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December 31, 2011

elephant’s Best of the Week: The Most Meaningful New Year’s Resolution, 26 Great Books to Read in 2012, Sh*t Yoginis Say…

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 way that we celebrate the end of each year with friends and loved ones.

We only enjoy approximately 70—or fewer—New Year’s Eves. So, this year, let’s remember to raise our glass to the things that keep us sane and genuine. I’ll raise mine to 5 minutes of meditation each morning, and my weekly yoga class, to going vegan, to climbing, to Nature, my bicycle, my mom, my teachers, my mutt, my good friends, lovers and my loneliness. Let’s raise our glass to community—to everything that makes life not merely easier or more convenient but worth slowing down for.

And here’s to you. It’s been a good year for elephant—we’ve more than tripled in size (again: from 100,000 unique monthly readers according to Google Analytics, to 314,000 last year; to 890,000 this year). We won…

Click here for the rest of my New Year’s Eve message, including Auld Lang Syne videos & text.

Yours in working (and playing) to create enlightened society,

Top Ten Blogs of the Week.

The Most Meaningful New Year’s Resolution.
~ Michelle Fajkus

Bodhicitta…

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The Honey Don’t List. ~ Lorin Arnold

Sometimes people get a little hostile when I mention…

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26 Great Books You’ve Been Too Busy to Read.
~ Kate Bartolotta

If you’re making more time for books in 2012, here’s a list to get you started.

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10 ‘Eco’ Drinks for a Green New Year’s Eve Party (& your Morning After). ~ Waylon Lewis

Please enjoy these yummy organic drinks responsibly.

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Ashtanga Yoga 32 Best Blog-Spots of 2011.
~ Claudia Azula Altucher

Some special entries read throughout the year that added value for all.

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? ~ Kate Bartolotta

In the movies, getting wasted is always funny. In real life…

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Protect Your Breasts. ~ Dr. John Douillard

New findings link iodine to…

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If We’re Being Honest, Yogis Can Kind of Suck.
~ Candice Garrett

Every class I teach, there is at least one student who…

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The Real Body Project. ~ Hannah Siegle

Modern Eugenics?

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Step Away From the Chapstick. ~ Kate Bartolotta

5 eco-friendly ways to protect your kisser.

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Walk the Talk Show of the Week

Funny of the Week

Wow of the Week

Quote of the Week

“The love of all living creatures is the most noble…”

~ Charles Darwin

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