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Tonight: PBS Show on Kids with Cancer

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Got a note yesterday from Pamela Miles, author of “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide,” reminding me that PBS is airing a documentary about five children facing cancer–“A Lion in the House”–tonight and Thursday evening. “Seeing others’ conflicts and pain helps us […]

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We Are Not Our Photographs

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I noticed something painful this vacation, and that is, I don’t enjoy seeing myself in family photographs these days. We’re all getting older, right? And digital photography allows us to see ourselves immediately after a photo is taken. “Ahhhh…better delete […]

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Our Amazing Sea Turtle

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We didn’t expect to see one. Even the bikini-clad gal at the snorkle shed admitted that she’d only seen two in the last year. But my nine-year-old son desperately wanted to see a sea turtle in its natural habitat, so […]

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Catalog Backlog: Let Me Share the Wealth!

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The mailbox was brimming with catalogs when I came home after nine days away. I had two favorites. “Garden’s Alive” is a wonderful source for every conceivable organic or natural gardening product. I’m about to order its herbicide, Moss Aside, […]

What I’m Taking Along on Vacation

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* Biodegradeable sunscreen. (Mr. C. is actually worried I will think of nothing but skin cancer as I vacation with the whole Chattering family on the U.S. Virgin Islands this week.) * Yoga clothes. The hotel wisely boasts of classes. […]

Video: Steven Colbert Does the Religious Bugaloo

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This hilarious clip of Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert dancing liturgically made the email rounds at Beliefnet’s offices last week. The music, says Beliefnet producer Laura Sheahen, is a popular Advent song in Catholic churches. Have a quick peek.

What is a Lightworker?

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Here’s a summary from Lightworkers.org. “A LightWorker is anyone who chooses to be a channel between heart and mind, heaven and earth… There are many theories put forth as to what it means to be a LightWorker, from those who […]

My Day with Doreen Virtue and Her Flock of Angels

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The minute my pal Kathleen and I stepped into The Hotel Pennsylvania last weekend, we knew we had exited ordinary New York City and entered an elevated realm. The people milling around effervesced. “I want an angel T-shirt like that […]

The Zen of Screaming

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Speaking of singing, do you know about “The Zen of Screaming”? It’s an excellent DVD package of singing instruction, voice toning exercises, and downhome advice on how to belt out big musical numbers more effectively created by classically-trained singer Melissa […]

Links That Sing

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I like websites that sing at you the minute you show up. I wish my blog could sing; how wonderful it would be if every post had musical accompaniment that fit the topic or set the mood! Beliefnet recently linked […]

The Lord’s Prayer Re-translated

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Last weekend, I attended a workshop with angel authority Doreen Virtue, and during the day she happened to read Neil Douglas-Flotz’s translation of The Lord’s Prayer, which I’d never heard before, and which is felt by some to hew closer […]

Does God Have a Redemptive Plan?

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“The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God’s redemptive plan, not […]

A Dance in the Flames

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“Parenthood is a clumsy yet majestic dance in the flames. When you parent, you fall in love with a person who is always changing into someone else, and who you know will leave you.” —Elizabeth Lesser, “Broken Open: How Difficult […]

Lightbulbs Take Away the Moon

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“The angels told me that the invention of the lightbulb marked the onset of new diseases in the human race. Artificial lighting spurred us to extend our waking hours, as we tried to create an endless period of daylight. Lightbulbs […]

How Do Tibetan Prayer Flags Work?

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A reader asked how Tibetan prayer flags work. Well, here’s a nice explanation of what they are and how they are believed to bestow positivity and reverence for the Dharma (the Buddhist path). And here are some wonderful photographs of […]

Ain’t This a Kick in the Hemp Yoga Pants?

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My nurse practitioner/healthcare coordinator from Olive Leaf called today to tell me that blood tests show I’m anemic. Again. More anemic than last year. Anemia, or more specifically dietary iron deficiency, is the vegan mom’s ailment, isn’t it? But I […]

Guide to Guilt-Free Fish

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Last week The New York Times teamed up with Environmental Defense to produce this helpful guide to eating fish “with no environmental issues” a.k.a. low contamination levels.

Wal-Mart Goes Organic

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Whenever I go to South Carolina, I tell my brother that “everyone” up north is thinking about their health and buying at least some organic products. And my brother just shakes his head and says, “That just won’t go over […]

Nick Nolte, Peaceful Actor

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When Beliefnet.com was launched in 1999, Mr. Chattering wanted to allow anyone to talk about religion and spiritual development. He figured that if our producers got Hollywood celebrities to delve into these subjects, others would follow. Gossipy Hollywood interviews about […]

What Makes Religion Suffer

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“Religion has suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue–at the last day we shall not be regarded by what we thought but what we did to our fellow creatures.” —Ben Franklin

Rats and Lemonade

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“Hey! There’s a rat back there the size of a cat!”I said this to a stranger walking towards me on the sidewalk near the Brooklyn Public Library where the city has been doing some construction lately. “Really?!” the man exclaimed. […]

Om Mani Padme Goose Down?

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Hmmmm. Another sign of the times? The Company Store’s bed linen catalog features brightly colored goose down comforters in a manner strikingly similar to a row of Tibetan Prayer Flags. Coincidence? What do you think?

