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? Click here to subscribe and get Fresh Living in your in-box every day!

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 I’m overwhelmed by intense stress myself, I forget every last thing. I turn into a cookie-eating, non-exercising, non-meditating,…

  This beautiful sand mandala was created by Tibetan Drepung Loseling Monks at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. It was constructed as a vehicle to generate compassion and healing, and as reminder of impermanence of reality. Last week, in a ceremony that involved multiphonic chanting, the monks destroyed the…

Every once in a while it’s fun to do a Fresh Living Wordle. You go to Wordle.net, paste in your URL or a list of words and randomizing magic ensues! It’s a cool way to collect words that make you happy, or even to create a gift you can print and frame. (Hint–if you use a…


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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