by Waylon Lewis on Jul 18, 2012
Do what you love, and love what you do—it’ll help you succeed, practically-speaking. Got pre-game jitters? Shake it out, with a smile. In Buddhism, before a big moment—applying for a job, a first date, a loan application…we reconnect with heaven, earth and human. That’s kinda what Australia’s Michelle Jennekes is doing, here: transforming fear and [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 10, 2012
You are not a true hippie, and you a not recreating Woodstock.
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 6, 2012
When the telephone was first invented, some people were annoyed that this technology was now able to interrupt dinner. Now the phone fits in your pocket and is also a gaming system, alarm clock and personal computer. It interrupts everything—yoga class, lunch with a friend and sometimes sleep. Maybe we’ve given it too much power. [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Jul 3, 2012
I live in the fittest state in the nation. But before we go patting ourselves on our toned backs, let’s remember: only 20 years ago, when I graduated high school, our current state of obesity would have made us the fattest state in the nation. Stat: America’s gaining weight, and quickly. Time to wake up, [...]
by Anne Falkowski on Jun 28, 2012
I am a yoga teacher with body image issues. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.) An unwritten rule for a yoga teacher is that before we sit down all lotus-like in front of our students, waving incense like magic wands, we should have at least worked out our own issues. The authentic and effective yoga teacher, whose job is to [...]
by Robert Piper on Jun 28, 2012
by Waylon Lewis on Jun 19, 2012
Chogyam Trungpa, a famous Buddhist teacher, wished people a “Cheerful Birthday.” He didn’t like the word, “Happy.” “Happiness,” he’d say, is a temporary, conditional state of mind. It’s part of ego’s play—samsara—the cyclical search for pleasure that is itself the cause of most unnecessary suffering in this world. Rather, let’s aspire to “cheerfulness”—in the sense [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jun 10, 2012
Overall, yoga is all about union: you know, fitting in. 1. Wear Feather Earrings or hair extensions that come from abused chickens and whose faddishness is adversely effecting fisherman (who are often the best environmentalists among us). Feathers in your care say “hippie” about as eloquently as driving an SUV to your yoga class does. [...]
by Waylon Lewis on May 31, 2012
For more: Amazing Animation of 1969 Lennon Interview [Great Video on Peace!] ~ Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. ~ Oscar Wilde Getting Better all the Time: It is a diary form of writing. All that “I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her [...]
by Waylon Lewis on May 31, 2012
Claire Bevilacqua. Image: Imgur, via Reddit. ~ Below: Bethany lost an arm to a shark. She came back, and is competing again. Bethany Hamilton & Alana Blanchard. Rip Curl Music: Years Around the Sun – ‘Miles Away’ Purchase here http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/miles-away-acoustic-edit/id394255377?i=39425… Bonus:
by Lori Ann Lothian on May 29, 2012
If I am going act like a goddess, I want a man who acts like a god. Yet all this talk lately of the goddess and the Divine Feminine seems like new-age wishful thinking, a fantasy archetype with as much to do with real life as Superwoman or the Fairy God Mother. While goddess propagandists [...]
by elephantjournal.com on May 27, 2012
A little look at emptying out, rather than filling up. Do you feel overwhelmed, undone, confused, stressed, concerned, worried, anxious, uneasy or all of the above? Let’s take a trip, a trip to Right Now. The way is so simple, yet we weird people like to complicate the journey. What we like to do is [...]
by Tanya Lee Markul on May 23, 2012
You don’t like your bits and twinkles?
by Waylon Lewis on May 21, 2012
And inhale… The above ably illustrates is why meditation, coupled with asana, is so effective in anchoring the mind to breath, and then the present moment…instead of merely cycling through the habitrail that is our busy mind. Bonus: Bonus bonus: For another video from these same gents: Cleavage after yoga? It’s Tit for Tat.
by Kara-Leah Grant on May 17, 2012
ending up a single mother in my mid-30s was my biggest fear in life.
Now here I am. A mother. Single. And mid-30s.
Funny how life dishes up that which we fear the most eh?
Only life didn’t just dish this up.
I made it happen, every step of the way – every time I ignored my intuition, every time I neglected to stay present, every time I didn’t make a choice but allowed myself to be swept along in someone else’s life.
by Rebecca Lammersen on May 11, 2012
This Mother’s Day I’d like to give a gift to my daughters.
I want to give them 18 little light bulbs to illuminate their journey…
by Sara Lovelace on May 7, 2012
My mother has the mouth of a sailor. This would be a heartwarming and mildly curious habit if she weren’t a Presbyterian minister.
by Lynn Hasselberger on May 5, 2012
by Waylon Lewis on May 2, 2012
Yoga Community is No Better than Your Community. In Buddhism, it’s called the “Three Jewels.” They’re pretty much the three most important things on the path to enlightenment, or “waking up” (Buddha means, simply, “awakened one.”). The three jewels are “Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.” It’s said that everyone has an easy time relating to the [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Apr 28, 2012
Life is short. Use it wisely! “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” Three photos out of a series of six: Click here for the rest.
by Waylon Lewis on Apr 27, 2012
There’s no better time than now to have a moral and civic backbone, to have a moral and civic true north—this is a tremendous opportunity for you to be heroic. Morally-upstanding. Helpful. Almost boy scout-like. Presidential. Altruistic. You must never lower yourself to be a person you don’t like. Not a trustafarian? We’ll get stronger [...]
