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The Late-for-School-Practice

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Here’s an excerpt from Denise Roy’s wonderfully helpful new book “Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace.” Try this practice when you’re running late with your family, or just feeling stressed, she says. 1. First, take a slow, deep breath–for […]

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Savasana to Nick Drake?

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I love deceased British singer Nick Drake as much as anybody. The melancholic, lean, long-haired man in jeans and a rumpled sports coat–who either took an overdose of his anti-depressant by mistake in 1974, or killed himself because his albums […]

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Pete Seeger: ‘God is Everything.’

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Don’t miss Wendy Schuman’s interview with folk legend/civil rights leader Pete Seeger, focusing mainly on his spiritual beliefs. “I feel most spiritual when I’m out in the woods. I feel part of nature. Or looking up at the stars,” Seeger […]

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Did Saint Patrick Design the Celtic Cross?

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“St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century,” says this St. Patrick bio. At the age of 16, it is said he was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who […]

Puppy Sings Irish Tear-Jerker

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This has excellent pass-around value. It’s really cute and funny.

Best Irish Folk Music

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If you’re looking to improve your collection of Irish folk music, here’s an award-winning Irish folk music blogger’s list of the best folk albums of 2006. Oh, and here’s a list of the best Irish bloggers addressing all subjects.

Great Irish YouTube

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If you don’t have an Irish pub in your neighborhood, this and this will help you open your heart to the real soul of Ireland next Monday.

Best Easter Cookies, Music, and Incense

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If you are shopping ahead for Easter goodies, please check out the Monastery Greetings homepage for music, incense, and the most remarkable Easter cookies I’ve ever seen or tasted. (They’re cut from a 17th century German cookie mold!)

More About Sacred Obelisks

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We were talking about festivals and the Washington Monument yesterday (scroll down if you missed this valuable conversation). So I decided to press on with my research into the sacred symbolism of obelisks (tall, four-sided towers than end in a […]

Seeing Through the Eyes of Pure Compassion

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Thank you, reader Matthew for the following letter in regards to the questions stirred by the popularity of “The Secret”‘s Law of Attraction philosophy. Matthew writes: The idea of blame is completely without merit in the larger New Age set […]

Omega’s 30 Years of Healing Workshops

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Well, the postman struggled to squeeze it through my slim mail slot. And when I picked it up to quickly review its contents, I realized that reading it slowly is a much better objective. At a full-figured 136-pages, it’s a […]

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

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

Butterfly Soup

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While attending Washington National Cathedral’s Sacred Circles conference a couple of weeks ago, I took a workshop with Carol Lee Flinders, the highly-acclaimed scholar of women’s studies and religion, most recently the author of “Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and […]

Hay House Publishes Something New on ‘Manifesting’

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Incidentally, Hay House has just released a new 4-CD set, for the first time combining the talents of inspirational teachers Byron Katie and Dr. Wayne Dyer (two people whose faces for me have the most gorgeous radiance). Both of these […]

A Cancer Survivor’s View of ‘The Secret’

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Have a look at Valerie Reiss’ response to the publishing phenomenon called “The Secret.” She rightly points out that the notion of attracting positive energy and “manifesting” a new reality is nothing new, and mentions a book by Esther and […]

God Wants Wedding Bells to Ring for Gays

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Wow. This downloadable paper on why gay marriage is part of God’s plan for more freedom and equality should light up the ChatteringMind boards. It’s written by a young, Episcopal, black, gay lawyer named Otis Gaddis III who additionally serves […]

Honor Pope Gregory This Monday

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This Monday marks the day Pope Gregory the First is commemorated in the Eastern Catholic Church and Orthodox church. Saint Gregory was a pope from September 3, 590 until his death, March 12, 604. Though the term “Gregorian chant” was […]

Does New Age ‘Fuzziness’ Bring Unifying Focus?

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“Elmo” recently suggested in a post that “New-Agey spirituality” might not lend itself to compelling ideas or strong writing. I sat on this for a few days a little defensively ’cause it stirred old painful questions for me as to […]

Should You Return to the Fold?

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On the subject of how you can practice Buddhism and stay loyal to your faith of choice or origin, CM reader Pacific231 posted this: “Buddhist teachers like Surya Das, Thich Nhat Hanh et al, actively encourage Buddhist practitioners to return […]

Advice for Men Married to Spiritual Retreat Junkies

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Here’s a cute article about being the husband of a woman interested in her own spiritual development that ran in Harville Hendrix/Helen LaKelly Hunt’s Imago couples therapy newsletter. It’s called “Gynestrology 101: How to Husband An Enlightened Hottie,” and it’s […]

Christian Goals, Buddhist Means

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Writes reader Paul M. Martin: “..while I grew up with Christianity telling me to be good, in Buddhism I found many concrete practices for how to go about it.” His post led me to his excellent “Original Faith” blog, which […]

A Fine Blood for Jim Bowie

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My 12-year-old-son is home today, slightly ill. Not too ill. Not so ill he can’t make dioramas of the Battle of the Alamo with plastic toy soldiers on the floor of our family room. He just rushed into my office […]

What the Future Looked Like 50 Years Ago

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“As for the world’s future, I am not so discouraged as many are. Granted that the old, easygoing optimism is impossible!…Nevertheless at threescore years and eighteen I find this generation the most stimulating, exciting, provocative – yes, promising – era […]

What Is Engaged Buddhism?

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If I could go away for extended meditation retreats and study Buddhism with full heart and mind, I would want to be listening with expanded focus to the teachings of Lama Surya Das. Some people feel he has over-Americanized Buddhism, […]

Kozol Enlightens My Two Kids

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On Sunday, my younger son sang with his school chorus to some 3,000 Montessori teachers, all here in New York City for their annual meeting. The performance went just fine. But then our whole family stayed on for the keynote […]

A Prayer for Tax Time

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Here at the Chattering home, we are sorting receipts and bills in preparation to take a fat envelope of records to the tax preparer. I’m confident you are doing the same thing, or preparing to do so. Have a look […]

Vintage Easter Postcards on Ebay

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Some 1,430 vintage Easter postcards (with chicks, cherubs, crosses and more) are currently for sale on Ebay.com. I sometimes buy antique post cards in thrift stores (with their odd, cryptic messages and old addresses on the back), remount them, and […]

From Vestry to Buddhism to Confusion

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This week’s Newsweek details the spiritual journey of Boston University professor Steve Prothero, author of the new book “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t.” His beef is that while most Americans claim they are religious or spiritual, […]

07/07/07: I Don’t, I Don’t!