Best Homemade Teacher Gift

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We’re nearing the end of the school year, that time when parents and kids must decide what the heck to give the classroom teacher, that devoted man or woman who works a hard day and is always underpaid. We Chatterings […]

Change Your Mind Day

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Tricycle magazine is promoting its thirteenth annual international day of free meditation instruction this Saturday, June 3rd. Groups of varing sizes gather outdoors in predesignated spots. “Whether attended by many or few, the event is always powerful, connecting thousands of […]

Buber For Your Wall

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“The ones who count are those persons who–though they may be of little renown–respond to and are responsible for the continuation of the living spirit, each in the active stillness of his sphere of work.” —Martin Buber

Falling for Farro

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My friend Myra Klockenbrink, who will soon graduate from the Integrative Nutrition Institute, has introduced me to a new whole grain (actually, it’s a very ancient one): farro! “Farro (pronounced FAHR-oh) was one of the first grains known to man […]

More Than One Way to Warm Leftovers

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Poor Chattering Mind. The other Chatterings make ruthless fun of her for screeching, “Get your head away from the microwave oven when it’s running! It will scorch your brain, you fool!” Yes, I know there are better ways to convey […]

The Value of Quiet Time

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“I have many memories of quiet times in my life: an evening hearing frogs croak by the lake; an evening hearing catfish hit the bottom of a boat; the straightness of the pine trees in Mississippi; the Evergreens and Aspens […]

Virginia Woolf For Your Wall

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“I find myself saying briefly and prosaically that it is much more important to be oneself than anything else. Do not dream of influencing other people, I would say, if I knew how to make it sound exalted. Think of […]

Lohasians Make Headlines!

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My husband Mr. Chattering (a.k.a. Steve Waldman) and Beliefnet.com spirituality editor Valerie Reiss (who’ll be blogging for me while I vacation in two weeks) have a short “Periscope” item in the current issue of Newsweek in which they define what […]

Reiki as a Spiritual Practice

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I spent eleven hours training last week with Reiki master Pamela Miles, author of “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.” She speaks accessibly on the topic and seems to understand and have contacts within the mainstream medical community. It seems like she […]

A Guide to Get-well Gifts

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I’m always looking for gifts for people who are ill, gifts other than flowers that stimulate allergies, or plants that need watering in the hospital room. Here’s an article I once wrote on the subject. Now I have some additional […]

Quan Yin Malas

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Malas are strings of beads on which to count repeated mantras (words of spiritual or religious meaning). Last night, while researching the female bodhisattva of compassion Quan Yin (thinking I’d like to wear her in the form of a necklace […]

Meditation as Activism

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“…we must understand that meditation, the centerpiece of the Buddhist path, is itself the most radical kind of political action. Why? In meditation, we step out of the value system of the conventional world and start to look at things […]

Meditating on Great Photography

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My friend Nell Minow introduced me to the most marvelous “contemplative photography” website last night. It’s called “Miksang,” a word that means “good eye” in Tibetan, and it was launched by Nova Scotian photographer Michael Wood. He blends his own […]

‘You Are Someone’s Favorite Unfolding Story’

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“If you’re trying to figure out what’s coming next, turn off everything you own that has an ‘off’ switch, and listen. Make up some plans and be willing to change them on a dime. Identify your heart’s truest desire and […]

Best Teaching Tool? Yep, it’s Love

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Nice editorial from David Brooks in The New York Times yesterday on how to develop a public policy that might bolster the brain power of our children. He concludes–surprise, surprise–that love is all they need. “Kids learn from people they […]

Pillow Talk

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“Sweetheart,” I said last night while sitting in the dark on the edge of my son’s bed. “When I come in here to wake you in the morning, I notice that you’re all scrunched up in a little ball, like […]

May 27: New Moon in Gemini

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“During Gemini’s transit, the Sun sails toward its northernmost limit on the horizon. North is a cardinal direction which in many cultures represents “knowledge and wisdom”—and so your journey in Gemini is also towards gaining more knowledge. Gemini takes us […]

No! Retreats Aren’t All Expensive!

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“Retreat a la you sounds like big $,” writes CM reader Sharon in response to my post about my five-day retreat last summer. Au contraire! The best, most spiritual retreats at monasteries and convents are sometimes the cheapest! Really! And […]

The Roots of Profanity

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“Sacred and profane. What a gulf, what antipathy there is between those words! Yet all that ‘profane’ originally meant in its Latin root was ‘outside the temple,’ and later, still neutrally, in medieval Latin and French, ‘not pertaining to what […]

Affirm Your Intentions

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“I will focus my energy on my true intentions. I will not be distracted by noise, chatter or setbacks. Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me.” –Peg Streep, “The Woman’s Book of Guardians: Divine Guides, Muses, Totems, and Protectors […]

Do You Welcome the Sabbath?

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Last Friday evening, I attended a service in honor of my son’s Hebrew school teachers. At that gathering the rabbi reminded us that the weekend always arrives but that the Sabbath (which, as you may know, for Jews lasts 24 […]

People-watching With Maya Angelou

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“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” —Maya Angelou Photo by Louise

Infant Bereavement Photography

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Thanks to CM reader Daria for sending me the link to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization that helps parents of dying and deceased infants find volunteer photographers to capture their newborn and family free of charge–sometimes […]

Being and Becoming

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“Being is meditating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Behavior as it is normally defined no longer exists… Accordngly, being is an optimal state. Plus, you’re not just passively hanging around, letting things happen to you; you have […]

The Dangers of Multi-tasking

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We know we should do one thing at a time. When chopping onions, for instance, it’s best to chop with the whole mind, and not talk on the phone or listen to the radio. We also know it’s best to […]

‘Town & Country:’ Beyond the Polo Set

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“Town & Country,” the ultimate American “high society” magazine, has published a marvelous tribute to the “power of philanthropy” for the second year in a row, really demonstrating how socially conscious and helpful a glossy, jewelry-ad-backed magazine can be. In […]

Yes! You Can Give a Loving Wedding Toast

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Wedding season has begun! Did you know that August is the busiest month for weddings, with June a close second? This means that gossip-magazine moment is upon us–when the wedding party’s personalities come out to strut. That’s right, I’m talking […]

Childbirth Spell with Jasper

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Here’s a poem and ritual Paula Morhardt of Stockton, Illinois, recommends for childbirth in the Spring 20006 issue of “Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit, and Magic.” Place a piece of jasper, preferably green, on the stomach of the birthing mother. […]

Go-go Goji Berries!

