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Let Your Spirit Take the Lead This Summer

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Planning a more spiritual summer than last year’s? Here’s how to go about it.

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If They Can Make It Here, They’ll Make It Anywhere…

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The Chattering clan recently pulled over to the side of Flatbush Avenue and ran out onto the sidewalk to get a better view of a large hawk sitting on top of a streetlight. He was so beautiful, and very patient […]

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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 […]

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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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?

The Ultimate Yoga Mom

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

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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.

‘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 […]

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.

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. […]

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.

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Human Face to Computer Tech Support!

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Phoenix Soleil is probably swamped with work right now. But I’m telling you about her anyway since she represents a kind sensibility that is somewhat unusual in the computer biz. Her gentle approach to home-and-office computer tech support got her […]

An Intriguing Gratitude Exercise

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I found the following gratitude meditation on a Rudolf Steiner website. It was written by Dennis Klocek, a teacher of “Consciousness Studies” at Rudolf Steiner College who also runs the weather forecasting system at docweather.com. “When I pump gasoline into […]

Who Believes in God–and Why?

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Check out Michael Shermer’s article “Who Believes in God–and Why?” An excerpt: In sum, being female and raised by religious parents in a large family appears to make one more religious, whereas being male, educated, in conflict with one’s parents, […]

Riding the High of Cacao

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Have you ever wondered what to do with those raw cacao beans you purchased at the health food store? Remember, those little brown beans of totally unprocessed chocolate that you then gagged on at home because they were so bitter? […]

Sweet Blog on Honey!

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Find everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the healing powers of the honey bee at apitherapy.blogspot.com. Photo by Sarah Macmillan

All the Fragrances Fit to Smell?

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I very much like the fact that the New York Times has hired a fragrance reviewer to contribute real journalism on the subject of scent. After years of being pretty primitive when it came to essential oils and fragrances (and […]

No More Pre-Dawn Weddings in Vegas

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Don’t rush out to get married after midnight in Las Vegas, Nevada anymore. Law changes this week force those dying to tie the knot to wait until the morning to get hitched. It’s sort of like a gun law, I […]

Friday Night Lights Are Glowing Online!

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It was only a matter of time before the ritual of lighting Jewish sabbath candles was put online. Chabad Lubavitch recently launched FridayLight.org, a site that encourages women everywhere to say the Jewish blessing over candles 18 minutes before each […]

Masai Barefoot Technology: Could This Be Love?

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Today, I tried on my first pair of Masai Barefoot Technology shoes–the next big thing for your legs and feet, said to mimic the motion of walking barefoot on the beach. Corporate literature claims that wearing these sneaker-like sabots reduces […]

How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part III

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I’ve written two semi-humorous posts on basement and closet de-cluttering in the last week. Some of you took my tone seriously, others knew I was kidding somewhat. A lot has been written on this subject. And yet, many of our […]

You Can Rule Your World

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“…we all have the ability to rule our own world and live with confidence. To do this, we need to use our daily lives to be strong, as opposed to aggressive, and to act with wisdom and compassion. This may […]

Astrologers: Don’t Mess With Pluto!

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Astrologer Shelley Ackerman generously mentions her affiliation with Beliefnet.com in this Wall Street Journal article about how minimizing the planetary stature of Pluto could have complicated astrolgoical effects. “Whether he’s a planet, an asteroid, or a radioactive matzo ball, Pluto […]

The Sufi View of Light and Confusion

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“The mind carries its own confusion unless we bring about clarity. Our self-esteem is so vulnerable that our mind comes to our rescue to protect ourselves against the light that would shatter us…It requires a lot of courage to face […]

Was Jesus a ‘Man of the Margins’?

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Do you love Garry Wills? Read his article “Christ Was Not a Christian” here. He writes: “For two years, Jesus slipped through all the traps set for him. He moved like a fish in the sea of his lower-class fellows. […]

How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part II

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Well, I hope playing rock music met the negative chi of your messy closet or basement head-on ! Today, we’re going to be more assertive with these disaster areas, but we’ll fall just short of disassembling them. This is gentle […]

How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part I

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Everyone has a problem area of their home where unused belongings fester for years. This can be tough since often we could really use that space for our trance-dancing, healing work, sauerkraut crocks, or singing bowls. So, let’s get rid […]

Learn More About Natural Heart Health

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You’ll find a great radio conversation here (scroll down to Take Charge of Your Health, Friday August 4, 12 p.m.) between clinical nutritionist and radio personality Corinne Furnari, and cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra. They cover metabolism, weight, and chronic fatigue […]

Q-Link: Can You Improve Your Biofield?

