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December 2005 Archives

‘Teach Your Children Well’

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Yes, I’m in accord with the reader who writes this in response to my advice, “Surround your children with beautiful things.” Children “should get nice things, but the beautiful things around them should be their family, friends, and activities involving […]

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The Energy Left After a Mother’s Death

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I don’t mean to sound gloomy, but these days after Christmas often make me think of death. They always have. But I’ve been more aware of life’s fleeting, precious character in recent years. My mother died three years ago on […]

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Cleaning House With Your Deva

posted by chattering mind

One Source Publications has recently released a book-CD combination called “Do-It-Yourself Space Clearing Kit: Working With Nature to Enhance the Energies of Your Home,” and the author Christan Hummel has some nice ideas for energetically clearing your residence for the […]

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A New Face at the Door

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Shake hands, before you die. Old year, we’ll dearly rue for you: What is it we can do for you? Speak out before you die. His face is growing sharp and thin. Alack! our friend is gone, Close up his […]

United by Christmas

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“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” –Garrison Keillor

There is No “Normal” Holiday

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If you’re feeling vulnerable or blue for any reason, do not miss Elizabeth Lesser’s thoughtful article about coping with the intensity, competitiveness, and grief of the year-end season. Lesser is author of “Broken Open” and one of the founders of […]

One Swami’s Christmas Eve Meditation

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Here’s a guided meditation by Paramahansa Yogananda. Perhaps, if you are celebrating Christmas this year in a non-traditional way, you will find this inspiring. Meditation for Christmas Eve Lift your eyes and concentrate within. Behold the astral star of divine […]

No Game Boys, Just Game Bird

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We Chatterings will be eating pheasant for Christmas dinner. The idea occurred to me as I stood in our local butcher’s shop two weeks ago and noticed his “Pheasant and Squab by Special Order” sign. So I bit. But first […]

What’s in the Stars for George W. Bush?

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Beliefnet.com posted astrologer Shelley Ackerman’s annual what’s-in-store-for-next-year article yesterday. Since the start of George W. Bush’s administration, astrologers have been nattering about what’s to become of our 43rd president. Many have consistently felt that he would not finish this second […]

A New Birthdate for Jesus

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Speaking of astrology, it seems apt to mention that many astrologers, astronomers, and Bible scholars do not believe that Jesus was born on December 25th. They think he was born in the spring. Astronomer Michael R. Molnar has written a […]

Chattering Mind, Juris Doctor?

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I have what may not be an uncommon view of astrology generally–I am skeptical. And yet, whether or not astrology is accurate doesn’t trouble me, doesn’t keep me from regarding it with respect and great interest. I see it as […]

A Solstice Rose

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I prop my drooping rose(its toppled headhung on the limp stalkof its spent neck) first, on a wishful finger:tilting the vase this wayand that, for a pointof balance that won’t endure; then, on a twist-tie’s wrappedwire, fished from a drawerto […]

Making Candy the Old-Fashioned Way

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Sadly, Mr. Chattering bundled up and left the house this morning in a Beliefnet.com-sponsored carpool. The New York City transit strike is still in full flower, and though I tried to convince him he could get more work done at […]

Deep Tea Thinkers

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Thanks to the “tea totalers” who wrote me with healty tea suggestions. One reader recommends a high-antioxidant tea I’ve never tried called Rooibos (Red Bush) from South Africa, available from the Numi company at Whole Foods. I will look for […]

Small Blessings During the Transit Strike

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Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I have rejoiced over the small pleasures that today’s New York City transit strike has granted me. Mr. Chattering stayed at home to work at his home computer and I am warmed by […]

No-Brainer: Don’t Buy Your Teen a Web Cam

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Congratulations Kurt Eichenwald, writer of yesterday’s front-page New York Times article about how a thirteen-year-old California youth became ensnared in child pornography and then prostitution through his own family’s sad disconnectedness and a web cam. This article will no doubt […]

Tea Drinkers Less Prone to Ovarian Cancer?

posted by chattering mind

I had cut back on my black tea consumption because–like many women post-childbirth, pre-menopause–I run slightly anemic, and both tea and coffee are known to inhibit the body’s absorption of iron. But now, a Swedish team has suggested that drinking […]

Merry Mithra-mas?

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Here is a provocative, many might say highly inflammatory passage from the opening chapter of the book “The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice”by Carolyn McVickar Edwards, now in its 5th Anniversary […]

Our Boy’s Surprising Suggestion

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Last night the Chatterings held a family meeting at the dining room table. We took turns holding a “talking stick,” which initially was a lit candlestick ringed with tiny Christmas ornaments. Later, when the candlestick proved too distracting and delicate, […]

‘Misquoting Jesus’ on NPR

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Can NPR’s Terry Gross get any better at extracting delicate spiritual insights from the folks she so skillfully has on her program? I love her. I listen to her show “Fresh Air” in the car when I’m on my way […]

How to Celebrate the Upcoming Solstice

posted by chattering mind

Wow! I have met my first shaman, and what a wonderfully nurturing woman she is. Her name is Donna Henes, but she is known to many as Mama Donna. She has written several books, the most recent of which is […]

Best Purloined Christmas Song

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Silly me, I always thought singer Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam ) had written the melody behind “Morning Has Broken,” a hit in 1970. The song is, in fact, an old Gaelic Christmas hymn called “Christ in the Manger.” You’ll […]

Watch this Meditation Seminar Online

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This morning, I sat down and watched this enlightening four-way conversation on contemplative practice and meditation that was taped last month at Washington’s National Cathedral. In it, NPR’s religion producer Lynn Neary leads psychologist and “Emotional Intelligence” author Daniel Goleman, […]

Advice for the Lazy Gardener in All of Us

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So you didn’t put your garden to bed. So what? The trees and shrubbs have already forgiven you. Plus, Home and Garden’s website says that in most parts of the country, it’s not too late to mulch. In fact, if […]

The Pope’s Anti-Consumerism Battle

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On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI lambasted “today’s consumer society,” which is “unfortunately subjected to a sort of commercial ‘pollution’ that is in danger of altering” the true spirit of Christmas. He suggests that Christian families, in lieu of spending their […]

Harmonica-Friendly Christmas Carols

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There truly is something for everyone on the World Wide Web. Here’s the Christmas carol page of a website devoted to sheet music and guidance for the diatonic harmonica player. I never got past “Oh Susannah!” myself.

