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In honor of the 10 million Americans – mostly women – who suffer from the chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia, I want to share some of these beautiful “breath prayers.”  Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, a perfect time to send healing thoughts to those who suffer from what can feel like unrelenting pain, soreness, fatigue,…

“Fear less, hope more. Whine less, breathe more. Talk less, say more. Hate less, love more. And all good things are yours.” — Swedish proverb Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

                               The seed is hope; the flower is joy. – Author Unknown     Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

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…

The great Lena Horne died yesterday at age 92, God bless her jazzy, sultry voice and perfectly pearly teeth.  In memory of her, please enjoy this moving, beautiful rendition of “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” sung on Sesame Street to cheer up a rather glum Kermit the Frog. “Green is the color of spring, and…

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller   Like what you see? Click here to subscribe and…

I just stumbled on this moving article in the New York Times, When the Ties that Bind Unravel, on a surprisingly untrod subject: The pain of parents cut off by adult kids. In our blame-the-parent culture we mostly just hear from the “kids'” perspective. Generating more than 800 comments, the story clearly touched a nerve–many are from parents…

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Crowfoot   Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

It’s been almost a year since we moved into our new (well…”new”) house, and I’m happy to say there are only a few things about it that still are unfinished.  There’s nothing hanging over our fireplace, for example.  And in a related matter, the wall behind my desk is a seafoam green blank canvas, un-decorated…

“As I started to picture the trees in the storm, the answer began to dawn on me. The trees in the storm don’t try to stand up straight and tall and erect. They allow themselves to bend and be blown with the wind. They understand the power of letting go. Those trees and those branches…

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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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