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A New Friend Has Vanished

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Steady CM readers know that my siblings and I recently set up our 91-year-old father’s house to accommodate round-the-clock nursing care. We turned our late mother’s dressing room into a pretty single bedroom just twenty feet from Dad’s bed so […]

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Death Can Transform How We Live

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“Death is a difficult topic, but thinking about it is so worthwhile. Understanding death will transform how we live. We will instinctively know what’s important and what’s not. We will want to cultivate qualities that will make us blossom spirtually […]

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Attention Teens: Here’s How to Feed Your Parents

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How to Tame a Wild ParentFrom the excellent new paperback “Teens Ask Deepak: All the Right Questions” by Deepak Chopra. Do not give them reason to worry. See things from their point of view. Give them the benefit of the […]

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Spiritually Inclined Therapists Speak Out on ‘Shrink Rap’ Radio

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“I sometimes wish you were more of a religious teacher,” I once told a therapist I’d been seeing for years. “My own children have said the same thing,” he said. Then I think he chuckled softly. Today, many more psychotherapists […]

Facing Menopause? The Golden Keys Are Tucked in Your Adrenals

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Hey gals: Do you want to have a good menopause? This may not be the most burning question for all of my readers, but for those of us contemplating it, please, can we talk? I was just saying to the […]

Who’s the Boss?

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Share this with your friends who are clinging to any particular best-selling diet book regimen! “Do not become so diet-conscious as for the diet to become master, rather than the self being master of the diet.” –Edgar Cayce, from “No […]

Which Sunscreen?

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Let the sunshine in! Naturally. I’ve purchased three seven-ounce tubes of UV Natural SPF 30+ sunscreen, which is now selling at Whole Foods, Nordstrom, and in the Chinaberry and Isabella catalogs. (Pssst: here’s a link to a place that reduces […]

Spiritually Overwhelmed? Hand Me Your Quandaries

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I think we did so well by Paul (whose spam filter has kicked back my note telling him we tackled his relationship problem last week), that I’m now encouraging all readers to ask me for assistance in addressing personal/spiritual challenges. […]

Sage Woman Magazine Tackles Simplicity

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This month’s Sage Woman magazine (“celebrating the goddess in every woman”) gives Real Simple and other slick, “complicated lifestyle magazines” a run for their money with articles like “Simplicity as an Act of Worship,” and “Packing Light.” Formerly the mag […]

Kabat-Zinn Offers Mindfulness to Business Leaders

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If you work as a manager/team leader, or if you know someone currently struggling to stay conscious and heart-centered in a business management or ownership situation, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is coordinating a “Power […]

Wholesome GameCube Fun is Possible

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Thanks to reader Wendy for recommending these two uplifting, well-reviewed GameCube games: It’s a Wonderful Life (part of the “Harvest Moon” series), and Animal Crossing. I’m ordering them today (since the elder Chattering has a birthday in May), and I’ll […]

Is This the Greatest Time to be Alive?

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Brooklyn-based, internationally-known Feng Shui teacher Nancy SantoPietro recently sent the following invitation to those interested in studying what she calls “Chakracology,” a healing method she created that combines shining colored light on the body with music and sound to heal […]

Spiritual Workshops Go Virtual

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In the coming monthsOmega Institute will provide live web broadcasts of three major workshops. For a fee that ranges from $65 to $100, you’ll be able to experience retreats broadcast live from Rhinebeck, New York, from the comfort of your […]

The Glittering Future of Spiritual Jewelry

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I have seen the future of jewelry and this is it: beautifully arranged, energetically potent gemstones charged with healing Reiki energy. Wow. Wouldn’t you love to wear jewelry that has been prayed over to bless you? If you were ill, […]

Calling All Soulful Pet Parents and Lovers…

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Below, a request from CM readers researching a spiritual pet book: – Do you consider your relationship to your pets(s) sacred and spiritual? – Do you count furry, fishy, or flying friends as part of the family? – Are there […]

The Light of Motherhood

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“One lamp–thy mother’s love–amid the starsShall lift its pure flame changeless, and beforeThe throne of God, burn through eternity–Holy–as it was lit and lent thee here.” –Nathaniel Parker Willis

GameCube Battle: What’s Fair Game?

