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January 2007 Archives

Help for Aching Hands and Arms

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If your hands, arms, and shoulders ache from long hours at the computer, you might glean good information by reading Ergoblog, a well-executed site that reviews the latest keyboards and desk chairs, and discusses the possible relationship between stress injuries […]

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Bringing Light to the World on Candlemas

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This Friday, February 2nd is Candlemas, the Roman Catholic “Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord,” when priests bless candles before the Mass. O holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God…thou hast commanded the bees to produce this liquid of wax […]

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The City of Light’s Eco Blackout

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Light and fire seems to be today’s themes. On Thursday evening, the Eiffel Tower’s 20,000 bulbs will go dark for five minutes. Environmental activists have arranged the micro blackout to coincide with the release of a major report–which some predict […]

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What to Do When the World Sucks

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Yesterday’s blog post about John Mayer’s hit song “Waiting for the World to Change” inspired a great conversation on how it currently feels to be stuck with the world as it is (most obviously stuck with the Iraq War). Reader […]

Starting the Day with the ‘Man in the Mirror’

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CM reader Lilit Marcus mentioned the Michael Jackson song “Man in the Mirror” as the musical antidote to “Waiting for the World to Change.”(The Jackson YouTube.com link I’ve given you here gets particularly terrific when the gospel choir walks out […]

The Coming Cosmic Set-up

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Here’s an astrological view of the coming months and years from astrologer Shelley Ackerman, excerpted from an article about Pluto’s busy travels through our universe’s “Galactic Center.” This makes interesting reading even if you don’t give a flip about astrology. […]

Waiting for the World to Change? I Hope Not.

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I was shopping at a budget clothing store this past weekend when the song “Waiting for the World to Change” came over the loud speakers. As if on cue, every aproned clerk in the place started mournfully singing along as […]

Applauding Barbaro’s Pluck and Bravery

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Barbaro died today. Here’s a lovely YouTube.com tribute to the race horse that struggled with a debilitating injury and inspired so many.

The Writing’s on the Wall

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I am comforted by words. I like having them around me. And I’ve always wanted to paint or stencil inspirational quotes in certain choice nooks of my home. But with the demise of rub-on press type, this hasn’t been possible… […]

Twelve Steps, Twelve Stones

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<img style="float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 100px;” src=”http://www.beliefnet.com/imgs/tout/story/sobrietystone_tiny.jpg ” border=”0″ alt=”” />I found this link to “Sobriety Stone” jewelry online today, and think it’s a wonderful idea. On the site, you’ll also find this lovely story of one customer’s […]

Loving Yourself Inside Out

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In response to yesterday’s post about personal transformation, a thoughtful CM reader named Barb wrote this: I’m a woman who’s 48-years-old and am a primary caregiver for a special needs son who has seizures, and is both mentally and physically […]

My Introduction to the Heart Sutra

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“Every sentient being has the potential to be a Buddha…every mind, every sentient being; the ultimate nature of mind is pure.” –His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his explanation of the Heart Sutra, a meditation I’ve been doing at home […]

Deepak: “Transform, Serve, Connect”

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I love this short conversation with Deepak Chopra on how to make the world a better place. His helpful formula can be boiled down to three words: “Transform, Serve, Connect.” Today, let’s just look at the first part: transformation. A […]

‘Bitch’ Mag Explains the New Politics of Knitting

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Drop your subscription to Allure and start subscribing to bitch, a magazine that has billed itself as a “feminist response to pop culture” for more than a decade. This publication’s brazen quality may seem off-putting at first if you’re older […]

Super Blankie: The Ultimate ‘Not Me’ Object

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When Chattering son number one came down to the planet, I purchased a $30, 12-inch-square blanket deliberately manufactured to be a beloved “bankie” like Linus had in the cartoon strip “Peanuts.” The famous object relations theorist D.W. Winnicottcalled these transitional […]

Exposing Kids to the Pageant and Heartbreak of Government

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We have a ritual at our house. I should have mentioned it yesterday. Come what may, school be damned, we get our kids (now 10 and 12) to sit through the State of the Union address, significant political debates, and […]

Just How ‘Fearless’ Is Al Gore Now?

