This is guest post by Ansley Roan, Beliefnet’s Faiths Editor (Photo (c) ellen scordato/twi-ny.com) Meditation and the importance of going to bed early were just a few of the topics the Dalai Lama addressed during his Saturday afternoon teaching in New York City. The spiritual leader of Tibet, whom Richard Gere called “the hardest working…

“When there’s happiness in the heart, there’s harmony in the home.When there’s harmony in the home, there’s order in the nation. When there’s order in the nation, there’s peace in the world.When there’s peace in the world, there’s happiness in the heart.” (Repeat)– Sufi song Last week I attended a conference, “The Inner Dimensions of…

Today is testing day for me–an annual CT scan to make sure I remain cancer-free. Gah. This means I started the day feeling like a bereft five-year-old when I couldn’t find Sharky, the stuffed animal who comforts me around these times (sharks are kind of my cancer spirit guides); he must have swum off to a…

At one point in Iron Man 2, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man is swilling green liquid. Someone asks him what’s in the bottle and he says, “Chlorophyll.” A little “woot!” for green foods went off inside me and I turned to my boyfriend and said, “Remind me to blog about that!” So blog I am! In 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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