Fires in the Los Angeles area have “killed two firefighters, destroyed at least 21 homes and forced thousands of evacuations,” according to an Associated Press article. Really sad and scary. That same article quoted a resident who came home to find only the charred remains of his house: “‘It’s the worst roller coaster of my life,…

With today being the actor/activist/Buddhist’s birthday, thought I’d trot out an interview I did with him for Beliefnet last year. I’m not usually starstruck (ok, maybe I just wish I wasn’t), but when his voice came over the phone my first thought was “Oh my God! I’m talking to Richard Gere! Squee!” But luckily I stuck to…

As you read this, I am literally on vacation, but if you’re going about your usual daily routine in a non-vay-cay-way, I wonder if you might like to try putting on “vacation mind” this morning to see if it can bring some relaxation into your day. After all, I think it was Milton Berle who…

So I just signed up for a full-on weekend of chanting and kirtan at Omega Institute’s “Ecstatic Chant” festival over Labor Day. Yay!  To some the idea of chanting variations on “hare krishna” and other Hindu chants for three days straight may sound about as fun as a town hall meeting on health care. But for me and…

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Valerie Reiss

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.

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