Advertisement

Chattering Mind

Chattering Mind

January 1970 Archives

Gratitude: Have it Your Way

posted by chattering mind

My moments of gratitude may come just before sleep, but for others gratitude often finds a different time to take over. Take CM reader Daria, who sinks into thankfulness while swimming her morning laps. The physical act of pushing through […]

Advertisement

Forget the Stars (Why I’m Over Astrology)

posted by chattering mind

Mercury is always in retrograde. It’s probably retrograding right now. At least it seems that way. While the fickle nature of the gray planet is an excellent justification for a bad hair day or a bad day at the office […]

Advertisement

Editor’s Note

posted by chattering mind

Stepping in for Amy Cunningham this week is the amazing Marisa Lowenstein, an NYC-based writer whose work has appeared in Natural Health, Travel + Leisure Family and Lime.com.

Advertisement

Super Salad to the Rescue

posted by chattering mind

In my ongoing battle to introduce my fiancé to the bliss of healthy eating, I am occasionally granted a small victory. The Superfoods Rx Salad is one of them. Incredibly simple to assemble, this dish is also one of the […]

A New New Medicine

posted by chattering mind

Halfway through last night’s viewing of “The New Medicine”, I wondered if the producers at PBS had chosen the best title for this documentary about mind-body health. Introduced by the heroic (and now angelic) Dana Reeve, “New Medicine” covers the […]

A Sweaty Nod (and Bow and Whisper) to the Divine

posted by chattering mind

My hands are in prayer position. They start at my third eye, graze my nose, pausing at my mouth before landing in front of my heart. Then I place my palms on the floor in front of my feet and […]

Dancing Meditation

posted by chattering mind

I use a simple one-two-three, one-two-three, while P’s more of the slow-quick-quick-slow type. We’re taking dance lessons. We’re working on a fox trot/swing combo. We’re supposed to dazzle the wedding guests with our grace and agility. But as of yesterday—lesson […]

Spiritual Honeymoon in Fantasy Thailand

posted by chattering mind

Depending on the day, I’m slightly to extremely obsessed with Thailand. The first three months of 2006 have been dedicated to the Land of Smiles–I’m all about curries and rice noodles and creamy Thai iced teas. I even bought a […]

The Secret Power of Doughnuts

posted by chattering mind

Buy a box of Entenmann’s assorted doughnuts (powdered, plain, chocolate). Place them on your counter. Watch what happens. Humans are magnetically attracted to doughnuts. Especially when they’re in a blue-and-white box that reminds us of childhood. P dropped them in […]

The Three W’s Take On the Three S’s

posted by chattering mind

“The cure to combat the three S’s–stress, strain and speed–can be found in the three W’s–the work of devoted practice, the wisdom that comes from understanding the self and the world and worship. Because ultimately surrendering what we cannot control […]

Gratitude Lists

posted by chattering mind

I try to make a daily gratitude list. Sometimes I call it a gratitude prayer. Requiring no pen or paper, it’s just a conscious ticking off of the people or things or moments for which I am thankful today. I […]

God With Your Wedding?

posted by chattering mind

“How do you feel about using the word ‘God’ in your ceremony of marriage?” I had successfully avoided the question–buried in the 10-page survey that our officiant had us fill out–for a full week. The answer was so obvious and […]

I’m Off Next Week

posted by chattering mind

“Mommy, what if heaven is all a dream?” my younger son asked Thursday night, knowing that I was going away Friday to be with my 91-year-old father who has been hospitalized again. “Yes, and what if life is all a […]

Freud’s Iconic, Sacred Space

posted by chattering mind

“Freud is Not Dead” reads the March 27th cover story of Newsweek. Actually, I don’t want to contemplate whether Freud’s thinking is dead or alive, in or out. What I’d like to behold with you is that couch, the couch, […]

Boost Your Signal with Uplifting Talk Radio

posted by chattering mind

We were talking about affirmations earlier this week, those little uplifting phrases you say to yourself throughout the day. The reigning queen of this practice is Louise Hay, a self-help teacher famous for assigning affirmations to any problem and helping […]

Magical, Mystical Library

posted by chattering mind

Mystical experiences are a universal, spiritually revelatory phenomenon with all kinds of individual textures––time suddenly comes to a glorious halt, or the world becomes one breathing, whole organism, or the entire cosmos and your place in it immediately make soul-shaking […]