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Lots of couples are booking churches or ballrooms and vying for group hotel rates so that they might be wed on the upcoming weekend of July 7th, 2007 (o7/07/07). Sevens are lucky. Or sacred, or something, right? No, not in […]

WWMD: What Would Michelangelo Do?

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Every now and then, I get depressed about this blog. I worry that I’m trying to cover too much. I think that I’m aggravating the nerves in my hands (I have tendonitis in my forearms). I believe that I’m not […]

Rosy Full Moon Packs a Punch!

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This Saturday evening marks an incredibly potent, wild moment on the earth. –The moon will be full and, for six hours, eclipsed by the earth, giving it a rosy glow, the accumulated glow of all the world’s sunsets, in fact, […]

More Ideas For Blessing Chemo Treatment

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Oh, we heard from Reiki master and interfaith minister Vic Fuhrman on his approach to helping people with cancer bless their chemo drugs. Here’s what he wrote: “For many years, I’ve shared a simple ritual and visualization for chemotherapy recipients […]

Hear The Lord’s Prayer in Fluent Aramaic

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Would you like to hear The Lord’s Prayer as Jesus is likely to have said it? Click here. Avvon d-bish-maiya, nith-qaddash shim-mukh.Tih-teh mal-chootukh. Nih-weh çiw-yanukh:ei-chana d’bish-maiya: ap b’ar-ah.Haw lan lakh-ma d’soonqa-nan yoo-mana.O’shwooq lan kho-bein:ei-chana d’ap kh’nan shwiq-qan l’khaya-ween.Oo’la te-ellan l’niss-yoona:il-la […]

Beauty Has No Age Limit

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Dove has launched a line of “Pro-Age” products to set themselves apart from all the “anti-aging” ointments on the market. Dove marketing director Kathy O’Brien told Natasha Singer of The New York Times: “We are not saying turn back the […]

Best Old Movies for Families

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If you’re a parent with kids of film-viewing age, buy this book: “The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together.” This 375-page indexed guide by Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr is tremendously helpful–in fact, indispensable–to conscientious […]

Prince Charles Snubs McDonalds

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Here’s a blog post I find funny. It lambasts Prince Charles (in language most colorful) for yesterday asking someone at a healthcare facility in the United Arab Emirates if the country had thought of getting McDonald’s fast food franchises “banned.” […]

More on Cancer Prayers

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Thanks for your warm response to the cancer healing prayers I posted. I’ve been looking for more without much luck. Want to write some together? I’ll post the prayers you send in. My friends who’ve had cancer say it’s so […]

Everyone’s Required Reading: Thomas Berry

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Have a look at the following passage from Reverend Fr. Thomas Berry’s book “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future.” “As we enter the twenty-first century, we are experiencing a moment of grace. Such moments are privileged moments. The […]

Deep Breathing at the Oscars

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Deepest-Breath-at-the-Oscars Award goes to Best Actor Forest Whitaker, who couldn’t utter his thank you speech until he’d inhaled the moment and collected himself. At the end of his speech, he made reference to “this life and the next.” Google research […]

New Spiritual Sign Off

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Hey, I got a great new way to humorously sign off spiritual correspondence. This one comes from reader Glenys Livingstone down in Australia. Blissings! “With Love and Blissings” is nice too. You’ll find my original post with dozens of great […]

Interview with God

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This is sweet. It runs three minutes. What would you ask God if you could?

Cruelty to Chickens Caught on Tape

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Oh boy, this Trappist monastery down in South Carolina (where my parents once went on a spiritual retreat) has been busted big time for alleged cruelty to the chickens that produce the eggs the abbey sells to support itself. Birds […]

What Constitutes a Good Breakfast?

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This week’s New York magazine has an amazing article that describes what two models, a creative director, and a magazine accessories editor eat during the frenzy of “fashion week,” when runway shows, and meetings with designers become all-important, stress-filled activities […]

Harris/Sullivan Blogalogue Continues

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The Sam Harris/Andrew Sullivan blogalogue on faith has covered exceedingly complex material. Could you describe your beliefs as articulately? I could not. Here’s the conclusion of Harris’s latest letter, in which he seems to deliver body blows to Sullivan’s defense […]

‘Getting’ Feng Shui

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An anonymous reader (whose home I suspect has pretty good Feng Shui) writes: “I don’t understand Feng Shui. I can’t grab the concept of placing items in a certain order or arrangement to bring one peace of mind… I’m not […]

Britney, Stay in Rehab!

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Britney, get into a rehabilitation program you can stick with! Read the “promises” of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (from pages 83-84 of The Big Book). They supplement the famous Twelve Steps. If anyone out there has “worked the program,” […]

Elder Wisdom Online

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While most of us are receptive to “elder wisdom,” there’s never been a grand design for harvesting it. Unless you have a grand- or great-grandparent still living that you visit, there’s not often much access to the thoughts of our […]

Two Buddhists Now in Congress

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The Spring 2007 issue of Buddhadharma magazine tells me something I’d completely missed: that last November’s midterm election not only brought the nation’s first Muslim to Congress, but also ushered in two Buddhists (both Democrats): Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and […]

Take This Bach Flower Questionnaire

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Bach Flower Remedies are such subtle and nontoxic healing potions, you can experiment with them on your own and find the best mixture by taking this online questionnaire. The 38 essences are said to work on an energetic and emotional […]

Prayers That Help With Chemo

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The following blessing comes from a new selection of prayers for women with cancer. They were written by Diann L. Neu, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, and author of several collections of feminist […]

George Washington Was No Fan of Communion

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When I’m not writing or cooking, doing yoga or driving the kids around, I am in bed with George Washington, wondering just how religious he is, or was. It’s been fun. In fact, I’ve become intimately acquainted with all our […]

Lemony Snicket’s Jewish Influences

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Novelist Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) is the talented author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” a tale of rollicking disaster that’s hugely popular with the eight to 11-year-old set. In an interview with editor Nadine Epstein in this month’s […]

Natural Cleaning Products on the March!

