Diana Rico specializes in writing about the arts, biography, and spiritual/social issues. Her bylines include American Film, Architectural Digest, ARTnews, City (Paris), Domus (Milan), Elle, EMMY, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, O, the Oprah Magazine, USA Today, and many others. She is currently a Contributing Writer for Hip Latina

Click on the titles below to read her recent articles.

Eastside Story: Breaking Down Stereotypes with People’s Yoga | Hip Latina | In East LA, a hood best known for Cheech and Chong jokes, People’s Yoga aims to change the face of this ancient science.

Raven Lessons | Brevity’s Creative Nonfiction Blog | What the raven, a totemic animal symbolizing the creative force, taught me about diving into the darkness as a writer.

Sound Is Powerful Medicine | Whole Life Times (cover story) | Master sound healer and award-winning Peruvian musician Tito La Rosa works with the ancient instruments of his Andean ancestors to balance body, mind, and spirit.

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics | Hyperallergic | A new book of art and essays explores psychedelics and Buddhism as spiritual technologies.

My Mom, the Puerto Rican Shirley Temple | New York Times: The Lives They Loved | How my mother passed on to me a love of Hollywood movies she learned during the Great Depression in Puerto Rico.

The Artist as “Awed Spectator” | Adobe Airstream | While Georgia O’Keeffe was painting New Mexico’s red-rock ruggedness, an unknown Taos housewife named Marylou Reifsnyder was producing 4,000 fantastical works chronicling her mystical experiences.

Rachel Rosenthal, Mother of Performance and Feminist Art in LA | Hyperallergic | The dramatic, shave-headed, rat-carrying performance doyenne left an indelible mark on a younger generation of artists.

Open to Abundance: Tap into the Energy of the Four Directions | Whole Life Times (cover story) | “Abundance” has become a code word for “money.” How can we get past this narrow focus and appreciate the true abundance that fills our lives every day?

Sea Change | O, the Oprah Magazine | Environmental artist Colleen Flanigan’s underwater sculptures help bring dying coral reefs back to life.

Alone but Not Lonely | Intelligent Optimist | These days, we can be connected in a multitude of ways. But have we lost the most essential connection of all--to ourselves?

Wrapped Up in History | Asian: The Magazine of the Asian Art Museum | In piecing together the beautiful wrapping cloths known as bojagi, traditional Korean women secretly found expression for their creativity and dreams.

Intelligent Lust | Whole Life Times | A Q&A with Your Brain on Sex author Dr. Stanley Siegel, who says sexual fantasizing and enactment are potent tools for healing unresolved issues.

Healing Hands: An Afterword | Healing Hands: Embodied Spirit & Light in Photographs & Prose | An ekphrasis poem in response to photographs by award-winning photographer Lenny Foster.

Collaborators in Creation | Intelligent Optimist | The science and spirituality of global mind, or why we should regard the world as a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.

Sacred Alchemy: How to Turn the 7 Deadly Sins into 7 Divine Blessings | Intelligent Optimist | Is it possible that hidden within the bowels of the 7 Deadly Sins are benefits a Catholic girl never dreamed of?

I Doubt, Therefore I Am | ODE (cover story) | How doubt can lead to greater intimacy, enhanced self-confidence, and a deeper sense of spirituality.


It’s Good to Give | ODE (cover story) | Giving improves physical and mental health, enhances communal bonds, spreads wealth--and best of all, it’s contagious.

Around the World, Grassroots Women Leaders Rise Up | Ms. Magazine Blog | The idea that women can lead from the trenches, on the basis of life experience and without any special blessing from an established hierarchy, was a theme at the 2011 Bioneers Conference.

International Human Rights Defenders | UC Hastings College of the Law | A young alumni couple are pursuing their passions for social justice in the Hague, the seat of the International Criminal Court.

Embracing Full Spectrum Leadership | Whole Life Times | An interview with Bioneers cofounder Nina Simons, who is pioneering a new leadership paradigm based on the archetypally female gifts of collaboration, inclusiveness, nurturance, and creativity.

A Pilgrimage Close to Home | Whole Life Times | In Taos, New Mexico, spiritual connection is both an ancient tradition and a modern practice.

Anger Is the Prelude to Courage | ODE (no. 2 of ODE’s Top 12 Positive Stories of the Year) | Anger can boost health, enhance intimacy, spur creativity, and even inspire social change.

Happiness Is a Decision | Whole Life Times | An interview with mindfulness expert James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy, who says that happiness doesn’t depend on winning the lottery or finding The One.

Articles of Faith: A Fresh Look at the Arts of the Missions | Inside|Out Oakland Museum of California (cover story) | With the aim of converting indigenous peoples to Roman Catholicism, the missions of northern New Spain were filled with splendors--and fraught with conflict. A new exhibition illuminates the mission enterprise.

Mi oración por Juárez/My Prayer for Juárez | Adobe Walls: An Anthology of New Mexico Poetry | A poem of conscience written for Contra la violencia, el arte: Una oración por Juárez, a border-crossing art initiative speaking out against the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, México.

Grannies with a Mission | ODE | A new documentary film travels the world with the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers as these respected medicine women galvanize thousands with their message of urgent need and drastic hope.

My Salsa Diary | Tu Ciudad Los Angeles | Adventures with a perfectionist Latin dance teacher, a seductive ex-boyfriend, and the rival known as Red Lipstick Woman.

The Final Battle: How the Taos Pueblo Indians Won Back Their Blue Lake Shrine | New Mexico Office of the State Historian (Scholar’s Research Grant) | The Taos Pueblo Indians’ 65-year struggle to recover their most sacred site from the U.S. government came to a head at the height of the counterculture movement.

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Photograph by Diana Rico.