Well, someone had to improve the standard cookie cutter.
Well, someone had to improve the standard cookie cutter.
I usually shell chestnuts the night before Thanksgiving. A couple of nights before Thanksgiving, if I’m smart. Chestnut purée was a standard side dish at my mother’s Thanksgiving dinner, and in honor of her, I try to include it at […]
Don’t pass the buck! Bring a prayer to the Thanksgiving table this year! Here’s a wonderful guide to prayers of many faiths and wisdom traditions.
“The basis for the new film ‘Zen Noir’ is a kind of funny concept,” writes Beliefnet’s spirituality editor Valerie Reiss in this short review. “A noir-style detective investigates a murder in a Buddhist temple. When he asks questions, he gets […]
The folks at DuPont have regrouped and are now fighting allegations from the EPA that their Teflon coating on non-stick cookware includes a chemical that is a “likely carcinogen.” The gasses Teflon produces at high heat are certainly bad for […]
Yusuf Islam’s new album “An Other Cup,” is getting middlin’ marks on Amazon–some fans are complaining that his voice sounds “weak.” But the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens has a sparkling website with audio clips of him on anger, […]
Ebay currently hosts some 26 pages of antique/vintage holiday cards, all fun, some in boxes, some loose. Here‘s a CD you can buy to download vintage holiday card images and then print out with a color printer.
I inwardly chattered all Tuesday night, worried I’d been mean to James Taylor in my review of his dreary Christmas album. I’m just not a natural-born critic, I guess. How do professional reviewers subdue their smug feelings of superiority? Many […]
After several months of steady use, your yoga mat’s odor may get distracting in the nose-down positions of the cobra or locust. But, “once avidya is lifted, the best solutions are often the simplest,” claims the ad copy for this […]
I didn’t marry until I was 36, so I had about 15 years of heartache-y holidays–alone, unprotected, and bummed that nobody loved me. Or so I thought. For many people, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is miserable and […]
I don’t know if you’ve got plans the evenings of November 27th and 29th, but you may well be struggling with a weighty decision: whether or not to lower yourself enough to watch O.J. Simpson talking on Fox about how […]
James Taylor’s newly-released holiday album is essentially a refurbished collection from 2004, and I’ve got to tell you, having just spent the morning with it: It retains its highs and lows. Old Baby James’ renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “Winter […]
Oh, isn’t this interesting? A whole website that teaches you how to make your last will and testament more ethical. I’m just passing it along.
No Chattering Mind post has inspired as much mail as my inquiry into how folks are ending their spiritual correspondence. What follows is a list of all the marvelous ways people are ending emails and letters to their fellows on […]
“That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Magic Cabin started as a hand-made doll catalog, and year after year, the lovely, natural toys and craft kits it features give me greater faith in all humanity! Get a paper copy of the catalog mailed to you or shop […]
“I love my life, and I know I love my life.” —Ed Bradley, as recalled by Diane Sawyer in Friday morning’s tribute to him on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Take a walk down Memory Lane when you check out Beliefnet’s slideshow of fallen religious leaders. And remember this advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “Rely on the teachings to evaluate a guru: do not have blind faith, but […]
My warm thanks go to CM reader Daria for writing this in response to the revelations regarding minister Ted Haggard’s secret life: “I read Ted Haggard’s letter to his congregation and was surprised to find him taking responsibility, apologizing, asking […]
Notice how, in this piece by Richard Dawkins called “Why I Am Hostile Towards Religion,” Dawkins refuses to write the word “bible” with a capital “B” unless he’s quoting a Christian author whose work was originally published with the “B” […]
My friend Myra, a graduate of New York’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition, has launched her own nutritional consulting business, and I signed on as a client last spring thinking I’d get good nutritional tips (that I could then pass on […]
As a mother, I can really relate to this. Have a look!