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Thanks to CM reader Stephan for providing us with this cool link to the Q-link necklace, which some people believe can increase your energy and provide protection from EMFs. Let’s not argue about it. Those who believe will buy, and […]

More on Yoga Moms

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A lot of you guys didn’t embrace the “Yoga Mom” moniker, and you haven’t bought into the notion that yoga moms have political clout…yet. Heck. George Stephanopoulos didn’t call either. One day, you’ll look back and say, “Chattering Mind called […]

Oh, Those Goddesses of the Fifties!

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You know, as I was editing your posts about beauty above, my mind cast back to two icons of glamour when I was a tiny girl: Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. When my Dad was out of town, I sometimes […]

Store-Bought Beauty IS Dead

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You DID, however, like my chattering thoughts on the reduced importance of physical beauty, beauty you have to mimic or buy. Says Stacey-Robin H. Johnson: “I think culture-by-culture we are becoming more aware of our true selves, sans 6-pack abs.” […]

Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Supplies

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Thanks to Debra Lynn Dadd’s holistic newsletter for informing us all about these eco-friendly backpacks for kids returning to school. The eco lunch bags, shown at right, also make sense for kids, though I’m not sure how a banana would […]

Spiritual Books for Modern Kids

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Visit here to read Beliefnet editor Sherry Huang’s lovely list of recently published spiritual books for children.

My Favorite Guides to Celebrations, Saint Days, and Festivals

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In late August…I’m sorry…my chattering thoughts drift to school harvest festivals, and Thanksgiving plane reservations and December gifts for family members. If you think your coming schedule is full, start paying attention to every wisdom tradition’s holiday! Not only are […]

My Vote for Best Company Cafeteria

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Oh man, I’m so jealous. The chef at Google’s company dining room serves staffers daily shots of Kombucha tea. Here’s how to make it at home. And here are the fermented beverage’s alleged benefits.

Healing a Home With a Complex History

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There’s been a lot of press lately about the difficulty of selling homes where something awful has occurred: a murder, suicide, or even divorce. Some people feel spaces can be unlucky or cursed. Whether or not this is true, the […]

The Blessings of Late August Harvest

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I am loving the cooler August mornings we’ve got going here. Bright sun. Breezes tinged with autumnal foreboding. Judaism has it right: This is the sweet ending of the old year. The farmer’s market was exploding with wonderful produce Saturday. […]

Can Sweet Potato Fries and Veggie Burgers Satisfy Our Nation’s Husky Kids?

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The New York Times Sunday magazine ran a long and inspiring article by Lisa Belkin about the arduous task of improving the nutritional quality of America’s school lunch programs. Results thus far with obese and at risk children are “cautiously […]

Oh, Let’s Toss in a Good Schneersohn Quote

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“Life is dependent on the air around us, and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life. The first general step in healing is to purify […]

Can You Cast Off Your Perfectionism?

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Two great articles related to Wednesday’s new moon in Virgo have been added to Mooncircles.com. “Virgo is often harshly criticized for being a picky sign… But on a deeper level this sign’s dissatisfied restlessness is more often a symptom of […]

The Next Soccer Moms: Yoga Moms

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In the last election, the term “Soccer Mom” described suburban, swing-voting women. The feeling was that Soccer Moms were important because no one was really sure how they’d vote, and that they carpooled in large numbers. In the end, this […]

An Attempt to Ban Trans Fats in Chicago

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This segment from PBS’s evening “News Hour” is really worth watching (scroll to Wednesday, August 16, fourth item down). It’s about the current trans fats debate in Chicago initiated by Alderman Edward Burke, who thinks the artery-clogging ingredient in many […]

Do We Need Altars for Spiritual Practice?

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Lots of fabulous mail on my recent post about prayer beads and home altars. Basically, most readers contentedly catch sacred moments when they can. Krista White meditates and prays in the “woods, washing dishes, waiting in line at the school […]

It’s Six O’clock. Do You Know Where Your Prayer Beads Are?

