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Inter-Dependence Day

posted by acunningham

Well, I’m sure your July 4th plans have shaped up by now. You’re going to wave the flag, praise our president, and feel proud as hell. Not. Or not exactly. I know you are a complete patriot though, marinated in […]

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America’s Guardian Angel Prayer

posted by acunningham

This comes from a site of Catholic prayers, but you can adapt it to suit your religious system. O Glorious Guardian Angel of the United States, to whom God has entrusted the care of our beloved country, we honor you […]

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An All-New Paris?

posted by acunningham

I failed to watch Larry King interview the new-sprung Paris Hilton last night, but here’s what the New York Times said. Sounds like Paris’s resolve to reform will wear off with time. But I’m still rooting for her. After she […]

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Lessons of Alzheimer’s

posted by acunningham

Here’s an excellent paper written by Gisela Webb, a comparative religion scholar, on the spiritual dimensions and lessons of Alzheimer’s–for sufferer and caretaker. I have learned from the Alzheimer’s ward the value of realizing that we all are going to […]

Clutter Clearing

posted by acunningham

One thing I love about living in my in-law’s country house every summer is that I’m separated from much of my stuff–my shoes, clothes, books, photos, mail, and all those magazines piling up. Possessions and clutter inhibit us all from […]

Scientists on Spiritual Experiences

posted by acunningham

Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute calls Dr. Charles T. Tart “one of the fathers of the New Age.” I heard him speak to the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy a few years ago and was so taken with […]

Hotels Go Green

posted by acunningham

This is not a big surprise, but it’s exciting to contemplate: A future filled with eco hotels. Here’s an article about the greening of the hotel business. An excerpt: At the boutique hotel Greenhouse 26, set to open next year […]

Morning Meditation for Christians

posted by acunningham

I arise today through the mighty strength of the Lord of Creation… Click here to experience Beliefnet’s new “Christian Morning Meditation.” The text is an old Irish prayer. Send it to your friends who’d benefit. And tell me what you […]

A Soy Moderate

posted by acunningham

<a href="http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/08/13/CMGJKK1BP31.DTL Some of you may have been alarmed by what Sally Fallon said about "the dark side" of soy, once considered a miracle food, now becoming a virtual mainstay in even the non-vegetarian's diet. Here’s another view of soy […]

Big Sky Painting

posted by acunningham

A full-page reproduction of a painting of the Texas Panhandle by Peter Di Gesu in the July 2007 issue of Shambhala Sun has gotten me wrapped up in this contemplative painter’s work. Every year, Di Gesu drives through western and […]

Picking What You Don’t Prefer

posted by acunningham

I know I quoted from a Buddhist essay yesterday, but I’ve got to do it again. I swear, the Buddhist press is printing some of the best writing out there. Here’s an excerpt from an article by Darlene Cohen called […]

God at the Movies

posted by acunningham

Here’s a funny gallery of images showing how God has been portrayed in films and TV shows over the last several decades

The Soul of Molting

posted by acunningham

There’s a gorgeous essay by Lin Jensen in the June/July Mandala, connecting the way birds molt to the process of awakening through spiritual practice. Here’s an excerpt: The molting of birds can be either sudden or gradual. The sudden or […]

Can’t Stop Staring at My New OM Magnet

posted by acunningham

“Why do you keep looking at it?” my 10-year-old said with a chuckle as I stopped to look again at the OM magnet I’d secured to the left side of our car’s trunk. I’ve placed it about 16 inches northwest […]

Good Yoga Blog

posted by acunningham

Thanks Sierra for alerting us all to Linda’s yoga blog. Click here to read.