Let My People Go, Mon

posted by chattering mind

Let’s change that Passover salutation “Next year in Jerusalem” to “Next year in Montego Bay!” Shall we? For the upcoming Jewish holiday, JewishMusic.com offers an upbeat Reggae Passover CD. (Click on the words “Audio Library” at the top of the […]

The Garden Awakens

posted by chattering mind

“Spring cleaning is a time to release what we are hiding. The room such things take robs us of new life. Now is the time to gather the old from under those sneaky bushes where things tend to hide. Now […]

Night People Speak Out (Score for Mr. Chattering!)

posted by chattering mind

One CM reader sides with Mr. Chattering in believing that morning people are born, not made. In fact, Rebecca T. (who ruminates on all kinds of smart things here) says true night people have trouble adjusting in a world that […]

Did God Create and Run?

posted by chattering mind

Yesterday Salon posted Steve Paulson’s wonderfully readable interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor Edward O. Wilson, founder of sociobiology and author of “On Human Nature.” Wilson may not say what you want to hear about God’s existence–he’s not so sure […]

Advice from the Godfather

posted by chattering mind

“The best reappraisals are born in the worst crisis. It has happened to all of us in relative degrees. Be glad for it and don’t be afraid of being afraid.” –from Marlon Brando to ex-lover Marilyn Monroe in a telegram […]

Killing Us Sweetly

posted by chattering mind

Last Sunday the Chattering clan gathered at my in-laws’ suburban home to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Chattering’s father Martin. Near the table was a vat of caffeine-free, sugar-free Diet Coke. As our eleven-year-old son lunged for that bottle like […]

Embracing the Real, Big Mama Sweetness

posted by chattering mind

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” –E.B. White

The Early Bird vs. the Late Sleeper

posted by chattering mind

Are you a morning person? I pretty much am, which is to say I wake up hungry, filled with curiosity about the weather, eager to roll up the blinds. Mr. Chattering and I have a running disagreement over whether people […]

Get Your Giggle On

posted by chattering mind

Do you need a good laugh? In response to my blog item about drugs and kids getting high, a reader named Robert reminds us that laughter triggers healthy, euphoria-inducing chemicals in the body. “Laughter is, in my opinion, the best […]

Dissolving Smarm with Pith

posted by chattering mind

There’s a “smarmy Stuart Smalley” quality to the affirmations I posted yesterday, writes faithful reader Pacific231. As an antidote, she or he suggests discussing Buddhist “pith” teachings. Great idea. A pith saying is a distilled lesson, a gist, a bit […]

The Classic Wisdom of Stuart Smalley

posted by chattering mind

Speaking of that smarmy Stuart Smalley, did you know that years ago, Al Franken wrote a hilarious book based on his classically nasal, co-dependent, self-help group-addicted SNL character? As the King of Affirmations, in I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, […]

Positive Thoughts Can Heal

posted by chattering mind

Do your chattering thoughts tear you down? Do negative memories become your life’s story? You need some affirmations then, little sayings that you can repeat to yourself as you walk or meditate. You can also post them on your bathroom […]

Planting Powerful Seeds on Monday’s Equinox

posted by chattering mind

Waverly Fitzgerald has a wonderful essay about the meaning of the Spring Equinox (the first day of Spring) on her website. In it, she describes a planting ritual you can use this week. She writes: Several years ago, my family […]

Our Bodies, Ourselves

posted by chattering mind

Human anatomy is God-made at birth and becomes man-made as he grows. —Master yogi B.K.S. Iyengar to Beliefnet’s Corinne Schuman.

Do You Have a Living Yoga Practice?

posted by chattering mind

“Yoga practice should not conflict with our life but contribute to it. Whatever connects us to our essence is our practice. Whatever clears our head so we can see what is important is our practice. Once we get clear that […]

Defining the Shadow, and Turning It to Art

posted by chattering mind

“Mom, Mom, it’s that shadow guy!” the kids said, jumping with excitement. After reading about him in The New York Times a few months ago, the kids and I bumped into Ellis Gallagher yesterday. Actually, we almost fell over him. […]

The Seasonal Walk of the Labyrinth

posted by chattering mind

After several pleasant days in the mid- to upper-fifties, and one in the sunny mid-sixties, it is cold again here in New York. An inch of snow may arrive by Friday. The coming of Spring reminds me of a labyrinth […]

God Is Not a Being

posted by chattering mind

“God is not a being; God is Being. For those who have found God, his presence shows in honesty, kindness, carefully chosen words, and an absence of shame about the past. The pain may still be there, though quieted, but […]