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“Honey, these prayer beads shouldn’t be in your car! They should be on your altar!” my friend Frances exclaimed the last time she drove around Brooklyn with me. “Oh…yes. Well. I was hoping they’d enhance the car’s sacred energy,” I […]

Hot New Integral Spirituality Newsletter

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You know, right now, I have piles of Ken Wilber books, and CDs and DVDs stacked around me. Hi, Ken. How are you? He’s always with me. I keep waiting to more thoroughly digest his spiritual theories of the universe, […]

Israeli Women Give Themselves a Voice

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Have you seen this? It’s a blog written by Israeli women of various academic and media backgrounds who wish to promote peace so all might prosper. Born out of frustration with mainstream news coverge, the blog’s authors use their personal […]

Want to Know the ‘Meaning of Life?’

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There’s so much to explore on Robert Wright’s MeaningofLife.tv, a series of cosmic webcast interviews admirably picked up by the webzine Slate.com. You’ll have to visit more than once. Wright is a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, […]

Does Buddha Want Us to Love Ourselves?

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Here’s an endearing excerpt from Robert Wright’s conversation with spiritual teacher, author and Beliefnet contributor Sharon Salzberg. Some might be put off by his self-assured nature, but I am amused by it. And I find Salzberg’s response to his confession […]

Don’t Mess With Me in ‘Warrior II’

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I had an epiphany while standing in the yoga pose Warrior II yesterday. This epiphany may not blow you away. But it meant a lot to me. It came in the form of the sentence: “This is me.” Or in […]

A Home for Progressive Christians

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This past weekend, I learned that a growing group of progressive Christians regularly congregate at CrossLeft.org. Check it out. Claiming to take the Bible seriously but not literally, the group has published manifestos about how the religious left can–culturally and […]

Enough Fomenting! Try Fermenting!

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Ever since my darling stomach lining (DSL) was pronounced “inflamed” by my doctor, I’ve been a culture vulture, by which I mean a fan of “live-culture” or “living” foods. Yogurt is the best recognized substance of this nature. But to […]

Meditation Timing Software

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Thanks to the excellent Buddhist blog Woodmore Village for alerting me to the fact that 21-year-old Buddhist blogger Will Henderson has developed a downloadable meditation software with timed silences, gongs, and even an ability to coordinate with iTunes! Henderson, a […]

Here’s a Meditation to Help With Fear

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Beliefnet published an audio meditation about overcoming fear by Dr. Bernie Siegel today. You might find your square acre of peace by listening. Here’s an excerpt: Come out once again into the garden and the sunshine, and walk over to […]

Small Acts of Kindness Can Help Us Cope

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Airports clogged, news of arrests, tanks in Lebanon, hard rains up and down the East Coast (I’m still in South Carolina filled with irrational worry that water may have come in through some open windows at home that Mr. Chattering […]

Nobody’s Into Beauty Anymore

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Beauty is over. It’s so passé. Pouty lips? Trendy hair? Well-tapered brows? These things are no longer of pressing interest to the vast majority of American women. Here’s Chattering Mind’s humble prediction: Magazines that primarily feature the latest bang trim […]

The Soul of Robert Allen Zimmerman

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You don’t have to be a long-time Bob Dylan fan to be blown away by Jonathan Cott’s recently published compilation of interviews with the poet/rebel/sage (“Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews“). Any student of the heart, any devotee of creative thinking […]

A ‘Visionary Activist’ Astrologer

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I knew it. Astrologer Caroline Casey’s website has great downloads of her most recent radio programs which always wed “spiritual magic to ingenious social action.” You’ll find Rabbi Michael Lerner speaking on the Middle Eastern conflict and more, plus Rev. […]

Bob Dylan on the Existence of Soul Mates

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Sorry, I can’t stop there. I’m truly a love child of the Sixties (and Seventies); these are my people. Here’s a charming 1978 exchange between Bob Dylan and Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Cott: Cott: You’ve described and communicated the idea of […]

Peace Links

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Thanks to CM regular Daria who posted this: Another view, disturbing as it is, says “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”… According to Chris Hedges, author of a book by that title, ‘The seduction of war is insidious […]

Does Your Home Express Your Aspirations?

