Beverly Bunn, a dentist who attended the Angel Valley sweat lodge retreat in which three people  died and multiple others were hospitalized, is speaking out about her ordeal.  The video below, from CNN, is wrenching as Bunn describes the surreal scene, including her attempts to administer CPR to those who were in trouble…and being prevented…

I ask because I am.  I love their shiny paper-feel in my hand.  I love the gorgeous photography and enticing headlines.  I love the ritual and reward of looking forward to a new issue, which feels like a gift when it arrives.  And I love curling up with a stack of unread mags and diving…

From our sister blogger Janice Taylor over at Our Lady of Weight Loss, this sweet idea for building what she calls “awareness muscle”: “A simple and fun way to start integrating “being present” into your daily routine is in the shower. The next time you are in the shower concentrate on feeling the hot water…

Would more people make good, healthy choices if it were fun to do so?  That’s the question Volkswagon is posing in their new “Fun Theory” series of videos in which their stealth do-gooders make everyday healthy activities fun. This video shows what happens when walking up the stairs is more, um, musical than taking the…

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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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