How to Take Care of Your Eyes by Dr. Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Headaches, squinting and eyes that burn, ache, water or tire easily are indications that the visual system needs help. Most people are born with the potential for good eyes and sight. Vision, however, is learned. And the way you use and care for your visual system directly affects your enjoyment of play, school or work. Your visual system can undergo tremendous stress.

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The Benefits of Turmeric Tea

| by Merlian News

Many people know about the healing benefits of turmeric: with the active ingredient curcumin, it is a potent anti-inflammatory, a digestive aid, a powerful anti-oxidant and may help to prevent cancer and other diseases. Turmeric is available loose as a spice, in pill form and as an extract. But did you know that one of the most effective ways to take turmeric is as a tea? Served hot or cold, turmeric is a refreshing addition to your daily routine.

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Endings and Beginnings by Lisa Karmen

| by Lisa Karmen

We are living in extraordinary, evolutionary times. It is important to know and to see that there is new life (and vast potential!) growing in the rubble. 2017 was a “1” year in numerology representing the beginning of a pioneering new cycle. 2018 was a “2” year representing the Divine Feminine and the development of peace, balance, cooperation, partnership, and unity between differing entities. 2019 is a “3” year. 3 is the first number given the meaning ALL, it represents creative power and growth. 3 is a moving forward of energy overcoming duality, it is manifestation and synthesis. 3 is also the number of cycles: birth, life, death; beginning, middle end; past, present, future.

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Have You Checked Out Gaia.com?

Gaia is one of our favorite websites! Formerly known as GaiamTv, it’s been simplified to “Gaia.” You can occasionally find one of their great videos for free on Facebook or YouTube, but, if you’re like us, you will rapidly want to pay for the subscription service. Gaia.com offers ad-free streaming of thousands of exclusive and original videos and full length movies featuring renowned luminaries, as well as a like-minded community of seekers. Not in the mood for a video? There are dozens of articles that will “expand your worldview and amplify the power of our collective consciousness.”

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Helping Our Fellow Animals

| by Cheryl Shainmark

There is a growing movement to recognize what every pet owner and animal lover has known for years: that animals are capable of feeling most everything that humans feel. This, in turn, is part of what is driving the movement to a plant based diet, or more ethical treatment of animals raised for food consumption. In this model, the labels “organic,” “free range,” or “grass fed” are as much about the quality of life for these animals as it is about nutritional quality.

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Merlian News Podcasts With Mitzi Adams

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Mitzi Adams was first introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1986 when she started her graduate studies in dance in Arizona. She has studied for a little over two decades and has taught Self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu at various universities. Her love and devotion to Jin Shin Jyutsu are witnessed through her teachings, inspiring all those drawn to this profound art. In this podcast, Mitzi discusses with Merryn Jose what Jin Shin Jyutsu is, how it is applied, how you can use it everyday, and the various healing benefits it provides.

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Increasing Irisin: How the “Feel Good” Exercise Hormone Can Help Your Brain

Just discovered in 2012, irisin is exciting the science community with questions about its role in our bodies. Named after Iris, the Greek messenger to the gods, it’s called the feel good hormone, or the exercise hormone. As reported recently in The New York Times, research with mice has shown that irisin, released during exercise, works to activate brain cell growth and may counteract the beta amyloid growth associated with Alzheimer’s disease. And while there is plenty of research showing that exercise increases bone density, new studies indicate that it may be irisin that is driving the change. This could lead to new advances in the treatment of osteoporosis.

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Sounds Wonderful by Rick Heller

It’s common to meditate while listening to beautiful music, but I’ve found that meditating to ambient sounds—whatever sounds are present at this very moment—is not only a wonderful meditation, it provides a deep insight into where we can find joy in our lives. I lead weekly meditations at the Humanist Community at Harvard, and one of our mainstays is the ambient sound meditation. I first learned it myself when I attended a workshop by the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. The idea is to pay attention to all the sounds around you with a friendly welcoming spirit. This includes the sounds of trucks and buses going by, sirens, coughing, rustling and other sounds that we typically label as “noise.”

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Dreaming with Jung by Robert Moss

The night of my birthday in 1988. I entered the rooms of a tailor in Manhattan. I wanted to have a new suit made but did not like the fabrics he had in stock. When I left the tailor’s shop, the city was different. There was the sense that hidden things were pulsing behind the scenes. Still bent on new clothes, I entered the menswear section of an upscale department store. I pulled a suit off the rack. It fitted perfectly and the price was right. It seemed to have pinstripes. When I looked at the label, it read “Shamanic.”

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