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There’s a smell. You know that smell? It’s the fake pine smell of the commercial cleaning products that many schools and restaurants use. When I’m stuck somewhere and I smell that smell I feel like climbing the walls. I used […]

Where Alice Lives

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Beliefnet just posted Valerie Reiss’s excellent interview with writer and free spirit Alice Walker. Walker says: We have a splendid opportunity, for the first time ever on earth, to truly get to the root of things and to transform human […]

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year begins with the new moon this February 18th and lasts until the full moon two weeks from now. In China, this period of feasts with prayers for prosperity is seen as the actual beginning of spring. Since […]

Chinese New Year Recipes

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Here and here are web pages with good Chinese New Year’s recipes. This book for young children is a guide to holiday folktales, customs, and Chinese banquet food.

Oprah Gives Acupuncture a Huge Leg Up!

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Remember when Bill Moyers showed brain surgery being performed in the early 1990s with acupuncture as the sole form of anesthesia on his PBS series “Healing and the Mind?” American acupuncturists point to that televised moment as the beginning of […]

Paglia’s Back and the World’s a Little Brighter

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National treasure/quirky odd duck Camille Paglia’s back writing for Salon.com after a six-year absence. Here’s a snippet of her first column (you may have to get a trial subscription to read the whole thing). I am a pro-choice libertarian Democrat […]

Damned with Too Much Praise?

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Here’s a good article about how children who are praised too much sometimes grow up to be risk adverse. Remember to say, “Oh, I see you worked so hard on that! Tell me about it.” instead of “Cool! You’re sooo […]

Rye Crisp Ad Targets Yoga Moms

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The latest Body + Soul magazine features an eye-catching ad that targets yoga moms and promotes the fibrous Wasa rye crisp (which is low in fat and calories). Here’s Wasa’s approximation of a Hindu goddess or “divine mother” as seen […]

Paging Daria

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I love getting to know my readers, and seem to have acquired a small following of thoughtful people in the last year. I’ve come to know them by the remarks they attach to my blog items: there’s Pacific231, Kathryn, Eevie […]

Yoga to Watch, Not Try!

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Check out this band of cute contortionists. I like how they relax into position. How hard do you think they’ve worked on these postures in their brief lifetimes? Hard to say. I don’t know. Just last Sunday, in yoga class, […]

Say a Prayer for the Honey Bees

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As you spoon that precious dab of honey into your tea today, consider this sad news: bee keepers are reporting a dramatic decrease in their bee populations, which will not only influence future honey production but also the crops and […]

Heavy Breathing on the Mound

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Anyone interested in the mainstreaming of Eastern philosophy will find this New York Times Sports section article by Lee Jenkins fascinating. It’s about the yoga and meditation work some pro-ball pitchers are incorporating into their training. “If you can calm […]

No, I Wasn’t Saying Anna Nicole Was Mother Teresa

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Wow, what passionate sentiments were stirred by my blog post about which goddess stories of ancient mythology had parallels to the life story of late celebrity oddball Anna Nicole Smith! Let me make some quick clarifications, as perhaps the headline […]

Was Anna Nicole a Modern Goddess?

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Late last night, I wrote Laurie Sue Brockway, author of “A Goddess is a Girl’s Best Friend,” and asked for her thoughts on the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Here’s what Brockway wrote back: This culture has come to know […]

Abraham Lincoln, Great Theologian

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I swiped a book off Mr. Chattering’s bedside table, not expecting it to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I just wanted a good post for Abe Lincoln’s birthday this Monday. “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a […]

Aerobics Teachers On the Injured List

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Whatever happened to those “hard bod” exercise teachers who advised us to “go for the burn” in those 1980s aerobic classes? They’re hobbling around with all kinds of injuries, says this article in today’s New York Times. Some former aerobics […]

Energy Smart, But Somewhat Imperfect

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The light bulb guys stopped by my house, and replaced 32 incandescent bulbs with energy-conserving fluorescents. They seemed to be feeling pretty good about themselves. And now, my house is aglow with a fluorescent haze that works better in some […]

Send Me Your Religious Genealogy

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Send in your own religious family history and I’ll try to post it. Here are a few of the family religious histories I’ve received so far. Says reader 360: “Well, my ‘rents were non-practicing Catholics…Even now I dislike Christianity and […]

Finding God Through Sex

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A good book to break open for Valentine’s Day is David Deida’s “Finding God Through Sex,” with a forward by Ken Wilber. Here’s a minute sampling: “Sex can offer an openness that washes your heart wide to God, and yet […]

Caroline Myss Can Help You ‘Enter the Castle’

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Spiritual powerhouse Caroline Myss, author of “Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can,” and most recently, “Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul,” is on a sweeping speaking tour through Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington […]

Hillary’s Religious Roots

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New to Newsweek’s website is an article about Hillary Clinton’s religious roots and her lifelong relationship with Rev. Don Jones, a Methodist minister. Jones describes Hillary’s beliefs as falling, like her politics, somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Unlike […]

Dr. Mercola’s On a Roll

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I’m eating up Dr. Joseph Mercola’s emailed healthy living video newsletters. He is certainly a man on a mission. Last week he reported from the beaches of Maui on fish oils and vitamin D. This week, he’s standing in a […]

A Valentine’s Day Kit of Sustainable, Free-Trade, Vegan Chocolate

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Hey, this would make a sexy Valentine’s Day gift: two two-ounce “Eros” bars of organic, dairy-free Dagoba Chocolate alongside something I’ve never heard of: a two-ounce “cacao elixir” (flavored with botanical infusions) that dispenses drops of cacao on your tongue […]