Wife-Slapping Man Sentenced to Yoga

posted by acunningham

Thanks to the reader who brought this Houston judge’s unusual sentence to our attention. The case was publicized some in January, but I missed it. Today, I tried and failed to find James Lee Cross through Houston directory assistance. I’d […]

Dark Side of Soy

posted by acunningham

Nutrition powerhouses Sally Fallon and Mary Enig (the authors of “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats“) write passionately about the “dark side of America’s favorite health food”–SOY–in the July/August edition of Well Being […]

Yoga in Times Square: Mind Over Madness

posted by acunningham

Yoga is peaceful, and class is usually quiet. But some 800 people registered to take one of six yoga classes in the large traffic island within Times Square on Thursday, an all-day event organized by the Times Square Alliance in […]

Building Bridges for Indigo Children

posted by acunningham

If you have a sensitive child who has been diagnosed with ADHD or any other developmental delay, you may want to attend the upcoming “Building Bridges” conference, September 15-17, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The organizers emphasize what’s miraculous and amazing […]

The God Tone

posted by acunningham

Meet Meet Mark Patterson. He opens his mouth, and sounds come out. Patterson knows his sounds soothe. Now he’s beginning to research how his sounds might heal. Patterson has no training in music or Tibetan throat singing. The sounds, he […]

World’s Best Yoga Mats

posted by acunningham

The New York Times asked Julie Kleinman, director of programming for the Yoga Works chain of studios, to test a wide assortment of yoga mats. Here are the mats she liked best for their stickiness, stability, and environmental consciousness.

It Takes a Village

posted by acunningham

Watch this culture war between a tribe of water buffaloes and six lions vying for a captured calf. Thanks to the mom blog SnipsSnailandPigtails for alerting me to this. Takes eight minutes to view.

Not Barbara Bush’s Pearls

posted by acunningham

As I recently examined a pearl necklace my mother left me, holding it up to my neck in the mirror, I thought: “Gosh, it’s too bad I will never, ever, wear this.” But take note of what spiritual jewelery designers […]

Why Meditate?

posted by acunningham

Two readers–Barb and Anonymous Also–posted yesterday to say that they’re not completely “getting” the merits and methods of meditation. Thanks guys, for your honesty. Valid points. Great questions. I’ve gathered some links for you that will help. First, here’s Robert […]

A Spiritual Take on an Old Love Song

posted by acunningham

Do you like this rendition of the old Beatles’ song “I Love Her?” (Look to the menu at left and click on the title.) Spirit-fed singer Eliana Gilad turns it into a love ode to the divine feminine. Here’s her […]

Celebrating the Radical Middle

posted by acunningham

Here’s a blog you might resonate with: it’s Mark Satin’s streaming thoughts on the need for a “radical middle.” Very integral. Here’s his list of the best “radical middle” magazines out there: American Enterprise, The Washington Monthly, Futurist, Atlantic, Blueprint, […]

Celebrate This Week’s Summer Solstice

posted by acunningham

The summer solstice occurs this Thursday, June 21st, at 2:06 p.m., which means that the year’s longest days will gradually get shorter as the season of summer ripens. Though many of us are, in fact, freer to stay up later […]

How to Build a Midsummer Bonfire

posted by acunningham

Gathering around a midsummer bonfire is a traditional way to celebrate the long summer days of late June. If you live near a beach where bonfires are allowed or if you know of some other legal site, you will perhaps […]

Making a Midsummer Wreath

posted by acunningham

Wreaths of early summer flowers are also traditional solstice items you can make and display in your home. Here are Waverly Fitzgerald’s wreath-making instructions.

Puck Celebrates Midsummer’s Eve

posted by acunningham

Shakespeare set “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the night of the summer solstice since it was believed to be an evening of enchantment when plucked herbs are at peak powers, and when passionate romance easily unfurls. You’ve probably seen the […]

Calming the Minds of School Kids

posted by acunningham

Patricia Leigh Brown delves into the hot topic of meditation training for school-aged kids in this balanced article for the New York Times. The piece is nice because it’s not a gung-ho endorsement. Some children become calmer and more focused […]

Is Your Home a Sanctuary?

