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Nudged into the Soup Kitchen

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Earlier this week, I worked five hours–from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.–at a well-run local soup kitchen. I made about 30 gallons of soup with three other people, washed a heap of cherry tomatoes, and made a quart of salad […]

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

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Part of one’s spiritual journey involves confronting spiritual materialism. What is that, you may ask? Is it acquiring the hottest mat and outfit for your yoga practice? Lusting for a fancy spa in California? Festooning your neck and wrists with […]

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‘Don’t Make This a Self-Improvement Project’

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“Depression, loneliness, and insecurity are tangible experiences that can be improved. But if you seek to reach God or enlightenment because you want to stop being depressed or anxious, if you want greater self-esteem or less loneliness, your search may […]

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She Fed Them What?

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Today’s New York Times has a New Yorky take on what’s happening in the homes of those who want their children to eat highly healthy food, but whose careers necessitate employing babysitters who may not share their whole foods philosophy. […]

Check Out These Fun, Over-the-Top Spiritual Products

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Tomorrow, we’ll discuss Spiritual Materialism. Today, we’ll attend to three new products in the most recent Isabella catalog. Labels for your water bottles: Put love in every sip by placing a sticker with the word LOVE on your water container! […]

Soy, Oh Boy

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Sure, it’s in my diet. But I’m pursuing less soy these days. Articles like this one have convinced me.

Swami Beyondananda’s Serious Message

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Click here to watch Swami Beyondananda (a.k.a. comic/activist Steve Bhaerman) talk about how “being in the now is the wave of the future.” This guy is interesting. Before he embraced comedy, Bhaerman wrote books and founded an alternative high school […]

Wedding Goddess Wisdom

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If you know anyone getting married in the next year or contemplting marriage, send them to Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway’s Wedding Goddess Wisdom weblog, a font of good advice on how to soak in all the blessings to your union […]

Does God Dole Out Disabilities?

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Since we were on the subject of God and amputees yesterday, you might be uplifted by Beliefnet’s homepage article about the faith of disabled people and their families. Be sure not to miss Lilit Marcus’s piece on her life with […]

The Way of the Warring Buddhist

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Thanks to faithful reader Pacific231 for this response to our conversation about sending love to bullies and other irritating people: “I strongly believe that feeling compassion for a bully must not translate into martyrdom… A very recent Buddhist book on […]

Why Does God Hate Amputees?

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Atheists will applaud the website WhyDoesGodHateAmputees.com. But if you believe in God, or are on the fence about God’s presence, you’ll still be fascinated. The authors try to explain as clearly as is conceivable–as if they are speaking to fourth […]

Would You Buy an American Car If Makers Improved Standards?

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Click here to learn more about Environmental Action’s “pledge to pay the difference” campaign. Upon collecting 3,600 pledges, the group is hoping to tell U.S. auto makers that E.A. members will pay more for environmentally friendly vehicles–if U.S. makers create […]

One Cure for Nature-Deficit Disorder

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What a great moment of the year to encourage the children in your life to build fairy houses, pint-sized outdoor residences for the spritely nature divas and spirits that bless the earth, commune with frogs and bugs, cobble shoes, and […]

Green Decor and More

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Has the urge to go Green ruffled your nesting instincts? Today, I scanned this impressive list of environmentally-sound home product manufacturers compiled by “Home Safe Home” author Debra Lynn Dadd.

Do You Toil in an ‘Unconscious’ Workplace?

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Do you work in a place where deadlines aren’t respected and coworkers complain about management behind closed doors? Does every morning pep talk get ridiculed at lunch? Do you ever feel as though there’s a sameness to everything and that […]

Better Hikes Through Tougher Toes

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Oh, I loved this article about hikers who gather in pro-barefoot groups to traverse the world’s trails without shoes. Learn more about their activities through The Society for Barefoot Living’s website.