From a Reader: Easter Memories

posted by chattering mind

Thanks to reader Alana Perrault who wrote this fond remembrance of her Ukrainian egg decorating (pysanky) sessions with her loving, multi-generational household. Pysanky nights sent us into “perfect child” mold, finishing our homework and chores in record time so we […]

Thanks for the Mail

posted by chattering mind

I got abundant mail on the item I posted last week about clutter. Some of you have minimized your CD stress and mess by downloading onto your iPod your entire CD collection. (“Is such a thing possible?” I’ve asked friends […]

My Favorite Children’s Book on Spring

posted by chattering mind

This year marks the 100th birthday of my favorite children’s book on Spring. Actually, “The Story of the Root-Children” is my favorite young children’s book of all time (much as I also love Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon”). I think […]

Earth, Wind, Water, and Clutter

posted by chattering mind

There’s a lot of interest among you in Feng Shui, the practice of rearranging your environment for maximum health and stability (the actual translation of the words is “wind” and “water”). My study of this subject has helped me greatly, […]

Thoughts for Tuesday’s Full Moon

posted by chattering mind

It is the full moon day.If there had been a cloud over your heart,make this silent moment your beginning again. Enjoy the full moon with a clear heart.It is your beginning. —Gayuna Cealo If the moon fascinates you and you […]

Spring’s Fertility Symbol Gets Some Nice New Clothes

posted by chattering mind

The folks who run the HearthSong Catalog knocked themselves out this year, it seems, to present a large and offbeat collection of egg-decorating kits for the celebration of Easter or Spring Equinox. And they’re all under $20. So if you’re […]

A Light Exists in Spring

posted by chattering mind

A light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On solitary hills That science cannot overtake, But human nature feels. It waits upon the lawn; It […]

Teaching Kids How to Get High, Naturally

posted by chattering mind

The drug counselors are back at our school. They come as a privately-hired group to discuss the hazards of drugs with the 4th through 8th-grade kids. “They told us not to eat anything in the medicine cabinet,” says the younger […]

Are You Dominated by Your Fears?

posted by chattering mind

I don’t want to be East-Coast-centric, but the Omega Institute holds an important conference March 31 through April 2 in New York City called “Being Fearless.” Click here for details. Among the speakers: Caroline Myss, Malcolm Gladwell, Wayne Dyer, Jon […]

How to Cope with a Potentially Toxic Potluck Supper

posted by chattering mind

The whole foods publication “Macrobiotics Today” has a new Q&A column by someone calling herself Shiitake Jones. I am an instant fan of this fine and funny food writer (who is also a yoga teacher), but the people coming to […]

Beauty Advice from Jesus

posted by chattering mind

Oprah’s O Magazine got Anne Lamott to write about aging, radiance, and beauty for the April issue (which was just squeezed through my mail slot). Here’s an excerpt, but get your hands on the whole thing. It’s a fabulous essay. […]

Planning a Family Organizational Spree

posted by chattering mind

You know, I’ve been so taken with Fly Lady’s belief that it’s better to spend fifteen minutes every day de-cluttering than it is to spend half your Saturday doing the same. I’ve managed to lighten up our house by maybe […]

Downloadable Dharma Talks: Here’s a Great Resource!

posted by chattering mind

The Dharma Seed Catalog now has the most fantastic online resource of audio meditations and teachings. I am so happy to link you to this exciting find! And everything is free (though Dharma Seed asks you to send a contribution […]

Donating Books is Not Easy for the Clingy Chatterings

posted by chattering mind

We are in our school’s entrance hallway at 8:15 in the morning. I am carrying two large bags of books we no longer need. The younger Chattering and I culled through these books last night. We are excited because our […]

A Vedic Read on This Month’s Mercury Retrograde

posted by chattering mind

Don’t sign important documents, or initiate large-scale projects for the next three weeks! Vedic astrologer James Kelleher has this to say in his newsletter about the Mercury Retrograde period we will remain in through March 25th. Interesting that this period […]

Psychic Addendum

posted by chattering mind

When I blogged about psychics yesterday, I neglected to mention that wonderful bundle of articles on psychic phenomena ran here, on Beliefnet.com, last year. Good psychcs don’t really fortune tell, they can reveal to you what you already know, but […]

Lenten Sacrifice: So Far So Good

posted by chattering mind

Giving up white flour and refined sugar for Lent hasn’t been that rough, though I am reminded daily of just how frequently those two ingredients appear in almost everything desirable. One nice re-discovery: millet bread (it contains millet and brown […]