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Picked up a copy of Oprah’s “O At Home” magazine today and enjoyed Martha Beck’s piece about “environmental autobiography” called “My House, Myself.” An excerpt: “Life keeps happening; your home should be an ideal spot for the best and most […]

The Real Lady in the Water: The Amazon in ‘Sidesight’

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You’re going to love this: photographer Demetri Dimas Efthyvoulos spent most of the 1980s in Iquitos, Peru–along the Amazon River–and one day as he was printing a photo of foliage he’d taken on a boat trip down the Amazon’s banks, […]

Al-Qaeda and the ‘Tasty Flesh’

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I encourage you to read Dexter Filkins’s flattering review of Lawrence Wright’s new book “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.” Here’s a salient passage of the review that should get you talking… Just as dramatic as the […]

Tibetan Thangka on Your Derriere!

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Oh, this is such fun! Beliefnet has pulled together a “multifaith slideshow of novelty sacrilege.” Please have a look. If you like this sort of thing, you’ll also giggle over Laura Sheahen’s classic round-up of religious kitsch. Crucifixion necktie, anyone?

One Copywriter’s View of a Free-Range Hen’s Happy Life

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Here’s the advertising copy you’ll find inside a carton of “Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.” “Our girls spend an absurd amount of time singing and chatting. Each day begins with a stretch, a wing flap (and for some an attempted […]

Light This Candle of Hope

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Thanks to Mary Ann Brussat for introducing me to “The Jerusalem Candle of Hope,” an unusual joint-venture, $36 dollar product crafted by Israeli and Palestinian women to raise money for needy Israeli and Palestinian families, as well as foster greater […]

Too Young for Breasts? Alt Med Mag Studies Early Puberty

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By age eight, about half of African-American girls and 15 percent of Caucasian girls show clear signs of sexual development. Boys too are maturing earlier than ever. Thanks to author/researcher Marcia Herman-Giddens, we knew that in 1997. But now public […]

Who Were You When You Were 12?

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You cannot imagine what a queen of the earth I was when I was 12 years old…Ah! how you would have loved me, and how I miss myself!–Colette I’ve heard that whenever a woman feels indecisive or depressed, she should […]

Appliances Drain Energy When ‘Off’

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In a feng shui seminar I once took, teacher Nancy Santo Pietro told us to always unplug appliances when they weren’t in use because they can still produce an electro-magnetic field that can create health problems over time (ranging from […]

Send This to a Grandmother You Love

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Send in a thousand grandmothers,They will surely volunteer.With their ancient wisdom flowing,They will lend a loving ear. First they’ll form a loving circleAround the wounded wing,Then contain the brutal beasts of warSweet freedom songs they’ll sing! A lullaby much strongerThan […]

Can Grandmothers Change the World?

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In 1996, a Laguna Beach psychotherapist named Sharon McErlane was startled by a vision of a “council” of loving grandmothers who urged her to help balance the “masculine and feminine energies” of the earth. Ever since that day, McErlane has […]

Breast in Mouth Looks Good to Me

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Check out the cute photograph that has disgusted some 5,000 complaining readers of BabyTalk magazine. Oh, what a world, what a world!

An Upside to the Heat Wave!

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Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson says that this summer’s high temperatures have converted him to believe in global warming. Do you like him any better?

Vegan Diet Reverses Diabetes Symptoms

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This new study sort of gets you thinking that the folks once considered “extremists” (like vegans) actually prove to be leaders dragging us all in a good direction. I do not practice a vegan lifestyle, but I learn much about […]

Beliefnet’s Blog on Conflict in Middle East

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I wholeheartedly recommend that you read Beliefnet’s new “Posts from a War” blog–particularly if you, like most people, find the Middle East conflict confounding. Every day Beliefnet posts new commentary on the war by scholars and religious leaders designed to […]

Caroline Myss on ‘War and the Health of the Collective’

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Medical intuitive and mystic Caroline Myss sent the following around in her newsletter(which is always a riot of interesting thinking). First of all, when a planet is at war, the entire vibration of the planet shifts to one of trauma. […]

How to Get Good Bodywork

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Thanks to Daily Candy for informing me of the grand opening of a new Thai Privilege Spa in downtown Manhattan. It sounds incredible. The photos of models on massage tables at the Bangkok-based company’s other facilities are sexy and lush. […]

Where to Find 12-Step Spiritual Support

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Thank you for all the sincere and supportive posts on the item I wrote last week about Alcoholics Anonymous. Beliefnet has an ongoing 12-Step Spirituality support group. And here‘s the last piece we ran about Buddhism and the 12 Steps, […]

Do You Believe in Healing Touch?

