As part art, part spiritual practice, Shane Hart creates these amazing stone sculptures without adhesives of any kind. They are simply at a perfect balance with friction and gravity. Amazing, right? On his website StonetoStone.com, Shane writes, The art and practice of stone balancing has been cultivated around the world for thousands of years. It’s…

Oh, Meryl. Swoon. Sigh. Smart, funny, alive, shockingly talented, and inspiringly joyful. Here’s the funny, playful, insightful speech she gave last week at Barnard College on happiness, success, fame, pretending, and becoming authentic. It’s a little all over the place, but it’s 28 minutes of Meryl. ‘Nuff said. One of my favorite parts: “I know I was…

Oh how I love this viral video of Jessica–a girl who’s now 12 and seems pretty grounded and cool in this video interview. They didn’t ask her if she’s still doing these or if affirmations were a regular thing in her life or if it/they gave her an overall positive outlook (so curious!). But I’m pretty…

Talk about a plot twist!  A verse from the 13th century Persian poet Rumi turned out to have a kind of major role in last night’s series finale for the Fox series ’24,’ a series more known for nuclear threats and vigilante justice than contemplative Sufi Muslim inspiration. In the finale, the widow of the…

vreiss
about

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.

read full bio
More from Beliefnet and our partners
More from Beliefnet and our partners