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“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

I feel like I have more than usual on my mind these days–mostly questions, hypotheticals, and the most toxic of all, “what-ifs” swirling around my brain. Last night as I was falling asleep, I had one of those thought/dreams that was just one single line ringing out as clearly as if someone had set an…

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” –Hazrat Inayat Khan Need more morning inspiration?  Read…

“If you gently touch a nettle it’ll sting you for your pains; grasp it like a lad of mettle, an’ as soft as silk remains.” – Sanskrit Proverb     Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

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,…

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt …

As I type this, I am listening to the songs of several birds hopping and twittering (lowercase-t) among the branches of the Norway maple tree outside my office window. Tomorrow at this time, those birds will have to hop and twit somewhere else.  Because the tree will be gone–under my execution order. After much arborist-consulting…

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection! Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/freshliving/#ixzz0qMC6UlWD

“Let me not fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson       Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

Yesterday, my husband and I went to a 3:00 movie at the sweet little theater up the street from our house.  It was a Hitchcock festival, and they were showing “Rear Window,” far and away my favorite of his movies.  We ate Junior Mints, watched and laughed and gasped at the brilliant film, and had…

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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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