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Beliefnet published a great package on hands-on healing therapies yesterday. You might get re-energized by taking a peek.

Kumbaya R.I.P.

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You know your kids are in a lefty summer day camp when the music teacher turns to the gathered parents at the final concert and says, “Now we’re going to sing a song that I learned in Cuba.” After the […]

Ten Ways to Have a More Spiritual Summer

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In case you missed it, here‘s a recently repackaged piece I wrote for Beliefnet on ways to have a more spiritual summer. Unplug the television, swim in real water, gaze at the night sky, make presents for those you love, […]

In Vino Veritas: It’s All in Mel’s Chart!

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Astrologer Shelley Ackerman is sending an email to friends entitled “In Vino Veritas.” In it, she says Mel Gibson’s astrological chart (which she discussed in The National Council for Geocosmic Research newsletter two and a half years ago when “Passion […]

On Art and Fear

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“In the end it all comes down to this: you have a choice (or more accurately a rolling tangle of choices) between giving your work your best shot and risking that it will not make you happy, or not giving […]

‘Samadhi in Space’

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Ascent, the magazine that promises “Yoga for an Inspired Life” in each quarterly issue, is different from any yoga mag I’ve seen. Published in Canada by Swami Sivananda Radha since 1969, the issue currently on stands (with generous excerpts online) […]

Kids Juggle Their Way to Higher Test Scores

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High on my list of most inspiring people is Bill Hubert, a Wichita, Kansas, English teacher and martial artist who developed a truly amazing method of exercise for school kids that combines Brain Gym, juggling, and vision therapy. Studies show […]

Low-Fat Corn on the Cob Coating

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I like this idea from the blog Fatfree Vegan Kitchen: fresh corn on the cob with lemon juice and seasoned pepper–instead of butter.

Too Cool: Chakra Analysis Online!

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Thanks to faithful reader Kathy for this marvelous link to a 52-question test that tells you which of your chakras is under-functioning! It caught my weakness in the root chakra. Younger Chattering son took the test also (it only takes […]

There Is Relief Without DEET

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This year, I’m really appreciating Quantum’s Buzz Away Extreme, a natural insect repellent that provides protection from ticks for two hours and sends mosquitoes, gnats, and fleas (fleas?) packing for three-and-a-half to eight hours! The oils of geranium, cedarwood, citronella, […]

Do You Experience Healing Sleep?

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There’s so much nourishing material in Rubin R. Naiman’s book “Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening,” that you must send it to any friend with sleep issues, or buy it for yourself if you’re not […]

Don’t Knock 12 Step!

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Oh gosh, don’t you just hate it? Another study stays that the famous 12-Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous is no better than other rehabilitation methods. I can’t be entirely rational on this one. I think AA is terrific, and it […]

A Reader: It Takes War to End War

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Thanks to reader Moni who wrote this in response to that unsettling Cormac McCarthy quote about peaceniks being the first to give up their souls and their freedom: “I believe that what McCarthy is saying is true for now. People […]

Here They Are, In All Their Glory

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The 12 Steps 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will […]

Can’t Get This Quote Out of My Head

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“There’s no such thing as life without bloodshed. I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone could live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are […]

Fittest Founder? Thomas Jefferson’s Walking Cure

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Mr. Chattering is reading the collected letters of Thomas Jefferson, and he recently sent me this endearing (slightly odd) passage: “…Give about two [hours] every day to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes […]

Should We Raise Our Kids to Shun War Games?

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Guns are on my mind these days…And my chattering mind is so full of contradictions. Here’s the thing: The twelve-year-old Chattering I blogged about yesterday is much more interested in soldiers than he is in girls. He’s a big reader […]

Them’s Bears in These Woods!

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I’m back in the wilds of Western Massachusetts, getting healed by the air, the sounds, the lake swims, and the thrilling farmer’s markets. At seven this morning, our dog Chester and I left the house in the woods and walked […]

Found at Guido’s: Gluten-free Carrot Cake and Yummy Lemon Toothpaste

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There’s a delightful, though pricey, Whole-Foods-and-more in Great Barrington called Guido’s, and I could set up shop there for a month and blog about all the goodies. Two things new to me this week: a gluten-free spice cake/carrot cake mix […]

Just the Girl? Not for My Boy!

