Old Dog by Nancy Mehagian

If you’re looking for a gift book for the children in your life, I highly recommend Old Dog by Nancy Mehagian, illustrated by Yoko Matsuoko. There are a million books about puppies out there, but this is the first I can think of that introduces children to the idea of a “senior” dog. Written with real warmth, the author has captured the joy and rewards of loving and caring for a beloved older pet.

Children will love the wonderful illustrations and enjoy the story of Boo Bear, the magnificent old dog who kind of looks like a teddy bear.  Adults will appreciate the thoughtful portrayal of how an older dog differs from a puppy both in behavior and care, but how the love – and the belly rubs! – is still the same.

The quote on the back of the book says it all: “Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” For all of these reasons, I predict that Old Dog will become a treasured addition to your library.


What Is Natto & How Do I Eat It?

Natto is a traditional Japanese food. It’s fermented soybeans that are rich in vegetable protein. Typically eaten with rice, natto has a mild cheese-like flavor and can be an acquired taste. It has a sort of sticky paste on its surface and once it is stirred, the paste increases its volume becoming even stickier. You will find that the paste pulls apart in such a way that resembles a web. This is another characteristic that sometimes turns people off. Still, the benefits make it worth exploring, and according to The New York Times, it’s catching on. If you’re the adventurous type or enjoy uncommon textures in your food, definitely try Natto! You can even make it yourself (video) if you want.

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Hands-On Self-Help for Health and Happiness: A self-help workshop in Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy

Bring clarity and balance into your life and increase overall health and well-being! Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese healing art that harmonizes body, mind and spirit while reducing the daily tension and stress that accumulate through normal living. This gentle hands-on method (likened to Acupuncture, “without the needles”) utilizes 26 “safety energy locks” along the body’s main energy pathways to remove blockages or stagnation in our energy flow. This class will teach basic self-help techniques we can use to first, experience the movement of energy in our body through the placement of our hands at precise places in specific sequences, and then to apply gentle touch to stimulate and restore the harmonious circulation of energy.

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Relationship with the Silence by Paul Mulliner

The conventional explanation for the existence of consciousness is that it’s generated somehow by the brain. It’s possible though that the brain acts as a window into a field of consciousness which is present everywhere in the Universe. Indeed, if we gently hold a focus of attention in the inner core of ourselves, we can quite easily reach an intuitive realisation that the conscious awareness we have inside us exists also in the space around us. It seems that the ‘I am’ awareness which exists, apparently separately, inside each one of us is an intrinsic property of all space everywhere and is simultaneously present inside all of us.

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Merlian News October 2018 Newsletter

Dear Readers, We look forward to presenting you with up to date news and information, and we thank you for your support. This Month’s Recommended Merlian News Articles:   Merryn’s Musings by Merryn Jose Looking…

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Merlian News Podcast with Hazel Courteney

Hazel Courteney was the UK’s first alternative-health advice columnist with her column “What’s the Alternative?” in the Daily Mail, and she soon became an acknowledged expert on health and metaphysical issues. In 1998 she underwent a near-death experience that triggered huge amounts of paranormal phenomena to occur in her presence. She tells this incredible story in her book Divine Intervention and the sequel, The Evidence for the Sixth Sense. Hazel is also well known for a number of very successful health books including 500 of the Most Important Health Tips You’ll Ever Need. Her latest book is entitled, Countdown to Coherence: A Spiritual Journey toward a Scientific Theory of Everything.

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Letting Go With Both Hands

| by Cheryl Shainmark

Several years ago I dreamed I was outside my house as a giant windstorm approached over the horizon. Like the buildup to a hurricane, the trees swayed, and leaves and debris blew over the lawn and through the air. I knew that it was urgent that I find shelter inside, but I was worried about my son and kept searching for him outside. A part of my mind knew that the dream was echoing reality: it was a truly tumultuous time in our household as our son went through a difficult period, moved out, and struggled to live independently. Back in my dream, reluctant to give up, I stayed outside until the storm was upon me.

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Looking at Sacred Geometry

I had a startling vision a couple of decades ago that led me to research Sacred Geometry. When I did, I was astonished to find that the beautiful symbols I saw in my vision have been known about and studied for thousands of years. From the Ancient Chinese geomancers to Plato, from the Egyptians and the Hindus, through to the modern work of Nassim Harimein (video), the same powerful geometric shapes recur over and over again.

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The Unlikely Vegan Visits New York by Phil Shainmark

| by Phil Shainmark

So I went to NY to visit family, and while there I had some GREAT food. Got in on a 7 something flight that evening, and my Dad took me to an excellent Indian restaurant, with a buffet. They had a whole set up for Vegan/Vegetarian food. Not a surprise. But it was nice to walk into a place that wasn’t specifically a VEGAN restaurant, and not only have a ton of choices, but also have meat food for those who want. Yes, yes, I know, I’m supposed to be fighting the industry and trying to convince people that they shouldn’t be eating meat… But, I don’t want to. It’s a stupid move. And no one wants to listen to you tell them all the bad stuff about the food they’re about to eat. (More about this later.)

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10 Powerful Essential Oils for Healing

Essential oils have long been used for Ayurvedic treatments and aromatherapy, but they are now increasingly popular in Western medicine. Long associated with their calming or soothing qualities, doctors are now treating everything from burns to cancer and diabetes to heart disease with plant based medicine and natural oils. In fact, a recent article in The Atlantic highlights the growing search in the medical community for essential oils to treat staph and other bacteria that have grown antibiotic resistant over the years. Many oils are famous for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, but new research indicates that many may have anticancer components as well.

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