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I’m sitting at my desk eating Himalania organic sundried goji berries. They’re coral-red, raisin-like berries that you can soak in tea, cook into breads, and blend into smoothies. But I’m munching them out of the package, three or four at […]

Why You Need a Summer Retreat

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As the voice of a loving friend, I insist that you take time off this summer, not to vacation, but just to be by yourself. That’s right, just you and you. I happen to know you have a sufficient number […]

A Water ‘Cure’ for Fibromyalgia

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Yesterday a CM reader mentioned the debilitating pain and suffering of fibromyalgia. I’m aware of this disease because until recently my older sister has been under the cloud of it for four years–immersed in pain, aggravation, and worry. “If I […]

More on Tummy Pride

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I wrote of Eve Ensler’s body acceptance campaign last week, and echoed the notion that everyone should love their rounded mid-sections (men, don’t stop reading here–your belly is not exempt). While it’s true that belly acceptance is a good first […]

Preventing Autism During Pregancy?

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I’ve been following Patty Lemer’s writings on autism spectrum disorders for years. Lemer is the co-founder of Developmental Delay Resources, a non-profit organization integrating conventional and holistic therapies for children with sensory-system challenges. Years ago, without payment or complaint, she […]

Flight to Joy?

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Well, thank goodness for the high-speed Internet access in most hotels these days, for I’m sitting by my lonesome in a Holiday Inn. It’s eleven o’clock at night, and after reading and sipping spring water in the Columbia, South Carolina, […]

Are Hummingbirds Angels?

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I spent five days in South Carolina watching my father’s hummingbird feeder and I didn’t spy a single hummer even though my dad’s live-in caretaker said only days ago that she saw seven different ones. I have compensated by researching […]

Keep Your Laptop Off Your Lap

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This month’s “Vanity Fair” features a long profile of TV personality Anderson Cooper and includes a photograph of CNN’s hottest correspondent working on the bed of a New Orleans hotel room with his portable computer resting on his outstretched thighs. […]

Hummingbird Poetry, No Less!

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The Hummingbirdsby Charlotte Smith Minutest of the feathered kind,Possessing every charm combined,Nature, in forming thee, designed A proof within how little spaceShe can comprise such perfect grace,Rendering the lovely; fairy race You’ll find more hummingbird poems here!

Bare Your Belly and Be Proud No Matter What

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In her latest play “The Good Body,” “Vagina Monologue” playwright Eve Ensler lifts her shirt to reveal her own “flabby, post-40 stomach” to a grateful audience. In the June issue of “O,” on page 217, Ensler does the same thing. […]

Mommy Lit

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I think you’ll like this essay by Katherine Ozment, a mom who reflects on the day her small son served as ring boy at a gay wedding. LiteraryMama.com, the online lit mag that published this piece, is always brimming with […]

Reading the Mags: ‘Spa’ Sparkles

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In the airport last night, on my way to South Carolina to visit my dad, I purchased the latest copies of “O” (Oprah’s magazine) and “Spa.” My chattering assumption (I could hear it loud and clear) was that in “Spa” […]

Mom’s Day Gift Guide by Astrological Sign

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Oh! This is such fun: here’s the link to Shelley Ackerman’s guide to what to give your mother this Sunday, organized by astrological sign.

Learning From Our Mother’s Mistakes

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Mother’s Day is not easy for those whose moms didn’t “deliver,” or for those whose moms are dead. Here’s a user-generated article from Beliefnet.com’s Mother’s Day package, helpful to those feeling distanced from the upcoming commemoration on Sunday. My own […]

David Blaine: Good for the Human Potential Movement?

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Will David Blaine’s breath-holding stunt encourage others to explore the yogi-like ability to slow down the heartbeat, still their metabolism, and stay super calm? Or is there a masochistic character to the man’s pranks? Is he shortening his life? Or […]

Tea is Served! And It’s Blooming!

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Imagine inviting a friend into your home for a visit and a long talk. Then imagine serving something as beautiful as these hand-tied tea blossoms in a clear mug of hot water. You could be discussing the saddest thing: a […]

‘Music for Accelerated Learning’ Works Wonders

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We let the young Chatterings stay up the other night to see if David Blaine could hold his breath under water for nine minutes (who knew ABC’s program would run on until 10 p.m.?). Next morning: uh-oh. Younger Chattering woke […]

‘May the Heart Come to Know Itself’

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Every time I go to synagogue with my husband and kids, one or two passages will leap off the prayer book page and touch me deeply. Here’s one I gravitated toward last Friday at Temple Beth Elohim, on the eve […]

Attention Holistic Moms

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When I look back on the days when I was either nursing or carrying my children constantly, I remember two things: The way Mr. Chattering would rush home to help me (since he’s generally worked in offices and I’ve mostly […]

How Green Are You?

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Today, I noodled around a website called GreenHome.com, and I realized, quite frankly, that I’m not as green as I like to think. Green Home markets a vast collection of hard-to-find products, all environmentally sound. I like the site’s no-frills […]

How The Ego Stops the Flow of the Heart

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I upset a reader last Sunday with my post that said that while I favor natural medicines to conventional ones, I am trying not to judge those who go the conventional route because I’ve come to see that mood-altering medicines […]

Rules of Prayer

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“Pray as if everything depends upon God; act as if everything depends upon you.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Reader Note: God is in the Lip Balm

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Regarding my frantic search for lip balm, I got this nice post from CM reader Ursula. Thanks! Einstein says ‘God is in the details,’ and your experience in finding the lip balm just as you were about giving up is […]

Yes, Anger Can be Healthy

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“Anger does not require hostile acting out. First and foremost, it is a physiological process to be experienced. Second, it has cognitive value–it provides essential information. Since anger does not exist in a vacuum, if I feel anger it must […]

A Yogi’s Path to Changing Moods

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Has anything happened recently to make you feel stuck in an unpleasant place? We live in an era when so many medicines are available to help us escape hardship: drugs for sleeplessness, anxiety, to alter heartache of grief. After years […]

Organizational Woes in Sacred Settings

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I asked you to send me your spiritual quandaries, and got some fine ones. CM reader Kathy wrote of the subtle but vicious power struggles within the leadership of her metaphysical church. You don’t need the particulars. But something tells […]

Blending Freud with Buddha

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“Practicing on only one level of your being will not enlighten all of you. If you just meditate, your psychodynamic ‘junk’ will not automatically go away. If you just meditate, your job or your relationship with your spouse will not […]

What is Leadership?