posted by acunningham

Beliefnet has ventured into the realm of narrative videos. This one quickly chronicles the spiritual home makeover of a suburban Jersey mom whose cluttered abode is led out of chaos and into a healing sanctuary. All it takes is candles, […]

Spiritual Book Award Winners

posted by acunningham

The Nautilus Book Awards competition has announced winners for its 7th annual contest (for books published in 2006 and 2005). It awards “distinguished literary contributions to spiritual growth, high-level wellness, responsible leadership, positive social change, and to the world of […]

Interpreting Top 40 Hits

posted by acunningham

My kids, now 10 and 13, love to listen to our local top-40 hit radio station. Justin Timberlake, Fergie, and other pop music stars are suddenly characters in our lives, as vivid as any people we know in reality. I’m […]

Ken Wilber on Integrating Shamanism

posted by acunningham

Here’s the transcript of a sweet conversation from Ken Wilber’s blog on how to bring shamanism into an integral framework. People who study shamanic disciplines–like everyone else excited about a spiritual practice–sometimes think that what they’re learning is “all there […]

‘Mother Jones’ Contemplates the Death of Nature

posted by acunningham

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, the editors of “Mother Jones” magazine, have put together a dynamite issue on what’s being called the Sixth Great Extinction, the possibility that half of all plants and wildlife could become extinct by the 2100. […]

Anger Easier on the Body Than Fear

posted by acunningham

Don’t repress your healthy anger! But don’t explode either. This study seems to show that fear is harder on your body, than angry feelings. But here’s something else revealed by the same researcher: People who responded angrily after September 11th, […]

Check Your Vitamin D Level

posted by acunningham

It’s a good idea to have your Vitamin D levels checked in your next blood test. Many women are discovering that their levels are seriously low, and vitamin D deficiencies have recently been linked to various kinds of cancers, breast […]

Engaging Kids in the Cooking Process

posted by acunningham

Bravo TV network has hit upon a successful formula that melds “Survival”-style endurance reality with “Idol”-inspired contests. My family adored Bravo’s “Top Design”–a show in which talented interior designers battled against each other every week for the “Top Design” title, […]

Feed Your Family Food That Counts

posted by acunningham

Here’s a book that sounds great and was favorably mentioned in today’s New York Times: “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals” by Missy Chase Lapine. And don’t forget VeganLunchbox.com, the web’s best site […]

Playing With Religious Symbols

posted by acunningham

Need a breather? Try this. It’s Beliefnet’s new matching game, a test of your intuitive recall powers.

Could Paris Hilton Be the Next Lady Di?

posted by acunningham

Ebenezer Scrooge changed over night. Sure, it took the visits of three ghosts, but…Paris Hilton might change too. Already she seems to have made more progress than Martha Stewart ever did! Apparently, Hilton’s maybe-life-isn’t-just-about-parties transformation began before her jail term […]

“People’s Pharmacy” Boasts Novel Home Remedies

posted by acunningham

While researching home remedies for wasp stings online for my brother-in-law (a cut raw onion placed on the bite soothes inflammation), I came across the most wonderful resource–The People’s Pharmacy. If you’ve never heard of Joe and Terry Graedon, authors […]

We Create the Future

posted by acunningham

Click and scroll down to see this trailer for a documentary film about the Technology Entertainment Design (TED) conference, called “the hottest gathering in the world” by the writers of Wired magazine. It sounds like a cooler, hipper, smaller World […]

Prayer Beads to Honor Saints

posted by acunningham

Aren’t these lovely? They’re pocket prayer beads in honor of many Catholic saints with specific instructions on what to say or chant as you pray with them. As you know, saints are assigned specific domains: Saint Monica is the patron […]

Lovable Dog Website

posted by acunningham

LongLiveYourDog.com is essentially an ad for pet food, but you’ll really enjoy meeting all of the dogs here. Check out Bernie. Definitely good for a belly laugh.