Download Your Down Dog

posted by chattering mind

This month’s “Health” magazine mentions a yoga website called AliveYoga.com, where you can purchase audio files of great yoga classes for $9 each. After purchase, they live in your hard drive, and you can re-use them whenever you like! Cool. […]

Goodbye to a Simpler Time

posted by chattering mind

Over the weekend, while making a creamy scallop soup for the family, I watched several episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show,” which aired as part of a tribute to actor Don Knotts, who died this past February 25th. Here are […]

Addicted to Psychics?

posted by chattering mind

Yesterday’s “New York Times” alerted me to the existence of a website and online support network for people addicted to psychics and their alluring, expensive forecasts. Founded by Sarah Lassez, an actress who was, at her worst, spending $1000 a […]

Is It Wrong To Split Up These William Blakes?

posted by chattering mind

It’s a story fit for a suspense movie: In 2001, two book dealers in Glasgow find on the dusty shelves of a rare book shop a set of nineteen perfectly preserved watercolors by poet/artist William Blake. They are painted visions […]

A Choir in Full Recovery

posted by chattering mind

Thanks to Terry Gross of NPR, whose program Fresh Air reminded me of the Harlem-based Addicts Rehabilitation Choir. Directed by former heroin addict James Allen, this is a gospel choir with a passionate repertoire of inspirational hymns appealing to anyone […]

Vedic Supples and Tapes Online

posted by chattering mind

No frills. Great prices. The Vedanta Society of Southern California publishes a Vedanta Catalog with all manner of meditation books and tapes. I’ve just ordered a rare taped lecture of Aldous Huxley speaking on “Knowledge and Understanding.” Seventy-eight minutes long […]

‘They’ve Made Jesus into a Republican, and He’s Not!’

posted by chattering mind

The Reverend Tony Campolo, one of the most spunky and passionate representatives for what is being called the “Christian Evangelical Left,” was on “The Colbert Report” a few nights ago speaking about how the teachings of Jesus transcend party politics. […]

Relaxing into Wisdom

posted by chattering mind

“…I still instinctively tighten my grip when things feel out of my control. But that’s okay. I’m used to the drill: Something I didn’t want to happen, happens. I feel the resistance build within. I feel the pressure to control […]

Analysis of a Sin

posted by chattering mind

Have you ever gotten so mad at your children that you’ve pinched or scratched or hurt them in the process of trying to behave “properly” and hold your emotions in? Brian Doyle, the editor of Portland Magazine, has a piece […]

Swimming Through Reality

posted by chattering mind

“It’s a fairy tale to think that once we have attained deep faith, or have had some great enlightenment experience, our whole life will be one joyous delight after another and all sadness will be swept away, so that all […]

Remembering Anne Frank This Month

posted by chattering mind

Had Anne Frank lived, she would have turned seventy-seven this year. But this month marks the 61st anniversary of her death, of typhus, at Bergen-Belsen, the concentration camp where she was sent in the final months of World War II. […]

Gosh, I Love the Way You’ve Arranged Your Spices. What Do You Do With the Kids’ Artwork?

posted by chattering mind

Ladies, we’ve advanced through yet another phase of the women’s liberation movement. Another woman’s good looks are no longer what other women desire most. Nor do women in huge numbers envy other women’s partners or careers. Today, the thing the […]

Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Chattering Mind. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Inspiration Report Happy Reading!!!   ...

posted 9:09:39am Jul. 10, 2012 | read full post »

CM's Final Posts: You Can Fill the Space
Eighteen years ago, I wrote an article for a magazine that got me called in for a taped interview with a Fox TV morning news anchor. Being an effective communicator and a skillful public speaker was a dream of mine at the time. And still ...

posted 3:14:59pm Jul. 27, 2007 | read full post »

Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
Here are some blogs and websites I like. It's not a complete list. But it's a start. The first is called New Moon Journal and it is written by Michele Bailey-Lessirard, a life coach, collage artist, and "shamanic astrologer." On the opening page ...

posted 1:24:03pm Jul. 27, 2007 | read full post »

Still Posted at My Desk
"Take off from here. And don't be so earnest, let others wear the sackcloth and the ashes. Let go, let fly, forget. You've listened long enough. Now strike your note." From "Station Island," by Seamus Heaney ...

posted 1:13:33pm Jul. 27, 2007 | read full post »

And Finally, This:
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and ...

posted 11:30:38am Jul. 27, 2007 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.