Fresh Living

  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…

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

Rue McClanahan has died at age 76 after suffering a massive stroke, according to news reports, and the entertainment world mourns yet another loss.  McClanahan had a long and full career – remember that she worked with Bea Arthur on “Maude” long before “The Golden Girls” brought them together – but she is best known…

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…

My mother is fond of the phrase “Laugh of the day.”  I gave her one the other day when I sent a YouTube clip of a classic scene from Caddyshack we’d joked about last week (“Oh….but it looks good on you!”). Yesterday, I got mine when a friend described how her sump pump failed in…

  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…

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  ~e.e. cummings   Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

“If you so choose, the challenges can make you stronger. If you so choose, the disappointments can make you more determined. If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent. If you so choose, even…

I just stumbled upon this fantastic download from one of my new favorite blogs, Kind Over Matter.  It’s an easy, yummy way to make someone’s day.  Just print it out, get some Tootsie (or other lolly) pops, slip them through, and leave them on a co-worker’s desk, a husband’s briefcase, a school bus driver’s seat,…

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…

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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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