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I love Holly’s post about her Chi-Patronus. I love the idea that we have spirit protectors from the natural world. There are two kinds, I think–external and internal. There’s the Native American or shamanic idea of a Power Animal–that we all have a guide who accompanies, heals, or protects us, it’s just a matter of tuning…

Remember the “Patronus” spell, which takes a different form depending on the person who casts it in the Harry Potter books and movies (Harry’s is a stag, Hermione’s an otter, etc)?  That’s how I’ve been thinking about what it feels like when chi energy moves through the human body.  In Harry Potter’s world, the Patronus…

“The sun shines down, and its image reflects in a thousand different pots filled with water. The reflections are many, but they are each reflecting the same sun. Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are, we will see ourselves in all people.” –Amma, the Hugging Saint I love Ammachi for her tireless…

It’s 3:30 and my brain is soggy, but I was greatly boosted by this video of a guy who made a whole song by recording and mapping the harmonic tones of sand. As cool as it sounds. And relaxing too. Diego Stocco – Music From Sand from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.   [via Swiss Miss]

I’m afraid Gus at A Pagan’ Blog mistook my thoughts on his “spirituality and buying local” for criticism.  Quite the contrary, I was admiring and agreeing with his insight on spiritual connection coming from the world around us – not in terms of what we buy or what we have, but who we are within…

If this isn’t the divine spark emanating from a human body, I don’t know what is.  The intense anticipation, the tearful gasp in the face of beauty.  Allah!  Ole!

I’m sharing the chill-shivers from Elizabeth Gilbert’s amazing TED talk about creativity, anguish, and the divine spark.  She beautifully walked the fine line between being open to receiving inspiration and passively expecting genius to magically land on you.  To me, her talk was ultimately about releasing the self-judgment that comes along with any creative exercise. …

Wow, just wow. I have shivers and almost-tears after watching this video talk from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the wonderful memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” about anguish and creativity. “We have accepted this notion that creativity and suffering are inextricably intertwined,” she says. Everywhere she goes now she’s asked if she’s afraid she can never top…

I love that question. It started with a friend of mine. We had recently been talking about the Law of Attraction and keeping our minds clear of unnecessary negativity so a more fluid flow of goodness could come out of us and enter us. Say what you will about the Law of Attraction, and especially…

You guys are a creative bunch!  You have great ideas for ways to use un-recyclable orange juice (and milk) cartons.  Here are a few, please add your ideas to the combox so we can make this a full-fledged Beliefnet feature! From Sugrona:“I wash them out with vinegar and use them to freeze broth, soup, berries,…

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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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