Westin Hotel’s smoking ban is in full flower after a year’s work and a $3 million investment in its (fittingly named) BREATHE campaign. Smokers will be billed an additional $200 room fee if they smoke anywhere in the hotels, but […]
Check out this “Code of the Callboy” editorial from today’s New York Times by Dan Savage. An excerpt: “…today it is arguably more shameful and damaging to be a hypocritical closet case than it is to be a sex worker. […]
Thanks to Glittering Muse blogger David Garnet for alerting me to the existence of this laughing baby clip. Helps you understand while some people drink or take drugs to get to this luscious, open space. Of course, there are healthier […]
As I write this, the country is finishing up a day of voting. Whether you’re voting red or blue or chartreuse, there’s no doubt this has been a decidedly unspiritual past month, politically speaking; mud has been slung on all […]
Gee, what got into me? I stayed up late shopping online for holiday bed linens again. And then, I didn’t buy a thing. It’s the same every year. I say to myself, “Oh, it’s silly to buy bed sheets just […]
While you’re browsing in the flannel sheet department, don’t forget to get some hot water bottles–for yourself or to wrap as winter gifts. I actually put my growing boys (don’t tell them I told you this) to bed with one […]
Here’s one of my favorite gay spirituality and culture blogs. In one post, writer Greg DiStefano quotes this passage from the “Gospel According to Thomas”: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. […]
I went to our local Barnes & Noble Monday morning and picked up Sinclair Lewis’s famous study of religious hypocrisy–the 1927 novel called “Elmer Gantry” (which became an Academy Award-winning film starring Burt Lancaster in 1960). In the novel, Elmer […]
As I grapple with a father and two in-laws who hate the idea of assisted-living communities, I keep insisting “As for me, I’m ready to move into one now.” Who can beat daily yoga classes in the rec room, Tai […]
Some of you guys seemed annoyed with me for saying anything nice about KFC (its executives have just agreed to use a healthier, trans-fat-free frying oil). I don’t eat Kentucky Fried Chicken, but some 736 millions chickens are sold at […]
Veteran reporters like Leroy Sievers can work in relative obscurity for thirty years (he covered major stories for CBS and ABC, and then was Nightline’s executive producer), before stepping fully in the public eye (opening up the whole world’s heart […]
“Look in the mirror once or twice a day, full on, eyes into eyes and say, ‘I accept myself unconditionally right now.’ After 30 days, you’ll find that your life and health will improve.” Get more sensible advice and whole […]
“It took me an hour to turn the clocks back an hour, coordinating all the watches and digital alarm clocks and oven clock and kitchen clock and car clocks to Central Standard Time, during which a man starts to question […]
Click here, wait a moment, and then sink into your own cursor-created abstract painting. Relax!
Next Tuesday’s Election Day planetary “aspects” between Mercury in retrograde and Neptune (which can have secretive, deceptive characteristics) will deliver shenanigans and voting irregularities, says astrologer Shelley Ackerman. One difference between now and 2000, however, is that feisty Mars comes […]
I avoid worrying about cold and flu season and don’t get flu shots, but scoll down here and watch this film about a positive-thinking approach I’ve never tried that looks like fun (yeah, okay Brian, tear me up for this): […]
Wherever he is, I hope Harland Sanders is proud of his restaurant chain for promising to make the expensive switch to a non-hydrogenated frying oil for its famous chicken this week. Kentucky Fried Chicken’s corporate leaders yielded to consumer pressure […]
Sorry, some humane agencies are afraid they’ll be used in satanic ritual sacrifices. Other animal shelters argue that such a restriction only reinforces the black cat’s negative image. Photo by Lorelei
“If it’s food, love it. If it’s cocaine, love it. If it’s painkillers, love them. If it’s cigarettes, love them. These are some of your greatest teachers. They’ve taught you through direct experience what it is that you no longer […]
“I was a ‘holistic mom’ (and proud of it) 17 years ago,” writes reader Sierra. “Midwife, late/no immunizations, homemade baby food, and, of course, breastfeeding. As a more mature parent now, I know that all moms want the best for […]
I tuned into Rachel Ray’s TV show for about twenty minutes yesterday as I was doing the dishes. I’d never watched it before. She was giving cooking instructions to three sporty guys in the habit of gathering weekly to watch […]
The eldest Chattering boy slammed the car door on a left-hand finger right outside school this morning. He was in terrible pain. The cure here is usually a huge hug from Mom, ice, and the homeopathic remedy Hypericum (a highly-diluted […]
But does it brew coffee? Here’s a nice essay on waking up gently by Sarvananda Bluestone, author of “The World Dream Book: Use the Wisdom of World Cultures to Uncover Your Dream Power.”
Thanks to my old pal Alan Pell Crawford, now a regular contributor to Vegetarian Times, for alerting us all this month to a legislative effort supported by food industry companies to nulify many state laws regulating food safety by imposing […]
People who commemorate the Day of the Dead aren’t the only ones occasionally preoccupied with bones, skeletons, and earthly remains. Some Tibetan Buddhists and some Hindus use or wear skull malas to more deeply contemplate death and impermanence. I found […]
Wikipedia has a lengthy write-up on the term “New Age” including links that will extend you in many directions. Take a look. It has more crop circle mentions than I might like, I guess. But the writers did a thorough […]
Beliefnet.com has launched a blog called “Beyond Blue” which chronicles the spiritual life and thinking of Therese J. Borchard, a wife, mom, and writer who copes with depression, and knows the topic from the inside. You might also be fascinated […]
You’ll discover the real meaning of Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead by clicking here and reading Waverly Fitzgerald’s commentary on each of these celebrations. Still more can be yours when you pay nine dollars for her downloadable […]
Since I wrote about Halloween candy last week, I’ve located two websites with tips on natural sweets. “Queen of Green” Debra Lynn Dadd, promoted these natural candy mixes in a recent newsletter. And the Feingold Association (which helps kids whose […]
Here’s an article about Beliefnet.com from yesterday’s USAToday, featuring a photo of Steven Waldman, my husband (usually referred to here as “Mr. Chattering”).
