#WLTOP10 Mindful Moments of 2013

Posted by admin on 12/10/13 in Inspiration, Mindfulness

Every month, we at Wanderlust will be releasing a #WLTop10 list, filled with raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, and a few more of our favorite things.  To kick things off, we're reflecting on some of the most mindful and moving moments of the year, magical moments that embody "yoga" in their own right.  Take a look at our selections below, and please comment and share some favorites of your own!

Dove Inner Beauty Campaign
It’s not your average beauty campaign. In this moving experiment, Dove shows how we tend to focus on our imperfections, failing to see ourselves as beautiful as others view us. Thanks Dove for reminding us to stop honing in on our unfavorable features, and start seeing the beauty that is.

2361 “Touching Strangers”
Ask two total strangers to take an affectionate picture and you know what you’ll find?  We’re not as different as we seem. When Richard Renaldi asks strangers off the street to get affectionate, he casts seemingly opposite “types” and allows these unlikely pairs to form a bond, by caring for each other, even if just for a moment. “We are probably missing so much about the people all around us,” says one of the subjects after the shoot.

In times of unspeakable tragedy and baffling loss, sometimes all we can think to do is run. That was surely the case when #RunforBoston made running history by becoming the first ever non-stop relay to run across America. Spanning from LA to Boston, the campaign raised $91,000 to help the victims of the Boston bombings, and an inspirational running community was born.

2362 Tips For Jesus
You only have to go as far as your local restaurant to perform a bit of charity, suggests the mind behind “Tips for Jesus." The exuberant tipper says they’re “doing the lord’s work, one tip at a time,” surprising people with enormous gratuities in restaurants across the country. He’s been filling in the tip line with bonuses as large as $10,000. See some stunningly large dinner checks and follow the generosity here

Real talk about the word "feminist"
When Joss Whedon spoke about gender equality at an “Equality Now” dinner, he said some things that required major (ahem) balls. And he really made some perfect points.

“I hate feminist. Is this a good time to bring that up? Is this the right forum for that?" Joss Whedon said at the beginning of his speech,” I didn't say I hate feminists; I said I hate feminist. I'm talking about the word." And so began one of the best articulated explanations on the power of words to shape our understanding of a movement in recent history, and the introduction of a new word, “genderist.”

Pope Francis is a true Martyr
It’s a scene straight out of a movie – Pope Francis was ‘sneaking out of the Vatican at night to give money to poor people on the streets of Rome.’ The Pope would dress as a regular priest, so not to be stopped from doing his duty. While many of us may speak about our intentions to help the poor, this is a shining example of how this pope is walking the talk about helping your less fortunate brothers.

Malala Yousafzai Makes Jon Stewart Cry (and makes us tear up, too!)
In the heartwarming interview that quickly swept social networks everywhere, inspiring Malala Yousafzai makes Jon Stewart cry discussing the importance of education in diffusing terrorism and empowering women. Malala tells her story of how she was shot in the neck and head, and how if she could go back in time, her instinct would be to "hit her attacker with her shoe," but that she wouldn't, because voilence is never the answer.  Amazing compassion from this wise 16-year old.

2363 Jason Collins Comes Clean
The 34-year-old NBA star raised his hand and started the conversation about homosexuality and sports. His ability to speak up is an inspiration to us all, and one more step in the direction of conversation, understanding and acceptance.
“If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand,” says the athlete, “The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?”
Read more here.   Photo by Kwaku Alston

Tulsi Gabbard speaks to Hawaii’s responsibility to help the Phillipines
After Typhoon Hayain swept the Phillipines, affecting 12 million people and causing catastrophic devastation, Tulsi Gabbard, US Representative for Hawaii, spoke up about Hawaii’s responsibility to lend a helping hand. “Like so many people, I and my family have friends and loved ones affected by the devastation,” said the Congresswoman, “In the wake of such horrible tragedy, the positive we can find is the outpouring of compassion, support, and aloha from my state towards the people of the Philippines.”

2364 Louis C.K. says put your phone down and feel your feelings!
In this Conan O'Brien interview, Louis C.K. makes us laugh hard, but think even harder. What begins as a conversation about why he won't buy phones for his kids quickly turns into a deeper look at how we rely on our phones to fulfill us emotionally, using them as a buffer from dealing with feelings, specifically sadness, anger....the tough stuf. He explains, "Sadness is poetic, when you let yourself feel sad, your body has antibodies of happiness that come in and meet the sadness, but because we don't want that first bit of sad, we push it away with the phone......and you never feel completely sad or happy, you just feel kind of satisfied with your product."  Thanks, Louis, for reminding us to turn off our phones and tune into ourselves!

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