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Much as I’d like to say, “My kids play their cellos every morning and are partial to Bach,” they actually play computer games on Saturdays, Sundays, and some vacation days. I held off on these until the oldest Chattering felt […]

DVDs + Kids + Restaurants = Bad Idea

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“Movie Mom” Nell Minow, my favorite online film critic, recently wrote a great piece for the Chicago Tribune about her reaction to seeing parents plop a DVD player in front of their daughter so the youngster could watch a Disney […]

You Commune with the Dead

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Thanks for your posts! Keep writing! I got some good ones on how to speak to the dead. A reader named Mary said that she talks to her deceased Mom all the time. “I ask her for guidance. She helps […]

Soulful Mail on Money

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Great thoughts from you on money too! Chanteuse writes: “I value my time more highly and my money less so, so I take less care of it while I focus on getting kids to various activities and on arranging a […]

Helping a Lover Who Chatters About the Past

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CM reader Paul has a dilemma. He writes: “I’m in a relationship with a woman who, over dinner, continues to bring up incidents with grown children (who’ve moved away), and an ex-husband (who has remarried). She does not understand why […]

Love is Something You Practice

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“In the practice of Intimate Communion we learn that love is something you do, not something you fall into or out of. Love is something that you practice, like playing tennis or the violin, not something you happen to feel […]

‘Leave Behind All Regrets’

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“Leave behind all regrets about the past, let us not make the path to the future difficult for ourselves. The very mistakes of the past must not fix attention upon themselves. Striving into the future must be so strong that […]

How to Connect with the Deceased

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After blogging last week on James Van Praagh’s views of the afterlife, I was asked by reader Azmina how she might contact her deceased husband. I have my own ideas, but on this I decided to consult my pal Sarvananda […]

Appreciating the Lives of the Dead

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“If we have lost someone we love, we must be able to raise ourselves to a feeling of thankfulness that we have had him; we must be able to think selflessly of what he was to us until his death, […]

Penguin Meditation

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The Chattering boys are out of school all week, so today I took them to New York City’s historic Central Park Zoo (I had to blog until three in the morning to earn this day off, but I’m so glad […]

How Would Love Wash a Dish?

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“How would love wash a dish? While standing at the kitchen sink, breathing love in and out of your heart, feeling outward to the moment’s open edge, how does your body rub the soapy sponge across the surface of each […]

Readers on Borg: ‘Not Digging His Way to Hell’

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From reader Pacific231: “Borg’s “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is essential reading. I could totally relate to his personal religious conundrum and found his book extremely helpful.” From reader Rebecca T:“I’m not a fan of Borg myself. It’s […]

Reaching for God and the World

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“Spiritual development is basically an attempt to balance two opposing forces in human nature. We are two-natured beings. One in us moves toward God, and the other moves out toward the world. This is humanity’s uniqueness, its glory, and its […]

Does Money Own Your Soul?

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I’ve been thinking about the soul of money because, as you know, it’s tax time. Happily, our 2005 return is ready to mail, but once again, Mr. Chattering and I won’t know what we’re really owed; we’re too busy with […]

‘National Boundaries Are Illusions’

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“National boundaries are illusions. They are man made. So for instance, if a rainforest is cut down, we lose the lungs of our planet. And when the lungs are lost, the results are felt throughout the whole world.” –Dr. Brian […]

Malcolm Muggeridge on Prayer

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“Somehow the notion of putting specific requests to God strikes me as unseemly, if not absurd. I squirm when I hear trendy clergymen asking God to attend to our balance of payments, or to adjust the terms of trade more […]

Delicious Blog: Vegan Lunch Box

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Do you want to eat healthier and raise kids with good eating habits, but lack new ideas as you stand at the health food store thinking, “I’m so tired of packing my kid’s lunch, I can barely stand it”? My […]

Spring Cleaning Tip: Dispose of Old Computers Properly!

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Do you keep non-functioning electronics, hoping that some day you’ll figure out how to responsibly trash them? As if in honor of spring cleaning, Salon has published a hugely helpful article by Elizabeth Grossman on how to recycle toxic trash. […]

Fact or Fiction: Did Christ Rise from the Dead?

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Easter is never problematic in terms of what I like to do: dye eggs, stage an Easter egg hunt, eat at least one chocolate bunny, enjoy the warmer weather, and wrestle once again–quietly and in my own way–with the notion […]

Keeping the Faith

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“I don’t know if the conversations I have with God are actually prayer, but I have faith that the conversation is enough. I believe in karma and trying to ‘do the right thing.’ I believe in Mother Nature and try […]

If I Ran the Zoo

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I’m not complaining. My father is staying in a pretty good hospital, but if I ran the zoo (a reference to that amazing Dr. Seuss book), man-oh-man, everything would be different. My ideal hospital would be a center for true […]

Hold Steady, Says the Buddhist Master

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“We don’t need to overcomplicate things with all sorts of wandering discursive thoughts, superstitions, doubts, and over-thinking everything. Be strong and straightforward within, have strong intention, and develop firm faith, devotion and inner conviction. What you decide to do, you […]

Fellow Caretakers Speak

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Thanks to all the readers who’ve shared their stories about caring for elderly or ailing family members. Kathryn, currently preparing to bid farewell to her dad, wrote this: We have decided to obey his every request right now, including letting […]