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Do you gleefully register for meditation workshops, show up on time, take notes in a pretty new notebook, and then PROMPTLY FALL ASLEEP when that all-important guided meditation begins? Please have no shame! Others are snoring beside you. In the […]
Here are some nice segments from Deepak Chopra’s new call-in show on Sirius Satellite Radio. One caller asks how she can honor her body’s need for peace while she’s working a high-stress job. You can also catch a snippet of […]
Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is a hugely exciting effort. And you’ll be amazed at how an ordinary looking woman is turned into a bionic, completely fake billboard star in this new commercial, “Evolution.” Makeup artists, hairdressers, fashion stylists, photographers, […]
Homeopathy. Natural child birth. Osteopathy. Charter schools. Home school. Whole foods. Positive parenting. Protecting the earth. If you’re a mother and these words or phrases light your fire, you’re probably a proud “holistic mom.” Good news! Now, there’s a growing […]
Be sure to click around and notice Beliefnet.com’s fabulous redesign. You’ll find easier navigation, a cleaner look, and so many more ways to interact with our spiritual, religious, and inspirational content. There’s also a new section for you spiritual-but-not-religious folks, […]
You’ve ironed leaves in wax paper. But have you tried to make roses from leaves? Pretty, don’t you think? And this could be the perfect weekend to make this autumnal craft project. [via Haha.nu]
“There hasn’t been a battle between the sexes,” says Warren Farrell, author of “Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say.” “There’s been a war in which only one side has shown up. Men’s cowardice has prevented them from showing up […]
This is cool. The world’s first and and only Islamic online environmental magazine, published by the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences. “Our home planet Earth is undergoing rapid and sustained destruction of its eco-systems. This is giving rise […]
I do not consistently telegraph to my children how distressed I am about international events. The kids force me to find things I can believe in and trust–instead of complain about. I admire families that speak openly about politics and […]
Click here to learn more about designers using bamboo, pina leaves, pineapples, and sweet potatoes to create or dye clothes! “Three years ago, the interest in ethical fashion was minimal,” Elizabeth Cazorla, a director of apparel merchandising at La Redoute, […]
Well, Regis and Kelly donned exercise duds this morning to accompany Sri Dharma Mittra through a few moves on ABC’s “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Mittra, the distinguished director of New York’s Dharma Yoga Center, is author of a book […]
Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of “Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program: The Proven Plan to Prevent Disease and Premature Aging, Optimize Weight and Live Longer,” has posted a video of himself on his website where he directly and passionately addresses what’s […]
They’ve got so much to work through! Click here. It’s cute.
Every October 31st there comes that moment when your darling child, with cheeks pink from excitement, plops their costumed self down in the hallway and gleefully peers into that sugary, preservative- and food dye-laden sack of Sweet Tarts, M&Ms, and […]
Have you noticed the new purple-bottled “natural essence” laundry soap called “Simple Pleasures” being advertised in places like “Oprah” magazine? I wrote “Queen of Green” consumer advocate Debra Lynn Dadd, and asked her what she thought of this new line, […]
Daniel Goleman, author most famously of “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships,” wrote this sweet piece for yesterday’s New York Times health section citing scientific studies that show how loving relationships stimulate physiological responses, keeping us happier, healthier, […]
In case you missed it, PBS ran Bill Moyers’ report on Green evangelical Christians last night. Here are links to many of the environmentally-hip, otherwise conservative organizations mentioned.
Beliefnet’s editors want you to name the people you found inspiring this year: courageous people in the news, or someone you may personally know. You may nominate more than one individual. What to do: Send in your nominees. Include a […]
The folks who used to produce the online mag ‘Vegan Freak’ have turned the venture into a series of downloadable podcasts. How could anyone resist an audio program that boasts the following? “In this show, we talk about…George Allen and […]
It’s been a dismal season for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (a.k.a. A-Rod) with fielding errors and batting slumps as well as boos from New York fans. Even the newspaper headlines have been seething, asking readers questions like: “Do You […]
Thanks so much to VeganLunchBox for introducing me to a fleet of fun, colorful bento box blogs, including CookingCute.com. Imagine sittig down to open a healthy lunch like this! Here‘s where you can buy the actual lunch box.