You Don’t Have to Be Jewish (or George Allen) to Repent

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Rabbi Michael Lerner has posted an item on a blog for “Spiritual Progressives” in which he encourages everyone to “take advantage of the Jewish custom of repentance at the High Holy Days” (a period of soul-searching and renewal that launched […]

‘Blessed Is the Grace That Crowns the Sky’

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Blessed is the grace that crowns the sky with stars, and keeps the planets on their ways; the law that turns our night to day, and fills the eye with light; the love that keeps us whole, and day by […]

The Days of Awe and Apples

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In the name of eating seasonally, Ayurvedic teacher John Douillard, Ph.D., recommends eating two to four apples a day from now until Halloween, “along with more pomegranates, other ripe seasonal fruit, and veggies.” If you’ve got a moment, try his […]

Our Wacky New Moon Energy

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I was thinking that telegraphing love to irritating people and struggling to keep lines of communication open were the themes of my week alone, but apparently, we’re all under the influence of a new moon and solar eclipse that can […]

Wild Geese

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You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your bodylove what it loves.Tell me about despair, yours, and […]

Please Welcome the Autumn Equinox

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“Just as the Spring Equinox is about new growth and activity, the Autumn Equinox is about putting things away. It’s a day for putting your house in order, making sure you have the supplies you need, canning fruits, assessing your […]

The Philanthropic Mogul Trend Continues

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New Age business mogul Sir Richard Branson has always favored yoga, meditation, and massage. Now, he’s devoting a huge chunk of his fortune to find cleaner fuels.

Namaste: It’s Heart, Crown, Brow, Throat, Heart

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How does one deliver the right nod, bow, Namaste, or abbreviated prostration at the conclusion of a yoga class, talk, or more formal teaching? I learned what I needed to know here and here and here. You can also just […]

‘The Meatrix’ Meets Tibet

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Click here to see a marvelous animated short film, “The Meatrix,” the story of a pig who discovers what really happens on factory farms. It’s been making the web rounds since 2003; more than 15 million people have seen it […]

Just Say No to ‘Fat-Blasting Yoga’

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I’ve met her. I love her. She’s got incredible abs (which she used to invite reporters to punch). But no, this is not the best use of Denise Austin’s enormous talent. Sorry.

Your Mindset Provides Ample Parking

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A woman took a parking place of mine today as I was sitting in front of the exiting vehicle with my blinkers on. She just dove in there, as parking thieves are prone to do. But I didn’t honk. I […]

On Hate and Healing

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Even before I looked at your posts regarding what you do when you dislike or hate someone, I found wisdom in the September issue of ‘Shambhala Sun’ (such a good magazine), which referred to Thich Nhat Hanh’s advice on managing […]

Hmmmm Department

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“In the long run I am only temporarily an American. I will not be labeled or trapped into any collectivity on the basis that I have some fixed essence that belongs to that collectivity.” –Robert Thurman, quoted in this month’s […]

Being Fearless

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Delighting in the publication of her latest book “On Becoming Fearless…. in Love, Work, and Life,” author Arianna Huffington has launched a lively blog (a sub-blog of her popular Huffington Post site) on overcoming whatever dread holds you back. Here‘s […]

The Wisdom in Paying Attention

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“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” –Henry Miller

No Blog Photos for A Few Weeks–Sorry!

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The editorial staff of Beliefnet.com is hard at work on a site redesign and expansion that will offer all kinds of fascinating new features throughout the next year. Because of the stress that they’re all under, my editor Valerie won’t […]

Helping Your Kid Witness, Not Judge

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Yesterday in the car, 12-year-old Chattering Son One said, “I don’t like ________[a boy at school]. He’s mean and cynical.” At first, I beamed at the use of the word “cynical” since I’d never heard him use it before. Then, […]

Healing Brian

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I know some of you probably just read this blog and don’t ever write back or read posts. That’s totally cool (though I always love hearing from you). But if you have been reading reader posts, you may have noticed […]

