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Happiness and Dignity Reside in Virtue, Says Mr. Adams

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“All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue. Confucius, Zoroaster, Socrates, Mahomet, not to mention authorities really sacred, have agreed in this.” […]

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Give ‘Green Teacher’ To Your Child’s School

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I recently picked up at the health food store a copy of a 50-page periodical called “Green Teacher: Education for Planet Earth,” and I’ve decided that since it’s summer and we’re all capable of dreaming about how the next school […]

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Following Myra Around

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Everyone should have a pal like my nutritionally-hip friend Myra. She’s the one who introduced me to the whole grain farrow. Yesterday, she gave me a bag of nutritional yeast flakes (“the full complement of B vitamins,” Myra says, great […]

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‘The View’ From Above

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I don’t know if you’re actually following this, but it is interesting to note that outgoing “The View” co-host Star Jones Reynolds and incoming co-host Rosie O’Donnell were born just three days apart in March of 1962. I get this […]

Peaceful Places Are Always Near

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I live near a Botanical Garden that contains beautifully landscaped acres of Shakespearean herbs, a rolling creek, a lily pond, and a Japanese meditation area with a small temple. Turtles, koi, and ducks swim in the pond. If I still […]

One Question from Chattering Me

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Gee, you readers are great, and so generous with great links and suggestions. Write me more, let’s interact (spiritual material does not get as much of a written response from Beliefnet members as political talk, but I don’t know why […]

Mothering Mag: ‘Leave Baby’s Car Seat in the Car’

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The May-June issue of “Mothering” has a good article on baby-parent attachment and the pernicious influence of those baby car seats thought to be nifty since you can tote your child around everywhere in them, from car to store to […]

Healing Affirmations: Sometimes Sappy, But They Work!

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I’ve been working hard to build my internal iron reserves in the last few weeks by discovering dietary iron sources I never knew about (Royal Jelly has just been recommended to me, have you ever tried it?). I also give […]

Great Reader Mail

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Thanks to Eevie Keys who sent us this link to her favorite cat humor site, good for any moment you need a little lift (don’t send PETA after me for this, though). Thanks also to Erik, who reminded us that […]

Paul Simon Religion Lyric Watch

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“How can you live in the Northeast? How can you live in the South? How can you build on the banks of a river when the flood water pours from the mouth? How can you be a Christian? How can […]

Greet Amma, the Rose-Scented, Open Arms of Love

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Oh dear, I’ve been remiss. I should have told you weeks ago that Ammachi, the guru with the healing smile and a generousity of spirit that doesn’t quit, is on tour in the states. Here’s her tour schedule. And here’san […]

Boteach’s ‘Shalom in the Home’ Featured on Oprah

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“What is Oprah, anyway?” asked my youngest as I gathered both boys around the television at four p.m. yesterday. “It’s–she’s–a popular talk show host and Rabbi Shmuley–remember him?–is on her program today,” I told them, thinking: how hard can it […]

Sublime or Ridiculous?

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I have made the conscious decision to start dressing like a goddess. Well, some might say “like a total kook.” Today, for instance, I put on a black cotton top which has white shells and silver sequins descending the V-neck, […]

Petticoat Junction

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Forgive me if you’re not interested in petticoats in any context, and fail to see their spiritual meaning. Perhaps I’m resolving something from a past life. But I’m the proud owner of two major petticoats right now: one in Chinese […]

Loving Friends Plant ‘Seeds of Kindness’

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If you don’t own mala or rosary prayer beads, and if you sometimes find it difficult to keep track of the mantras you are repeating in meditation, or if you have a friend interested in any of these things, these […]

Bless Your Mess

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Here’s Beliefnet’s article on Fly Lady, the lovely woman who has helped thousands get their homes spiritually aligned and better organized.

This Just In: God Down Five Points in Polls

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President Bush isn’t the only one down in the polls. Firm belief in God has descended five points in the last year, according to recent Gallup research.

