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And Finally, This:

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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 […]

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Suzanne Vega’s New Album

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Good news. Folk chanteuse Suzanne Vega has released her first CD in six years. It’s called “Beauty and Crime.” If you’re not acquainted with her feminine, floaty, breathy voice, please listen to samples of her work at the above link […]

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A Path to Healthy Feet

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Remember having those toughened-up “summer feet” when you were a kid? I ran barefoot much of the summer as a child, but like most adults, would never go beyond my house and garden without shoes now. Well, here’s a somewhat […]

All Learning Stems From Wonder

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“In every soul who seeks to reach the truth, there must, at one time, be present this experience of standing in awe before the universe. Otherwise our thinking will attain merely to what is correct, but never to the truth […]

Gallery of Goodies From LOHASian Travels

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Holistic Spirituality editor Valerie Reiss files a report on the fun, eco-reinforcing findings she collected at the recent Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability convention here.

Enviros Wary of Green-Lites

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You’ve got to read this piece from yesterday’s New York Times: “Buying Into The Green Movement: Eco-friendly shopping may be fashionable, but critics argue it won’t reduce global warming.” This had to be said, and writer Alex Williams reports the […]

Celebrate This Week’s Summer Solstice

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

How to Build a Midsummer Bonfire

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

Making a Midsummer Wreath

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

Puck Celebrates Midsummer’s Eve

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

Calming the Minds of School Kids

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

Is Your Home a Sanctuary?

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

Spiritual Book Award Winners

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

Interpreting Top 40 Hits

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

Ken Wilber on Integrating Shamanism

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

‘Mother Jones’ Contemplates the Death of Nature

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

Anger Easier on the Body Than Fear

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

Check Your Vitamin D Level

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

Engaging Kids in the Cooking Process

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

Feed Your Family Food That Counts

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

Playing With Religious Symbols

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

Could Paris Hilton Be the Next Lady Di?

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

“People’s Pharmacy” Boasts Novel Home Remedies

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

We Create the Future

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

Prayer Beads to Honor Saints

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

Lovable Dog Website

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

I Liked the ‘Sopranos’ Finale!

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

On Caring

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

God’s Gender

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

God Loves Tony Soprano

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

New Blogging Software Loading Soon

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

A New Spiritual Sign-off

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

Coffee in Moderation Best for the Pregnant

posted by Chattering Mind

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

‘Twilight Zone’ for Teens

posted by Chattering Mind

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

Paging Shirley MacLaine: You’re On!

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

The Lindsay-Paris-Britney Effect

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

Tuesday is UN’s World Environment Day

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

Alternative Health’s Take on TMJ

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

Rudolf Steiner Explained

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

How to Help a Dying Friend

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

Photos From Folks Who See Angels

posted by Chattering Mind

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

News for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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

Homeopathy for Dental Woes

posted by Chattering Mind

Well, the 10-year-old Chattering gets braces put on his teeth today. What’s interesting is that there’s no stigma to having metal in your mouth these days because so many kids have braces, and in our case, they all go to […]

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.

Click to See Twain’s “War Prayer” Animated

posted by Chattering Mind

For 16 years, journalist and Washington Monthly president Markos Kounalakis has been wanting to bring Mark Twain’s bitterly anti-war prose piece “The War Prayer” more fully into the public square. Kounalakis read and connected to the famous short story just […]

When We Prayed For Victory, Did We Pray For This?

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Here’s an excerpt from Twain’s story “The War Prayer.” It is the text of a dark, sardonic prayer uttered in church by a stranger who reveals to a gung-ho, pro-war community what real war often is. “O Lord our Father, […]

Does Your Six-Year-Old Paint Like Picasso?

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Get ready, parents. School art work is about to come home–heaps of tissue paper collages, posterboard paintings, and charcoal drawings. You’ll want to frame some, hang some, and then store everything you don’t pitch or recycle. In a feng shui […]

Honey Bee Symposium at Salon.com

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Bravo, Salon.com for running this symposium on what’s causing the seeming demise of the honey bee. The good news is that cell phone usage probably isn’t responsible. Bees may well be adapting to climate change and pesticide use. Says Wayne […]

Daria?

posted by Chattering Mind

It’s funny how online friendships work: you meet, you connect, you chatter on with the assumption that your cyber pals will be there forever. But then sometimes they vanish. So perhaps I’m not alone in my glee as I notice […]

“Peace Mom” Sheehan Quits

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Whether they loved her or loathed her, folks listened to anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, the mother of US Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a 24-year-old Humvee mechanic who was killed in 2004 after being based in Iraq for five days. On […]

War on the Couch

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This morning, the radio news program Democracy Now was discussing a new documentary that sounds therapeutic and incredibly interesting since it analyzes how our leaders “spin” us into thinking that war is necessary. The spin has been perpetuated over the […]

Life Beyond Bar Mitzvah

posted by Chattering Mind

It’s over, it was wonderful, it was one of the sweetest days of my life. I wish you could have been there because I know you would have enjoyed it tremendously. I am humbled, but also on top of the […]

Lady Bug Red Lends a Better Buzz

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Our caterer turned us on to an organic vineyard in Redwood Valley, CA, that uses ladybugs to keep pests away, producing a lovely LadyBug Red table wine that many of our evening party guests enjoyed. Our Kosher red for the […]

