Top 10 Blog Posts of 2012
What were your favorite blog posts of 2012? As we bid the year a fond farewell, a list of our readers’ favorites. Drum roll, please!
1» What Would You Be Willing to Sacrifice?
A video that’s so heartbreakingly gorgeous and unswerving in its emotional sway, it’ll have you pondering your own station in life.
2» Flashmob or Polished Ad on a Spanish Plaza, This Video Is a Feast
This unexpected, public performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on a plaza in Spain is an absolute visual and aural feast.
3» “O Come, Emmanuel”
A stirring pairing of piano and cello performing the classic hymn for this past Advent season.
4» Brené Brown on Leaning Into Our Vulnerability
We live in a vulnerable world, says social researcher Brené Brown in this popular TED talk. And what do we do in the face of this vulnerability? We numb it.
5» Bell Sound Meditation
One of our most popular weekend exercises. Try this 10-minute bell sound meditation and then share your experience with us.
6» Touch Wood in a Japanese Forest with Bach
A spectacular feat of engineering and creativity that you have to see to believe. And just guess what inspired its making. Just marvelous!
7» One Hundred Million Seeds of Porcelain Contemplation
Ai Weiwei’s installation at Tate Modern is an incredible feat: 100 million hand-painted pieces of porcelain as sunflower seeds are sources of contemplation. Images and video with the artist too.
8» Why I Don’t Do Christmas
Krista, a Christmas Scrooge? Our host reflects on not playing the “Christmas game” of obligatory gift-giving and our redemptive human need for one another.
9» Calvin and Hobbes: Math Is a Religion
A classic comic on faith in equations. “You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one new number!”
10» What’s Giving Got to Do With Love?
When Hanan Harchol’s character tells his parents that he’s breaking up with his girlfriend, they say that real love is not about focusing on your own needs. Do they have a point?