Con-Ed Meets Chattering Mind

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A contractor for ConEd, the utility company here, called last Friday offering to come to my home and replace all my light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to assist New York City in its efforts to conserve energy. “Every bulb […]

February 8: Nirvana Day

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February 8th is “Nirvana Day,” a Mahayana Buddhist festival day in commemoration of the death of the Buddha. Gautama is said to have spoken these last words to his students before expiring at age eighty: “Now, monks, I declare to […]

Massive Report on Global Warming

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This article is a must-read. It’s about yesterday’s report by noted scientists regarding the human role in climate change. Global warming is real. “It is very likely that hot extremes, heat waves and heavy precipitation events will continue to become […]

My Favorite Molly Ivins Story

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The late, and much beloved journalist Molly Ivins loved to use her best Texas folkloric material to make a point. I heard her speak 15 months ago at an International Women’s Media Foundation awards luncheon in New York, where she […]

Is the Super Bowl a Mid-Winter Pagan Rite?

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If this doesn’t convince you, know that it was written in a spirit of good humor and fun by John D. Spalding, editor of SoMAreview.com, and author of “A Pilgrim’s Digress: My Perilous, Fumbling Quest for the Celestial City.” “…we […]

Planning Mid-Summer Around Mr. Potter

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I’m actually adapting my children’s upcoming summer camp schedule to account for our reading of Harry Potter. I probably won’t be at my desk July 22, 2007, either, the day after the thrilling release of the seventh and last installment.

News on Zoloft, Prozac, and Potential Bone Loss

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It was my understanding that Zoloft and Prozac were “smart” antidepressants, drugs that could lift the depressed out of the darkness and in some cases, jumpstart the brain into recognizing happiness. Tall order, I know. It was also my initial […]

Homes of the Spiritually Luminous

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Parabola has always been the most sovereign of the religious/spiritual periodicals. Its distinguished authors and epic themes make it “The New Yorker” of its league. It’s always gorgeous. But its fate sometimes becomes that of the other distinguished mags: It […]

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils: Bad for Boys?

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I don’t know about this. It says exposure to tea-tree and lavender oils can change the estrogen levels of young boys, and in rare cases, make their breasts enlarge. My sons have used tea-tree oil shampoos off and on for […]

Alas, Rudolf Steiner Never Saw ‘Masterpiece Theater’

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Thanks to reader John Beck for this: “Just a comment on the Rudolf Steiner-induced tv guilt — since he died in 1925, any views assigned to him about tv are extrapolation. Your own use of tv with your children is […]

Help for Aching Hands and Arms

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If your hands, arms, and shoulders ache from long hours at the computer, you might glean good information by reading Ergoblog, a well-executed site that reviews the latest keyboards and desk chairs, and discusses the possible relationship between stress injuries […]

Bringing Light to the World on Candlemas

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This Friday, February 2nd is Candlemas, the Roman Catholic “Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord,” when priests bless candles before the Mass. O holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God…thou hast commanded the bees to produce this liquid of wax […]

The City of Light’s Eco Blackout

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Light and fire seems to be today’s themes. On Thursday evening, the Eiffel Tower’s 20,000 bulbs will go dark for five minutes. Environmental activists have arranged the micro blackout to coincide with the release of a major report–which some predict […]

What to Do When the World Sucks

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Yesterday’s blog post about John Mayer’s hit song “Waiting for the World to Change” inspired a great conversation on how it currently feels to be stuck with the world as it is (most obviously stuck with the Iraq War). Reader […]

Starting the Day with the ‘Man in the Mirror’

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CM reader Lilit Marcus mentioned the Michael Jackson song “Man in the Mirror” as the musical antidote to “Waiting for the World to Change.”(The Jackson YouTube.com link I’ve given you here gets particularly terrific when the gospel choir walks out […]

The Coming Cosmic Set-up

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Here’s an astrological view of the coming months and years from astrologer Shelley Ackerman, excerpted from an article about Pluto’s busy travels through our universe’s “Galactic Center.” This makes interesting reading even if you don’t give a flip about astrology. […]

Waiting for the World to Change? I Hope Not.

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I was shopping at a budget clothing store this past weekend when the song “Waiting for the World to Change” came over the loud speakers. As if on cue, every aproned clerk in the place started mournfully singing along as […]

Applauding Barbaro’s Pluck and Bravery

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Barbaro died today. Here’s a lovely YouTube.com tribute to the race horse that struggled with a debilitating injury and inspired so many.

The Writing’s on the Wall

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I am comforted by words. I like having them around me. And I’ve always wanted to paint or stencil inspirational quotes in certain choice nooks of my home. But with the demise of rub-on press type, this hasn’t been possible… […]

Twelve Steps, Twelve Stones

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<img style="float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 100px;” src=”http://www.beliefnet.com/imgs/tout/story/sobrietystone_tiny.jpg ” border=”0″ alt=”” />I found this link to “Sobriety Stone” jewelry online today, and think it’s a wonderful idea. On the site, you’ll also find this lovely story of one customer’s […]

Loving Yourself Inside Out

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In response to yesterday’s post about personal transformation, a thoughtful CM reader named Barb wrote this: I’m a woman who’s 48-years-old and am a primary caregiver for a special needs son who has seizures, and is both mentally and physically […]

My Introduction to the Heart Sutra

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“Every sentient being has the potential to be a Buddha…every mind, every sentient being; the ultimate nature of mind is pure.” –His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his explanation of the Heart Sutra, a meditation I’ve been doing at home […]

Deepak: “Transform, Serve, Connect”

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I love this short conversation with Deepak Chopra on how to make the world a better place. His helpful formula can be boiled down to three words: “Transform, Serve, Connect.” Today, let’s just look at the first part: transformation. A […]

‘Bitch’ Mag Explains the New Politics of Knitting

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Drop your subscription to Allure and start subscribing to bitch, a magazine that has billed itself as a “feminist response to pop culture” for more than a decade. This publication’s brazen quality may seem off-putting at first if you’re older […]

Super Blankie: The Ultimate ‘Not Me’ Object

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When Chattering son number one came down to the planet, I purchased a $30, 12-inch-square blanket deliberately manufactured to be a beloved “bankie” like Linus had in the cartoon strip “Peanuts.” The famous object relations theorist D.W. Winnicottcalled these transitional […]

Exposing Kids to the Pageant and Heartbreak of Government

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We have a ritual at our house. I should have mentioned it yesterday. Come what may, school be damned, we get our kids (now 10 and 12) to sit through the State of the Union address, significant political debates, and […]

Just How ‘Fearless’ Is Al Gore Now?