Great Thanks

posted by Chattering Mind

Those are the words Keith Olbermann uses for every single guest on his MSNBC show, “Countdown.” I offer them now to you. Great thanks to Amy Cunningham and mazel tov in advance for her son’s bar mitzvah, great thanks to […]

The Metaphysics of Diabetes

posted by Chattering Mind

by Dr. Susan CorsoFor almost 20 years, I have manifested Type II Diabetes. The medical pundits say that, these days, it’s become a veritable epidemic, especially in our young people. What’s going on? Oh yeah, I know. Computers, less-than-healthy eating […]

The Bridge People

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by Dr. Susan CorsoCosmic Bridge People are born to build a bridge from an old consciousness to a new one. Bridge People come in all sizes, shapes, formats, genders, and ages. The insightful and talented Anna Quindlen wrote about a […]

We Call her Mary Mags

posted by Chattering Mind

by Dr. Susan Corso I can’t wait till I reach 150. It won’t be long. I’m already up to 148. Someone just has to write them. I’m talking about books about Mary Magdalene. Some of us have been onto her […]

Exit Karma, Enter Dharma

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by Dr. Susan CorsoWhen I moved to Boston, a friend in California told me there was someone here I must meet. Let’s call her Ms. Boston. He gave me her numbers and every time I went to call her, I […]

Rich Letters

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by Dr. Susan Corso I don’t really wish to go back to the days of writing “real” letters which arrive in the post box—I like the immediacy of email way too much—but I love reading old letters. They take me […]

The Promiscuous Pray-er

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by Dr. Susan Corso All right, I’ll admit it. I had a reputation in seminary. They called me The Promiscuous Pray-er, which meant… she’ll pray with anyone anywhere any time about anything. It was true then, and it’s true now. […]

Captain Karma, We Salute You

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by Dr. Susan CorsoCould it be that he was a plantation owner and she an abused slave in the antebellum south? Or maybe she was a pasha and he a neglected harem dancer in long ago Arabia? Or perhaps they […]

Your Wish Is Your Command

posted by Chattering Mind

by Dr. Susan Corso He is known mostly by his first name alone—Neville. I only came upon his full name by chance, if you believe in that sort of thing: Neville Lancelot Goddard. (Isn’t that yummy?) He was a teacher […]

Hate is a Four-Letter Word

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by Dr. Susan CorsoYears ago, I knew a woman who, whenever she was confronted with any distasteful aspect of the human condition, would say, “Doncha just hate that?” It always made us laugh at the time. It reminds me of […]

Festina Lente

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by Dr. Susan Corso So many of us on the spiritual path are seekers, and seeking—especially if we have any intent toward finding—means… books. What I read these days is very different from what I read when I started out. […]

Listening is Love

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by Dr. Susan CorsoI know Amy wrote about this gorgeous video last month (Thursday, April 19, 2007), but someone who loves me sent it to me today and I had to add my nickel. Thousand-Hand Guan Yin is the name […]

I Pick . . . Um, Evolution

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by Dr. Susan CorsoI love Ken Wilber’s mind. He’s a genius, a deep thinker, and a wonderful synthesist. Sometimes when I read his writing, I feel like he’s done my homework for me. Join his mind online and be prepared […]

What’s In a Name?

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by Dr. Susan Corso, seedsforsanctuary.com Oh, just everything. The name of something is its nature. Think of nearly every fairy tale ever written. Being a namer of anything gives one power. The first time I saw the title of the […]

A Parking Nightmare

posted by Chattering Mind

by Dr. Susan Corso, seedsforsanctuary.com Although I’m a New Yorker, I am living in the oh-so-civilized city of Boston for the moment. Which means–a car. This was not the weekend for a car in Boston. For every Massachusetts license plate […]

We All Want The Same Thing

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Many thanks to Valerie Reiss and Amy Cunningham for their invitation to be a Guest Blogger for Chattering Mind this week. by Dr. Susan Corso, seedsforsanctuary.com I was doing my cursory flip through Newsweek when the headline in an ad […]

You Can Write to Change Your Life

posted by Chattering Mind

Do you believe that anyone can learn to be an author, that every life is worth the telling, and that the process of writing is a valuable, life-long spiritual activity? Those are the stated beliefs of the International Women’s Writing […]

Wiccans Still Misunderstood

posted by Chattering Mind

Well, at least the New York Times didn’t run this story about Wiccans on Halloween, which is what mainstream newspapers most often do. And some helpful information here is dispensed: the Times states that Wiccans aren’t devil worshipers, and that […]

Dr. Susan Corso Sits in Next Week

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Oh, are you in luck! Next week, while I’m managing the festivities that will surround my 13-year-old son’s bar mitzvah, Susan Corso will be blogging in this space. Corso is the author of “God’s Dictionary: Divine Definitions for Everyday Enlightenment,” […]

‘May Our Spirits Come to You Without Shame’

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Here’s a Native American blessing, good for reading and adapting for any sacred occasion. It’s not a bad prayer to actually whisper to yourself before you start writing or presenting your wedding toast! O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life […]