Oh, why did I start? It feels to me like he’s an old boyfriend I need to look in on occasionally. There he hides, up in New Hampshire, around 87 years old by now, eating meticulously, studying homeopathy, reading The […]
Well, I’ve purchased Sting’s newly-released CD of melancholy mandrigals by Renaissance composer John Dowland (1563-1626). It should arrive from Amazon any day. The collection is super lute-y, I hear, and capable of transporting you to 16th-century England in a flash! […]
Lama Surya Das has added an item to his blog in which he quotes recent remarks made by the Dalai Lama at the University of Buffalo. “The Dalai Lama himself cautioned us lovers of peace and tolerance last week about […]
“A sensitive person has a great need for the sacred. One needs to protect one’s very fragile soul against the turbulence and grossness, vulgarity and ruthlessness one finds in the world. How can one be in the world and not […]
Best thing I read all week on the Amish community’s response to the murder of five of its children was this editorial from The Dallas Morning News, written by Beliefnet’s own “Crunchy Con” blogger Rod Dreher. “In our time, religion […]
In response to my post on getting material rewards or perks for volunteer work outside the obvious communal/spiritual benefits, CM reader Daria wrote: “I belong to one non-profit that sees a surge of workers only when we give out movie […]
Thanks to CM reader Johanna for writing this: “Can we take Down Syndrome off the list of socially acceptable reasons to terminate a pregnancy? …Many people are misled into thinking that a diagnosis of Down Syndrome is a death sentence […]
Here’s a motherly tip, unaffiliated with any particular religious wisdom tradition: Do one small thing today that will prepare you for cooler weather and the holidays at year’s end. Bring your sweaters out of storage, choose dates for your own […]
“WE are the saviors. We are the help. We are the hands and ears and eyes of heaven and earth. Evolution is happening through us, not to us. We are like the leaves on the maple tree outside my window. […]
I am grateful to CM reader Pacific231 for taking the time to write this: “I am hardly the most appropriate person to stick up for Christianity. But the exceptional author and scholar Marcus Borg notes that when atheists set out […]
A large spider wove a perfect web outside our kitchen window yesterday, giving it a deliberately-built front row seat for tomorrow’s full moon in Aries, which will rise right over our tiny garden. Tomorrow’s full moon is almost everybody’s favorite, […]
The Harvest Moon The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,A vast balloon,Till it takes off, and sinks upwardTo lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.The harvest moon has come,Booming softly through heaven, […]
How touching, sad, and beautiful that the Harvest Moon will be glowing over the Amish farms of Pennsylvania, as families gather to grieve the little girls murdered this week. Here’s a fragment of T.W. Burger’s article for Religion News Service […]
A thoughtful blogger, meditation teacher, Soto Zen monk, and Dharma store owner named Genryu has asked if any CM readers see the irony in the fact that I quoted Chögyam Trungpa’s famous passage on spiritual materialism (examining how some people […]
MyPathTV.com–formerly called EssentialTV.com–is up and running. Here’s the company’s current roster of videos featuring spiritual and holistic teachers like Dr. Andrew Weil, Larry Dorsey, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Cheri Huber. Here’s where you’ll find features like “Yoga for a Healthy […]
Of course, no one is proud of her abortion. But Ms. magazine is collecting the stories and signatures of more than 5000 women who’ve had abortions and are not ashamed.
When your brain is stimulated in specific places, you may feel as if you’ve left your body, or as if shadowy, phantom people are seated beside you. Read more about the latest research in experiences some might call “paranormal” here. […]
Beliefnet.com has a prayer circle going for the five Amish girls who were killed in Pennsylvania yesterday. You may post your thoughts and prayers here, or just read the writings of others.
If Ramadan and Yom Kippur have left you confused as to who is eating what when, consult this helpful multi-faith guide to fasting’s importance in various religious contexts.
You can now get “Enlightenment” Visa credit cards that reward you in “points” redeemable for spiritual retreats, teacher trainings, a session with a spiritual “master,” and workshops. You may also convert your points into charitable contributions for things like breast […]
“If we do not step out of spiritual materialism, if we in fact practice it, then we may eventually find ourselves possessed of a huge collection of spiritual paths. We may feel these spiritual collections to be very precious. We […]
Last year, I bought this CD of Jewish cello masterpieces. Clean deliveries. No soul or depth. Don’t buy it. But check out these renditions of the same melodies. Much better. Good for rainy days and any period of mourning or […]
“When justice burns within us like a flaming fire, when love evokes willing sacrifice from us, when, to the last full measure of selfless devotion, we demonstrate our belief in the ultimate triumph of truth and righteousness, then Your goodness […]
Earlier this week, I worked five hours–from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.–at a well-run local soup kitchen. I made about 30 gallons of soup with three other people, washed a heap of cherry tomatoes, and made a quart of salad […]
Part of one’s spiritual journey involves confronting spiritual materialism. What is that, you may ask? Is it acquiring the hottest mat and outfit for your yoga practice? Lusting for a fancy spa in California? Festooning your neck and wrists with […]
“Depression, loneliness, and insecurity are tangible experiences that can be improved. But if you seek to reach God or enlightenment because you want to stop being depressed or anxious, if you want greater self-esteem or less loneliness, your search may […]
Today’s New York Times has a New Yorky take on what’s happening in the homes of those who want their children to eat highly healthy food, but whose careers necessitate employing babysitters who may not share their whole foods philosophy. […]
Tomorrow, we’ll discuss Spiritual Materialism. Today, we’ll attend to three new products in the most recent Isabella catalog. Labels for your water bottles: Put love in every sip by placing a sticker with the word LOVE on your water container! […]
Sure, it’s in my diet. But I’m pursuing less soy these days. Articles like this one have convinced me.