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“Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.” —Rabbi Edwin H. Friedman

A Search for Lip Balm–or Something More?

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My lips have been chapped for a couple of days, and I’ve been feeling too busy to do anything about it. I tried tiny fingertip doses of cocoa butter and moisturizing cream, but nope, nothing but lip balm will do […]

Atheism on the March

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Sam Harris, author of “The End of Faith,” is the new face of American atheism. Even though I don’t buy his whole argument, he makes fascinating points. Plus, he’s cool, charismatic. And he meditates! See him lament the incompatible claims […]

Talking Inspiration With Laurence Fishburne

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“Movie Mom” Nell Minow interviewed “Akeelah and the Bee” producer/actor Laurence Fishburne for Beliefnet.com, and the Williamson quote came up in conversation. Here’s an excerpt: Minow: The film makes great use of Marianne Williamson’s wonderful quote, “Our deepest fear is […]

Van Gogh: Life is Better Than Pictures

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It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to…The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures. —Vincent Van Gogh

The Most Famous Thing Nelson Mandela Never Said

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure,” begins the famous quote recently used so effectively in the whole-family movie “Akeelah and the Bee.” Print it out! Hang it […]

More on Yesterday’s House Blessing

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The gorgeous blessing I published yesterday turns out to be Irish. That’s not too surprising, is it? And in response to one reader’s question, a lintel is a horizontal structural beam that spans any architectural opening, usually a door. Here […]

For Mother’s Day: Hankies Blessed By Nuns

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“Is your mom mom-ish?” I overheard my older son ask another boy once. When he said it, I felt my own mom-ishness presented to me as a high concept. One wouldn’t want to be too mom-ish, would one? A little […]

Honoring the Four Directions

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My friend Frances Stahnke, director of the a yoga studio in Northern Virginia, wrote me with the following morning meditation and blessing, which she says came to her “on the spirit airways” Monday morning. You may recite it or think […]

Would You Eat Dandelions From a Local Park?

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In her latest nutritional newsletter, New York-based health and wellness expert Myra Klockenbrink encouraged people to visit their neighborhood grassy areas to pick young, serrated dandelion greens. She included a recipe for sautéing the greens with minced onion (or shallot), […]

House Blessings

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I like the old-fashioned idea of hanging a framed prayer or poem near a home’s entrance to bless the house, so I was happy to find this hand-written blessing that’s probably sixty years old at a Brooklyn flea market this […]

Buying an Outfit for the Bimah

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Yesterday, I was standing in the elevator of Bloomingdale’s Manhattan flagship store with a red-headed saleswoman who had sold me a pair of earrings ten minutes earlier. “I actually came here to buy something to wear to my nephew’s bar […]

A Big, Bright Fashion Tip

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One thing great about getting older: You realize that clothes don’t matter. The cut, the style, the trendiness of whatever you’ve got on, BLAH! Those things don’t influence what you telegraph. ALL of them are subservient to…to what? Can you […]

Attention Teens: Here’s How to Feed Your Parents

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How to Tame a Wild ParentFrom the excellent new paperback “Teens Ask Deepak: All the Right Questions” by Deepak Chopra. Do not give them reason to worry. See things from their point of view. Give them the benefit of the […]

Death Can Transform How We Live

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“Death is a difficult topic, but thinking about it is so worthwhile. Understanding death will transform how we live. We will instinctively know what’s important and what’s not. We will want to cultivate qualities that will make us blossom spirtually […]

A New Friend Has Vanished

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Steady CM readers know that my siblings and I recently set up our 91-year-old father’s house to accommodate round-the-clock nursing care. We turned our late mother’s dressing room into a pretty single bedroom just twenty feet from Dad’s bed so […]

Facing Menopause? The Golden Keys Are Tucked in Your Adrenals

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Hey gals: Do you want to have a good menopause? This may not be the most burning question for all of my readers, but for those of us contemplating it, please, can we talk? I was just saying to the […]

Spiritually Inclined Therapists Speak Out on ‘Shrink Rap’ Radio

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“I sometimes wish you were more of a religious teacher,” I once told a therapist I’d been seeing for years. “My own children have said the same thing,” he said. Then I think he chuckled softly. Today, many more psychotherapists […]

Which Sunscreen?

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Let the sunshine in! Naturally. I’ve purchased three seven-ounce tubes of UV Natural SPF 30+ sunscreen, which is now selling at Whole Foods, Nordstrom, and in the Chinaberry and Isabella catalogs. (Pssst: here’s a link to a place that reduces […]

Spiritually Overwhelmed? Hand Me Your Quandaries

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I think we did so well by Paul (whose spam filter has kicked back my note telling him we tackled his relationship problem last week), that I’m now encouraging all readers to ask me for assistance in addressing personal/spiritual challenges. […]

Who’s the Boss?

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Share this with your friends who are clinging to any particular best-selling diet book regimen! “Do not become so diet-conscious as for the diet to become master, rather than the self being master of the diet.” –Edgar Cayce, from “No […]

Sage Woman Magazine Tackles Simplicity

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This month’s Sage Woman magazine (“celebrating the goddess in every woman”) gives Real Simple and other slick, “complicated lifestyle magazines” a run for their money with articles like “Simplicity as an Act of Worship,” and “Packing Light.” Formerly the mag […]

Kabat-Zinn Offers Mindfulness to Business Leaders

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If you work as a manager/team leader, or if you know someone currently struggling to stay conscious and heart-centered in a business management or ownership situation, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is coordinating a “Power […]

Is This the Greatest Time to be Alive?