Two Irish Wedding Blessings

posted by Chattering Mind

May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields.And until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of his hand. […]

R.L.’s Stevenson’s Wedding Prayer

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Lord, behold our family here assembled.We thank you for this place in which we dwell,for the love that unites us,for the peace accorded us this day,for the hope with which we expect the morrow,for the health, the work, the food,and […]

Sure, He Rose, But Was He Misquoted?

posted by Chattering Mind

Thursday marks the Feast of the Ascension, the fortieth day after Easter, said to be the day the deceased Jesus stopped kicking the tires here on earth, and ascended straight up into heaven to sit at the right hand of […]

What Love Can Do

posted by Chattering Mind

Click here to read the inspiring tale of an average American couple adopting a baby from China. Within the first few hours, they notice a scar on the child’s body that points to a surgical procedure that wasn’t disclosed. Soon […]

New Bhagavad Gita Translation On the Shelves!

posted by Chattering Mind

Hot off the presses: Graham M. Schweig’s reader-friendly, annotated translation of Bhagavad Gita which alongside the Holy Bible and the Qur’an, stands among the world’s most important holy scriptures. If you’ve tried to read “The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song” […]

Larry Brilliant Finds Hope in Global Warming

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Click here to hear Dr. Larry Brilliant speak at Cambridge University about why he believes we can, with great effort, turn back global warming. Physician, writer, philanthropist, and former Silicon Valley entrepeneur, Brilliant was a student of Ram Dass’s guru […]

Spinal Snap

posted by Chattering Mind

I hurt my lower back lifting a wet twenty-pound-bag of fertilizer on Satuday. I knew I’d hurt myself when I felt the snapping “ping” of an internal cello string, but the injury took five minutes to blossom. Then, aaaarugh, I […]

FDR’s Motto

posted by Chattering Mind

“Let unconquerable gladness dwell.” –from the 1941 Anglican “Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors.”

Feet for Your Garden Pots

posted by Chattering Mind

The world may be going to hell in a handbasket, but today I’m shopping for “pot feet,” those lifts, or little stands, you place in sets of three under terra cotta pots. An elevated pot, you see, drains better. Plus, […]

Your Inbox Can Be a Retreat Center

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If you can’t go out on a real spiritual retreat this spring and summer, fear not: You can still benefit from the wisdom of some of the world’s best teachers. Online, no less. Right here at your computer. The husband/wife […]

Shoes That Perform a Balancing Act

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Footwear designers are working overtime to develop shoes that meet women’s demands for stylish comfort.(Stylish seems like an outmoded word these days, doesn’t it, since we’re veering into a time where everyone is true to their own essence, and no […]

Stocking the Bar, Feeding the Masses

posted by Chattering Mind

Aren’t you guys the best for energetically helping me select what to serve to our bar mitzvah guests? The pro-Coke and pro-Diet Coke people seem to have a slight edge. Or more accurately, the folks in favor of beverage “choice” […]

Soulful Songs for Mama

posted by Chattering Mind

Here’s an album I wish I told you about earlier: “Mama’s Hand: Bluegrass and Mountain Songs About Mother.” It’s old, but timely since Mother’s Day is Sunday. Go to this Amazon.com link and click on the words “Play All” if […]

My Favorite Mother’s Day Quotes

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“All true trophies of the agesAre from mother-love impearled;For the hand that rocks the cradleIs the hand that rules the world.” –William Ross Wallace “An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” –old Spanish proverb “A mother is […]

Mother’s Day: A Day of Peace!

posted by Chattering Mind

Be sure to watch this video sponsored by No More Victims. In it, actors and activists read Julia Ward Howe’s original “Mother’s Day Proclamation” from 1870 which called women of the world to unite for peace. Contributions to the group […]

A Mom-ish Prayer

posted by Chattering Mind

May the blessing of the DivineBe an especially bright benedictionUpon mothers everywhereOn your blessed day -On Mother’s Day! –by Susan Kramer. You’ll find more prayers here.

The Sun, Mom, and You

posted by Chattering Mind

It’s not a time for perfume and bath powder. This Mother’s Day calls for less frou-frou and more action, says astrologer Shelley Ackerman. Mars squares Pluto on May 13. “This war-like aspect is more descriptive of a military strike or […]

Life Without Gluten

posted by Chattering Mind

“So when did the surgeon general come out against gluten?” Mr. Chattering once asked snidely when he noticed that I was feeding our children waffles that were gluten-free. Gluten is a protein that comes from wheat, barley, or rye, and […]

Another Atheist in the Foxhole

posted by Chattering Mind

Oh, this is great fun. Read Laura Sheahen’s interview with writer/atheist/furious former Trotskyist Christopher Hitchens, author of the new book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” Here he is, in all his charming contrariness. An excerpt: How do […]

Smoke and Spirit

posted by Chattering Mind

Thanks to Barb and others for the wonderful posts on faith and cigarettes. Fredrick recommends the book “The EasyWay to Stop Smoking,” by Allen Carr, and says it has an amazing success rate. Elmo (hi!) says the “patch,” and the […]

Online Healing Session Scheduled 10 PM Thursday

posted by Chattering Mind

Followers of Beliefnet.com’s Chronic Pain Support Group have scheduled a group healing session to focus thoughts on healing for five minutes, this Thursday, May 10th, ten p.m. Eastern Standard Time. If you’re in chronic pain, or you know someone in […]

