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Chattering Mind Evaporates Next Monday, July 30

Dearest readers: After meeting with editors last Friday to talk it through, I’ve decided to stop writing Chattering Mind a week from today.
While I’m nervous about this idea of mine and sad about the loss of my ability to connect with you through such prime online real estate, this change makes sense to us all. For me, it comes as a huge relief.
First, I am tired. I’ve been writing this blog for 21 months, completing some 1,400 posts. This job keeps me on the computer longer than I think is good for me. After taking time off, resting my poor carpal-tunneled arms, I want to finish some longer pieces I’ve had on my mind for national magazines.
Second, the blog is not growing, hovering now around 24,000 page views a month. This is small for Beliefnet. The Beliefnet team has stood by me–we’ve been aware of the slow growth for many months–and while there are lots of ways we could jazz up the blog by making Monday interview-a-healer day, Tuesday yoga pose day, Wednesday tips on whole foods cooking day, Thursday a guided meditation or something… my energy for that is surprisingly minimal. I’m not sure why. If I were in another place psychologically, that would sound like a lot of fun. After a rest, I could do that. But for now, it feels right to completely shake up my day and spend substantially less time online.
Elizabeth Lesser wrote a great piece on change in the new year for Beliefnet last January. She recommends that we expect change, make friends with it and listen to its message. So whenever apprehension about this coming change surfaced over the weekend, I thought of her. She says, “Join forces with the dynamic flow of life,” and quotes the African-American theologian Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
My kids are ecstatic that I’ll soon have more time to be with them. “Mommy, you were stressed!” said the little one. True, there were days when I’d come upstairs from my basement office and just slap dinner together, days when I’d lost so much sleep the night before preparing my blog in advance, I’d almost nod off driving the kids home from school. I never figured out how to write fast and make the blog easy, so I am thrilled that I will have some months of examining a new way to balance, “be with,” and, as Thurman advises, “come alive.”
We’ll have the week to process all this. And I want to do justice to the many half-written blog items I already have in my queue here! I was never very good at getting huge amounts of people talking through the posting process, but perhaps we can talk about this. Hearing back from you has always been a thrill. What changes are you yourself embracing? Are you following your bliss?
I’m not saying farewell today. And there is another much easier-to-execute Beliefnet project I might help them out with in the fall. So send me your email address at, and I’ll let you know what I’m up to.
God bless.
Amy Cunningham
P.S. Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God” blog will appear next week in the Glow newsletter.

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posted July 23, 2007 at 3:41 pm

No!!! You can’t leave, you have the only blog that still deals mainly with dharmic and alternative ways of seeing things. Why not go to once a week posting or post less frequently? While I am a young conservative Christian myself, I was originally drawn to Beliefnet because it was religiously plural. Now, however, over the last many months the site is overall too Christian anymore, and your blog is a refreshing part of Beliefnet I still love to read. Please don’t leave!!

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posted July 23, 2007 at 4:50 pm

For myself, I’m very sorry to see this change. I enjoy your posts every single day, always looking forward to them. I wonder how many readers get them via RSS, as I do, instead of via the web page, reducing the page views.
For you, though, I’m very happy. It sounds like you’ve thought this through and it seems like a really great choice. Congratulations on making the wise choice, even if it’s an unpopular one with your readers.
I’ll definitely miss your daily thoughts, and look forward to the fruits of whatever the future holds for you.

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Michael Flynn

posted July 23, 2007 at 5:00 pm

I just Found you. Things work in strange ways, what is, is! You have my eyes till closing time! Michael

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Michele Lessirard

posted July 23, 2007 at 6:11 pm

While I’ll miss reading your posts I just want to say congrats on following your heart **big smile**. Change is good. Love, M

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Rev. Tracie Voss

posted July 23, 2007 at 6:49 pm

While I will be saddened to see you go, I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your daily blend of found treasures and your own, unique gentle form of environmental activism: inspiring others by example and enthusiasm without ever sounding preachy or condescending. Thanks to you, the world may just be a greener, happier, healthier place, and I thank you for that!
For the 21 months, the 1,400 posts, and the joy and inspiration, thank you. Enjoy your time off, but I hope to see more of your writing again soon!