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Brooklyn-based, internationally-known Feng Shui teacher Nancy SantoPietro recently sent the following invitation to those interested in studying what she calls “Chakracology,” a healing method she created that combines shining colored light on the body with music and sound to heal […]

Wholesome GameCube Fun is Possible

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Thanks to reader Wendy for recommending these two uplifting, well-reviewed GameCube games: It’s a Wonderful Life (part of the “Harvest Moon” series), and Animal Crossing. I’m ordering them today (since the elder Chattering has a birthday in May), and I’ll […]

Spiritual Workshops Go Virtual

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In the coming monthsOmega Institute will provide live web broadcasts of three major workshops. For a fee that ranges from $65 to $100, you’ll be able to experience retreats broadcast live from Rhinebeck, New York, from the comfort of your […]

The Glittering Future of Spiritual Jewelry

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I have seen the future of jewelry and this is it: beautifully arranged, energetically potent gemstones charged with healing Reiki energy. Wow. Wouldn’t you love to wear jewelry that has been prayed over to bless you? If you were ill, […]

Calling All Soulful Pet Parents and Lovers…

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Below, a request from CM readers researching a spiritual pet book: – Do you consider your relationship to your pets(s) sacred and spiritual? – Do you count furry, fishy, or flying friends as part of the family? – Are there […]

The Light of Motherhood

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“One lamp–thy mother’s love–amid the starsShall lift its pure flame changeless, and beforeThe throne of God, burn through eternity–Holy–as it was lit and lent thee here.” —Nathaniel Parker Willis

GameCube Battle: What’s Fair Game?

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Much as I’d like to say, “My kids play their cellos every morning and are partial to Bach,” they actually play computer games on Saturdays, Sundays, and some vacation days. I held off on these until the oldest Chattering felt […]

DVDs + Kids + Restaurants = Bad Idea

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“Movie Mom” Nell Minow, my favorite online film critic, recently wrote a great piece for the Chicago Tribune about her reaction to seeing parents plop a DVD player in front of their daughter so the youngster could watch a Disney […]

Helping a Lover Who Chatters About the Past

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CM reader Paul has a dilemma. He writes: “I’m in a relationship with a woman who, over dinner, continues to bring up incidents with grown children (who’ve moved away), and an ex-husband (who has remarried). She does not understand why […]

You Commune with the Dead

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Thanks for your posts! Keep writing! I got some good ones on how to speak to the dead. A reader named Mary said that she talks to her deceased Mom all the time. “I ask her for guidance. She helps […]

Soulful Mail on Money

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Great thoughts from you on money too! Chanteuse writes: “I value my time more highly and my money less so, so I take less care of it while I focus on getting kids to various activities and on arranging a […]

‘Leave Behind All Regrets’

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“Leave behind all regrets about the past, let us not make the path to the future difficult for ourselves. The very mistakes of the past must not fix attention upon themselves. Striving into the future must be so strong that […]

Appreciating the Lives of the Dead

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“If we have lost someone we love, we must be able to raise ourselves to a feeling of thankfulness that we have had him; we must be able to think selflessly of what he was to us until his death, […]

Love is Something You Practice

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“In the practice of Intimate Communion we learn that love is something you do, not something you fall into or out of. Love is something that you practice, like playing tennis or the violin, not something you happen to feel […]

How to Connect with the Deceased

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After blogging last week on James Van Praagh’s views of the afterlife, I was asked by reader Azmina how she might contact her deceased husband. I have my own ideas, but on this I decided to consult my pal Sarvananda […]

Penguin Meditation

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The Chattering boys are out of school all week, so today I took them to New York City’s historic Central Park Zoo (I had to blog until three in the morning to earn this day off, but I’m so glad […]

How Would Love Wash a Dish?

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“How would love wash a dish? While standing at the kitchen sink, breathing love in and out of your heart, feeling outward to the moment’s open edge, how does your body rub the soapy sponge across the surface of each […]

Readers on Borg: ‘Not Digging His Way to Hell’

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From reader Pacific231: “Borg’s “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” is essential reading. I could totally relate to his personal religious conundrum and found his book extremely helpful.” From reader Rebecca T:“I’m not a fan of Borg myself. It’s […]

Does Money Own Your Soul?

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I’ve been thinking about the soul of money because, as you know, it’s tax time. Happily, our 2005 return is ready to mail, but once again, Mr. Chattering and I won’t know what we’re really owed; we’re too busy with […]

Reaching for God and the World

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“Spiritual development is basically an attempt to balance two opposing forces in human nature. We are two-natured beings. One in us moves toward God, and the other moves out toward the world. This is humanity’s uniqueness, its glory, and its […]

Malcolm Muggeridge on Prayer

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“Somehow the notion of putting specific requests to God strikes me as unseemly, if not absurd. I squirm when I hear trendy clergymen asking God to attend to our balance of payments, or to adjust the terms of trade more […]

‘National Boundaries Are Illusions’

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“National boundaries are illusions. They are man made. So for instance, if a rainforest is cut down, we lose the lungs of our planet. And when the lungs are lost, the results are felt throughout the whole world.” —Dr. Brian […]

Delicious Blog: Vegan Lunch Box

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Do you want to eat healthier and raise kids with good eating habits, but lack new ideas as you stand at the health food store thinking, “I’m so tired of packing my kid’s lunch, I can barely stand it”? My […]

Spring Cleaning Tip: Dispose of Old Computers Properly!

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Do you keep non-functioning electronics, hoping that some day you’ll figure out how to responsibly trash them? As if in honor of spring cleaning, Salon has published a hugely helpful article by Elizabeth Grossman on how to recycle toxic trash. […]

Fact or Fiction: Did Christ Rise from the Dead?