Click here to watch Swami Beyondananda (a.k.a. comic/activist Steve Bhaerman) talk about how “being in the now is the wave of the future.” This guy is interesting. Before he embraced comedy, Bhaerman wrote books and founded an alternative high school […]
If you know anyone getting married in the next year or contemplting marriage, send them to Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway’s Wedding Goddess Wisdom weblog, a font of good advice on how to soak in all the blessings to your union […]
Since we were on the subject of God and amputees yesterday, you might be uplifted by Beliefnet’s homepage article about the faith of disabled people and their families. Be sure not to miss Lilit Marcus’s piece on her life with […]
Thanks to faithful reader Pacific231 for this response to our conversation about sending love to bullies and other irritating people: “I strongly believe that feeling compassion for a bully must not translate into martyrdom… A very recent Buddhist book on […]
Atheists will applaud the website WhyDoesGodHateAmputees.com. But if you believe in God, or are on the fence about God’s presence, you’ll still be fascinated. The authors try to explain as clearly as is conceivable–as if they are speaking to fourth […]
Click here to learn more about Environmental Action’s “pledge to pay the difference” campaign. Upon collecting 3,600 pledges, the group is hoping to tell U.S. auto makers that E.A. members will pay more for environmentally friendly vehicles–if U.S. makers create […]
What a great moment of the year to encourage the children in your life to build fairy houses, pint-sized outdoor residences for the spritely nature divas and spirits that bless the earth, commune with frogs and bugs, cobble shoes, and […]
Has the urge to go Green ruffled your nesting instincts? Today, I scanned this impressive list of environmentally-sound home product manufacturers compiled by “Home Safe Home” author Debra Lynn Dadd.
Do you work in a place where deadlines aren’t respected and coworkers complain about management behind closed doors? Does every morning pep talk get ridiculed at lunch? Do you ever feel as though there’s a sameness to everything and that […]
Oh, I loved this article about hikers who gather in pro-barefoot groups to traverse the world’s trails without shoes. Learn more about their activities through The Society for Barefoot Living’s website.
Rabbi Michael Lerner has posted an item on a blog for “Spiritual Progressives” in which he encourages everyone to “take advantage of the Jewish custom of repentance at the High Holy Days” (a period of soul-searching and renewal that launched […]
Blessed is the grace that crowns the sky with stars, and keeps the planets on their ways; the law that turns our night to day, and fills the eye with light; the love that keeps us whole, and day by […]
In the name of eating seasonally, Ayurvedic teacher John Douillard, Ph.D., recommends eating two to four apples a day from now until Halloween, “along with more pomegranates, other ripe seasonal fruit, and veggies.” If you’ve got a moment, try his […]
I was thinking that telegraphing love to irritating people and struggling to keep lines of communication open were the themes of my week alone, but apparently, we’re all under the influence of a new moon and solar eclipse that can […]
New Age business mogul Sir Richard Branson has always favored yoga, meditation, and massage. Now, he’s devoting a huge chunk of his fortune to find cleaner fuels.
“Just as the Spring Equinox is about new growth and activity, the Autumn Equinox is about putting things away. It’s a day for putting your house in order, making sure you have the supplies you need, canning fruits, assessing your […]
You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your bodylove what it loves.Tell me about despair, yours, and […]
I’ve met her. I love her. She’s got incredible abs (which she used to invite reporters to punch). But no, this is not the best use of Denise Austin’s enormous talent. Sorry.