A Peace Speech to Yoga Teachers

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I heard yoga teacher John Friend deliver the keynote address at the Omega Institute’s “Path of Yoga” conference at a Sheraton Hotel in New York City last Friday. This conference is always a nice one, drawing well-regarded yoga practitioners like […]

Living the Mantra-Shaped Life

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“I wake every morning feeling like I’m living in a miracle – where spirituality, creativity, work, and love have all come to mean the same thing. My life has been shaped by mantras; I have become their servant.” – Deva […]

Beyond Enya: Deva Premal and Miten

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Deva Premal and Miten performed at Omega’s yoga conference, and led several chants. Miten sang “All Are Welcome Here,” the final song on this album, but Deva Premal’s best received work is on this CD (kind of a massage therapy […]

The Ultimate Yoga Mom

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Whoah, baby! Have a look at this off-the-wall inverted posture.

My Food Co-op Can’t Keep This Drink in Stock

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I noticed a little sign on the cooler shelf today that essentially said, “Sorry, we’re trying to keep bottles of G.T. Dave’s Kombucha tea in stock, but you guys keep buying us out. Bear with us.” On his website, G.T. […]

Favorite Blessings and Parenting Tips

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How fascinating that so many of us have felt unprepared when asked to sputter life wisdom, baby blessings, and parenting advice at spiritual baby showers. Let’s help each other with good material! Send your suggestions in! Here are a few […]

Best ‘Open This Envelope’ Incentive Ever

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“Tibetan Prayer Flags Inside!” Sure enough, inside the International Campaign for Tibet’s direct mail envelope (which arrived at my home today), is a neatly folded two-inch square prayer flag garland. How could one not send money back?

Warhol’s Portraits Inspired by Saints?

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I have not seen the new Ric Burns documentary “Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film,” now ending a two-week run at one New York theater. But The New York Times said the film’s most significant contribution (from an art critic’s standpoint) […]

Obama’s Letter on Wiccan Vet Graves

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Here’s a letter–masterful in its straightforward, noncommital, but compassionate wording–written by Senator Barack Obama to constituent Ken Goze regarding the VA’s continued refusal to allow the Wiccan pentacle on the gravestones of Wiccans buried in veteran cemetaries. This letter, posted […]

Clutter Is One Thing We All Share

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You know, this Chattering Mind blog is currently attracting some 17,000 unique visitors a month. And usually, you readers are a relatively quiet bunch. But inspiring chatter was indeed released by my three-part series on the clutter we keep in […]

‘Time’ Tackles Mercury

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This is depressing, but important to read. Toxic mercury is being discovered in more places than ever anticipated.

How to Host a More Spiritual Baby Shower

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This month’s Mothering magazine offers fabulous ways to honor a pregnant friend at her baby’s shower. * Pass a “wisdom book” around and ask each guest to contribute words of encouragement. * Tell guests to bring canned goods for a […]

Compare Notes on Prescription Drugs

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Thanks to the Feingold Program’s newsletter for guiding me to “Find a Remedy,” a website where folks being prescribed drugs by doctors can read reader-generated reviews of the medicine, and compare notes with others.

Meet Sheikh Hamza Yusuf

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Please have a listen to this enlightened, American-born Muslim’s views, and catch a glimmer of our shared, and most interesting future.

Electrical Engineers Debate Auras!

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Here are some excerpts from what I’ll call the Aura Debates, all spawned by my family’s aura pictures (scroll down if you missed ‘em). From an electrical engineer named Brian: “…aura just means an energy field, specifically around biological organisms. […]

Betrayed Bride Devotes Party to Charity

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Did you see this? Quite inspiring. A woman who discovered at the last minute that her husband-to-be was unfaithful, turned her non-refundable wedding reception into a charity fundraiser.