Play Sets and Tree Houses for the Spiritually Directed

posted by Chattering Mind

Tree house/play house designer Barbara Butler has such a lovely website, I thought you’d enjoy exploring it–like your own online jungle gym. Butler designs elaborate playground environments for public use, as well as tree houses and play houses for the […]

Let Them Drink Coke

posted by Chattering Mind

Boy, planning a party for about 125 people to celebrate my eldest son’s bar mitzvah is a delight, but also somewhat stressful. As host, I want to inspire generous fun but I also want to stay reasonably green, a steward […]

Online Poems for Homemade Cards

posted by Chattering Mind

Our 10-year-old son was making a card for his aunt on Sunday, and he didn’t know exactly what to say. So we Googled “Poems for aunt” and found this lovely website called FamilyFriendsPoems.com, a treasure trove of homespun verse to […]

Buddhist Cave Paintings Found

posted by Chattering Mind

Thanks to astrologer Shelley Ackerman for alerting me to this article about Buddhist cave paintings from the 12th century, recently discovered by a shepherd seeking shelter from the rain 60 miles northwest of Katmandu, Nepal. Consisting of 55 depictions of […]

A Home Full of Stars

posted by Chattering Mind

While shopping for ways to decorate the space we’ve rented for our son’s bar mitzvah celebration, I found these hanging lights and these beaded curtains. Aren’t they beautiful? If beaded curtains aren’t your thing, look at these hanging wall panels! […]

Every Birth Honored No Matter What

posted by Chattering Mind

“Facing Inward” blogger Julie wrote this regarding my recent post on Ricki Lake’s documentary “The Business of Birthing.” “I don’t think the natural childbirth movement is “over”–but it is so hard. Yes, women have choices, but the choices are so […]

Sailors Take Heed–and Psychics?

posted by Chattering Mind

Lately, I’ve been totally turned off by the cruise industry: tales of people drinking to excess and falling overboard, problems with viruses and bad food. Who would want to be stuck on an overloaded pleasure boat with pool water sloshing […]

Moms Make the World a Better Place

posted by Chattering Mind

As our thoughts turn to next week’s Mother’s Day, moms might like to study the very useful website of The Motherhood Project, a group that’s advancing things close to every mother’s heart: connectedness, stewardship, non-commercialism, and workplace flexibility. The group’s […]

Consider the Lowly Dandelion’s Greatness

posted by Chattering Mind

“The dandelion is the strength and cunning and power of the lion whose name it carries, a brilliant flash of yellow in a solid sea of green, and the lightness of a wish on the wind…a gossamer moon waiting for […]

Prayers for Cigarette Smokers

posted by Chattering Mind

My 45-year-old brother can’t seem to stop smoking, even though he’s been diagnosed with the earliest stages of emphysema, a truly dreadful ailment that will eventually leave him constantly breathless if he doesn’t quit lighting up. I’d hate to see […]

Know Thy Core: May 5th is Pilates Day

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If you haven’t tried the terrific exercise method known as Pilates, click here to find centers all over the country celebrating National Pilates Day this May 5th. Many classes are free. Click here to learn more about the yoga-tinged technique […]

Conference on Buddhist Thought

posted by Chattering Mind

The Omega Institute and Shambhala Sun magazine have organized an exciting two day workshop on “Fear and Fearlessness” from a Buddhist perspective, June 22-24, 2007, in Rhinebeck, New York. “We explore how fear can be a source of growth rather […]

Touring the Spiritual World

posted by Chattering Mind

New York Times writer Ethan Todras-Whitehill didn’t hesitate to make fun of his subjects in this article about guides who lead spiritual tours of the world’s most sacred sites. But at the end of the piece (click here to find […]

Beliefnet.com Wins Prize for General Excellence

posted by Chattering Mind

There are moments in marriage you remember, images in a mental frame. Last night, I got to see my tuxedoed husband Mr. Chattering (Steven Waldman) charge up to a podium at Lincoln Center to receive from the American Society of […]

Ricki Lake Gave Birth in Her Bathtub

posted by Chattering Mind

Ricki Lake, the amiable former talk show host, has produced a new documentary about the child birth business that covers both natural and medical child birth methods. The film premieres this week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. […]

David Lynch Funds Meditation Program for American Youth

posted by Chattering Mind

Out of last month’s Virginia Tech shootings comes the call for “pure bliss consciousness,” or more precisely, the teaching of a meditation method that can help young people believe in themselves, and stand up for non-violence. Filmmaker David Lynch planned […]

My Life as a Bar Mitzvah Mom

posted by Chattering Mind

Calling spiritually-inclined parents and members of mixed faith households: You’ll be interested in an article I just wrote for Beliefnet’s “Spiritual Parenting Week” package. They called it “A Christian Mom Makes a Bar Mitzvah,” and it’s about how I have […]

What Meditation Is, and Isn’t

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The New York Times magazine published an amusing exchange between interviewer Deborah Solomon and Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons yesterday that points to the general public’s confusion about the difference between meditation and relaxation (just doing something pleasurable). When […]

Death and Sleep

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I always think that sleeping is in a way a “small death.” Hence every night we face a “small death;” all these small deaths train us for the “big death,” and we thereby gain knowledge of how to die. –excerpted […]

Do You Cook for Yourself?