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Easter is never problematic in terms of what I like to do: dye eggs, stage an Easter egg hunt, eat at least one chocolate bunny, enjoy the warmer weather, and wrestle once again–quietly and in my own way–with the notion […]

Hold Steady, Says the Buddhist Master

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“We don’t need to overcomplicate things with all sorts of wandering discursive thoughts, superstitions, doubts, and over-thinking everything. Be strong and straightforward within, have strong intention, and develop firm faith, devotion and inner conviction. What you decide to do, you […]

Fellow Caretakers Speak

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Thanks to all the readers who’ve shared their stories about caring for elderly or ailing family members. Kathryn, currently preparing to bid farewell to her dad, wrote this: We have decided to obey his every request right now, including letting […]

Keeping the Faith

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“I don’t know if the conversations I have with God are actually prayer, but I have faith that the conversation is enough. I believe in karma and trying to ‘do the right thing.’ I believe in Mother Nature and try […]

If I Ran the Zoo

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I’m not complaining. My father is staying in a pretty good hospital, but if I ran the zoo (a reference to that amazing Dr. Seuss book), man-oh-man, everything would be different. My ideal hospital would be a center for true […]

Healing Arts in a Hospital Daze

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Do you hate hospitals? Almost everybody does. But today, my ten hours in a regional medical center tending to my ailing father weren’t awful. I went in well-armed with bottled water, Arnica creams, essential oils, and yes, even Steven Halpern’s […]

Angels in the Choir and at the Bedside

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Check out the April issue of Real Simple. It contains a marvelous article about Kate Munger’s all-volunteer choir that sings for the terminally ill. “I don’t feel like I’ve given up anything to do this. I get unbelievable riches, though […]

‘I Believe That Everything is a Prayer’

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I believe that there is a mysterious and graceful and miraculous Coherence stitched through this world. I believe that this life is an extraordinary gift, a blink of bright light between vast darknesses. I believe that the fingerprints of the […]

Boy Child of the Lake, Brother of Apple

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin have named their new baby Moses. Apparently, Moses is a common male first name these days, “ranking 472 out of 1219 for males of all ages in the 1990 U.S. Census,” says […]

Van Praagh: ‘Love is All Around Us’

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I’m generally not so keen on contacting the dead, and I’m bothered when TV psychics and mediums say things like, “I’m seeing a girl. Do you have a sister? A daughter? Oh, of course, your niece!” I essentially agree with […]

Fearless in NYC

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There’s much to tell about last weekend’s “Being Fearless” conference, organized by the increasingly influential Omega Institute (be sure to get a copy of the summer program catalog here). Within twenty hours, I saw Malcolm Gladwell, Caroline Myss, Wayne Dyer, […]

Prayer of a Christian Shaman

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Lord, make us instruments of your divine madness. Make us empty so we can know the fullness of your mysteries. Help us experience who we are not so we can become who we are. Help us be serious about the […]

Loving Myss to Pieces

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What is it about teacher, intuitive, and mystic activist Carolyn Myss? Over the years, I’ve been sort of put off by her. But after hearing her Omega fearless speech, I’m utterly smitten. She’s got this marvelous stand-up schtick, with her […]

One Man’s Beliefs

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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge–That myth is more potent than history.I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts–That hope always triumphs over experience–That laughter is the only cure for grief.And I believe that love is stronger […]

More on Belief, Truth, and Astrology

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My substitute last week posted an item on why she was “over” astrology, and she got this thoughtful response from “Willsea.” “Astrology, taken from the broad view, can create metaphors that lead us back to the self. It’s not about […]

Healing Is Believing

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“You know, according to Tibetan Black Hat Feng Shui, when a light fixture in the center of the house is broken, it can affect the residents’ health,” I said to our electrician while he installed a mission chandelier at home […]

Too Soon For a 9/11 Movie?

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I forced myself to watch (for you) the online trailer to the upcoming film about United’s Flight 93, the flight where passengers bravely disrupted the hijacker’s 9/11 plot to destroy the White House. It’s being billed as an “unflinching drama” […]

Is There a Cell Phone-Brain Tumor Link?

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Now, who am I to stir you up? Is it my job to give you more chattering thoughts? Well, I felt I needed to alert you to a new cell phone/brain tumor study. It’s not definitive. But it’s not good […]

Greet the Day with the Dalai Lama

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Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up.I am alive, I have a precious human life.I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, […]

60-Second Seder

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Hold on to your yarmulkes. Here’s a 60-second animated Passover seder, in Hebrew no less. It’s cute, but hardly captures the real flavors. Oh my G_d! The first time I tasted horseradish on a matzoh with haroset (chopped apples, dates, […]

Birdsong: Essential Nutrient

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Have you noticed the songs of the birds returning to your neighborhood? I’m always amazed at how they spring into song the moment the weather warms. Our parakeet, who recently died, was a marathon warbler. Three years ago, we bred […]

Inspired by a Failed Explorer

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My fourth-grade son is required to write a 600-word biography of the Portuguese navigator Esteban Gomez, a man known for establishing that there was no easy trade route to China through the New World, around 1524. Because the young Chattering […]

A Cosmic Moment in Time

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Those of you reading this blog Tuesday evening will appreciate that tomorrow, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 a.m., the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06 That won’t ever happen again. Thanks so much to Rev. Vic […]

Return of the Vermin: Why Now?

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It was great to see Mr. Chattering and the kids again. But while I was gone my children acquired new friends–thriving head lice. Apparently, our school has become infested. Two hours into my homecoming, I was combing Pantene cream rinse […]

Connecting to Tony Soprano?

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Did you catch actor Hal Holbrook (in the guise of a hospital patient) tell Tony Soprano last night that “We are all connected. We are all one”? Later in the program, the nation’s favorite gangster confesses that he’s thinking we […]

A Door Has Opened for Me

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I’ve seen a realm I knew existed but hadn’t visited before. It’s a world in which you say to a Delta ticket agent: “My 91-year-old father is terribly ill, and I can’t spontaneously pay $1,200 for every plane ticket.” It’s […]

Forget the Stars (Why I’m Over Astrology)

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Mercury is always in retrograde. It’s probably retrograding right now. At least it seems that way. While the fickle nature of the gray planet is an excellent justification for a bad hair day or a bad day at the office […]

Gratitude: Have it Your Way

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My moments of gratitude may come just before sleep, but for others gratitude often finds a different time to take over. Take CM reader Daria, who sinks into thankfulness while swimming her morning laps. The physical act of pushing through […]

Editor’s Note

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Stepping in for Amy Cunningham this week is the amazing Marisa Lowenstein, an NYC-based writer whose work has appeared in Natural Health, Travel + Leisure Family and Lime.com.

