Chattering Mind

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal,, Vegetarian Times, and A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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

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

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

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

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 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 for each astrological sign on the first of ever […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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.