Click here to see a marvelous animated short film, “The Meatrix,” the story of a pig who discovers what really happens on factory farms. It’s been making the web rounds since 2003; more than 15 million people have seen it […]
How does one deliver the right nod, bow, Namaste, or abbreviated prostration at the conclusion of a yoga class, talk, or more formal teaching? I learned what I needed to know here and here and here. You can also just […]
“In the long run I am only temporarily an American. I will not be labeled or trapped into any collectivity on the basis that I have some fixed essence that belongs to that collectivity.” —Robert Thurman, quoted in this month’s […]
A woman took a parking place of mine today as I was sitting in front of the exiting vehicle with my blinkers on. She just dove in there, as parking thieves are prone to do. But I didn’t honk. I […]
Even before I looked at your posts regarding what you do when you dislike or hate someone, I found wisdom in the September issue of ‘Shambhala Sun’ (such a good magazine), which referred to Thich Nhat Hanh’s advice on managing […]
Delighting in the publication of her latest book “On Becoming Fearless…. in Love, Work, and Life,” author Arianna Huffington has launched a lively blog (a sub-blog of her popular Huffington Post site) on overcoming whatever dread holds you back. Here‘s […]
I know some of you probably just read this blog and don’t ever write back or read posts. That’s totally cool (though I always love hearing from you). But if you have been reading reader posts, you may have noticed […]
The editorial staff of Beliefnet.com is hard at work on a site redesign and expansion that will offer all kinds of fascinating new features throughout the next year. Because of the stress that they’re all under, my editor Valerie won’t […]
Yesterday in the car, 12-year-old Chattering Son One said, “I don’t like ________[a boy at school]. He’s mean and cynical.” At first, I beamed at the use of the word “cynical” since I’d never heard him use it before. Then, […]
“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” —Henry Miller
“I wake every morning feeling like I’m living in a miracle – where spirituality, creativity, work, and love have all come to mean the same thing. My life has been shaped by mantras; I have become their servant.” – Deva […]
I heard yoga teacher John Friend deliver the keynote address at the Omega Institute’s “Path of Yoga” conference at a Sheraton Hotel in New York City last Friday. This conference is always a nice one, drawing well-regarded yoga practitioners like […]
Deva Premal and Miten performed at Omega’s yoga conference, and led several chants. Miten sang “All Are Welcome Here,” the final song on this album, but Deva Premal’s best received work is on this CD (kind of a massage therapy […]
I noticed a little sign on the cooler shelf today that essentially said, “Sorry, we’re trying to keep bottles of G.T. Dave’s Kombucha tea in stock, but you guys keep buying us out. Bear with us.” On his website, G.T. […]
Whoah, baby! Have a look at this off-the-wall inverted posture.
How fascinating that so many of us have felt unprepared when asked to sputter life wisdom, baby blessings, and parenting advice at spiritual baby showers. Let’s help each other with good material! Send your suggestions in! Here are a few […]
“Tibetan Prayer Flags Inside!” Sure enough, inside the International Campaign for Tibet’s direct mail envelope (which arrived at my home today), is a neatly folded two-inch square prayer flag garland. How could one not send money back?
I have not seen the new Ric Burns documentary “Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film,” now ending a two-week run at one New York theater. But The New York Times said the film’s most significant contribution (from an art critic’s standpoint) […]
Here’s a letter–masterful in its straightforward, noncommital, but compassionate wording–written by Senator Barack Obama to constituent Ken Goze regarding the VA’s continued refusal to allow the Wiccan pentacle on the gravestones of Wiccans buried in veteran cemetaries. This letter, posted […]
You know, this Chattering Mind blog is currently attracting some 17,000 unique visitors a month. And usually, you readers are a relatively quiet bunch. But inspiring chatter was indeed released by my three-part series on the clutter we keep in […]
This month’s Mothering magazine offers fabulous ways to honor a pregnant friend at her baby’s shower. * Pass a “wisdom book” around and ask each guest to contribute words of encouragement. * Tell guests to bring canned goods for a […]
This is depressing, but important to read. Toxic mercury is being discovered in more places than ever anticipated.
Thanks to the Feingold Program’s newsletter for guiding me to “Find a Remedy,” a website where folks being prescribed drugs by doctors can read reader-generated reviews of the medicine, and compare notes with others.
Here are some excerpts from what I’ll call the Aura Debates, all spawned by my family’s aura pictures (scroll down if you missed ’em). From an electrical engineer named Brian: “…aura just means an energy field, specifically around biological organisms. […]
Please have a listen to this enlightened, American-born Muslim’s views, and catch a glimmer of our shared, and most interesting future.
Did you see this? Quite inspiring. A woman who discovered at the last minute that her husband-to-be was unfaithful, turned her non-refundable wedding reception into a charity fundraiser.
In the context of the Wilber talks, I’m finding it rather unfortunate that my last post from Friday was about how I put my 10-year-old son to sleep with a Robert Browning poem that basically teaches that God is up […]
I am basking in full-on workshop afterglow. I heard Ken Wilber speak twice this weekend in New York to 300 people for two hours last Friday and two-and-a-half more on Sunday. Wilber currently serves as head of the Integral Institute, […]
Washington National Cathedral continues to publish wonderful broadband of its most important talks and speeches. Scroll down to see Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman talk about the “Joyous Science of Kindness and Wisdom” here.