Super Salad to the Rescue

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In my ongoing battle to introduce my fiancé to the bliss of healthy eating, I am occasionally granted a small victory. The Superfoods Rx Salad is one of them. Incredibly simple to assemble, this dish is also one of the […]

A New New Medicine

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Halfway through last night’s viewing of “The New Medicine”, I wondered if the producers at PBS had chosen the best title for this documentary about mind-body health. Introduced by the heroic (and now angelic) Dana Reeve, “New Medicine” covers the […]

Dancing Meditation

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I use a simple one-two-three, one-two-three, while P’s more of the slow-quick-quick-slow type. We’re taking dance lessons. We’re working on a fox trot/swing combo. We’re supposed to dazzle the wedding guests with our grace and agility. But as of yesterday—lesson […]

A Sweaty Nod (and Bow and Whisper) to the Divine

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My hands are in prayer position. They start at my third eye, graze my nose, pausing at my mouth before landing in front of my heart. Then I place my palms on the floor in front of my feet and […]

Spiritual Honeymoon in Fantasy Thailand

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Depending on the day, I’m slightly to extremely obsessed with Thailand. The first three months of 2006 have been dedicated to the Land of Smiles–I’m all about curries and rice noodles and creamy Thai iced teas. I even bought a […]

The Secret Power of Doughnuts

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Buy a box of Entenmann’s assorted doughnuts (powdered, plain, chocolate). Place them on your counter. Watch what happens. Humans are magnetically attracted to doughnuts. Especially when they’re in a blue-and-white box that reminds us of childhood. P dropped them in […]

God With Your Wedding?

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“How do you feel about using the word ‘God’ in your ceremony of marriage?” I had successfully avoided the question–buried in the 10-page survey that our officiant had us fill out–for a full week. The answer was so obvious and […]

Gratitude Lists

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I try to make a daily gratitude list. Sometimes I call it a gratitude prayer. Requiring no pen or paper, it’s just a conscious ticking off of the people or things or moments for which I am thankful today. I […]

The Three W’s Take On the Three S’s

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“The cure to combat the three S’s–stress, strain and speed–can be found in the three W’s–the work of devoted practice, the wisdom that comes from understanding the self and the world and worship. Because ultimately surrendering what we cannot control […]

Boost Your Signal with Uplifting Talk Radio

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We were talking about affirmations earlier this week, those little uplifting phrases you say to yourself throughout the day. The reigning queen of this practice is Louise Hay, a self-help teacher famous for assigning affirmations to any problem and helping […]

Freud’s Iconic, Sacred Space

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“Freud is Not Dead” reads the March 27th cover story of Newsweek. Actually, I don’t want to contemplate whether Freud’s thinking is dead or alive, in or out. What I’d like to behold with you is that couch, the couch, […]

I’m Off Next Week

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“Mommy, what if heaven is all a dream?” my younger son asked Thursday night, knowing that I was going away Friday to be with my 91-year-old father who has been hospitalized again. “Yes, and what if life is all a […]

Let My People Go, Mon

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Let’s change that Passover salutation “Next year in Jerusalem” to “Next year in Montego Bay!” Shall we? For the upcoming Jewish holiday, JewishMusic.com offers an upbeat Reggae Passover CD. (Click on the words “Audio Library” at the top of the […]

The Garden Awakens

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“Spring cleaning is a time to release what we are hiding. The room such things take robs us of new life. Now is the time to gather the old from under those sneaky bushes where things tend to hide. Now […]

Magical, Mystical Library

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Mystical experiences are a universal, spiritually revelatory phenomenon with all kinds of individual textures––time suddenly comes to a glorious halt, or the world becomes one breathing, whole organism, or the entire cosmos and your place in it immediately make soul-shaking […]

Did God Create and Run?

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Yesterday Salon posted Steve Paulson’s wonderfully readable interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor Edward O. Wilson, founder of sociobiology and author of “On Human Nature.” Wilson may not say what you want to hear about God’s existence–he’s not so sure […]

Advice from the Godfather

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“The best reappraisals are born in the worst crisis. It has happened to all of us in relative degrees. Be glad for it and don’t be afraid of being afraid.” –from Marlon Brando to ex-lover Marilyn Monroe in a telegram […]

Night People Speak Out (Score for Mr. Chattering!)

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One CM reader sides with Mr. Chattering in believing that morning people are born, not made. In fact, Rebecca T. (who ruminates on all kinds of smart things here) says true night people have trouble adjusting in a world that […]

The Early Bird vs. the Late Sleeper

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Are you a morning person? I pretty much am, which is to say I wake up hungry, filled with curiosity about the weather, eager to roll up the blinds. Mr. Chattering and I have a running disagreement over whether people […]

Embracing the Real, Big Mama Sweetness

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“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” –E.B. White

Killing Us Sweetly

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Last Sunday the Chattering clan gathered at my in-laws’ suburban home to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Chattering’s father Martin. Near the table was a vat of caffeine-free, sugar-free Diet Coke. As our eleven-year-old son lunged for that bottle like […]

Get Your Giggle On

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Do you need a good laugh? In response to my blog item about drugs and kids getting high, a reader named Robert reminds us that laughter triggers healthy, euphoria-inducing chemicals in the body. “Laughter is, in my opinion, the best […]

The Classic Wisdom of Stuart Smalley

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Speaking of that smarmy Stuart Smalley, did you know that years ago, Al Franken wrote a hilarious book based on his classically nasal, co-dependent, self-help group-addicted SNL character? As the King of Affirmations, in I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, […]

Dissolving Smarm with Pith

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There’s a “smarmy Stuart Smalley” quality to the affirmations I posted yesterday, writes faithful reader Pacific231. As an antidote, she or he suggests discussing Buddhist “pith” teachings. Great idea. A pith saying is a distilled lesson, a gist, a bit […]

Our Bodies, Ourselves

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Human anatomy is God-made at birth and becomes man-made as he grows. —Master yogi B.K.S. Iyengar to Beliefnet’s Corinne Schuman.