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Al Gore was really the second environmentally-attuned presidential candidate we’d ever had (preceded only by California governor Jerry Brown), but despite the fact that Gore was talking about ecology and the human spirit in the mid 1980s, he wasn’t viewed […]

The God Blogalogue Continues

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“Your assertion of nothingness at the end of our mortal lives is no more and no less verifiable than my assertion of somethingness. And yet I do not accuse you of lying–to yourself or to others. I respect your existential […]

As You Ask, So Shall You Be

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“Human life is a journey whose end is not in sight. Searching, longing and questioning is in our DNA. Who we are and what we will become is determined by the questions that animate us, and by those we refuse […]

This 1916 Song Is Hitting a Chord

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Here’s a lovely old song from World War I that articulates timely sentiments for me: “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier,I brought him up to be my pride and joy.Who dares to place a musket on his […]

On Abortion: Can You Relate to An Opposing Side?

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This Sunday’s New York Times article about an alleged “post-abortion syndrome,” got me thinking about a D.C.-based group called The Search For Common Ground. The group, which existed from 1993 to 2000, sponsored a project called The Common Ground Network […]

Remember This?

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“Too many people in America believe that if you are pro-choice that means pro-abortion. It doesn’t. I don’t want abortion. Abortion should be the rarest thing in the world. I am actually personally opposed to abortion. But I don’t believe […]

Will Social Networking Replace Diary Writing?

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Everybody’s writing today. We’re crafting emails that would make our high school English teacher proud, posting pithy comments on blogs, and editorializing on our own web pages. Will this kind of discourse replace the act of writing private thoughts in […]

Is ‘Idol’ Too Mean?

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Coming off that last post, I hope I don’t sound cranky, but I’m pretty turned off the current “American Idol” craze. Wait, I’ll rephrase that–I’m observing the “American Idol” craze, and here’s what I think. While I’ve never made this […]

Made in Heaven: The Sam Harris/ Andrew Sullivan ‘Blogalogue’

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I have to say that the ongoing “blogalogue” (a relatively new term that merges dialogue with blog) between atheist Sam Harris and iconoclastic Christian Andrew Sullivan promises to be one of the best things Beliefnet has ever run. Kudos to […]

Hands-On Reiki Helps Kids

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Here’s a wonderful article on Reiki (hands-on) healing with kids by Pamela Miles, author of “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide.” An excerpt: “Lucky teens in Camden, Maine, have found Reiki at…Camden Hills Regional High School. According to Judy Ottman, M.Ed., the […]

You Can Look Good at the Hospital

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Huge thanks to Oprah’s O magazine for alerting me to the existence of these nice looking pants and jackets to wear during hospital stays, or medical treatments. The Original Healing Threads company was founded by three sisters, two of whom […]

Angelina Jolie Undresses Vogue

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Vogue magazine flew Annie Leibovitz, Angelina Jolie, and a fashion photo crew of 50 into the dry, tawny desert (somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas), but sparks flew when stylists showed Jolie all the sleek, fancy, clothes they’d pulled […]

Totally Healthy Roasted Beets

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I’m snacking on roasted, sliced beets as we speak, and… there’s nothing better. Nothing to them, either. I did peel them while they were raw this time (I had one bunch of red beets, one bunch golden). Then I sliced […]

What Yoga Does, Where Yoga Leads

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Thanks to friend and reader, yoga teacher Frances Stahnke for posting this last Friday: “My favorite definition of Yoga is that which enables one to attain what was previously unattainable. Yoga is the science of realization; you are the scientist, […]

No Birth, No Death, Just Spirit

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“Never the Spirit was born, the Spirit shall cease to be never. Never was time it was not, end and beginning are dreams. Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the Spirit forever.” –Bhagavad Gita

A Swami’s Saga Celebrates Its 60th Birthday

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Swami Yogananda’s famous “Autobiography of a Yogi” has passed its 60th year in print. Originally published in 1945 and then revised in 1951, the famous narrative of a guru’s life and times includes this great Indian teacher’s descriptions of his […]

Yogananda Video on ‘How to Sleep’

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YouTube.com isn’t the exclusive realm of wacky home videos made by suburban boys in their teens and early twenties. Here’s a vintage black-and-white film snippet of Swami Yogananda in which he lectures Westerners on how to go to sleep.

Yogananda’s Prayer for World Peace

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Heavenly Father, bless the nations of the earth, our own large family, that all may realize their eternal kinship as Thy children. Thou art our one spiritual Father, the Beloved of the Universe and the Beloved of our hearts. May […]

MLK Jr.’s Early Religious Memories

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This is fascinating. I’ve never read it before. In 1950, Martin Luther King took a course called “The Religious Development of Personality,” and wrote an autobiographical work about the various religious stages of his own early life. The professor marked […]

Portraits of Prayer from the 15th Century

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I did not make it to this National Gallery Show when I was in Washington D.C., but I surely wish I had. These exquisite Dutch-school partnered paintings are called diptychs, and they consist of two small, hinged panels: A portrait […]

Our Inner Cosmos as Art

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For years Alex Grey’s visionary artwork portraying the body’s interior, auras, and energetic systems has inspired countless artists, seekers, and decors. Now you can get a more personalized version of the human imprint in these colorful, custom-made art pieces from […]

Can You See Things Others Don’t?