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daylight 365

posted July 23, 2007 at 6:53 pm

How to say a short sweet farewell when you don’t really want to. You were sprightly, state of the art, thoughtful and perceptive. Please make a once a week appearance for I know how much you children want you but you are such fun to read too.
Bummer. Best of luck to you and keep us up to date on future articles and work you’ll be doing. Thanks. Daylight

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Melody S. Spencer

posted July 24, 2007 at 12:14 am

I am so sad to learn you will stop writing your blog soon. I loved it and you! I could always imagine sitting at your kitchen table drinking coffee (or organic tea or whatever) talking about kids and spirituality and the myriad of other things you shared. You were just so comfortable,you know. I know that sounds sappy. but it’s true.You really have a gift,Anne, for touching hearts and minds. As a mom of 2 who grew up way too fast, I’m joyful for you & your little ones. Godbless

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posted July 24, 2007 at 1:10 am

Amy – it sounds as if you have your priorities in order. First, health, then family, then work. As much as I will miss your daily postings, I completely support you in what must have been a difficult decision. You have shared so honestly with your readership over these many months and we have all benefited. I do believe that we CAN have it all – just not all at the same time! So, be fully present for your precious boys and husband and relish your much deserved rest. Thank you!

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posted July 24, 2007 at 7:36 am

Will miss you.

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Laurie Sue

posted July 24, 2007 at 8:20 am

I will miss you in the mornings SO MUCH. Thank you for all you have given and thank you for being the truly beautiful soul you are! You have such a generous spirit and I am glad you will give some of that back to yourself now! With love and appreciation, Laurie Sue

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Eevie Keys

posted July 24, 2007 at 9:36 am

I will be so sad to see you go, Amy. You were a beacon of light in the blog world. :/ Please take care of yourself – brightest blessings.

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posted July 24, 2007 at 10:19 am

This was one of my daily stops. Your posts will be missed. All the best in your next adventure!

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lisa ohhh

posted July 24, 2007 at 11:45 am

i commend you for what sounds like a very self-loving decision! i’ve so enjoyed reading your blogs though, and you will be greatly missed i’m sure, by this community. walking away is sometimes the most challenging part of creative endeavors. all the best in your future endeavors!

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Pat Hawkridge

posted July 24, 2007 at 11:54 am

Hello there Amy!! How wonderful to be back in touch with you after
so long! I absolutely loved what you said in your column – very
profound – and words that we all need to hear. Obviously you have
kept your inspirational voice intact and I look forward to what
your next adventure holds for you.
Many blessings on you and yours!
Pat Hawkridge xoxoxox

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Shelley Ackerman

posted July 24, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Dear Amy:
You and Chattering Mind will be sorely and deeply missed.
Sweet, caring, heart-centric, and informative voices like yours are desperately needed and all too often undersupported for various reasons.
One posting (in response to your imminent ‘evaporation’) suggested that your readership is far greater than you realize with many tuning in from RSS feeds and the like.
Another posting described herself as a ‘Conservative Christin’ who came to b’net because of its pluralism which has seemed to vanish in recent months and remained with the site because of you.
She speaks for may I’m sure. Where else on B’net will there be this consistent dharmic approach to the frenzy of modern life with fantastic resources to follow up with?
Selfishly, I hope that this is but a temporary departure and that you take the time you need to be with yourself and your family and that you return that much stronger and with the unshakeable knowledge that what you contribute is of enormous value.
With Love, Shelley

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posted July 24, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Over the past year, I have taken great amounts of inspiration and enlightenment from reading your column. In fact, I found many of your posts to have such great impact upon me that I have referenced your column, and provided links to it, on many occasion.
Any spiritual community not interested in maintaining the choice of diversity, holistic awareness, and delightful spirit that your column provides, ‘because the numbers do not compete’ with other categories, loses its credibility with me.
I will miss your column. It was truthfully, the only thing keeping me coming back to this site on a regular basis.
But since my number is but ONE; my loss I suppose.
For your journey ahead, I have no doubt that your choice to embrace change, and all that it can provide for your spiritual growth, is the correct choice.
Your heart leads you to the simple truth. I applaud your courage, and am again inspired by you and the strength of character that you embody.
I know the future holds much joy for you and for your beloved family.
Many Blessings, and much gratitude,
With Love and Laughter
Always, Noreen

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posted July 24, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Thank you so much. But honest, it wasn’t “them,” it was me! They WERE willing to continue, and the holistic beat IS deeply important to New age moon trackers, blended-faith families, holistic-spirituality greens, and yoga people do not make up our biggest audience, but they are an energetic, healthy, vitally important core that we want to invest in and hope will grow. Please let us hear more from you. Yours, Amy

