist) In Defense of Hipsterism. Update: a rebuttal. Hipsters aren’t all good-looking stylish superior trustafarian talented lazy party-addled self-doubting snobby multi-sexual artistes. Just the ones you read about, and Alex. The media has a thing out for hipsters. And, frankly, hipsters have been asking for it. But we got a problem [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Feb 17, 2013
First, let us all acknowledge “that calories are not the sole measure for the health value of food.” Nutritional benefit in milk, for example, well exceeds that of Coke. For more. (Source) For more (plus, burritos and,,,sexytime). Just about every one of the below blows my mind and doesn’t surprise me, much, simulataneously. Except for [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Feb 16, 2013
Ten Things that are Bad for Us that can be Good for You if Practiced Mindfully. Inspired by Mindful Vice Training! Marijuana. It can cloud the mind, making you paranoid…or it can relax and lighten. The difference? Mindfulness. Be present when you smoke, and like wasabi it’ll light you up without burning you down. Sex: [...]
by Kino MacGregor on Feb 5, 2013
People love and hate me. I am, after much deliberation, okay with that. I’m a bad Ashtangi. I wear small shorts and mascara. I’m not a natural blonde. I color my hair and blow dry it, even while in India. I’m also vain and I love beautiful and sometimes expensive things. I’ve been called an [...]
by Melanie Curtin on Jan 28, 2013
Source: inspire.maxtonmen.com via Kevin on Pinterest I love men. I love how they move, how they sit, how they kiss. I love how they play air guitar, quote Wedding Crashers, man the grill and roughhouse together. I love to hear them bitch about their sports team losing, observe them trying (and failing) to be subtle [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jan 22, 2013
Remember walking into the cafeteria and noticing that most of the people sitting at the tables looks remarkably like their neighbors (except your own table, of course)?
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 18, 2013
Einstein: the mindful life isn’t about Perfection, but about caring enough to strive. The below is about interdependence. About compassion. But it could be read by vegan one way, an environmentalist another. Any which way, it’s beautifully, succinctly put—a lighthouse pointing us to true contentment, and away from neverending insecurity and hunger. ~ ed. A [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 11, 2013
She’d done hundreds of interviews. Perhaps 1000s. One word changed Oprah for good. Rudine’s “How.” Saying “do this” is too easy. Facile. Offer “how.” I do a little talk show. Sometimes it gets big, when it’s consistent, but I’m busy running a business and it’s hard to do. Right now we’re looking for an “anal,” [...]
by Lindsey Block on Jan 3, 2013
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” “I never think of the future—it comes soon enough.” “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 16, 2012
I was born to move. I walked at eight months. I took ballet, jazz, gymnastics, pilates and tap classes, tried soccer for a few years and spent over ten years as a competitive figure skater. My decision to go to college required that I transition out of the life of a competitive athlete, and [...]
by Kate Bartolotta on Dec 14, 2012
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,‘ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Dec 7, 2012
Q: “How did Waylon get started with elephant journal?” The speedy nutshell version. The below question was asked in a recent apprentice meeting. As I don’t like to “lose” words that don’t serve to connect us with our readers, I thought to share it with you. Below is the (mercifully) short version of the genesis [...]
by Bryonie Wise on Dec 1, 2012
For the first time in my 37 years on this planet, I was fired from a job. Sure, I’ve been fired from relationships and I’ve done my share of firing: lovers, friends, jobs, cities (countries even) and I have days where I’d like to fire myself. But being let go, as I’m discovering from this [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 30, 2012
Sara Jean Underwood Playboy’s Yoga Full Video. Bonus: want to see something better? Best yoga video you’ve seen for a long time. Bonus: (Tasteful) Nude Yoga. Bonus: Naked Yoga: Now that’s Hot Yoga (Try this [only] at Home). Bonus: Tantric Sex (and the City). I was among several who broke the news on the existence [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 29, 2012
Source: lexam.deviantart.com via Daniela on Pinterest The question: how to serve and support without being taken advantage of? I personally and elephant generally are asked to support more individuals (texts. Emails. FB messages. Invites. Stop n’chats. Drivebys) and make more connections and support more causes (Kickstarters. Vote for this or that. Publicize my thing. [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Nov 28, 2012
Top 50 Images: Bathtub Porn. Porn, as in, Food Porn. And Coffee Porn. Or the original: Ski Porn. Even Farmers’ Market Porn. Or Bicycle Porn. Or Nature Porn. Or more Bike Commuter Porn. Any kind of porn, just not that kind of porn. What kind of blog do you think we are? We’d never post [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Nov 21, 2012
Hey, you guys, can we gossip for a second? I’m pretty sure my super-famous yoga teacher hates me.
by Lori Ann Lothian on Nov 20, 2012
Here’s the problem: my libido is no match for my husband’s. It’s like a plough horse trying to keep up with a race horse (and if you have been reading some of my articles in the last year, this is nothing new). Still, faced with a problem, I’m a strategic commander-in-chief, rallying friends, acquaintances and [...]
by Natasha Blank on Nov 13, 2012
The whole point of a relationship is to set each other free.
by elephantjournal.com on Oct 30, 2012
Every day, every moment, we have a choice. Not to oversimplify things, but…shit happens. I was in a horrible mood earlier. Everything was making me grouchy. The woman who screwed up my coffee. The guy that kept pestering me while I was trying to work. Traffic. Stupid wifi wasn’t working. Stuff I forgot to do. [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Oct 14, 2012
F!ck Positivity. Let this little rant be a clarion call to all those who still have their feet on the ground and brains in their head: let us stand no more for that Cult of Positivity: let us shake our Body-Snatched Brethren by their shoulders, encourage them to relax, grin, and—ironically—lighten up. Everyone I know [...]
by Lynn Hasselberger on Sep 30, 2012
There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
~ Bill Watterson
by Gerry Ellen Avery on Aug 18, 2012
With numerous studies and documentation hailing the profound qualities of dark chocolate, it is no wonder that this luscious bean will be always referred to as “the food of the gods.” Dark chocolate is the one choice that not only appeals to the masses but is actually a nutritionally sound investment in your health. It [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Aug 6, 2012
Rejected? It’s good for you (and me). “I felt like this tonight: mistaken alone a failure. Genuine sadness better than fake happiness: it opens possibility of genuine joy. http://instagr.am/p/N5emLYR9_Q/ ” To Love is to Feel. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Aug 1, 2012
Marilyn Monroe? She didn’t deserve our sexist projections then, though she fulfilled them. She doesn’t deserve our feminist projections now. She deserves to be seen for the full, sad, remarkable human being that she was, now. Source: google.com via Wendy on Pinterest We all love to love Marilyn, including me. But every time I [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 29, 2012
In human offices, however, as long as we are sitting down in chairs, the eggs and flesh of our intellectual productivity continue to be harvested with the same sort of disregard for our ultimate health.
by Rebecca Lammersen on Jul 27, 2012
Yesterday, I spent the day in bed with a man I love very much. I was caring for him after his hand surgery to repair a broken thumb. I’ve told him over and over for the last fifteen years that one day his aggressive basketball pick up games would end in disaster. He didn’t listen [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jul 26, 2012
The four universal healing salves. In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding [...]