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This morning I popped a free-range chicken from the food co-op into a 350-degree oven thinking I’d serve it to my kids tonight for dinner. I just salted it, threw a clean apple inside it to keep it moist, and […]

The World’s First Toothbrush

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If you are orally fixated or someone who likes to fidget and chew at your desk, you are in luck! I have discovered the pleasures of chewing real licorice sticks. Sweet, hard, good for the teeth and filled with subtle […]

Masculine Doesn’t Mean Macho

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Andrew Sullivan has a good blog post about how gay men might lift masculinity out of its macho template. He quotes The Agonist’s managing editor Ian Welsh who separates male behavior into the “good” and the “toxic.” Are the men […]

Birds for the Wedding Cake

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Thanks to Mackenzie Sala’s wedding blog “Something Old, Something New” for alerting us to the existence of these exceedingly sweet wedding cake toppers made by artist Ann Wood. Even if you’re not getting married, you’ll find “Something Old, Something New” […]

New Thinkers Unite!

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The Association for Global New Thought has a wonderful website that alerts those with a multi-faith (all-one) mindset to worthy world peace initiatives. Have a look. Click on “Leaders” to read about the group’s co-founder Michael Bernard Beckwith, director of […]

Have Moths Eaten Your Cashmere?

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Annie Berthold-Bond, the “Green Heloise,” includes great tips for keeping your closets moth free in her most recent newsletter (which you can sign up for here). Here’s how to make your own non-toxic, moth repelling sachets: INGREDIENTS 2 ounces each […]

New Study on Plusses of Bible Study

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There’s a movement afoot to get the Bible taught as literature in more grade schools and high schools. Sounds like an idea that will really inflame a lot of people, but this study by William Jeynes (a non-resident scholar at […]

Yoga for Your Mouth

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A new healthy snack bar called “Soy Joy” is trying to humorously capitalize upon the idea that anything affiliated with yoga might sell by calling itself “yoga for your mouth.” Soy Joy’s website additionally features an endorsement from a fit-looking […]

Myss and ‘The Beast in the Jungle’

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I was reading Valerie Reiss’s interview with spiritual teacher and medical intuitive Caroline Myss this morning, and I got caught up in what Myss says is today’s most common source of spiritual discontent. She said of her students: People say […]

My Dad’s Cardiologist Laughed at Me!

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I flew down to South Carolina over the weekend to help care for my 93-year-old dad. He’s had two terrible falls in recent weeks, seriously bruising the whole left side of his body, especially the upper arm and elbow. Thankfully, […]

More Signs of Greener Times

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They’re saying green is the “new black.” Vogue magazine has a whole section on green clothing, fashions, and shopping totes this month. At $15, this is the only affordable shopping bag the editors mentioned, but it appears to have sold […]

Wiccan Pentacle Now Allowed on Military Graves

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After years of confusing the five-pointed star in a circle with Satanic symbolism, the Veterans Administration has finally spoken, and will now allow the Wiccan pentacle to be engraved on the tomb stones of deceased Pagan veterans. Here’s a blog […]

Farewell to Kitty Carlisle Hart

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I love it that she stretched out on her back every morning and rolled her legs up over her head. And I am awed by the fact she looked at herself in the mirror every day and said aloud, “I […]

Sacred Harp Singers Striking Their Note

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The New York Times had an article in its “Escapes” section about Sacred Harp Singing Conventions–more proof that people are looking for more than just a tan when they vacation. The Times describes Sacred Harp, or sharp-note music as “Gregorian […]

Duke University Links Spirituality and Health

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The Duke Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health has recently launched this website that includes links to many research papers on the connections between religious beliefs, spiritual practice and your good health. In addition to learning more about how prayer […]

Angry Alec is a Bad Dad, But There’s Always Hope

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Some of us may have been called “idiotic” or “stupid” as kids. We know how that feels. It doesn’t feel good. So when actor Alec Baldwin’s April 11th voice message to his eleven-year-old daughter Ireland was leaked today, we all […]

Can You Last a Week Without Television?

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“Television is a chewing gum for the eyes,” architect Frank Lloyd Wright once sneered. I suspect he didn’t watch very much, and he got a lot accomplished in his 92 years. “Turn Off Your Television” week begins Monday, April 23rd. […]

Amazing Dance of a Thousand Hands

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If your computer can play this remarkable video of a dance by the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, I do recommend it. Apparently, every dancer here is both deaf and mute, no doubt making it much more difficult to […]

Waking to a Swift, Hard Hit

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In Soto Zen meditation, teachers sometimes strike the student’s shoulders with a Keisaku “awakening stick.” What looks like a “paddling” always comes at the request of the student, who may be sleepy or stiff from sitting so long. But the […]

Al Gore Speaks at Omega’s “Fearless” Convention

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Gore was introduced to the New York Sheraton stage last Friday night in the most beautiful way by Bobby McFerrin who slowly built an engaging a cappella melody out of Gore’s name. Then the crowd of 1700 environmentally-conscious transformational psychology […]

My DSL Got Lost in the Storm

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Sorry about the slim posts yesterday. My DSL high-speed Internet connection blew down in Sunday’s storm. It’s probably not good that our telephone cables run down a wire fence between two Brooklyn backyards. Strange how connections that seem solid one […]

Celebrate Earth Day All Week

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Incredible coverage here outlining five ways to celebrate “Earth Week.” If you’ve been concerned about the environment but perplexed about what you can do to restore it, this marvelous package of articles will help.

