“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 worry. I’ve been on a renewed Gilmore Girls binge lately and last night as Lorelai,…

This morning, I want to introduce you Fresh Lifers to our new brother blogger, Jonathan Ellerby!  Jonathan is an extraordinary writer as well as being the spiritual program director at Canyon Ranch Resort in Tuscon.  His blog, Practical Spirituality, is an inspiring, highly bookmark-able place to center yourself and learn how to find the sacred…

“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 morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection! Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/freshliving/#ixzz0r7HvnpNw

“Every man is the builder of a temple called his body….” — Henry David Thoreau. Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection! Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/freshliving/#ixzz0r1WBhqVb


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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