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Al Gore was really the second environmentally-attuned presidential candidate we’d ever had (preceded only by California governor Jerry Brown), but despite the fact that Gore was talking about ecology and the human spirit in the mid 1980s, he wasn’t viewed […]

The God Blogalogue Continues

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“Your assertion of nothingness at the end of our mortal lives is no more and no less verifiable than my assertion of somethingness. And yet I do not accuse you of lying–to yourself or to others. I respect your existential […]

As You Ask, So Shall You Be

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“Human life is a journey whose end is not in sight. Searching, longing and questioning is in our DNA. Who we are and what we will become is determined by the questions that animate us, and by those we refuse […]

This 1916 Song Is Hitting a Chord

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Here’s a lovely old song from World War I that articulates timely sentiments for me: “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier,I brought him up to be my pride and joy.Who dares to place a musket on his […]

On Abortion: Can You Relate to An Opposing Side?

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This Sunday’s New York Times article about an alleged “post-abortion syndrome,” got me thinking about a D.C.-based group called The Search For Common Ground. The group, which existed from 1993 to 2000, sponsored a project called The Common Ground Network […]

Remember This?

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“Too many people in America believe that if you are pro-choice that means pro-abortion. It doesn’t. I don’t want abortion. Abortion should be the rarest thing in the world. I am actually personally opposed to abortion. But I don’t believe […]

Will Social Networking Replace Diary Writing?

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Everybody’s writing today. We’re crafting emails that would make our high school English teacher proud, posting pithy comments on blogs, and editorializing on our own web pages. Will this kind of discourse replace the act of writing private thoughts in […]

Is ‘Idol’ Too Mean?

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Coming off that last post, I hope I don’t sound cranky, but I’m pretty turned off the current “American Idol” craze. Wait, I’ll rephrase that–I’m observing the “American Idol” craze, and here’s what I think. While I’ve never made this […]

Made in Heaven: The Sam Harris/ Andrew Sullivan ‘Blogalogue’

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I have to say that the ongoing “blogalogue” (a relatively new term that merges dialogue with blog) between atheist Sam Harris and iconoclastic Christian Andrew Sullivan promises to be one of the best things Beliefnet has ever run. Kudos to […]

Hands-On Reiki Helps Kids

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Here’s a wonderful article on Reiki (hands-on) healing with kids by Pamela Miles, author of “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.” An excerpt: “Lucky teens in Camden, Maine, have found Reiki at…Camden Hills Regional High School. According to Judy Ottman, M.Ed., the […]

You Can Look Good at the Hospital

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Huge thanks to Oprah’s O magazine for alerting me to the existence of these nice looking pants and jackets to wear during hospital stays, or medical treatments. The Original Healing Threads company was founded by three sisters, two of whom […]

Angelina Jolie Undresses Vogue

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Vogue magazine flew Annie Leibovitz, Angelina Jolie, and a fashion photo crew of 50 into the dry, tawny desert (somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas), but sparks flew when stylists showed Jolie all the sleek, fancy, clothes they’d pulled […]

Totally Healthy Roasted Beets

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I’m snacking on roasted, sliced beets as we speak, and… there’s nothing better. Nothing to them, either. I did peel them while they were raw this time (I had one bunch of red beets, one bunch golden). Then I sliced […]

What Yoga Does, Where Yoga Leads

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Thanks to friend and reader, yoga teacher Frances Stahnke for posting this last Friday: “My favorite definition of Yoga is that which enables one to attain what was previously unattainable. Yoga is the science of realization; you are the scientist, […]

No Birth, No Death, Just Spirit

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“Never the Spirit was born, the Spirit shall cease to be never. Never was time it was not, end and beginning are dreams. Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the Spirit forever.” –Bhagavad Gita

A Swami’s Saga Celebrates Its 60th Birthday

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Swami Yogananda’s famous “Autobiography of a Yogi” has passed its 60th year in print. Originally published in 1945 and then revised in 1951, the famous narrative of a guru’s life and times includes this great Indian teacher’s descriptions of his […]

Yogananda Video on ‘How to Sleep’

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YouTube.com isn’t the exclusive realm of wacky home videos made by suburban boys in their teens and early twenties. Here’s a vintage black-and-white film snippet of Swami Yogananda in which he lectures Westerners on how to go to sleep.