Virginia Tech Prayer Circle

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Here’s an online prayer circle where you can post your thoughts and prayers about the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Prayers for Healing from Communal Tragedy

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Words cannot express the heartache we all feel as we watch news reports of student deaths on the campus of Virginia Tech today. Here are some prayers I’ve found that seem appropriate. Blessed are you, Source of LifeWho helps us […]

Our Flood

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When it’s midnight and you’re in your jammies, curling up with the NYTimes mag’s story on “The Greening of Geopolitics,” you really hate to hear your husband shout “The basement is flooding!” But so he did. These are soggy times. […]

Could Bee Deaths Be Caused by Cell Phones?

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Oh God, I was already a cell phone-phobe. Now this. Some experts are wondering if cell phone signals are confusing the honey bees’ inner directives that help them find their way back to their hives–and killing them in droves.

Jesus Christ Was Born This Day

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Happy birthday to me April 17th. And happy birthday to Jesus, who as you must know, was not born on December 25th. Biblical scholars and historians of religion have always suspected that Christ might have been born in the Spring, […]

Deirdre Imus’ Green Book Release

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Oddly enough, this week Deirdre Imus, wife to embattled shock jock Don Imus, came out with a book, “Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning”, about how to clean you home with fewer […]

Have You Checked Your Plog?

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I just logged on to Amazon and saw a little box that said “Valerie’s Plog: 66 Posts.” Of course my first question was, “What’s a plog?” So I clicked. Apparently, a plog is […]

R.I.P., Mr. Rosewater

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. The wonderful author Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at age 84. Though I’ve buried many of the details of his amazing books deep into my adolescent psyche where they first bloomed (or rather, exploded), […]

What Do You Want?

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi. I thought I’d take a moment and poll those of you reading about what you’d like from this blog. Technologically, it’s hard for us to tell which posts “work” and which fall […]

Kool-aid, Kindness, and CNN at the Cancer Hospital

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi. So last night I went for my annual CAT scan to make sure that I still don’t have cancer again. I know Amy’s written about her fantasy of how hospitals should be–soothing […]

Blogging Vanity Fair’s Green Issue

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Earth Day is upon us, Earthlings, and it seems like there is so much more happening now that in years past. I’m seeing a truly incredible upwelling of support, outrage, and determination to […]

An Earth Meditation

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I don’t know about you, but when I read about all the impending ecological doom, I feel pretty helpless. My heart clenches into a little fist of “No” so I don’t have to […]

A Peek Into the Minds of Two Fasters

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I have two friends on a juice and salad fast this week, Organic Avenue’s touted five-day L.O.V.E. fast, based in New York City. You get small “meals” delivered all week. I thought their […]

Healing the Cubicle

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Are you or someone you love suffering from cubicle-itis? That is, are they or you spending most waking hours in a little box o’ gray? I know, most people imagine the offices here […]

Saving the Sparrows, One Decal at a Time

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of seeing (and hearing) a bird crash into a window? While on a silent Buddhist retreat, Jim Kullander, Omega Institute’s editor-in-chief, saw two sparrows crash into […]

Dr. Weil-n-Me, Fish Safety and You

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi, so I’m bragging and sharing: Dr. Andrew Weil’s website just reprinted my B’net essay on my deep ambivalence about “The Secret.” As I was checking out my story there (the sight of […]

Organic Oreos–a Sign of the Health Food Apocalypse?

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. I’ve been wanting to share my fascination/disgust/happiness at the growing number of giant food companies coming out with organic versions of their products. The first shock was the box of Organic Oreos I saw […]

Alanis Transforms “My Humps”

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. You may or may not be familiar with the song ragingly popular about a year ago, “My Humps,” by the Black Eyed Peas, featuring Fergie. It’s catchy, but about as irritating as someone chewing […]

Wants vs. Needs

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. Found this lovely little reminder on Treehugger today, it’s the Want vs. Need Glass, cleverly designed to overflow at the first drop over need. It’s a statement on water consumption. Here’s what Trendhunter had […]

Fire Up the Grid

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Here’s a fascinating project and website: Fire the Grid. It is the creation of a woman, who with her young son, nearly drowned in a lake in 2002. In the midst of her near-death experience, she heard voices that told […]

The Patagonia Blog

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Corporations are getting into blogging big-time with hopes of warming up their products, and cultivating more personal relationships with consumers. Tide detergent has a message board, with opportunities for readers to log on and write about their laundry experiences. Who’d […]

Spring in the Breeze

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I’ll be off next week to relax a bit and then go to the Omega “Being Fearless” conference here in New York, where both Al Gore and Jane Goodall will give keynotes! Have a wonderfully healthy week. Take good care […]

The Taize Service

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I went to the most moving and beautiful Taize evening prayer service in Brooklyn last night at the Park Slope United Methodist Church. After 45 minutes of silence, prayer, and chant, I left the sanctuary infused with God’s spirit, prepared […]

Are Green Tea Sippers More Moral Than Coffee Hounds?