The Visitor Downstairs

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Last night, as I was readying myself for bed (I was, in fact, seated on the side of the bathtub, filling a hot water bottle), I thought to my chattering self: “Something’s different. What is it?” It seemed we were […]

Taking the Spiritual Out of “Cloud-Cukoo-Land”

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It debases the divine to place it in abstract heights, in some cloud-cukoo-land. We will never live in spiritual realities if we conceive the spiritual only in the abstract, if we cannot bring it into connection with the whole course […]

To Be One With All Things

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To study enlightenment is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be one with all things. To be one with all things is timeless enlightenment. And this timeless […]

The Importance of Being Earnest

posted by chattering mind

So much chatter, so little time to write at the Chattering household today! Our younger boy is still in his blue-striped pajamas, on day two of a mysterious fever, probably viral, says the doctor. After some early television viewing, I […]

The Scrooge Sutra

posted by chattering mind

God bless us, every one! And God bless the thoughtful writer behind “Ow, My Blog,” who writes a Buddhist analysis of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Check it out. You’ll find new dimensions of the famous fable. An excerpt: “While […]

A Rock and Roll Christmas

posted by chattering mind

Thanks to the reader who tells me that Christmas albums by “Mannheim Steamroller” are her absolute favorites, “followed closely by the Trans- Siberian Orchestra. Both put out such a passionate flavor of Christmas tunes. They’re quite wonderful.” I’ve listened to […]

Two Practices

posted by chattering mind

It has been my intention, since launching this blog, to get up at six-thirty, as I did this summer, light a candle, and meditate. Nothing fancy. Just a simple sit to focus on my breath. I am sorry to report […]

Still Toy Shopping?

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This is the first year in three that I have not written an article for Beliefnet.com on “spiritually uplifting” children’s gifts for the holidays. Gifts for children tend to be so particular to the individual, and in truth, people were […]

Do This, If Nothing Else

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You know, don’t you, that the most important thing you can do if you are getting very little exercise is to stretch out on the floor, lying on your back and hugging your knees to your chest? Then you just […]

A Now a Word from One of Our Founders

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I came across a good quote from John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second president of the U.S. What he says here makes me think he’d feel completely comfortable with Beliefnet.com: “I am, therefore, of the opinion […]

My Artist’s Date

posted by chattering mind

There was a wonderful element to my account-settling trip to see my insurance agent in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn–just as I suspected there might be. As I left his office, which was garishly decorated for the holidays, I found a delicatessen […]

The Big Voices of Christmas

posted by chattering mind

Funny conversation number one: My son, listening to the car radio and speaking from the back seat: “Mommy, who is this singing?” “Ah, this singer’s name is Celine Dion.” “Why is she screaming?” “Ummm….” (laughing) “I guess you could say […]

No Assurance in Insurance

posted by chattering mind

Dearest Chatterers, I am blogging in a white heat today, because our car insurance policy was cancelled last week and I need to pay a real-time visit to our insurance agent. Apparently, we missed a small payment by just a […]

Nice Spice

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I hope you never think I sound like a commercial for anyone or anything, but I am, by nature, an avid helper who longs to direct people to things I like. Penzeys Spices has been such a godsend when it […]

The Best of Rachel Bissex

posted by chattering mind

If you like feminine, folksy music in the Joni Mitchell-Pat Humphries-Holly Near vein, you are in for a treat. But also heartbreak. Because Rachel Bissex, a singer I only learned of last summer, died last year at 48 from cancer. […]

Painting the Stairs

posted by chattering mind

Here is picture of the staircase that leads from our front downstairs hallway to the second level of the house. I painted the rises of the stairs in alternating patterns with sample-sized jars of Benjamin Moore paint last August while […]

Yuletide Guidance

posted by chattering mind

I like to celebrate Christmas the way my family always honored it–with parties, carols, pageants, presents, prayers and church. But–like a true Chatterer–I’m also always looking for fresh inspiration. I especially like learning about how December’s holidays–from various faiths–were celebrated […]

The Varieties of Alcoholic Experience

posted by chattering mind

I am grateful for all the relationships I have had with alcoholics. They’ve often been painful but… always, the connection has left me with an appreciation for the complexities of human character, and an awareness of the fear some sensitive […]

Sarvananda Walks the Walk

posted by chattering mind

I love Sarvananda Bluestone. A writer, psychic, and Tarot expert (he’s written for Beliefnet about being a Borscht Belt psychic in resort hotels), he’s also the author of “The World Dream Book: Use the Wisdom of World Cultures to Uncover […]

A Gift for That Person New to Spiritual Inquiry

posted by chattering mind

What do you buy the loved one you’d like to nudge into a life of spiritual inquiry without bonking them hard on the head with a 50-millimeter crystal or styrofoam yoga block? This is something I have asked myself more […]

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