Ken Wilber Brings His Awesome Ken-ness to NYC

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I am basking in full-on workshop afterglow. I heard Ken Wilber speak twice this weekend in New York to 300 people for two hours last Friday and two-and-a-half more on Sunday. Wilber currently serves as head of the Integral Institute, […]

‘I Contemplate God In All That is Arising’

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In the context of the Wilber talks, I’m finding it rather unfortunate that my last post from Friday was about how I put my 10-year-old son to sleep with a Robert Browning poem that basically teaches that God is up […]

Check Out Talks at National Cathedral

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Washington National Cathedral continues to publish wonderful broadband of its most important talks and speeches. Scroll down to see Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman talk about the “Joyous Science of Kindness and Wisdom” here.

September 10th: International Angel Day

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Doreen Virtue has organized an International Angel Day this Sunday, September 10th, a day when angel communicators are available en masse to teach others about “angelic healing and communication.” Virtue claims that “The angels want us to hold this event […]

Pippa’s Song

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Morning’s at seven; The hill-side’s dew-pearl’d; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in his heaven— All’s right with the world! –Robert Browning, 1812-1889

God’s in His Heaven, or Is He?

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Last night around 10 p.m., I was sitting at the dining room table with my portable computer before me, doing my ambitious woman blogger thing, setting up my posts for today. My 10-year-old Chattering, who’d gone to bed 30 minutes […]

9/11 Spiritual Guidance

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Wonderful video is available here with statements from Joan Z. Borysenko, Tony Campolo, Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Jerry Jenkins, James Martin, Brian McLaren, and Uma Mysorekar on how to see hope in these trying post-9/11 times. Also, click here to view […]

Six Years of Noah Kalina

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I find Noah Kalina’s six-year self portrait incredibly moving. It’s a work in progress. Take a peek.

How to Get Your Laptop Off Your Lap

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Also in the Times today was a photo of this laptop desk, which intrigues me. I’ve written Louis Slesin, creator of the informative website MicrowaveNews.com to see if this is an acceptable way to avoid EMFs and keep your lap […]

Bringing the Outdoors In

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There’s a great story in today’s New York Times about green home design with quotes from various sources on the importance of living around growing things. While there’s some debate about whether walls like these clean the air or create […]

A Whole New Meaning to “Hook Up”

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If you are not inclined to take a Brain Gym course or buy the books, just try this posture to get an inkling of what I’m raving about. You can easily relax in this at your desk. I sometimes just […]

Got Homework Blues? Brain Gym Helps!

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If you’re a parent, the good news might be that your kids are back in school, and you have slightly more time to yourself. The bad news (though you’re not supposed to tell anyone you feel rotten about this) is […]

Portrait of a Chattering Mind

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You know how it is when someone starts telling you something about yourself? If you’re like me, you listen a little and then pass out. Thankfully, I did take notes. It felt like Waterfall was saying to me, “You must […]

My Younger Son’s Aura

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“Oh, it’s such a kick to photograph children’s auras,” Waterfall said gleefully as she tore the membrane off the Polaroid prints. “The energy of children is so BIG! See? You can’t even see their bodies or faces!” Sure enough, both […]

My Older Son’s Aura

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Waterfall also warmed to the twelve-year-old Chattering’s aura, which she said was similar to his brother’s, but maturing nicely with some comforting, sheltering green evident with the yellow and orange. “I see this green in the auras of people who […]

The Kids and I Had Our Auras Photographed!

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I don’t know if you’ve ever felt your own aura–or energy field–or seen a loved one’s hue or essence. But, you’ve probably taken an immediate dislike to an individual, or inexplicably felt drawn to someone else for some intangible something-or-other. […]

New Website for Global Change and Women’s Leadership

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Social/spiritual activist Helen LaKelly Hunt (author of “Faith and Feminism“) has launched a new website for the Hunt Alternatives fund which has, since 1981, contributed more than $60 million to advancing women’s causes and global social change. Of particular interest […]

Bid Cooling Foods Farewell

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If you believe in the Chinese theories of yin/yang, cold/hot foods, eating ice cream every evening is–sadly–a really bad idea. Especially at this time of year. Any icy slushy drink cold enough to give you a headache is actually giving […]

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"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

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And Finally, This:
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