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Rachel R. Rozell

posted July 24, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Dear Amy,
I have taken so much from your writting! I will truly miss your words of wisdom and all the neat items you have brought to my attention over the past few years. I understand the need to rest and recharge. I hope your future endeavors lead you to new inspirations and joys. Thank you so much for sharing your voice with us!
Rachel R. Rozell

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amy watson

posted July 24, 2007 at 3:28 pm

Dear Amy, I am so sad to hear this but I know I need to be happy for you if this is what is best. I read your blog everyday It is what I come to this website for and I dont know what I will do without you!Thank you for sharing so much with your readers about your family from time to time,It has made us feel like we know you personally. You will be missed.Thank you agian for all of the inspiration and infromation you have shared with us. Amy Watson

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Anonymous Also

posted July 24, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Wish you could stay around, but things do evolve and change, don’t they??
I was reading what you said about not getting much responses in the comboxes. In my opinion only, I believe it’s because the folks you have come here are not the types to endlessly debate, rehash, argue and split hairs to the nth degree like on some of the other blogs on this site. The people on here know what works for them, are not interested in changing / converting others, just looking to see what’s new in the “spiritual marketplace”, if you will, and then go check things out for themselves. That’s my $.02 on that. :-)
We need more blogs like these.
Thanks and Good Luck,

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posted July 24, 2007 at 6:38 pm

Hi Amy,
I cannot actually fathom not having you around anymore to educate and enlighten me on numerous subjects. I read your blog faithfully, and there’s not something I pull from its every publication. To say I will miss you is woefully understated. All of this is from a selfish viewpoint, of course. I wish you a great future – with your endeavors and with your family. Of course, if you do enter into another publication, blog, newsletter, or what, please add my name and email address to your files. I love your style of writing along with only information that you are aware of. Although I am an “educated” person and know some things, I’m always learning something from your blog. I will definitely miss you and your gift of communication to an audience, I believe, is much larger than what has been mentioned. Please keep us informed of how you are and what you are working on.
Kathryn at

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posted July 24, 2007 at 6:44 pm

I am sad to see your blog go as this is the reason I log on to beliefnet. However, I fully understand and support your decision.
Will your posts be archived, or do I need to furiously start printing? :) There are so many valuable resources here. I search for things I’ve read here months ago when something pops into my head that reminds me of an article you mentioned or a website, etc.
You’re the smartest blogger on Beliefnet’s block;) I hate to see it end, but I wish you all the peace and happiness you deserve!!

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posted July 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm

Thank-You very much for your reply to my earlier post.
I apologize for the rash judgement I have made. I will look deeper into beliefnet for more of the holistic beat, and I will continue to share those inspiring nuggets found within these pages, as there is much to learn here.
I too am learning to embrace change.
My reactionary post is a great example of the effect change can have (on me at least). In my feeble attempt to find some logical reason for the pending change, I chose (erroneously) to read between the lines, which brought my mind/ego towards a judgement. Leaving me with a now obscured fact that my heart was on your side..100%.
One particularly difficult aspect of the change process for me is going with my own heart 100% of the time, and only using my
(ill)logical mind to gather, sift, filter, and process information.
My mind jumped to a conclusion that my heart knew was harsh.
Had I read from my heart, the words you spoke from yours, I would not have been so easily swayed by my mind’s ability to be judgemental. I would have been able to keep my post from the heart.
(The word is judge-mental after all, and not judge-hearted. There is no word with ‘heart’ in it that includes judgement).
I applaud all of the brave posters here that were able to respond completely from the heart.
And most importantly, I applaud you. Such grace.. Such delightful humor and wisdom. Truly a lady, and truly blessed.
I wish for you joy in the process of renewal, regeneration, and reward for all of your hard work. I wish for you Joy with your family and your life. Today, and always.
Much respect,
Love, Noreen

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posted July 24, 2007 at 7:50 pm

I’m sad to see you go. I’ve read your blog every day for over a year now.
I’ve really enjoyed it and the many places you have taken us. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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posted July 24, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Sorry to see you go, Amy. Your blog is the reason I subscribe to the Beliefnet Glow Newsletter. But I understand the need to restore balance to your life. Too bad they couldn’t have you blog once a week. It is most definitely our loss.
I very much enjoyed following many of the links you mentioned in your posts. Maybe I only posted a comment a couple of times, but I’m out here & I’m a fan. Good luck to you in your future endeavors.