by Kate Bartolotta on Apr 24, 2012
Sometimes we all need a little help getting in the mood. Not a romantic mood. Not in a sleepy, chillaxing kind of mood. You know what I mean. We have days where we just put one foot in front of the other and plod through it all. We need a little help getting back [...]
by Kristin Luce on Apr 22, 2012
This video will do in five minutes what takes your meditation two hours.
by Joana Smith on Apr 22, 2012
The Unitarian Universalist Church goes for every religion, and that was a big new idea for me, so we spent two weeks checking it out.
by Waylon Lewis on Apr 21, 2012
A Handy 10-Step Guide. 1. Make sure your account’s name is anonymous. 2. Say something without thinking about it first. 3. Say something really mean and condescending and macho and righteous without punctuation and with at least two exclamation marks. Don’t sign off. 4. End your insult in a vague ellipses, signifying that you couldn’t [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Apr 10, 2012
DRAMA! Get over yourself. Get over myself. Let’s get over ourselves. How? Get outside. Connect with God/Mother Nature/Meditation/Prayer. Or, as Calvin & Hobbes put it… PS: Problem seeing the stars? Bonus, via Sakyong Mipham: The daily unending not-quite-silent internal monologue of our egos: “What about me?” ~ Relephant bonus:
by Rebecca Lammersen on Apr 2, 2012
At 18, I approached my father from a place of pragmatism and maturity. I was skinny. The four years of starvation had taken a toll on my body and I looked like a boy, well not really, but the boob fairy definitely forgot to visit my chest. I was not dysmorphic about my body, yet when I looked in the mirror, what I saw did not match what I felt in my heart.
by Waylon Lewis on Apr 1, 2012
…turns the world upside-down. For the serious, and seriously interesting aspect of why the world map is how it is, and why not this way or that, click here.
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 29, 2012
This is my personal list. I grew up in the Shambhala tradition, so we read mostly Tibetan Buddhism and some Zen. At the bottom you’ll find two other lists. 1. Give them a taste: Pema Chodron is accessible, warm, tough, and to the point: I’d recommend The Wisdom of No Escape. 2. Keep ‘em coming [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 24, 2012
NSFW language: not for children. 1. I’m vegan ’cause I’m nice and you’re a selfish asshole and you know it. I’m vegan ’cause I can eat a healthy diet with lots of protein and have a ton of energy without killing animals. I don’t like killing animals, even if they taste good (sorry, bacon and [...]
by Kate Bartolotta on Mar 23, 2012
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
by Meghan Currie on Mar 14, 2012
Things do to yea I’ve got them in my room
I’ve got it going on
whoo whoo whoo whoo..
by Kate Bartolotta on Mar 10, 2012
Why does female empowerment have to go hand in hand with emasculation?
by Kate Bartolotta on Mar 4, 2012
It gets easier. But it gets a whole lot harder too.
by Waylon Lewis on Mar 2, 2012
Yoga / Celebrity / Famous / Money / Career / Teacher 10 Steps to becoming a Famous Yoga Teacher. Thanks to social media, it’s easy! Now you can do something you love, or at least that’s relatively easy—and make really, really good money doing so. You can get flown around and put up in hotels [...]
by elephantjournal.com on Mar 1, 2012
As I sat there bleeding, bloated, blemished and burned (are you turned on yet?), that nagging little voice popped up and told me to cancel. But I resisted the urge to slip back into old patterns. Shooting nude suddenly became a powerful opportunity to silence my inner critic for good.
by Shawna Turner on Feb 9, 2012
Scan this happy face. It may take a while for the words to reveal themselves. Be patient and see what comes up.
by Katarina Silva on Feb 7, 2012
When our old ways of living no longer nourish our heart, we can do one of two things: either remain love-starved, or change the way we live. Chaos is often the prelude to great transformations. They say nature mercilessly injects desire into the spring season, and plays with our hearts like a cat bats around [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 30, 2012
Words to live by. Unless you’re a spelling bee contestant…and even then. In Buddhism, they talk about 1) view, 2) meditation, and 3) action. View, or approach, or intention or mission…is considered most powerful, since it is from the minds of humankind that all our actions originate. For more: > Wisdom of the Dalai Lama, [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 28, 2012
Everything counts! I can’t get over how cool these children are, and how cute, and the expressions of the boy in particular crack me up. And this dad…he makes parenting look way hipper than bachelorhood. Via What: “Video artist Dicken Schrader rubs his sensational child-rearing skills in all our faces by enlisting the help of his kickass [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 26, 2012
Did I say Monsanto? I meant President Obama. Here’s 10 Reasons I don’t love Monsanto, since we’re on the subject. Monsanto is guilty of… 1. Contaminating the global food chain with GMOs. 2. Intimidating small farmers with bullying and lawsuits. 3. Propagating the use of destructive pesticides and herbicides across the globe. 4. Using “Terminator [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 25, 2012
The Sounds of Silence. New version: ~ Heartwarming Tearjerker. Best commercial ever. 12th in a series: This is effective advertising. I like you more than frogs: PS: if this were a full-length movie, I’d buy (two) a ticket(s). Great song, btw. And, nice subtle shoutout to Reddit, where I found this. ~ https://www.facebook.com/einsauszweimusic http://soundcloud.com/einsauszwei cut: [...]
by Waylon Lewis on Jan 22, 2012
“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” ~ Khalil Gibran ~ The Problem: “I’ve had a few good relationships but they [...]
by Kate Bartolotta on Jan 21, 2012
Your beauty is a true story. The parts that are unique are the parts that make it interesting.