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I love the way a reader named Aciana described her world as she “sees” it. She writes: “What I ‘see’ are vibrations that form outward from objects. Sometimes just in the air. Since everything “vibrates,” the sights I see differ […]

The Yee-Saidman Wedding

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What happens when two happily-married yoga practicioners with children fall in love? This.

New, New World Order

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Oneness–of one kind or another–is coming this way. Here’s what scientists now say the world will look like in 250 million years: They call it Pangea Ultima. These continental shifts and collisions are occurring at a rate “slower than the […]

Ram Dass Beholds His Own Abundance

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Sticking with the subject of money, click here to see a filmed conversation about poverty and prosperity between spiritual teachers Ram Dass and Wayne Dyer on Ram Dass’s new, beautifully produced website, RamDass.org. Ram Dass, as you no doubt know, […]

Objections to Prosperity Gospels

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A few readers object to Christian prosperity gospels and the preached belief that “God wants you rich.” “I’m all for prosperity,” writes steady CM reader Stacey-Robin, “but in a more holistic fashion. Be grateful for what you have and practice […]

Total Health, the New Hemingway Style

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I’m impressed with what I’ve read in Mariel Hemingway’s new book “Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman’s Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life.” This seems a cut above the exercise/diet bibles by other personalities. […]

Are You on Top of Your Money?

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Do you ever find dimes in your jewelry box, pocket change piled on your dresser, or damp dollar bills crumpled in the washing machine? This weekend, I walked around the house gathering all the bits of abandoned U.S. currency I […]

A Prayer for Fearlessness

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May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference, and addictions also decrease. May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future. May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves […]

The Atlantic Monthly’s Twist on Yoga

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I’ve been sitting on my feelings about The Atlantic Monthly’s take on trendy yoga culture for a couple of days now. The piece is not available online without a subscription, but here’s a chat about today’s yoga scene with author […]

Readers’ Exchanges with Dead Loved Ones

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Readers sent in such interesting descriptions of their energetic exchanges with deceased loved ones that I’ll just run them here. “The night that my beloved grandmother died in 1993,” writes CM reader Nancy, “I left the hospital and went to […]

Take This Spiritual Parenting Survey

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Today Beliefnet launched a survey for parents on what it’s like to raise kids with religious and/or spiritual values. This quiz was composed in partnership with Parents magazine for an upcoming article on spiritual parenting. Click that link and complete […]

Chattering Mind’s 1000th Blog Post

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“Place your burdenat the feet of the Lord of the Universewho accomplishes everything.Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,in the Transcendental Absolute.God knows the past, present, and futureHe will determine the future for youand accomplish the workWhat is to […]

The Uplifting Trajectory of Human History

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Hey guys, you’re going to love Jeff Martinhauk, a liberal Christian blogger and seminarian I discovered while Googling around last night. Martinhauk’s blog is called “Leaning Towards Justice,” and he writes on all manner of religious and spiritual topics with […]

How Far Would You Go for a Stranger in Need?

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This week a 50-year-old construction worker and Navy veteran named Wesley Autrey saved a man who had fallen onto the New York subway tracks by leaping onto the tracks himself and pressing the fallen stranger down into the one foot […]

Living With a Synesthete

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Our 10-year-old Chattering son appears to be a synesthete, which in his case means that he “sees” letters in color and perceives the taste of foods on a “mental” grid or graph. A fair share of famous artists and composers […]

Accepting Your Sweet Self: How to Maintain New Year’s Resolutions

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We spent our New Year’s Eve with old friends (with a new baby) in Washington D.C., a city filled with so many memories since I lived in it eighteen years. We showed our own kids our old haunts, visited the […]

Out with the Old, In with the New

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A reader calling herself Gramma writes: “My clutter consists of piles of old magazines and newspaper clippings about important subjects: politics; religion; history; civil rights movement; black history; women’s history; sociology; etc. After I got rid of about half of […]

The Energy Left After a Mother’s Death

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I don’t mean to sound gloomy, but these days after Christmas often make me think of death. They always have. But I’ve been more aware of life’s fleeting, poignant character in recent years. My mother died four years ago on […]

Clutter Is One Thing We All Share

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You know, this Chattering Mind blog is currently attracting some 25,000 unique visitors a month. And usually, you readers are a relatively quiet bunch. But inspiring chatter was indeed released by my three-part series on the clutter we keep in […]

All Smiles Now

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I once wrote an essay called “Why Women Smile” for the women’s magazine Lear’s. More than fifteen years later, I’m still receiving checks from academic presses planning to re-run the article because, apparently, it “teaches well” in first-year college writing […]

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 recently. […]

Taped Above My Desk

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“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

For the Love of a Chiming Clock

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This morning, as I entered our house after shopping, I heard our old chiming clock mark the hour. I noticed then that it was running slow, so I put down my bags and wound it with the clock key I […]

Reasons to Love CyberHymnal.org

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Here’s why I love CyberHymnal.org: * It boasts 6,100 Christian hymns and gospel songs, and can play any one you want to hear immediately upon request. * Its web pages are sweetly under-art-directed. * Its computer-generated piano playing is straight-laced […]

Bless Your Mess

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This NYT article about messy desks (and closets and basements) possibly being a symptom of a creative, lively existence is of some comfort. I still want to unload more of the clutter in our basement come 2007, and help you […]

Here’s Our Plan for Next Week

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The folks at Beliefnet who watch over me and push the buttons to publish Chattering Mind will be off next week. This means that no matter how much I want to blog, I’ll have to enjoy my children, do some […]

A Sea of Seasonal Red and White

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Here’s a shot of a recent, large Santa Rampage in New York City’s Central Park. Santa Rampages (also known as Red Menaces, SantaCons or Santa Conferences) are exuberant expressions of the holiday spirit. Folks wearing rented or purchased Santa suits […]

The Scrooge Sutra

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I have great love for a writer who calls himself Corax (after the first teacher of rhetoric in Greece, I guess). Corax was the author of the now defunct Buddhist blog “Ow, My Blog” (where did it go? I can’t […]

Solstice: A Time of Such Richness!