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The purchase of a family iPod seems to have accelerated the sweet Chattering boys’ interest in popular music. One song they particularly adore is a hit called “Just the Girl” by The Click Five. Here are the lyrics: She’s cold […]

The Body as Laboratory

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Went to Berkshire Mountain Yoga Studio for morning class yesterday, and the teacher read this lovely passage from B.K.S. Iyengar’s book “Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom:” “We begin at the level of […]

I’m Back in the Saddle

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Hard as he looked, Dr. Gastro found no ulcer. Just some inflammation of the stomach lining and lower esophogas. I’m supposed to call him on Wednesday to find out what’s next. Because blood tests show I have antibodies to the […]

Inhale, Hold, Exhale: Oh, Where Was I?

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Also, in yoga class, the teacher played this helpful audio tape that musically assists you in counting meditative breaths. Inhale six, hold three, exhale twelve is a good pace. Says the website: “Consistent, even measures allow the body itself to […]

Better to Know God Than Believe in God

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Hey guys, I’m wondering why nobody responded to that William B. Yeats quote I posted a few days ago. It made my week, so I was hoping it would leave you similarly dazzled. The fact that the great Irish poet […]

How Trauma Heals

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Nina Utne has a good article in the July/August Utne Readeron how Mathew Sanford, then 13, survived the trauma of losing a father and a sister and becoming paralyzed himself in the same car accident. Twenty years later, Sanford is […]

Oh Matchless Earth

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My best Acquaintances are thoseWith Whom I spoke no Word—The Stars that stated come to TownEsteemed Me never rudeAlthough to their Celestial CallI failed to make reply—My constant—reverential FaceSufficient Courtesy. Oh MatchlessEarth, Weunderrate thechance todwell in thee. –Emily Dickinson

I’ll Be Off Next Week

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Last night, I drove the kids from Brooklyn to Western Massachusetts where Mr. Chattering’s parents(my inlaws) have a house in the woods. The plan was to say here and blog for the next two weeks while the kids attend an […]

Doreen Virtue: Consume Love and Joy

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Beliefnet.com recently ran an interview with spirital author and teacher Doreen Virtue. Here’s my favorite passage of her “Lightworker’s Prayer,” which is printed in its entirety at the end of the article. “I accept a steady diet of love and […]

Building Health Through Better Diet

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The wondeful blog Vegan Lunchbox has posted an interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of several books on plant-based nutrition, including “Eat To Live” and “Disease-Proof Your Child.” In this conversation, Dr. Fuhrman points out that too many vegans are […]

Meat and the World’s Religions

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Speaking of diet, here’s a great guide to how the world’s religious traditions view consuming meat. Pretty fascinating. I personally feel that the meat I eat must be humanely raised and butchered. And I’m getting stronger in my resolve not […]

Are You Following Your Bliss?

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It is nice that you are reading me. But when you stop, will you be going off to do something you don’t want to do? As I was posting that Joseph Campbell quote yesterday, I looked over his foundation’s website. […]

Where Do You Find Rest?

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When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s life may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on […]

Newsweek Talks Up ‘Greening’

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Don’t miss Newsweek’s cover story “Going Green,” currently on the stands and online. I’m taking Newsweek’s full-page photo of San Diego’s hydrocarbon-free dry-cleaning store to my own dry cleaner. He’ll probably say he can’t swing it, but I know the […]

We Are the Consciousness of the Earth

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If you will think of ourselves as coming out of the Earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, you see that we are the Earth, we are the consciousness of the Earth. These are the eyes […]

Is ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Okay for Kids?

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Yesterday, I took the Chattering boys (ages nine-and-a-half and 12) to see “An Inconvenient Truth,” the documentary about Al Gore’s lecture on global warming. Midway through, the nine-year-old began to sniff, wipe away tears, and then sob in great heaves […]

William Butler Yeats’ Parting Thoughts

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“I am happy, and I think full of an energy, an energy I had despaired of. It seems to me that I have found what I wanted. When I try to put all into a phrase I say, ‘Man can […]

Bliss in Action: What a Feat!

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This Chris Bliss juggling video has been making the rounds. Just imagine all the hours of mindful practice. You’ve got to watch all four and a half mesmerizing minitues, and show it to your kids. Thanks to healthy home products […]

Zidane Redux

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Oh, now we understand. An Italian lip reader seems to think that French World Cup captain Zinedine Zidane delivered that head butt because his Italian opponent had insulted the whole Zidane family, AND Zidane’s mother had recently received some bad […]

Chant Resources

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CM reader Kathy asks: “Are you aware of a site that lists different chants that can be incorporated into a meditation practice?” Yes, actually, Beliefnet has an extensive section about chanting.