Doreen Virtue has organized an International Angel Day this Sunday, September 10th, a day when angel communicators are available en masse to teach others about “angelic healing and communication.” Virtue claims that “The angels want us to hold this event […]
Morning’s at seven; The hill-side’s dew-pearl’d; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in his heaven— All’s right with the world! —Robert Browning, 1812-1889
Last night around 10 p.m., I was sitting at the dining room table with my portable computer before me, doing my ambitious woman blogger thing, setting up my posts for today. My 10-year-old Chattering, who’d gone to bed 30 minutes […]
Wonderful video is available here with statements from Joan Z. Borysenko, Tony Campolo, Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Jerry Jenkins, James Martin, Brian McLaren, and Uma Mysorekar on how to see hope in these trying post-9/11 times. Also, click here to view […]
I find Noah Kalina’s six-year self portrait incredibly moving. It’s a work in progress. Take a peek.
There’s a great story in today’s New York Times about green home design with quotes from various sources on the importance of living around growing things. While there’s some debate about whether walls like these clean the air or create […]
Also in the Times today was a photo of this laptop desk, which intrigues me. I’ve written Louis Slesin, creator of the informative website MicrowaveNews.com to see if this is an acceptable way to avoid EMFs and keep your lap […]
If you’re a parent, the good news might be that your kids are back in school, and you have slightly more time to yourself. The bad news (though you’re not supposed to tell anyone you feel rotten about this) is […]
If you are not inclined to take a Brain Gym course or buy the books, just try this posture to get an inkling of what I’m raving about. You can easily relax in this at your desk. I sometimes just […]
Waterfall also warmed to the twelve-year-old Chattering’s aura, which she said was similar to his brother’s, but maturing nicely with some comforting, sheltering green evident with the yellow and orange. “I see this green in the auras of people who […]
I don’t know if you’ve ever felt your own aura–or energy field–or seen a loved one’s hue or essence. But, you’ve probably taken an immediate dislike to an individual, or inexplicably felt drawn to someone else for some intangible something-or-other. […]
You know how it is when someone starts telling you something about yourself? If you’re like me, you listen a little and then pass out. Thankfully, I did take notes. It felt like Waterfall was saying to me, “You must […]
“Oh, it’s such a kick to photograph children’s auras,” Waterfall said gleefully as she tore the membrane off the Polaroid prints. “The energy of children is so BIG! See? You can’t even see their bodies or faces!” Sure enough, both […]
Social/spiritual activist Helen LaKelly Hunt (author of “Faith and Feminism“) has launched a new website for the Hunt Alternatives fund which has, since 1981, contributed more than $60 million to advancing women’s causes and global social change. Of particular interest […]
If you believe in the Chinese theories of yin/yang, cold/hot foods, eating ice cream every evening is–sadly–a really bad idea. Especially at this time of year. Any icy slushy drink cold enough to give you a headache is actually giving […]
Check out Michael Shermer’s article “Who Believes in God–and Why?” An excerpt: In sum, being female and raised by religious parents in a large family appears to make one more religious, whereas being male, educated, in conflict with one’s parents, […]
I found the following gratitude meditation on a Rudolf Steiner website. It was written by Dennis Klocek, a teacher of “Consciousness Studies” at Rudolf Steiner College who also runs the weather forecasting system at docweather.com. “When I pump gasoline into […]
Phoenix Soleil is probably swamped with work right now. But I’m telling you about her anyway since she represents a kind sensibility that is somewhat unusual in the computer biz. Her gentle approach to home-and-office computer tech support got her […]
Have you ever wondered what to do with those raw cacao beans you purchased at the health food store? Remember, those little brown beans of totally unprocessed chocolate that you then gagged on at home because they were so bitter? […]
Find everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the healing powers of the honey bee at apitherapy.blogspot.com. Photo by Sarah Macmillan
I very much like the fact that the New York Times has hired a fragrance reviewer to contribute real journalism on the subject of scent. After years of being pretty primitive when it came to essential oils and fragrances (and […]
It was only a matter of time before the ritual of lighting Jewish sabbath candles was put online. Chabad Lubavitch recently launched FridayLight.org, a site that encourages women everywhere to say the Jewish blessing over candles 18 minutes before each […]
Don’t rush out to get married after midnight in Las Vegas, Nevada anymore. Law changes this week force those dying to tie the knot to wait until the morning to get hitched. It’s sort of like a gun law, I […]
Today, I tried on my first pair of Masai Barefoot Technology shoes–the next big thing for your legs and feet, said to mimic the motion of walking barefoot on the beach. Corporate literature claims that wearing these sneaker-like sabots reduces […]
Astrologer Shelley Ackerman generously mentions her affiliation with Beliefnet.com in this Wall Street Journal article about how minimizing the planetary stature of Pluto could have complicated astrolgoical effects. “Whether he’s a planet, an asteroid, or a radioactive matzo ball, Pluto […]
