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Cheerful Birthday Anaรฏs Nin! Read on elephantjournal.com "Fifty Shades of Anaรฏs Nin." ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜Get our best for free: elephantjournal.com/best #mayitbeofbenefit

"Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart." ~ #chogyamtrungpa Watch @waylonlewis' Walk the Talk Show video: >>"Armor yourself with the genuine heart of sadness." Buddhist tip for challenges.<< on YouTube.com #mayitbeofbenefit @elephantjournal #mayaangelou ๐Ÿ˜ Get our best for free: elephantjournal.com/best

"Or, we can persist in blaming 'other,' and roiling in our own hate." ~ @waylonlewis ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿ˜ #patriotism is greater than #partisanship ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ #equalrights #middleclass #Immigration #fear #strongertogether #berniesanders ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธSubmit an article (we welcome all points of view as long as thoughtful): elephantjournal.com/submit

"President Trump doesn't get what makes America greatโ€”ironically. It's not our might, but our will to ever open to what's right, as Honest Abe reminds us." ~ #waylonlewis ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ—ฝ Repost via @we_the_people_atx @christiandemocrats - #PresidentsDay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜ A simple, powerful and true statement. โ™ฅ๐ŸŒป"You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Deuteronomy 10:19 ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŒˆ#HappyPresidentsDay #JFK #Immigrants #Immigration #ImmigrantBan #Xenophobia #NationofImmigrants ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ—ฝ Get our very best: elephantjournal.com/best

โ€œIf youโ€™re down, be good to yourself and listen. If youโ€™re up, be good to others and share.โ€ ~ @waylonlewis ๐ŸŒž Watch Waylonโ€™s Walk the Talk Show videos: YouTube.com/elephantjournal ๐Ÿ #mayitbeofbenefit ๐Ÿ˜ Get our best for free: elephantjournal.com/best

Good God please ;) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™โ™ฅโ™ป ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ #purplestate ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Our #makeobamapresidentagain hats are up again on elephantjournal.com/hats ๐Ÿ˜ (two fer $30) ๐Ÿ—ฝ

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๐ŸŒž "Each morning, greet the sun as if it had just presented you with a new life. Bow to it and your own heart and all the world. Meditate for a few minutes. Stretch open and sigh and call out 'Gooooood morrrrrrrning sunnnnnshiiiiine!' This is how the peaceful warrior appreciates her life." @waylonlewis, #thingsiwouldliketodowithyou ๐Ÿ™ Get the book: elephantjournal.com/books โ˜•๏ธ #garysnyder

Thanks, Obama. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™โ™ฅโ™ป ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ #purplestate ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Our #makeobamapresidentagain hats are up again on elephantjournal.com/hats ๐Ÿ˜ (two fer $30) (don't worry, we don't print 'em backward) ๐Ÿ—ฝ Photo: @_reaching_nirvana

Via our dear friends in #bouldercolorado: @innisfreepoetry): - Here is a closeup of some of our sleeve for World Social Justice Day. #worldsocialjusticeday #hunger #equality #inequality #billionaire ๐Ÿ—ฝ Get our best: elephantjournal.com/best

"Each morning, greet the sun as if it had just presented you with a new life. Bow to it and your own heart and all the world. Meditate for a few minutes. Stretch open and sigh and call out 'Gooooood morrrrrrrning sunnnnnshiiiiine!' This is how the peaceful warrior appreciates her life." @waylonlewis, #thingsiwouldliketodowithyou ๐Ÿ™ Get the book: elephantjournal.com/books โ˜•๏ธ

"Many of us look around today and see a civilization in disarray. Many of us believe that our leaders have failed us. But the truth is, my friends, that the situation around us is our creation. If you want to discover what you really want, look at what youโ€™ve got. The situation in our homes, in our community, in the U.S., in the world, isย ourย responsibility. And if you want something different, it is essential that you think, say, and do what is necessary to create that change. No one else can do this for you.

All around us are opportunities to make a difference. Life constantly sends forth a barrage of wake-up callsโ€”the hungry child, the neighbor with cancer, the polluted air, the dying Fraser firs, airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center, the Iraqi family terrified at the onslaught of American troops.

We ignore lifeโ€™s wake-up calls at our own peril... Cynicism, denial, and hopelessness are merely forms of victimhood, placing the blame somewhere else for that which ails us.

Let me suggest another way:ย radical responsibility.

Rather than blaming others, this path requires us to ask ourselves at every challenge, 'How did I help create this situation, and what can I do to resolve it?'" ~ extract from Editor's Pick: "We are the Ones we've been Waiting For." by Bruce Mulkey on #elephantjournal {artwork by our talented elefriend, Mike Medaglia @mikemedaglia. Search elephantjournal.com: "The Mindful Life Illustrated" for his full comic series <ยท> Get our editor-curated best, not just our Facebook algorithm-curated popular: elephantjournal.com/best ๐Ÿ™โœŠ๐Ÿ˜