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There’s a hilarious article about the popularity of green tea on Slate right now, written by editor Jacob Weisberg. I can’t quite tell if he’s really a new convert to the wonder beverage. I kind of doubt it. One thing’s […]

Spiritual Fashions Moving Up in the World

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Hey guys, here is some fantastic “spiritual” couture I’m putting it up, not to arouse your desire, but to affirm that this is a fashion direction you’ll be seeing more. The Asian-influenced silk-paneled jackets are really gorgeous, but here’s the […]

What Aren’t You Eating Now?

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Spoke to a friend this morning who moaned, “I’m not eating carbs these days.” “Oh!” said I, “I’m off wheat, dairy, and sugar!” When I say I’m off sugar, I mean refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, and all artificial sweeteners […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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“Queen of Green” Debra Lynn Dadd has posted an article about dyeing Easter eggs with onion skins, cranberry juice, beet skins, red cabbage, wine, and turmeric.

Radical Crafter Knits Body Count Mittens

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Los Angeles knitter and photographer Lisa Ann Auerbach has lived by the motto “Stop making scarves. Start making trouble” since 2005 when she made her first pair of Iraq War body count mittens. The American body count number knitted into […]

Allegri’s ‘Miserere': Forever Bound to This Holy Week

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Do you have this Tallis Scholars CD of Gregorio Allegri’s “Miserere”? If not, have a listen to the excerpts on Amazon.com, and consider adding it to your sacred music collection. And read the Amazon.com reviews online where early music authorities, […]

Did Your Favorite Sacred Music Make This List?

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As I was researching Allegri’s “Miserere,” I found this list of Daniel Graser’s favorite pieces of sacred music on Amazon.com. Handel, Bruckner, Faure, Mahler, Brahams, Beethovan, Berlioz: Graser is a modern-day saxophonist who seems to know what he’s talking about. […]

April: The Cruelest Month or Most Inspiring?

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How does the month of April affect you? Julia Bondi writes this in a recent Mooncircles.com essay on the “Intuitive Message for the Libra Full Moon:” “Celebrations of spring, resurrection, and spiritual survival are natural to this season. Aries ushers […]

Anne Lamott’s Resurrection Story

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Don’t miss this interview with “Traveling Mercies” author Anne Lamott, where she opens wide the definition of what a resurrection is.

Yoga For Your Face

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Here’s another piece from the “Times” too irresistible to pass up for mention: this one is about people trying facial yoga to relax face and neck muscles and perhaps offset wrinkles. “People want a healthy alternative to looking good without […]

Eggs in the Branches

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Here’s another fun egg project. This one involves blowing the contents of the egg out of its shell through a tiny hole (something older kids will think is cool when they’ve outgrown the thrills of egg dying). Then the hollow […]

Loving Yourself Inside and Out

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Metamucil, the fiber “regularity” product for older folks has developed ads for the young, nut-and-berry set. “Drop Dead Gorgeous Guts” the ad headline reads next to a pretty model moving into a yoga “plow” position. Issues of these ads and […]

Drunk and Not Forgotten

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The hottest actor in New York right now is Liev Schreiber. “New York Times” theater critic Ben Brantley calls him the “finest American theater actor of his generation.” I saw Schreiber in David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” a couple of […]

Happy Birthday, Al Gore

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March 31st is Al Gore’s birthday (he’s an Aries), and astrologer Shelley Ackerman has responded to my initial please-lose-the- grief-weight-Al post so intelligently, that I must quote her here. She posted this on her website KarmicRelief: “How about examining WHY […]

‘The Secret’ Bashing Begins

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Now, new books are being released that argue against the “Law of Attraction” mindset so many find inspiring in “The Secret.” Somehow I doubt they’ll sell as well.

Wish You Were Here

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One thing in today’s New York Times really struck my fancy. It’s about how fashionable it’s become to check in for a drug or alcohol mind/body detox. I quote: Less than a decade ago, a stint in rehab was assumed […]

San Francisco Bans Plastic Grocery Bags

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It was bound to happen. Read all about the plastic grocery bag ban in San Francisco here, and then buy some of these or this great site’s many other options so you’ll be prepared when the same ordinance is passed […]

Get Wacky with Your Easter Eggs!

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Found a nice Easter egg decorating twist on iVillage: “fiber eggs” brought alive with bits of yarn or string. Click here.