Yogananda’s Prayer for World Peace

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Heavenly Father, bless the nations of the earth, our own large family, that all may realize their eternal kinship as Thy children. Thou art our one spiritual Father, the Beloved of the Universe and the Beloved of our hearts. May […]

MLK Jr.’s Early Religious Memories

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This is fascinating. I’ve never read it before. In 1950, Martin Luther King took a course called “The Religious Development of Personality,” and wrote an autobiographical work about the various religious stages of his own early life. The professor marked […]

Portraits of Prayer from the 15th Century

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I did not make it to this National Gallery Show when I was in Washington D.C., but I surely wish I had. These exquisite Dutch-school partnered paintings are called diptychs, and they consist of two small, hinged panels: A portrait […]

Our Inner Cosmos as Art

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For years Alex Grey’s visionary artwork portraying the body’s interior, auras, and energetic systems has inspired countless artists, seekers, and decors. Now you can get a more personalized version of the human imprint in these colorful, custom-made art pieces from […]

Can You See Things Others Don’t?

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I love the way a reader named Aciana described her world as she “sees” it. She writes: “What I ‘see’ are vibrations that form outward from objects. Sometimes just in the air. Since everything “vibrates,” the sights I see differ […]

The Yee-Saidman Wedding

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What happens when two happily-married yoga practicioners with children fall in love? This.

New, New World Order

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Oneness–of one kind or another–is coming this way. Here’s what scientists now say the world will look like in 250 million years: They call it Pangea Ultima. These continental shifts and collisions are occurring at a rate “slower than the […]

Ram Dass Beholds His Own Abundance

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Sticking with the subject of money, click here to see a filmed conversation about poverty and prosperity between spiritual teachers Ram Dass and Wayne Dyer on Ram Dass’s new, beautifully produced website, RamDass.org. Ram Dass, as you no doubt know, […]

Objections to Prosperity Gospels

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A few readers object to Christian prosperity gospels and the preached belief that “God wants you rich.” “I’m all for prosperity,” writes steady CM reader Stacey-Robin, “but in a more holistic fashion. Be grateful for what you have and practice […]

Total Health, the New Hemingway Style

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I’m impressed with what I’ve read in Mariel Hemingway’s new book “Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman’s Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life.” This seems a cut above the exercise/diet bibles by other personalities. […]

Are You on Top of Your Money?

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Do you ever find dimes in your jewelry box, pocket change piled on your dresser, or damp dollar bills crumpled in the washing machine? This weekend, I walked around the house gathering all the bits of abandoned U.S. currency I […]

A Prayer for Fearlessness

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May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference, and addictions also decrease. May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future. May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves […]

The Atlantic Monthly’s Twist on Yoga

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I’ve been sitting on my feelings about The Atlantic Monthly’s take on trendy yoga culture for a couple of days now. The piece is not available online without a subscription, but here’s a chat about today’s yoga scene with author […]

Readers’ Exchanges with Dead Loved Ones

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Readers sent in such interesting descriptions of their energetic exchanges with deceased loved ones that I’ll just run them here. “The night that my beloved grandmother died in 1993,” writes CM reader Nancy, “I left the hospital and went to […]

Take This Spiritual Parenting Survey

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Today Beliefnet launched a survey for parents on what it’s like to raise kids with religious and/or spiritual values. This quiz was composed in partnership with Parents magazine for an upcoming article on spiritual parenting. Click that link and complete […]

Chattering Mind’s 1000th Blog Post

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“Place your burdenat the feet of the Lord of the Universewho accomplishes everything.Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,in the Transcendental Absolute.God knows the past, present, and futureHe will determine the future for youand accomplish the workWhat is to […]

The Uplifting Trajectory of Human History

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Hey guys, you’re going to love Jeff Martinhauk, a liberal Christian blogger and seminarian I discovered while Googling around last night. Martinhauk’s blog is called “Leaning Towards Justice,” and he writes on all manner of religious and spiritual topics with […]

How Far Would You Go for a Stranger in Need?

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This week a 50-year-old construction worker and Navy veteran named Wesley Autrey saved a man who had fallen onto the New York subway tracks by leaping onto the tracks himself and pressing the fallen stranger down into the one foot […]

Living With a Synesthete

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Our 10-year-old Chattering son appears to be a synesthete, which in his case means that he “sees” letters in color and perceives the taste of foods on a “mental” grid or graph. A fair share of famous artists and composers […]

Accepting Your Sweet Self: How to Maintain New Year’s Resolutions

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We spent our New Year’s Eve with old friends (with a new baby) in Washington D.C., a city filled with so many memories since I lived in it eighteen years. We showed our own kids our old haunts, visited the […]

Out with the Old, In with the New

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A reader calling herself Gramma writes: “My clutter consists of piles of old magazines and newspaper clippings about important subjects: politics; religion; history; civil rights movement; black history; women’s history; sociology; etc. After I got rid of about half of […]

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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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