Richard Tarnas Puts Chaotic World in Cosmic Context

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Even the most skeptical skeptic will enjoy reading Richard Tarnas’s new book “Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View.” In it, the cultural historian and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies uses astrology and planetary correspondences […]

On Target? More From Richard Tarnas…

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I love this guy. But do you think what he’s saying is true? “Many people today are more tuned into the weekly sitcoms and ‘reality shows’ than they are to what’s going on in the planetary biosphere or even in […]

Are You Into ‘Early Music?’

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If you love the religious passion of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of Western music as much as I do, you are a lover of what’s called “Early Music.” And depending upon whom you talk to, the music of George […]

Take a Bunny Break, Release Oxytocin

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Okay everybody, stretch your arms to the ceiling, roll your shoulders forward and back, and by all means (please!) take a baby bunny/kitten Cuteoverload.com break right here at your desk! Want more? Catsinsinks.com is pretty adorable too. Oxytocin is that […]

Rudolf Steiner’s Daily Prayers

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Over vacation, I read a biography of Christian philosopher Rudolf Steiner and picked up the following prayers, which he is said to have recited every day. The first is his version of the Lord’s Prayer, and it seems to have […]

Antique Patchwork Yoga Mat Bags

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I found these yoga mat totes quite gorgeous. Yes, I know there’s a slightly obnoxious flavor to some of the folks who strut around town with pretty yoga sacks on their backs, exalting in their stylish spiritual health. But what […]

Tonight: PBS Show on Kids with Cancer

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Got a note yesterday from Pamela Miles, author of “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide,” reminding me that PBS is airing a documentary about five children facing cancer–“A Lion in the House”–tonight and Thursday evening. “Seeing others’ conflicts and pain helps us […]

Summer Family Planning

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The Chattering boys and I are developing a way they can enjoy unstructured time at home or on the block while I blog (now that school is out and camp hasn’t started). I found some nice tips on how to […]

The Meditation of Relationship

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“The longer we practice in relationship together, the more the heat builds. Sometimes the energy is warm; other times it burns. Still, there is only one thing to practice: gentleness, fearlessness, and the deepening of compassion for self and other. […]

Fresh Flowers for Your Inbox

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One of my favorite writers, Waverly Fitzgerald, has launched a blog called “A Flower a Day” in which she provides sweet facts about the flowers, plants, and trees of the month, as well as tidbits on their mythology, and medicinal […]

We Are Not Our Photographs

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I noticed something painful this vacation, and that is, I don’t enjoy seeing myself in family photographs these days. We’re all getting older, right? And digital photography allows us to see ourselves immediately after a photo is taken. “Ahhhh…better delete […]

Our Amazing Sea Turtle

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We didn’t expect to see one. Even the bikini-clad gal at the snorkle shed admitted that she’d only seen two in the last year. But my nine-year-old son desperately wanted to see a sea turtle in its natural habitat, so […]

Catalog Backlog: Let Me Share the Wealth!

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The mailbox was brimming with catalogs when I came home after nine days away. I had two favorites. “Garden’s Alive” is a wonderful source for every conceivable organic or natural gardening product. I’m about to order its herbicide, Moss Aside, […]

Totally Secular Weddings

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This weekend I attended my friend Oliver’s beautiful wedding in mid-state New York. At the end of a ceremony that left most of us in tears (the bride cried as she read her vows to provide him shelter in her […]

Looking to the Stars on the Summer Solstice

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Any minute now (ok, Wednesday) will be the summer solstice. June 21st is the longest day of the year, the beginning of official summer (though I don’t think the weather is on that schedule here on the East broiling Coast), […]

Downloadable Yoga

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Yesterday’s New York Times had a story about audio or video yoga (and other exercise classes) that you can download to your iPod. Some claim to be “customized” just for you and your needs. All are a pretty nifty way […]