“…we all have the ability to rule our own world and live with confidence. To do this, we need to use our daily lives to be strong, as opposed to aggressive, and to act with wisdom and compassion. This may […]
Do you love Garry Wills? Read his article “Christ Was Not a Christian” here. He writes: “For two years, Jesus slipped through all the traps set for him. He moved like a fish in the sea of his lower-class fellows. […]
“The mind carries its own confusion unless we bring about clarity. Our self-esteem is so vulnerable that our mind comes to our rescue to protect ourselves against the light that would shatter us…It requires a lot of courage to face […]
You’ll find a great radio conversation here (scroll down to Take Charge of Your Health, Friday August 4, 12 p.m.) between clinical nutritionist and radio personality Corinne Furnari, and cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra. They cover metabolism, weight, and chronic fatigue […]
Thanks to CM reader Stephan for providing us with this cool link to the Q-link necklace, which some people believe can increase your energy and provide protection from EMFs. Let’s not argue about it. Those who believe will buy, and […]
You DID, however, like my chattering thoughts on the reduced importance of physical beauty, beauty you have to mimic or buy. Says Stacey-Robin H. Johnson: “I think culture-by-culture we are becoming more aware of our true selves, sans 6-pack abs.” […]
A lot of you guys didn’t embrace the “Yoga Mom” moniker, and you haven’t bought into the notion that yoga moms have political clout…yet. Heck. George Stephanopoulos didn’t call either. One day, you’ll look back and say, “Chattering Mind called […]
Thanks to Debra Lynn Dadd’s holistic newsletter for informing us all about these eco-friendly backpacks for kids returning to school. The eco lunch bags, shown at right, also make sense for kids, though I’m not sure how a banana would […]
You know, as I was editing your posts about beauty above, my mind cast back to two icons of glamour when I was a tiny girl: Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. When my Dad was out of town, I sometimes […]
Oh man, I’m so jealous. The chef at Google’s company dining room serves staffers daily shots of Kombucha tea. Here’s how to make it at home. And here are the fermented beverage’s alleged benefits.
Visit here to read Beliefnet editor Sherry Huang’s lovely list of recently published spiritual books for children.
In late August…I’m sorry…my chattering thoughts drift to school harvest festivals, and Thanksgiving plane reservations and December gifts for family members. If you think your coming schedule is full, start paying attention to every wisdom tradition’s holiday! Not only are […]
Two great articles related to Wednesday’s new moon in Virgo have been added to Mooncircles.com. “Virgo is often harshly criticized for being a picky sign… But on a deeper level this sign’s dissatisfied restlessness is more often a symptom of […]
I am loving the cooler August mornings we’ve got going here. Bright sun. Breezes tinged with autumnal foreboding. Judaism has it right: This is the sweet ending of the old year. The farmer’s market was exploding with wonderful produce Saturday. […]
The New York Times Sunday magazine ran a long and inspiring article by Lisa Belkin about the arduous task of improving the nutritional quality of America’s school lunch programs. Results thus far with obese and at risk children are “cautiously […]
There’s been a lot of press lately about the difficulty of selling homes where something awful has occurred: a murder, suicide, or even divorce. Some people feel spaces can be unlucky or cursed. Whether or not this is true, the […]
“Life is dependent on the air around us, and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life. The first general step in healing is to purify […]
In the last election, the term “Soccer Mom” described suburban, swing-voting women. The feeling was that Soccer Moms were important because no one was really sure how they’d vote, and that they carpooled in large numbers. In the end, this […]
Lots of fabulous mail on my recent post about prayer beads and home altars. Basically, most readers contentedly catch sacred moments when they can. Krista White meditates and prays in the “woods, washing dishes, waiting in line at the school […]
This segment from PBS’s evening “News Hour” is really worth watching (scroll to Wednesday, August 16, fourth item down). It’s about the current trans fats debate in Chicago initiated by Alderman Edward Burke, who thinks the artery-clogging ingredient in many […]
Have you seen this? It’s a blog written by Israeli women of various academic and media backgrounds who wish to promote peace so all might prosper. Born out of frustration with mainstream news coverge, the blog’s authors use their personal […]
You know, right now, I have piles of Ken Wilber books, and CDs and DVDs stacked around me. Hi, Ken. How are you? He’s always with me. I keep waiting to more thoroughly digest his spiritual theories of the universe, […]
“Honey, these prayer beads shouldn’t be in your car! They should be on your altar!” my friend Frances exclaimed the last time she drove around Brooklyn with me. “Oh…yes. Well. I was hoping they’d enhance the car’s sacred energy,” I […]
Here’s an endearing excerpt from Robert Wright’s conversation with spiritual teacher, author and Beliefnet contributor Sharon Salzberg. Some might be put off by his self-assured nature, but I am amused by it. And I find Salzberg’s response to his confession […]
I had an epiphany while standing in the yoga pose Warrior II yesterday. This epiphany may not blow you away. But it meant a lot to me. It came in the form of the sentence: “This is me.” Or in […]
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