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Please attend to the marvelous posts about December 21st and the Winter Solstice that Waverly Fitzgerald has on her site, SchooloftheSeasons.com, as well as the excellent solstice summary she wrote for Beliefnet. This day in December is the feast day […]

Remembering the Christmas Truce of 1914

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Did you know that on one Christmas Day during World War I, German and British soldiers on the Western Front crawled out of their trenches, shook hands, shared cigarettes, and then played soccer for one peaceful hour, improvising when they […]

You Can Always Be Spiritual and Religious

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Do you ever describe yourself as “spiritual, but not religious?” I actually don’t since my personal faith leaves room for a lot of doubt. I don’t reject religious affiliation by insisting that I’m merely a “spiritual” person. I can stay […]

A Christmas Meditation

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I found this prayer by Christine Robinson on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s website today and thought some of you might be able to adapt it for use with family and friends this week. An excerpt: Like the harried innkeeper, may […]

Can Spices Bolster Auto-Immune Health?

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A recent Third Age newsletter discusses the medicinal impact of common spices, citing Victoria Zak’s book “The Magic Teaspoon.” For instance: * A diet rich in cayenne-spiced chili can protect against the formation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. * When you […]

Is Soy Making Our Children Gay?

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I know soy messes with estrogen, but this strikes me as extreme. Here’s the conservative Jim Rutz writing for World Net Daily, revving readers up to eat less soy: Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the […]

Dance on a Moonbeam With Bill Crofut

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It’s not a new album (in fact, the responsible folk artist Bill Crofut died in 1999), but “Dance on a Moonbeam” is so beloved by me and my children that I want to turn you on to it anyway. It’s […]

Try A Yoga Gingerbread Person!

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These guys make me feel so joyous. But in cute (and reasonably accurate) poses like down dog, plow, and warrior two, how could anyone ever bite into them? I send heartfelt thanks to Patty Paige Baked Ideas in New York […]

Jungle All the Way?

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Another 2006 innovation: Traditional Christmas music channeled through African percussive instruments. No lyrics, just carols made tropical. The effect is truly relaxing and highly unusual.

Meet Ellen Burstyn’s Gracious Spirit

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You may know Ellen Burstyn as an actor, the kind of natural performer who isn’t self conscious, but did you also know she’s a deeply spiritual person with a passion for Sufism? Read Valerie Reiss’s interview with Burstyn here. An […]

Do You Keep a Shoe-free Home?

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I’m attending a birthday party next week in a shoe-free home. The invitation warns all guests of this in advance, and has playfully suggested that we come in “clean socks!” Of course, I have no problem with this, but I’m […]

Some Government Officials Can’t Tell Sunnis from Shiites

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Here’s a hugely important article by Congressional Quarterly’s Jeff Stein. It reveals the sorry truth that government officials of both parties don’t always know who’s who and what’s what in the Arab world. Five years post-9/11, it’s everyone’s personal responsibility […]

Book of Bird Song

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If you know someone who cares about birds and the songs they sing, this is a lovely holiday gift–it’s a book that actually utters 250 (!) bird songs for you at the touch of a button. I recently purchased a […]

How the Chatterings Deck the Halls

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“But I don’t know how to buy a Christmas tree,” lamented the Jewish Mr. Chattering. “You’ll do fine, honey, just buy one that’s seven or eight feet high and don’t pay too much for it.” “I’m not Christian!” “But this […]

Are Mixed/Blended Faith Celebrations the New Normal?

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There is no set way to celebrate the December holidays anymore. I’m not an advocate of “mixing everything up.” I’m just saying a lot of us are mixing it up through mixed-faith marriage, conversion, or inventive experiment. Last Christmas eve, […]

What is Mary Cheney’s Teaching?

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If you are of the Everything-Happens-for-a-Reason school, you might be saying “Oh, Mary Cheney’s pregnancy is designed to teach those frumpy Cheney parents and the Religious Right that it’s not immoral for gays to have kids.” Could be. But actually, […]

Throw a Party In Honor of Seasonal Darkness!

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Thanks to “MettaMusings” blogger/CM reader “Story Midwife” for writing about the parties she throws in honor of the seasonal darkness. “Ah, the nourishing dark. Though I cringe at the cold and snow of winter (not a helpful thing as I […]

Phillip-Morris Was Forced to Run Anti-smoking Ads

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Yes, Cindi, you’re right. Phillip-Morris is not producing those talk-to-your-kids-about-smoking ads out of the kindness of its heart. The company was forced to create those public service ads as part of a lawsuit settlement. Here are the opinions of one […]

The New Fab Four

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If you want to have a good giggle and experience a noticeable surge in your vital life force, click here and scroll down half a page to watch the four charismatic guys known as “Il Divo” sing “Somewhere,” that compelling […]

Just Do One Thing

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Though countless stars illumine the nightAnd the moon brightly ornaments the earth,Only the sun provides light for the dayAnd gives meaning to the terms “east” and “west.” The man who accomplishes completely One single actExcels all sentient beings.The moon when […]

Beware the Truths You Know

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If you know in advance what the truth will be, you will never find it. – Marchette Chute.

Make Your Own Bath Salts

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You could become your own little bath salt factory this month! Here are some tips for creating soothing salt bags that can be great gifts for your friends. Click here to buy a 20-pound bag of Dead Sea salt, which […]

How Do You Renew Your “Flow”?