SARK’s Site

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When I was 19 I came across my first SARK book–in an independent Australian bookstore–Inspiration Sandwich. It was definitely that. Blasting with hand-crafted color and realness and spiritual creativity I quickly fell in love with Sarah Ariel Rainbow Kennedy. She […]

Lobster Liberation Day

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In a move that will no doubt have lobster claws clicking in crustacean applause (if they manage to read the news), Whole Foods announced today that they will stop selling live lobsters and crabs because it’s cruel. The mammoth natural […]

Getting Drunk on Awareness

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“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” –Henry Miller

Summer Detoxin’

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A friend of mine is doing the Master Cleanse fast (a.k.a the Lemonade Diet) right now. Seems like the perfect time for an intestinal roto-rooter. The popular detox, created by the late naturopath Stanley Burroughs in the 1970s, is designed […]

Nature Deficit Disorder?

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of slipping out of the grey cement city and into green, leafy paradise. It was only for a brief stop up at the Omega Institute— the spiritual summer camp with meditation instead of color war […]

Blue-footed Booby Bags to Help Kids

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My lovely friend Kerrigan Kessler, a handbag designer, just told me she’ll be traveling to the Galapagos Islands this summer to volunteer for Galapagos ICE (Immerse, Connect, Evolve), an organization dedicated to improving health and education systems in the Galapagos. […]

A Musican with Heart, Funk, and Soul

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I heart Michael Franti, the be-dreaded singer who “stands six-foot-six above sea level” and reminds us in his honeyed hip-hop baritone that you can “bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb it into peace.” (Go here for samples […]

Mmm, Natural Handiwipes

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At my still somewhat newish full-time post in a large, busy, tightly populated office, I’m perpetually creeped by germs. I got a big cold my first two weeks here and then a couple of tiny ones after that. Reading those […]

Losing Four Years of Email, All at Once

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Deeep breath. Okay, so I just got the word. Four years worth of email correspondence, vanished from my trusty, now untrusty laptop…poof, gone, buh-bye. That’s about 5,000 emails from friends around the world—some of whom I won’t know how to […]

Java Jewels

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Maybe you’re trying to cut back on your coffee consumption? You could always wear it instead. No, not the way I usually end up wearing food (there’s a reason I always have an extra t-shirt nearby), but strung on a […]

Changing Religion to Suit the Seekers

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Buddhism has experienced a surge of high-profile popularity among Westerners in recent years. That is, most kinds of Buddhism, the kinds that appeal to our American desire for a serene mind and settled body. But, according to a story in […]

Cartoon Cancer Vixen

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Last night my boyfriend T, the newspaper man, brought home an advanced (unproofed) copy of “Cancer Vixen: A True Story.” It’s a graphic memoir coming out in October by The New Yorker and Glamour cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto—she’s known for […]

What I’m Taking Along on Vacation

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* Biodegradeable sunscreen. (Mr. C. is actually worried I will think of nothing but skin cancer as I vacation with the whole Chattering family on the U.S. Virgin Islands this week.) * Yoga clothes. The hotel wisely boasts of classes. […]

A New Yoga Magazine: Meaty Reading

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Hi, Valerie here, subbing for Amy while she gets all sandy and relaxed. Though it may seem like yoga has peaked in popularity, Rodale just renewed faith in the stretchy genre with a new magazine, Yoga Life. The tagline is, […]

Meat as Medicine?

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Thought I’d continue the meat theme (see my griping above) by letting you know about Vegetarian Summerfest. From July 5th to 9th at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, non-face-eaters will gather on the campus–a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve […]

Video: Steven Colbert Does the Religious Bugaloo

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This hilarious clip of Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert dancing liturgically made the email rounds at Beliefnet’s offices last week. The music, says Beliefnet producer Laura Sheahen, is a popular Advent song in Catholic churches. Have a quick peek.

What is a Lightworker?