World Cup Conclusion: Time Out, Buddy! Go to Your Room!

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Chattering Mind likes to waltz into the family room to fold laundry during the last fifteen minutes of any televised sporting event. Often, this strikes everyone as obnoxious. But boy, did I get an eyeful during the last ten minutes […]

Can You Marry Amazement?

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When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. –Mary Oliver

More on Anger Management

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Anger continued to be a theme at our house last night. At first, it seemed unrelated to Zidane‘s World Cup lunge, but upon reflection, there had to be a connection. The Chattering boys argued near bedtime and I delivered yet […]

Guru Purnima: A Day to Honor Your Teachers

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Depending on your time zone, today and tomorrow mark the full moon celebration of the Hindu holiday Guru Purnima, a time to honor all gurus and teachers–and in India, a time to appreciate the coming rainy season. Say a prayer […]

Aging Hippy Chick Clothes

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Though I’ve never ordered anything from Soft Surroundings, I love the spiritual look of the clothes. “My time. My place. My self” is the company’s motto. Every outfit is so appealing to me. I pass on the link since I […]

Yes, Superman Is Golem-ish

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Here’s a brief snipped from Beliefnet’s article on the Christian undertones of the Superman story on the origins of Superman: Jews have often claimed the archetypal superhero as their own. Superman sprang from the imaginations of two Jewish cartoonists, and […]

Lama Surya Das’s Inspiring Newsletter

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Western Buddhist meditation teacher Lama Surya Das publishes a newsletter of inspirational quotes. The most recent ones contained Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support our needs. […]

July with Fireflies

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Where I live, the fireflies only seem to appear for an hour every night during the first three weeks of July. After that, I don’t know where they go. Fireflies are the most saintly bugs. I am filled with awe […]

What Keeps You Alive?

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God does not die on that day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is […]

What’s Your Favorite Natural Deodorant?

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“Oh by the way,” I said to Mr. Chattering this morning as he was putting on his socks, “When the time comes, don’t take Chattering Son Number One off to the drugstore to buy him a commercial deodorant.” “What, my […]

Weeds and What They Tell Us

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Heavy rains here in New York. And after the rain, the weeding! It seems the weeds in the Chattering family garden are growing two inches a day. “Weeds want to tell a story. They are Nature’s way of teaching us, […]

Family Back Bends

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Yoginis unite! I love these mother-daughter photographs (scroll down a bit) posted on the yoga mom blog “Facing Inward.”

Teen Peace Camp: Is This Cool, Or What?

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I wrote the rabbi today at the synagogue where my kids go to Hebrew School, and told him I’d help to organize a summer teen “Peace Camp” like this one. Sounds terrific, doesn’t it? In the course of the week, […]

Rating Natural Hot Dogs

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I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember when Ralph Nader offered congressional testimony on the American hot dog and called it a “torpedo of death.” The year was 1968. If you continue to have doubts about whether or […]

On Needing Superheroes

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We saw “Superman Returns” last weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly, though I found myself shifting in my chair slightly and even chortling when the director heaped on the Christian allegory way too heavily. I learned in eighth grade literature class […]

A Prayer for Our Nation

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Here’s a nice prayer for our country taken from the Jewish “Weekday, Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book,” used in this collection of patriotic quotes and prayers. Heavenly father, we invoke thy blessings upon the President […]

Will a Heavier Teddy Make a Kid Less Obese?

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It’s good that former president Clinton has been leading a campaign against soft drink machines in schools. Here’s another approach to tackling our nation’s youth obesity problem, one that I suspect will be considerably less successful.

CM Reader’s Spiritually-attuned Artwork

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CM reader Stacey-Robin objected slightly to what I said last week about the Barbara Walters/Star Jones Reynolds bruhaha, but I happened to notice, when I went to her homepage, that she’s a talented artist with lovely artwork up on her […]

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
Here are some blogs and websites I like. It's not a complete list. But it's a start. The first is called New Moon Journal and it is written by Michele Bailey-Lessirard, a life coach, collage artist, and "shamanic astrologer." On the opening page of her site, you'll find a little slide show of her am

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Still Posted at My Desk
"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:
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at

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