Watch Inspiring ‘Raw for Thirty Days’ Trailer

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Take the nine minutes to watch this inspiring documentary film trailer for “Raw for Thirty Days.” It’s the story of how six insulin-dependent diabetics who’d previously been subsisting on American junk food “undergo a radical 30-day diet and lifestyle change […]

Envision a New USA for 10 Minutes Every Sunday

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An appealing progressive group called Envision a New America is asking all of us to join their members for 10 minutes every Sunday, at any time of day, to pray and envision a new America. The idea is to imagine […]

Screening Jesus

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If you are thinking of showing your kids a film about the life of Christ as we get close to Easter (a valid, wonderful thing to do, no matter your faith), my choice for you would be the 1961 Samuel […]

Accepting What Is

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I found the following passage in Christian Hummel’s “Space Clearing Kit: Working with Nature to Enhance the Energies of Your Home.” She calls it “a personal demonstration of the transformational power of accepting what IS.” It only takes a minute […]

Help for the Cleaning Impaired

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This week marks a time when Jewish families sweep their homes clean of any bread crumbs in preparation for Passover. Others clean this week because it’s spring and they can sweep dust bunnies out the door. I’ve known people who […]

Blogging by Blood Type

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This is so fascinating. I just discovered it. Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of “Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight,” maintains a site with a fleet of good […]

Guns and Yoga

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Here’s a funny piece by a groovy yoga-practicing liberal who discovers a passion for firing pistols at a gun-shooting class. The article nicely explains how we can all hold different temperaments alive inside us. Here’s a brief excerpt: I believe […]

‘Nightline’ Tackles ‘The Secret’

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Fans of “The Secret” will want to read about ABC’s “Nightline” show that included experts expounding on the best and worst ways to interpret the “Law of Attraction” philosophy. (Including one of Beliefnet’s own editors, Valerie Reiss.) The show inspired […]

Elizabeth Edwards’ Favorite Poem

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Diane Sawyer mentioned Friday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” program that this Emily Dickinson poem is Elizabeth Edwards’ favorite. Hope Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune–without the words, And never […]

Now, Yoga Class to ‘Superman Returns’ Soundtrack

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The new yoga teacher I’m seeing every Thursday at 4 p.m. is a wonderfully odd duck. Last week, she played a depressing Nick Drake tune at what’s supposed to be the most blissful, relaxed moment of class. Yesterday–ZAP! POW! CRASH!–she […]

Al’s 2002 Therapy Session With Stuart Smalley

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Lots of disagreement today regarding Al Gore’s weight, and what he should do about it. Writes CM reader Laurie Sue: “Weight gained via trauma-based consumption holds the trauma in place. And he, as a public figure who was beloved and […]

Healthy View of Osteoporosis in Alternative Medicine Magazine

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Thank you, James Keough, for telling us how we can sensibly sustain our bone health, in the April 2007 issue of “Alternative Medicine” magazine. In a courageous article titled “Bones of Contention,” Keough explains how osteoporosis is being “sold” to […]

Are Vegetarians Bringing ‘Sexy Back’?

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I don’t know, seems to me that when you’re young and cute and active, you have a few years where what you eat barely matters. But here are some vegetarians who’ve submitted themselves to a “Most Sexy Vegetarian” contest. Have […]

Can One Guy with a Great Blog Have ‘No Impact?’

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New York-based writer Colin Beavan has launched a marvelous blog about how he, his wife and two-year-old are striving to have “no impact” on the current warming of our planet. His blog (which already has a great archive of posts) […]

How to Turn a ‘Bad’ Thing into Good Karma

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Since we were recently speaking about “The Secret” and how some people might see illness as something the sufferer brought on or “created,” I went back to a blog post integral philosopher Ken Wilber wrote about his own health, in […]

The Mark of a Great Jyotishi

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Here is a wonderful passage from Vedic astrologer James Kelleher’s website in which he describes the beauty and pandemonium of India as he searches for a spiritual teacher. He is a young man here in 1975, describing how, despite being […]

Been to Any Good Non-Religious Baby Welcomings?

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Beliefnet is gathering stories from readers on different ways they welcomed babies into this world (from anointing the baby with holy oil to hosting a Jewish bris or baby-naming to Muslim head-shaving ceremonies). The editors also hope to learn how […]

Dancer Works Without Feet or Hands

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NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired a piece yesterday about an artist named Lisa Bufano who dances without fingers or feet. That’s right, when Bufano was 21, a staph bacteria infection cut off blood flow to her extremities, and doctors had […]

Sites That Shine Light on Spring Equinox

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ReligiousTolerance.org has good information on how Tuesday’s Spring Equinox is celebrated as a sacred time around the globe. And here are wonderful images of the stones at Cairn T, the ancient Irish burial mound that is aligned like a clock […]

Martha Graham’s Simple Gift

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The greatest anthem to springtime wasn’t written with spring in mind. Here’s what modern dancer Martha Graham wrote about how Aaron Copeland’s ballet score for her most famous ballet (a story of pioneering newlyweds in Pennsylvania) came to be called […]

Kabbalistic Café Debuts in Florida

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Café Emunah, the first-ever Kabbalistic lifestyle lounge and tea bar is opening this month in Ft. Lauderdale with a “biblically inspired” menu. I quote from the press release: Café Emunah’s modern “organic chic” aesthetic presents diners with environmentally sensitive décor […]

Where to Find the Face of the Feminine

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Thanks J. Esmerelda Durbin for this clarifying post regarding the absence of the feminine form near and around sacred obelisks: “…I was led by my teachers to believe that every obelisk has a reflecting pool (of water), either at its […]

Denise Roy Practices Momfulness

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Denise Roy, author of “My Monastery is a Minivan,” has written a new book called “Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace.” And boy, is it good. It’s the best book on parenting I’ve read since Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Everyday Blessings: […]

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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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