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Here’s a summary from Lightworkers.org. “A LightWorker is anyone who chooses to be a channel between heart and mind, heaven and earth… There are many theories put forth as to what it means to be a LightWorker, from those who […]

My Day with Doreen Virtue and Her Flock of Angels

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The minute my pal Kathleen and I stepped into The Hotel Pennsylvania last weekend, we knew we had exited ordinary New York City and entered an elevated realm. The people milling around effervesced. “I want an angel T-shirt like that […]

The Zen of Screaming

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Speaking of singing, do you know about “The Zen of Screaming”? It’s an excellent DVD package of singing instruction, voice toning exercises, and downhome advice on how to belt out big musical numbers more effectively created by classically-trained singer Melissa […]

The Lord’s Prayer Re-translated

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Last weekend, I attended a workshop with angel authority Doreen Virtue, and during the day she happened to read Neil Douglas-Flotz’s translation of The Lord’s Prayer, which I’d never heard before, and which is felt by some to hew closer […]

Links That Sing

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I like websites that sing at you the minute you show up. I wish my blog could sing; how wonderful it would be if every post had musical accompaniment that fit the topic or set the mood! Beliefnet recently linked […]

Does God Have a Redemptive Plan?

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“The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God’s redemptive plan, not […]

Lightbulbs Take Away the Moon

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“The angels told me that the invention of the lightbulb marked the onset of new diseases in the human race. Artificial lighting spurred us to extend our waking hours, as we tried to create an endless period of daylight. Lightbulbs […]

How Do Tibetan Prayer Flags Work?

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A reader asked how Tibetan prayer flags work. Well, here’s a nice explanation of what they are and how they are believed to bestow positivity and reverence for the Dharma (the Buddhist path). And here are some wonderful photographs of […]

A Dance in the Flames

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“Parenthood is a clumsy yet majestic dance in the flames. When you parent, you fall in love with a person who is always changing into someone else, and who you know will leave you.” —Elizabeth Lesser, “Broken Open: How Difficult […]

Ain’t This a Kick in the Hemp Yoga Pants?

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My nurse practitioner/healthcare coordinator from Olive Leaf called today to tell me that blood tests show I’m anemic. Again. More anemic than last year. Anemia, or more specifically dietary iron deficiency, is the vegan mom’s ailment, isn’t it? But I […]

Guide to Guilt-Free Fish

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Last week The New York Times teamed up with Environmental Defense to produce this helpful guide to eating fish “with no environmental issues” a.k.a. low contamination levels.

Wal-Mart Goes Organic

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Whenever I go to South Carolina, I tell my brother that “everyone” up north is thinking about their health and buying at least some organic products. And my brother just shakes his head and says, “That just won’t go over […]

What Makes Religion Suffer

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“Religion has suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue–at the last day we shall not be regarded by what we thought but what we did to our fellow creatures.” —Ben Franklin

Rats and Lemonade

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“Hey! There’s a rat back there the size of a cat!”I said this to a stranger walking towards me on the sidewalk near the Brooklyn Public Library where the city has been doing some construction lately. “Really?!” the man exclaimed. […]

Om Mani Padme Goose Down?

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Hmmmm. Another sign of the times? The Company Store’s bed linen catalog features brightly colored goose down comforters in a manner strikingly similar to a row of Tibetan Prayer Flags. Coincidence? What do you think?

Nick Nolte, Peaceful Actor

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When Beliefnet.com was launched in 1999, Mr. Chattering wanted to allow anyone to talk about religion and spiritual development. He figured that if our producers got Hollywood celebrities to delve into these subjects, others would follow. Gossipy Hollywood interviews about […]

Change Your Mind Day

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Tricycle magazine is promoting its thirteenth annual international day of free meditation instruction this Saturday, June 3rd. Groups of varing sizes gather outdoors in predesignated spots. “Whether attended by many or few, the event is always powerful, connecting thousands of […]

Best Homemade Teacher Gift

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We’re nearing the end of the school year, that time when parents and kids must decide what the heck to give the classroom teacher, that devoted man or woman who works a hard day and is always underpaid. We Chatterings […]

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