I Liked the ‘Sopranos’ Finale!

posted by acunningham

Lots of fans expecting blood and guts were disappointed with the subtle, gentle finale of the HBO series “The Sopranos.” I too, thought my cable connection was severed when the TV went gray after Tony raised his head to see […]

On Caring

posted by acunningham

Last night, I couldn’t get to sleep. The academic year is ending, my kids are growing up. Our 10-year-old has also started antibiotic treatment for a suspected case of Lyme disease, caught early after a field trip; I was stewing […]

God’s Gender

posted by acunningham

I sometimes make God sound male in my blog posts by using the words “His” or “Him.” I apologize to anyone who is offended by this. The politically correct part of me knows that making God male isn’t right, but […]

God Loves Tony Soprano

posted by acunningham

On Sunday night, TV mobster Tony Soprano will probably be put to rest. But will he find peace? Does God’s mercy extend to such a man? I’m guessing “yes.” In death, Tony Soprano may find relief. Clearly, like the folks […]

New Blogging Software Loading Soon

posted by acunningham

Beliefnet.com is loading a new blogging tool this afternoon. This is actually a happy development and it will ultimately lead to new ways of organizing and accessing posts. While Chattering Mind’s pages will be up and accessible through the weekend, […]

A New Spiritual Sign-off

posted by Chattering Mind

When I finally got around to thanking Dr. Susan Corso for filling in at Chattering Mind while I was absent in late May, she sent me a warm note that ended with the sign-off “Be especially blest!” Good one. I’ve […]

Coffee in Moderation Best for the Pregnant

posted by Chattering Mind

“Pregnant women who drink more than three cups of coffee a day are more likely to have miscarriages than women who drink less.” Hmmm. That old maxim “Everything in moderation” holds true again and again, doesn’t it? Here’s a blog […]

‘Twilight Zone’ for Teens

posted by Chattering Mind

Now that my son is a true teenager, he’s been asking to see films made for mature audiences. Films like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” (which he learned from Ty Burr’s book “The Best Old Movies for Families” can be a hair-raising […]

Paging Shirley MacLaine: You’re On!

posted by Chattering Mind

Good news for Lindsay Lohan: in her next film she’s scheduled to co-star with Shirley MacLaine! Any exposure to this meditating mama of the New Age could help Lohan tremendously. MacLaine does an hour of xigong every morning, and once […]

The Lindsay-Paris-Britney Effect

posted by Chattering Mind

I was in a mainstream grocery store today and I purchased a People magazine at the register because I actually wanted to read about Lindsay Lohan’s recent, public problems with drugs and alcohol. “From adorable child star to out-of-control party […]

Tuesday is UN’s World Environment Day

posted by Chattering Mind

World Environment Day is Tuesday, June 5th. Here are 77 ways to celebrate.

Alternative Health’s Take on TMJ

posted by Chattering Mind

Last week, we were talking in the posts about the pain of nightly jaw grinding. As it happens, this month’s Alternative Medicine magazine (now on newstands) has a whole article on the subject of TMJD, which stands for temporo-mandibular joint […]

Rudolf Steiner Explained

posted by Chattering Mind

Here’s fantastic summer reading for you: “Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work” by Gary Lachman, a founding member of the band Blondie and a gifted British author who started reading Steiner’s books in the 1980s. Lachman chronicles […]

How to Help a Dying Friend

posted by Chattering Mind

Some months after witnessing my mother’s death, I took a “Moment of Death” workshop with Patricia Shelton, founding teacher of the Clear Light Society. I have to say, Shelton (or ZenMa, as she likes to be called) opened my eyes […]

Photos From Folks Who See Angels

posted by Chattering Mind

Oh, this gallery of angels evident in everyday life is really lovely. The photos were sent in by Beliefnet.com readers. Please take a look!

News for Chronic Pain Sufferers

posted by Chattering Mind

Newsweek’s June 4th cover story by Mary Carmichael addresses the latest medical and holistic strategies for the management of chronic pain. Have a look. Here’s an excerpt: The brain keeps a diary of the injuries the body receives, writing each […]

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