December 30, 2015

The Blogs, Quotes & Videos that wouldn’t leave our Minds All Year.

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As we turn to the coming year, we’d like to present our favorite articles, videos and quotes that we couldn’t seem to shake from our heads and hearts (and also probably wouldn’t leave your newsfeed). Our aim here at elephant journal is to actually be of benefit, and have fun doing so and with the help from our 25 million readers a month (and growing), casual readers and loyal subscribers, new authors and featured columnists, apprentices and seasoned editors, we are day in and day out striving to bring a little bit more mindfulness, awareness, love, appreciation and service through our work to create a more enlightened society. It’s a big task, and takes a herd, but we laugh all along the way.

“Every day, consciously give yourself a moment wherein you are doing nothing—nothing but appreciating a beautiful view or favorite spot. Appreciate your life even momentarily, and the rest of our busyness will flower into well-being.” ~ Waylon Lewis

Elephant’s Mindful, Popular Blogs of 2015:

Remember Who you Really Are.

Ayurvedic Sleep Remedies for Your Dosha.

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This is for the Tough Days.

A Vegan’s Guide to Surviving the First Year.

This is How We Start: 3 Steps Out of Depression.

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> The Epitome of Silence—The End of Us.

> 5 Ways to Boycott Factory-Farmed Products.

Celebrating the Skin We’re In. {48 Nude Images}

When We Must be Okay without an Ending.

Why am I a Buddhist?

The Recovering “Slut.”

Yoga: Is it Just Fake, Watered-Down Bullsh*t for the Pseudo-Enlightened?

Question to Homeless Folks : What is your Most Prized Possession?

Why I Stayed: A Letter to my Ex.

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5 (More) Things You Didn’t Know About Fast Fashion.

The 3 Most Important Words to Say to Anyone. {Not “I Love You.”}

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser: I Am Afraid of My Voice.

Why I Choose Peace over Happiness.

4 Practical ways for Women to Recover from Everyday Life Exhaustion.

I Fell Hard for Hafiz.

How Meditation & Buddhism Helped Me Through Depression: 4 Simple Methods.

Leaning into Difficult Conversations.

Start Each Day with This Question.

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“How Can Anyone Love Me with All My Issues?”

Dear You (a Letter to my Former Self).

When I Say I Miss you, What I Mean is…

How I Cured my Adult Acne. (Naturally!)

What a Home Yoga Practice Actually Looks Like. {Funny Video}

I’m Addicted to Breaking my Own Heart.

Nothing makes life sweeter than the feeling of being there for somebody:

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The Perils of Modern Yoga.

25 Spiritual Quotes to Write on your Wall.

The Truth about Milk. {Warning: You may Never Drink Milk Again}

A Soul Mate is a Mirror: We Accept the Love we Believe we Deserve.

How I Stopped Kicking My Own A**.

Stages of a Western Yogi’s Development.

When to Meditate.

>  The Healing Machine.

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Understanding an Emotionally Unavailable Relationship.

Do this to Know what you really want from Life.

How to Let Go & Move On.

The 5 Stages of Queefing in Yoga Class. {Adult}

To the Women who are Never “The One.”

An Open Letter to Those Who Call Themselves Empaths.

After I Saw You. {Dharma Comics}

Find the Perfect Workout for Your Body Type.

“We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.” ~ Chögyam Trungpa

Do This & Your Skin will Thank You.

8 Māori Words to Have You Celebrating Exactly Who You Are.

4 Things You Should Know About Your Morning Lemon Water.

33 Questions to Ask Your Lover: Can You Handle the Truth?

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10 Ridiculously Easy Healthy Things You Could Be Doing Right Now (But Probably Aren’t).

You’re Not Crazy: Exploding the Myth of Adam & Eve.

What is it Like to Have Herpes?

What I Wish I Could Say to a Couple at their Wedding—A Minister’s Secret Thoughts.

Reclaiming Sweet Freedom: 23 Things That we Need Not Explain, Justify or Defend.

By Going on Tinder, I Found Something Better than Love.

The One Idea That Saved Me From Suicide.

Dating a Man, Not a Boy: What Grown-Up Love Looks Like.

This Letter to Moms Made me Cry.

A Self-Care Practice we can’t Afford to Ignore.

Tiny, Easy Meditations for the Average Person on their Worst Days.

8 Common Misunderstandings about Soulmates.

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The 3 Pillars of Outstanding Relationships.

Self Care & Courage: Face Yourself. Get Sh*t Done.

30 Little Somethings: Reminders for your Heart.

Nobody Processes Emotion: A PTSD Sufferer’s Step-By-Step Guide for all Human Beings.

How I Transformed my Handstand with 3 Simple Exercises.

5 Books That Explain Everything.

Whenever I’m Feeling Down, I take 5 Minutes & Read this.

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The 10 Rules of Being Human.

F*ck You, Depression.

Dear Future Self—11 Soul-Mending Truths.

Drinking the Right Coffee for your Dosha.

The Most Common, Devastating Disease You’ve Never Heard of.

The Best Thing We can do When our Hearts are Shattered.

> Giving Up the Bottle: What 6 Years of Zero Alcohol can Do for You.

There is No “One”—9 Truths We Need to Hear.

Our 2nd Nervous System: 3 points of Caution regarding Yoga.

The Perfect Explanation of Letting Go.

>10 Surprising Tips to Help Avoid Emotionally Overeating.

The Buddhist & Feminist Relationship Advice I will Never Forget.

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Editors: Emily Bartran & Lindsey Block

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