January 20, 2012

elephant’s Top 10 Mindful Blogs of the Week: The Purpose of Marriage, Real Friends Don’t Count Chromosomes, What Have You Heard About SOPA…

The Return of Yoga Girl.

Meetings are chance things but if one is a magnet, the other another magnet, the chance is that much less chancy. ~ Dr. Willard Evans

She hadn’t lived in SF for three years.

When she had she had loved it. Picnics in Dolores Park, biking across The Bridge and ferrying back, doing yoga with bff in Chrissy Field, going to shows, teaching yoga a bit, zooming her scooter around. It was a picturesque life worthy of a tumblr blog.

So she was happy to return for the Yoga Valhalla Conference—the world’s biggest series of conferences. She packed her perfect pink Rururemon mat, it wasn’t eco but she didn’t think about that, and hopped Southwest from DIA with her new besty Wingwoman, a golden-skinned girl originally outta Austin. Wingwoman had her perfect yellow Rururemon mat. A guy tried to pick them up in line for the plane. They smiled in a way that’d chill champagne—he wasn’t worthy.

She and Wingwoman boarded the plane, sitting forward ’cause that’s where Italian Vogue says you have the best chance of living if the plane goes down.

She didn’t look out the window, she read her big magazine and by read I mean flipped pages, eyeing the adverts just as much if not more than the editorial. It was heavy, so she considered leaving it on the plane…but she’d paid $15 for it at the Denton Book Store, so she took it with her. They had to wait a half hour to get their bags out of the carousel. She had three bags, two of them bigger and heavier than a little boy.

Eco Boy was on the plane, too, but they didn’t meet then. He did notice her and her friend, with their carry-on yoga mats rolled up, and thought about coming on to them (they were both perfect, in that I-read-Vogue-when-I-was-a-little-girl-collecting-them-all-lined-up-on-my-perfect-little-shelf-in-my-perfect-little-bedroom way) but they seemed cold and uninterested and he was too arrogant for failure.

In a position of this sort, even though the enemy should offer us an attractive bait,

it will be advisable not to stir forth, but rather to retreat, thus enticing the enemy in his turn; then, when part of his army has come out, we may deliver our attack with advantage

He had just brought one carryon, and his laptop bag (waxed, tan, Filson) so he walked straight off the plane after two hours of staring out the window in awe, just as he had since he was a small boy, and hopped the first hybrid cab he found.

Yoga Girl and Wingwoman hopped the first roomey SUV cab they found, and rolled to their hotel. They were staying in the bleach-smelling Hilton, of course, so they could just de-escalator their way down to (Starbucks then) yoga each morning.

The first night there was some hippie kirtan on the schedule, and there would be no normal boys there, so they went out. They went to a hip place on Valencia she’d heard about and met two old girlfriends who she no longer knew really and had never really cared about. But they were all gorgeous and wore just the right amount of make up (very little, but bright) and perfect dresses and accessories and they walked in and took over a corner of the bar as if they went there ever night.

Eco Boy had rented an AirBnB, a funky old library that Michael Douglas had owned back in his TV days that was now a loft. It had a big elk’s head staring out, and the old sailor who owned the place had left him Peet’s coffee and a bunch of non-organic crap that he didn’t want to eat. The rental included a mountain bike. Eco Boy arrived, tossed his stuff down, pulled on a striped cotton tank so he wouldn’t sweat (he’d flown out of a blizzard, landed in summertime) and started iPhone google mapping his way around town. He’d never really been to SF much before. His pilgrimage included City Lights (a too-young too-small little girl immediately approached him, offered naked hugs at a local strip joint…click here to read the rest.

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

Top Ten Mindful Blogs of the Week.

New York Times: “Yoga Can Wreck Your Health.” Here are 7 Ways to Avoid it.  ~ Ramesh Bjonnes

If yoga may be bad for our health, what can we do about it?

Read more




The Purpose of Marriage. ~ James Altucher


Read more




Life Doesn’t Suck. ~ Kate Bartolotta

Don’t forget to get grateful…

Read more




Poet Slams Religion but Preaches Jesus. ~ Roger Wolsey

A gone-viral sermon(ette).

Read more




Top 10 Yoga Blogs of the Week.

From ego and breath to pain in practice, a round up of our faves from the past week.

Read more




Runway Models = Anorexic? Plus-sized = Size 6 ? {Nudity}
~ Hannah Siegle

20 years ago the average fashion model weighed…

Read more




What Have You Heard About SOPA in the News? ~ Kate Bartolotta

elephant joins the internet blackout, 13 Senators and 10 Congressmembers switch sides. Keep the ‘net uncensored!

Read more




Seduction, Witches & Long Hair. ~ Katarina Silva

How dare I subject myself…

Read more




“Your Choice of Lifestyle is an Abomination.” ~ Waylon Lewis

We’re making progress…

Read more




The Cost of Infidelity. ~ Wendy Strgar

The number of people who self report…

Read more



Sponsored Giveaway: BetterListen!

Free Download of Looking Deeply by the wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh for all elephriends through the end of the month.

Read more



Walk the Talk Show of the Week

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Functional Fitness’ Sam Iannetta: Alignment is Key.

Funny of the Week

Sh*t Foodies Say.

Wow of the Week

Real Friends Don’t Count Chromosomes.

Quote of the Week

“I am so thirsty for the marvelous…”

~ Anaïs Nin

Read more


Read 1 Comment and Reply

Read 1 comment and reply

Top Contributors Latest

Elephant Journal  |  Contribution: 1,510,385