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“There are hundreds of activities designed for protection that are supposed to prevent negative energy from disrupting the healthy or healing state, such as wearing amulets or saying magical words. I’ve probably tried them all! “After a lot of disappointment, […]

This Week Marks Buddha’s Day of Enlightenment

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Many Buddhists are observing an intensive period of meditation this week. You can learn more about Rohatsu, the commemoration of Buddha’s enlightenment, by reading the marvelous articles here and here. Writes Shodo Harada Roshi: The Buddha was enlightened on the […]

Embrace the Dark As We Head Toward Solstice

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From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21st, we will be experiencing some of the year’s darkest, shortest days. I used to hate stumbling around with the kids and their bookbags at 5 p.m. in the early dark. I […]

Phillip-Morris Doesn’t Want Kids to Smoke

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As an act of atonement, I guess, Phillip-Morris has launched a television ad campaign and a website to counsel parents on how to prevent their kids from smoking cigarettes. Here’s a chart they use to explain why kids keep smoking: […]

Why Santa Matters

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Here is the most beautiful description of why believing in something made-up and then not believing in it is a wonderful part of growing up. What follows is from Betty Smith’s famous novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”; it was […]

Who Do You Believe About Kids & Cellphones?

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Well, the eldest Chattering son desperately wants a cellphone for Christmas. To him, it’s a symbol of being grown up. I am in the minority of parents concerned about cellphone health risks; my own cell leaves my cranium with a […]

Don’t Send Me This

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Thanks to Beliefnet’s Valerie Reiss for blogging so beautifully in my absence. I took last week off to rest my tired typing hands, massage my elbows, see my optometrist, clean the house, and get ready for the holidays. I didn’t […]

Stress-Busting Holiday Gifts

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My fellow Beliefnetters and I have been working over the last few weeks to gather a collection of some of the lovelier holiday gifts on the web this season. We just published them last night. We’ve got a list of […]

It’s AstrologyZone Day!

posted by vreiss

It’s the beginning of a new month. Which means one great thing in my world: horoscopes! Susan Miller, beloved astrologer to many, comes out with her ever-lengthening monthly forecast on AstrologyZone.com for each astrological sign on the first of ever […]

Sleep Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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Yesterday I stumbled across “40 Facts About Sleep You Probably Didn’t Know (Or Were Too Tired to Think About)” from the National Sleep Research Project in Australia. Here are some of my faves–and things I in fact did not know […]

A Delicious, Natural Body Oil

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After a long day yesterday, I stopped at ABC Carpet & Home, a mecca of pretty, pricey, spiritual things. Buzzing past all of the crystals and Marys and Buddhas, I went straight for the bodycare wall. The eco- and toxin-conscious […]

A Way to Give Giving This Holiday Season

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Ok, it’s not just the scrumptious body oil that wows me, it’s the amazing Gifts of Compassion at ABC Carpet & Home’s store and website. Many orgs offer a similar donation-as-gift program, but none have such diverse offerings–or packages for […]

Buddha’s Take on Gift-Giving

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“True charity only occurs when there are no notions of giving, giver, or gift.” –Buddha From the book “Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep It”. By Valerie Reiss. Amy’s on vacation.

Peace, Love, and Controversy

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It always amazes me when the word—or symbol for—”peace” upsets people. A couple in Pagosa Springs, Colo. was recently told by a community association to remove a peace sign-shaped wreath from outside their house, reports The New York Times, lest […]

9/11 and Cancer

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Just wanted to spread this far and wide. This week’s cover story in the Village Voice is about the link between 9/11 and blood cancers, especially Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. That’s what I just recovered from. My exposure to Ground Zero was […]

Are You Burned Out?

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Really great article in this week’s New York magazine, “The Science of Burnout” by Jennifer Senior. The subhead alone speaks volumes: “In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith.” It’s about how burnout—that […]

Therapy for Your Home

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If you have a modern-ish sensibility and live in an apartment or a small-scale house, you may love this blog as much as I do. Apartment Therapy.com has been my haunt for the last two years or so for home-related […]

Julia’s Quotes to Inspire

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As her post-“Artist’s Way” work has seemed more and more recycled, one thing I still love about Julia Cameron’s books is the little quotes she puts in the margins. I’m always happy to dip into these bite-sized, short-attention-span founts of […]

Addicted to Meaningful Jewels

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My name is Valerie and I’m a Satya-holic. As often as I can afford (only a few times a year, really), I go to Satya, a wonderful “yoga-inspired” jewelry store. I walk across the slate floors and gaze at lotuses […]

What’s in Your Paint?

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I’ve just moved into a new apartment. In Brooklyn, land of my ancestors. It’s sweet and cozy, and at 500 square feet just about double the size of my last place (I know, we’re ridiculous here). I’m obsessive about making […]

Readers Compete for Worst Thanksgiving

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Wow, if you think your Thanksgiving was sub-par or just average, read a few of the thousands of posts Martha Stewart got when she asked readers to talk about the lessons they learned from their worst Thanksgivings ever. Burned turkeys, […]

The Turkey Wars

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Thanksgiving can be a tough time for people who don’t eat poultry, especially when their relatives are enthusiastic meat eaters. No doubt plenty of vegans are sitting down to a family meal that disgusts them, and families aren’t always as […]

Cindy’s Vegetarian Turkey

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If your kids love to to sculpt their food before they eat it, they’ll love this.

Catholicism’s Influence on Director Robert Altman

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I found a choppy, but fact-filled run-down on the religious upbringing of late, great film director Robert Altman: “Catholicism was, to me, school,’ he has said. “It was restrictions; it was things you had to do. It was your parents. […]

The Power of Saying ‘Thanks!’

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Janene Mascarella wrote a wonderful piece for The Washington Post about the powerful experience of thanking people who’d been helpful to her in the past. Often nervous that the folks she was thanking would find her absurdly nutty, she was […]

Wearing Your Gratitude

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Well, why not? The website TheGratitudeList.com sells aprons and T-shirts that will keep your gratitude close to your heart all year, not just on Thanksgiving. The blog at this site is just getting going, but you’ll find several nice posts […]

Deepak on Life After Death

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Deepak Chopra was schooled in medicine, but his greatest love has always been the study of the soul. His views in the new book “Life After Death: The Burden of Proof” seem especially relevant, as death seems–rightly or wrongly–closer to […]

‘You Can’t Be a Saint’

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Sweet essay here on BustedHalo.com (the online mag for seekers in their 20s and 30s). In it, author Jeff Guhin gets into a conversation on saintly behavior with the Catholic teens he teaches.

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