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Elephant Journal  ...is dedicated to bringing together those working (& playing) to create enlightened society. Click-through our feed:

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"Write gently but precisely, with the relaxation of a tired craftsperson newly excited by beauty. Sketch your heart. Detail a story helpful to all those who read it. The most helpful thing of all is catharsis; no more and no less than the truth—and this helps you, too." ~ #waylonlewis

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"I will not look away anymore.
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After the violent white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville this past weekend, that’s what I told myself. I will not look away anymore.
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So when I came across this video online today, I forced myself to watch it. I want to educate myself. I don’t want to use my ignorance as an excuse for not speaking out anymore.
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I’m not going to lie…I wanted to turn it off almost as soon as I started watching. I started asking myself questions to justify looking away...
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...I knew watching this video would be hard—but I want to understand. I want to learn.
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I do not want to look away anymore.
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And I almost did. A few times, actually.
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But I didn’t look away.
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I hope you’ll take 22 minutes and not look away either..." ~ @christywilliamswriter
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To read the rest of "A Powerful Video from Charlottesville about Hate—& 10 Ways we can Fight It." go to elephantjournal.com or click on the link in our bio. 🐘
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Change starts here, now, every second. How are you helping? ❤

"Open that heart, clear that mind. We are not a machine—we are a poem." ~ @waylonlewis <> Click the link in our bio to read "5 Ways out of everyday Depression." ❤️

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ (not) Confucius. Right Livelihood is fundamental to our daily lives. It's about finding our path—a path that gives us joy, that gives others joy or helpfulness, that pays our bills. Find your joy. Write your heart out. Apply to join Elephant Academy's Fall 2017 Apprenticeship in Social Media, Modern Media, Journalism Ethics, Writing, & Editing: ​Apply by August 21st for early bird pricing: elephantjournal.com/academy (👈) You can be anywhere 🐘 🙏

10 perks to being Single.

I’ve been single for so long (single, in modern parlance, can include dating) that I’ve grown accustomed to it. Would I trade it for a “serious” relationship? Well, as long as we could laugh plenty, sure. As long as my newfound love was really just friendship, with a side of passion, sure. But am I in a rush to give up the space and freedom to date or be alone that I currently enjoy? No.

1. Sleeping in bed diagonally. And, sleeping in bed…without getting woken up.

2. Freedom. “I can go wherever I want whenever I want.” No coordinating schedules, planning, announcing every entrance and departure from one’s home.

3. Lonely when you’re single? Get cozy with your couch, get dinner going, watch a movie or read a book or take a bath…or, go out with friends. Or go out alone. Heaven.

4. Shameless fun flirting with or without intent and without drama. No arguments in public! No arguments in private! No getting yelled at when the other party is drunk!

5. Money. Particularly if you’re the one doing the treating most of the time, being single means you’re suddenly comparatively rich.

6. Toilet paper. So much of it, if you’re a single man... Keep reading: "What is the best thing about being single?" on elephantjournal.com (or click through link in bio)

"I can still remember the first time I ate artichokes (and liked them)!⠀

When I first moved to San Francisco after graduating from U of O, I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do for a career and with my life in general. So, after a couple of weeks sulking and getting used to my then boyfriend (now husband) coming home every night around 2 a.m. from work, I decided to just go get a job. Any job. Didn’t matter what it was.⠀

At the time we lived in the Marina on Chestnut Street, and I heard from my personal trainer that there was this little restaurant, called Pacific Catch, who might be looking for a new server. Flash forward to a week later, I am working in this amazing little seafood shop that has rockin’ artichokes as appetizers. After working at P-Catch for a little over a year, I had never needed to learn how to prepare an artichoke, but after I moved on to a new job, I needed to learn so that I could satisfy my cravings for these delectable delights!"⠀

Get the recipe: "Roasted Red Pepper Hummus & Artichokes" on elephantjournal.com (or click through link in bio)⠀

"I would like to love you, but I do not know you, and I value space more than even love, for in space we can play. I would make a fort in our cabin out of sheets and we can go inside and just lie there. I am looking at you, into you, and you are looking at me, into me. And we could read a paperback. I have a good reading voice. I And we could have a fire, though it is not cold, but it would light up the fort, flickering, warmly, with shadows of our future. I would like to love you and you love me, for love can only be shared, but my luck does not run that way, these days, or for awhile, and I have a feeling that I will not love and be loved again until all my luck is run out." ~ #waylonlewis, #thingsiwouldliketodowithyou 📕 Get the book: elephantjournal.com/books ♥️ or click the link in bio ☝️⠀
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"I would like to acknowledge that we cannot know the Future.

But we are both kind and good people, who care about society, and prize open minds above opinions. And that is key. That and the basics: kissing, coffee, bicycling, flirting, art, and sun, and Red dog, and fruit and family and work and work, and work, and curious chaos. And, home." ~ #waylonlewis, #thingsiwouldliketodowithyou ❤️ This month: all books will be signed and come with a complementary eco bookmark. 📕

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ (not) Confucius. ⠀

Right Livelihood is fundamental to our daily lives. It's about finding our path—a path that gives us joy, that gives others joy or helpfulness, that pays our bills. Find your joy. Write your heart out. ⠀

Apply to join Elephant Academy's Fall 2017 Apprenticeship in Social Media, Modern Media, Journalism Ethics, Writing, & Editing: ​Apply by August 21st for early bird pricing: elephantjournal.com/academy (👈) You can be anywhere 🐘 (learn more by clicking through link in bio) 🙏⠀


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