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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, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. 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.

Are you a frustrated dreamer? I know I am. I often wake up with fragments of scenes echoing in my mind that seem really meaningful–but then I leap out of bed, start my morning routine, and in seconds they’re gone. […]

Because I lack an engineering degree and don’t understand why we can’t just stop this thing NOW with a 10-ton wad of gum or giant boulder or massive Q-tip, I’ll share more spiritual wisdom from elders. This is from the […]

“Worry is a prayer for something you don’t want.” – Sharon Gannon I love that. The other day someone expressed concern about my excessive worrying habit, and I’ve been contemplating on it ever since. Doing my best to actually contemplate, rather than […]

In addition to co-writing this blog and working at Beliefnet full-time, I’m writing a book. It’s about how I got through cancer five years ago with a combination of heavy-duty Western meds and all I knew from my personal and […]

I haven’t been writing about the oil spill in the Gulf because, frankly, every time I think of it I feel such a deep sense of overwhelming, immobilizing sadness and anger. But this prayer from Dr. Masaru Emoto, the author […]

“It’s painful to face how we harm others, and it takes a while. It;s a journey that happens because of our commitment to gentleness and honesty, our commitment to staying wake, to being mindful.” – Pema Chödrön   Need more […]

Michael Franti & Spearhead have a another feel-good shake-yer-booty-to-a-better-mood single. This is Shake It, Shake It, Shake It and it rules. Forget this “video”–the real one isn’t out yet, far as I know–and dance around!   Like what you see? […]

“If you gently touch a nettle it’ll sting you for your pains; grasp it like a lad of mettle, an’ as soft as silk remains.” – Sanskrit Proverb     Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

It’s amazing. I write about stress and healing and spiritual wellbeing for a living. I have all sorts tips in my head–I can instantly offer suggestions to calm down, rev up, clear your energy, enliven your life. And yet, the moment […]

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that […]