Healing Arts in a Hospital Daze

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Do you hate hospitals? Almost everybody does. But today, my ten hours in a regional medical center tending to my ailing father weren’t awful. I went in well-armed with bottled water, Arnica creams, essential oils, and yes, even Steven Halpern’s […]

Van Praagh: ‘Love is All Around Us’

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I’m generally not so keen on contacting the dead, and I’m bothered when TV psychics and mediums say things like, “I’m seeing a girl. Do you have a sister? A daughter? Oh, of course, your niece!” I essentially agree with […]

‘I Believe That Everything is a Prayer’

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I believe that there is a mysterious and graceful and miraculous Coherence stitched through this world. I believe that this life is an extraordinary gift, a blink of bright light between vast darknesses. I believe that the fingerprints of the […]

Boy Child of the Lake, Brother of Apple

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin have named their new baby Moses. Apparently, Moses is a common male first name these days, “ranking 472 out of 1219 for males of all ages in the 1990 U.S. Census,” says […]

Angels in the Choir and at the Bedside

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Check out the April issue of Real Simple. It contains a marvelous article about Kate Munger’s all-volunteer choir that sings for the terminally ill. “I don’t feel like I’ve given up anything to do this. I get unbelievable riches, though […]

Prayer of a Christian Shaman

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Lord, make us instruments of your divine madness. Make us empty so we can know the fullness of your mysteries. Help us experience who we are not so we can become who we are. Help us be serious about the […]

Loving Myss to Pieces

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What is it about teacher, intuitive, and mystic activist Carolyn Myss? Over the years, I’ve been sort of put off by her. But after hearing her Omega fearless speech, I’m utterly smitten. She’s got this marvelous stand-up schtick, with her […]

Fearless in NYC

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There’s much to tell about last weekend’s “Being Fearless” conference, organized by the increasingly influential Omega Institute (be sure to get a copy of the summer program catalog here). Within twenty hours, I saw Malcolm Gladwell, Caroline Myss, Wayne Dyer, […]

One Man’s Beliefs

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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge–That myth is more potent than history.I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts–That hope always triumphs over experience–That laughter is the only cure for grief.And I believe that love is stronger […]

More on Belief, Truth, and Astrology

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My substitute last week posted an item on why she was “over” astrology, and she got this thoughtful response from “Willsea.” “Astrology, taken from the broad view, can create metaphors that lead us back to the self. It’s not about […]

Healing Is Believing

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“You know, according to Tibetan Black Hat Feng Shui, when a light fixture in the center of the house is broken, it can affect the residents’ health,” I said to our electrician while he installed a mission chandelier at home […]

Too Soon For a 9/11 Movie?

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I forced myself to watch (for you) the online trailer to the upcoming film about United’s Flight 93, the flight where passengers bravely disrupted the hijacker’s 9/11 plot to destroy the White House. It’s being billed as an “unflinching drama” […]

Is There a Cell Phone-Brain Tumor Link?

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Now, who am I to stir you up? Is it my job to give you more chattering thoughts? Well, I felt I needed to alert you to a new cell phone/brain tumor study. It’s not definitive. But it’s not good […]

Greet the Day with the Dalai Lama

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Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up.I am alive, I have a precious human life.I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, […]

60-Second Seder

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Hold on to your yarmulkes. Here’s a 60-second animated Passover seder, in Hebrew no less. It’s cute, but hardly captures the real flavors. Oh my G_d! The first time I tasted horseradish on a matzoh with haroset (chopped apples, dates, […]

Inspired by a Failed Explorer

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My fourth-grade son is required to write a 600-word biography of the Portuguese navigator Esteban Gomez, a man known for establishing that there was no easy trade route to China through the New World, around 1524. Because the young Chattering […]

A Cosmic Moment in Time

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Those of you reading this blog Tuesday evening will appreciate that tomorrow, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 a.m., the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06 That won’t ever happen again. Thanks so much to Rev. Vic […]

Birdsong: Essential Nutrient

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Have you noticed the songs of the birds returning to your neighborhood? I’m always amazed at how they spring into song the moment the weather warms. Our parakeet, who recently died, was a marathon warbler. Three years ago, we bred […]

Return of the Vermin: Why Now?

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It was great to see Mr. Chattering and the kids again. But while I was gone my children acquired new friends–thriving head lice. Apparently, our school has become infested. Two hours into my homecoming, I was combing Pantene cream rinse […]

A Door Has Opened for Me

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I’ve seen a realm I knew existed but hadn’t visited before. It’s a world in which you say to a Delta ticket agent: “My 91-year-old father is terribly ill, and I can’t spontaneously pay $1,200 for every plane ticket.” It’s […]

Connecting to Tony Soprano?

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Did you catch actor Hal Holbrook (in the guise of a hospital patient) tell Tony Soprano last night that “We are all connected. We are all one”? Later in the program, the nation’s favorite gangster confesses that he’s thinking we […]

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