20 Awesome Quotes from Elephant Journal

From Elephant Journal, these are quotes I hope to revisit again and again…


Twenty Quotes to Give you Chills.

Via on Jun 5, 2014

rough day quote

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different.” ~ C.S. Lewis


“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ~ Mister Fred Rogers


“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss

Always be Batman.

“Give a man a mask, and he will show you his true face.” ~ Oscar Wilde


“Airports see more sincere kisses than wedding halls. The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches.”


“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” ~ Walter Payton

National Nuclear Security Administration

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” ~ J. Robert Oppenheimer, after a nuclear test at Los Alamos.

>>> “Now we have weapons over 1000 times more powerful. So powerful in fact, that they use fission bombs, what he created, as a detonator.”


“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


“I loved her, and sometimes, she loved me too.” ~ Pablo Neruda’s The Saddest Poem.

pablo neruda sad poem

“Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.” ~ Serbian proverb

calvin hobbes light pollution heavens stars

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” ~ Admiral Grace Hopper

the giving tree

“I am sorry,” sighed the tree. “I wish I could give you something…but I have nothing left.”

nuclear bomb

“Nuclear warfare is like two men standing in a pool of gasoline, one with five matches, the other with two.” ~ Carl Sagan

old man religion pray desk

“Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier


“Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.” ~ Rumi


When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.”

~ Written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abby

patriotism quote 9/11

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America nor, for that matter, in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship… [V]oice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” ~ Hermann Göring

Relephant, from a Vietnam soldier’s lighter:

“We the unwilling led by the unqualified to kill the unfortunate die for the ungrateful.”


“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~ Steven Furtick

calvin tree clear cutting environment hobbes

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” ~ Prophecy of the Cree Native American Tribe



Amazon’s 100 Childrens Books to Read in a Lifetime

I sure hope this link holds. Just to look at the books can be a wonderful stroll down memory lane.


Quiet. The Susan Cain Ted Talk

Books for the aspiring Yogi…

I need to keep this in mind for when I finally ascend…


Maybe it’s because I teach for a living, but I’m a book giver by nature.

I love sharing great books with people I love and each of the following books have impacted me in some way. They occupy a special place on my bookshelves, and I return to them often for reminders and inspiration. These are definitely not your typical yoga book finds, but each offers meditations, exercises, or recipes that will enhance yoga, mindfulness and meditation practices.

So in the spirit of the holidays, here is a list of my 10 favorite books for all the different types of yogis in your life:

1. For the spiritual yogi with a short attention span:

Sweeping the Dust and An Offering of Leaves by Ruth Lauer-Manenti

These books are full of inspiringly beautiful short meditations on various yoga wisdom texts, and how they relate to daily life. They are also available for download!

A dear friend and I pick one story each month and meditate on its meaning while exchanging letters. These books are so great to share with loved ones.

2. For the foodie yogi:

Lord Krishna’s Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Yamuna Devi

Hands down, the best cookbook I’ve ever bought. I love gifting this to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. This book makes cooking Indian food easy and delicious. The recipes are clear and the book is beautiful. There’s also an introduction at the beginning that explains the relationship between food and yoga.

3. For the Christian yogi:

My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman

This is a poetic book full of meditations on what it means to believe in God. The author’s humbleness and truth will deeply resonate with anyone who is struggling with faith and a spiritual life.

4. For the animal loving yogi:

Cats and Dogs are People Too! by Sharon Gannon

This is a sweet and lighthearted book for animal loving yogis. It also includes great vegan recipes that you can cook for your pets, too.

5. For the devotional yogi:

Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text by Joshua Greene

This is the perfect abridged version of The Bhagavad Gita. It interweaves modern stories with the ancient Sanskrit text, making the lessons more accessible to anyone who is trying to deepen the devotional side of their yoga practice.

6. For the new or aspiring yoga teacher:

Myths of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga by Alanna Kaivalya

This book neatly offers the myths behind the asanas we practice in yoga.

Ever wonderwhere Mountain Pose (Tadasana) comes from?

This book provides a fun way to deepen your practice and enrich your classes.

7. For the struggling yogi:

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times and The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

A friend recommended these to me a couple of years ago and they have helped me transform my life.

Filled with wisdom and exercises you can incorporate in your daily life, these books aren’t just for reading; they will also empower you and help you emerge stronger from whatever difficulty you may be going


8. For the wild, nature-loving yogi:

The Tracker by Tom Brown Jr.

Tom Brown is a true visionary who understands our relationship to nature. His books are inspired and full of exercises you can try the next time you go hiking. This book will change the way you think about the wilderness.

9. For the traditional yogi:

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali by Ediwn F. Bryant

There are hundreds of versions of The Sutras out there, but in my opinion this one is the best.

The translations are faithful, clear and easy to read.

This book is great for anyone who wants to incorporate more traditional yoga philosophy into their practice.

10. For the chill yogi:

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

This book is an incredible resource for students and teachers alike.Yin teaches you that yoga isn’t always about sweating on the mat. Sometimes the biggest challenge comes from stillness and settling into postures.

A great compliment for anyone’s