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Andrea Conn-Hembrey

posted July 24, 2007 at 8:58 pm

What a shame to see you go. This blog has been such a source of delight and inspiration. I don’t often read blogs, but I do make a point to hit chattering mind a few times a week. Thank you for your wealth of information, as well as, inspiration. May happiness and peace follow you through all of your days.

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posted July 25, 2007 at 12:55 am

Enjoy your life. I will miss your entries.

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posted July 25, 2007 at 10:52 am

amy . . . you have a lovely writing style and great content . . . thank you for the posts you’ve made . . . many a day i’ve spent hours following your incredibly insightful links . . . be well . . . may you enjoy your freedom and find many open doors :) kate

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posted July 25, 2007 at 11:34 am

well, what can I say… while I was reading your blog and following the links life just went on and now… I wish I had said Thank You out loud more often.
Blessings and hugz,

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posted July 25, 2007 at 12:19 pm

I haven’t commented before, but I have been silently reading for over a year, and just wanted to tell you that I have loved reading this blog, and, as with some of the other commenters, it is the reason I began subscribing to Glow.
While I am sad to see you go, I know how exhausting keeping such a thing running can be. In the end, if you no longer enjoy it, it’s a burden, and causes you stress it is time to let it go and follow new avenues.
I wish you best of luck in following new opportunities! I’ll be keeping an eye out for new articles with your name in the byline.

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posted July 25, 2007 at 1:39 pm

I enjoyed your writing. thanks for writing about MY blog….

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posted July 25, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Hi Amy,
What more can I say that hasn’t already been said from your inspired readers. I love you, I love your words and I send all my love to you. I will work at continuing my own blogging on Raising Our Well Being and Consciousness.
With warmth,

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Julie S

posted July 25, 2007 at 3:52 pm

I had to wait a day to process this before I was ready to respond. I agree with all the other 32 comments, we’re going to really miss you. I feel it’s important to let you know that without making you feel quilty. I totally get it, having raised 3 kids. I wish nothing but the best for you and your family. Take good care of yourself Amy.

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posted July 25, 2007 at 11:28 pm

Dearest Amy,
Another silent reader here- I thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I only found you a couple months ago and was so very delighted by my discovery. I loved walking with you through your son’s bar mitzvah, and gardening, cooking, and on vacation. I think your approach is one to be applauded as it is obvious that you spend so much time researching and pulling those beautiful words together.
I understand that in life, some things just declare themselves finished. I’m happy that you are taking a moment to listen. Please enjoy the extra time with your children; as we enjoyed having you, even if only a short time.
Best of luck,

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posted July 26, 2007 at 9:38 am

Kudoes on all of the comments made. I feel the same way as everyone else. You will be missed. What will I find to replace reading your blog with my morning cup of coffee? Good Luck in all that you do. Love, Barb

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posted July 26, 2007 at 6:35 pm

I will miss your writing and your valuable information. I really did look forward to it. I hope to read more of you in the future. The end of “Chattering Mind” and Harry Potter in the same month??? Say it isn’t so!!!

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posted July 27, 2007 at 9:40 am

I’m sorry to learn that you won’t be writing this feature any longer. I have found it to be very beneficial and helpful to me. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts at some future date. Good luck in your endeavors. God Bless.
Jeffersonville, Indiana

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Tracey in Ohio

posted July 27, 2007 at 10:53 am

I am very, very sad to hear that you will be leaving – you were one of my most favorite parts of Beliefnet. Through reading Chattering Mind, you’ve lead to a lot of other interesting reading. I can understand the need to change and relax & do the family thing, but you writings will be missed. I’m glad I discovered you. God Bless you in all of your endeavors.

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posted July 27, 2007 at 5:49 pm

***Thanks again, Amy, for having been part of my life’s journey. I hope we meet again sometime in life. Your closing remarks were inspirational and motivating as I will certainly try “to fill in the gaps”.
I wish you much love, beauty, and joy.

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Sylvia Z

posted July 31, 2007 at 3:36 pm

I am battling change in the fast growing IT industry, I feel like a frosted mini wheat…the one side (non frosted) wants the greater good: time for family, time for myself, enough the pay our modest bills; the other side (frosted) wants “it all” the date line interview, working with Government Law enforcement, money for a few luxury items and nice family vacations.
I came across your blog near it’s end. You taught me I am not crazy for wanting both, and you are teaching me moderation and compromise. I was near suicide and now I am at peace. My you find peace with your decision, your blog will be greatly missed

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