How Meditation Can Affect Your Heart, Brain, and Creativity

Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. It’s all downhill from there…. www.themindunleashed.org

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The Science of Gratitude: It’s not just for Thanksgiving anymore

| by Merlian News

The Science of Gratitude: We all know that we should be thankful for what we have, hopefully not just at Thanksgiving, but all the time. But did you know that it can be good for you as well? Research shows that the more you practice an attitude of gratefulness, the greater the effect. Gratitude confers a multitude of benefits, such as increased health, social connectedness, feelings of well-being and energy, as well as decreased feelings of depression, greed and envy and decreased substance abuse.

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Merlian News May 2020 Newsletter

Missed an article? Here’s a quick round up of some of our favorites from this month! As always, we look forward to presenting you with up to date news and information about holistic events, health and well being from both the scientific and the spiritual perspectives, nutrition, vegan lifestyles, and more.

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9 Health Benefits of Thyme

Thyme, an herb native to the Mediterranean but now grown over most of the world, has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, an antidote for the Plague and in embalming preparations. And while it’s unlikely that thyme stopped the plague, modern research has proven that thyme does indeed combat infection. One study from 2010 suggests that thymol, the active ingredient in thyme, can reduce bacterial resistance to common drugs, including penicillin. A member of the mint family, thyme has long been used in Mediterranean cuisines for its sharp minty flavor as well as its medicinal properties.

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Mirabai of Woodstock, NY

| by Merryn Jose

“At Mirabai you’ll find an amazing array of books devoted to inspiration, transformation and healing, the best in World Music which you can sample on our listening station, exquisite statuary and jewelry from Asia and the South Seas, crystals from Brazil and beyond, incense from India, meditation and yoga supplies, and so much more. Nearly every day, new and long-time customers comment on the “good energy” they feel here. Some refer to us a sanctuary for the soul. Come visit sometime and see if you agree.”

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How Diablo Became Spirit by Anna Breytenbach

From the website www.animalspirit.org we read: We are delighted to announce a special storytime with Anna Breytenbach and Andrew Newman, co-authors of How Diablo became Spirit. Based on a true story, this wonderful tale for kids ages 5-12,tells of the difficult journey of Spirit the black leopard from his own point of view.

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Increased Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

As the American population ages and the peak of the baby boomer generation move into their 70s, there has been a huge increase in the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research into cause, early diagnosis and treatment, that shows great promise.

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A Conversation with Ellen Meredith, author of The Language Your Body Speaks

Energy healing is based on the premise that energy is our essence and that while our bodies appear to be solid, they are in fact a constantly swirling set of energetic exchanges. In The Language Your Body Speaks: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine (New World Library, May 5, 2020), author Ellen Meredith, an energy medicine practitioner with over 35 years of experience, teaches readers how to speak the energetic language of the body, mind, and spirit through simple experiments, exercises, and practices. We hope you’ll enjoy this interview with her about the book.

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The Benefits of Red Maca

Red maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Nicknamed the “Peruvian Ginseng,” it was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicinal herb in South America for over 2,000 years. Maca is loaded with a high amount of plant-based nutrients, including amino acids, desirable fatty acids, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and more – causing nutrition gurus such as David Wolfe (video) to count it as one of his go to “super foods.”

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