Positive Thoughts Can Heal

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Do your chattering thoughts tear you down? Do negative memories become your life’s story? You need some affirmations then, little sayings that you can repeat to yourself as you walk or meditate. You can also post them on your bathroom […]

Planting Powerful Seeds on Monday’s Equinox

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Waverly Fitzgerald has a wonderful essay about the meaning of the Spring Equinox (the first day of Spring) on her website. In it, she describes a planting ritual you can use this week. She writes: Several years ago, my family […]

Do You Have a Living Yoga Practice?

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“Yoga practice should not conflict with our life but contribute to it. Whatever connects us to our essence is our practice. Whatever clears our head so we can see what is important is our practice. Once we get clear that […]

Defining the Shadow, and Turning It to Art

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“Mom, Mom, it’s that shadow guy!” the kids said, jumping with excitement. After reading about him in The New York Times a few months ago, the kids and I bumped into Ellis Gallagher yesterday. Actually, we almost fell over him. […]

God Is Not a Being

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“God is not a being; God is Being. For those who have found God, his presence shows in honesty, kindness, carefully chosen words, and an absence of shame about the past. The pain may still be there, though quieted, but […]

The Seasonal Walk of the Labyrinth

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After several pleasant days in the mid- to upper-fifties, and one in the sunny mid-sixties, it is cold again here in New York. An inch of snow may arrive by Friday. The coming of Spring reminds me of a labyrinth […]

From a Reader: Easter Memories

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Thanks to reader Alana Perrault who wrote this fond remembrance of her Ukrainian egg decorating (pysanky) sessions with her loving, multi-generational household. Pysanky nights sent us into “perfect child” mold, finishing our homework and chores in record time so we […]

Thanks for the Mail

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I got abundant mail on the item I posted last week about clutter. Some of you have minimized your CD stress and mess by downloading onto your iPod your entire CD collection. (“Is such a thing possible?” I’ve asked friends […]

Earth, Wind, Water, and Clutter

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There’s a lot of interest among you in Feng Shui, the practice of rearranging your environment for maximum health and stability (the actual translation of the words is “wind” and “water”). My study of this subject has helped me greatly, […]

My Favorite Children’s Book on Spring

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This year marks the 100th birthday of my favorite children’s book on Spring. Actually, “The Story of the Root-Children” is my favorite young children’s book of all time (much as I also love Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon”). I think […]

Spring’s Fertility Symbol Gets Some Nice New Clothes

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The folks who run the HearthSong Catalog knocked themselves out this year, it seems, to present a large and offbeat collection of egg-decorating kits for the celebration of Easter or Spring Equinox. And they’re all under $20. So if you’re […]

A Light Exists in Spring

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A light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On solitary hills That science cannot overtake, But human nature feels. It waits upon the lawn; It […]

Thoughts for Tuesday’s Full Moon

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It is the full moon day.If there had been a cloud over your heart,make this silent moment your beginning again. Enjoy the full moon with a clear heart.It is your beginning. —Gayuna Cealo If the moon fascinates you and you […]

Teaching Kids How to Get High, Naturally

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The drug counselors are back at our school. They come as a privately-hired group to discuss the hazards of drugs with the 4th through 8th-grade kids. “They told us not to eat anything in the medicine cabinet,” says the younger […]

Are You Dominated by Your Fears?

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I don’t want to be East-Coast-centric, but the Omega Institute holds an important conference March 31 through April 2 in New York City called “Being Fearless.” Click here for details. Among the speakers: Caroline Myss, Malcolm Gladwell, Wayne Dyer, Jon […]

Beauty Advice from Jesus

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Oprah’s O Magazine got Anne Lamott to write about aging, radiance, and beauty for the April issue (which was just squeezed through my mail slot). Here’s an excerpt, but get your hands on the whole thing. It’s a fabulous essay. […]

How to Cope with a Potentially Toxic Potluck Supper

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The whole foods publication “Macrobiotics Today” has a new Q&A column by someone calling herself Shiitake Jones. I am an instant fan of this fine and funny food writer (who is also a yoga teacher), but the people coming to […]

Downloadable Dharma Talks: Here’s a Great Resource!

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The Dharma Seed Catalog now has the most fantastic online resource of audio meditations and teachings. I am so happy to link you to this exciting find! And everything is free (though Dharma Seed asks you to send a contribution […]

Planning a Family Organizational Spree

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You know, I’ve been so taken with Fly Lady’s belief that it’s better to spend fifteen minutes every day de-cluttering than it is to spend half your Saturday doing the same. I’ve managed to lighten up our house by maybe […]

Donating Books is Not Easy for the Clingy Chatterings

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We are in our school’s entrance hallway at 8:15 in the morning. I am carrying two large bags of books we no longer need. The younger Chattering and I culled through these books last night. We are excited because our […]

Lenten Sacrifice: So Far So Good

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Giving up white flour and refined sugar for Lent hasn’t been that rough, though I am reminded daily of just how frequently those two ingredients appear in almost everything desirable. One nice re-discovery: millet bread (it contains millet and brown […]

A Vedic Read on This Month’s Mercury Retrograde

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Don’t sign important documents, or initiate large-scale projects for the next three weeks! Vedic astrologer James Kelleher has this to say in his newsletter about the Mercury Retrograde period we will remain in through March 25th. Interesting that this period […]

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