November 2010 Merlian Newsletter


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This Month’s Recommended Merlian News Articles:

Media Marlo Thomas Goes Digital! by Marlo Thomas “Brace yourself — I’m going digital! Yep, that’s right: I’ve launched on Facebook, on YouTube, and, of course, on Twitter. Even more exciting, I’velaunched my own website, hosted by AOL. It’s called Be sure to check out all the exclusive videos we’ve made for you (Girl’s Night Out, The Hero Next Door, I Have To Ask), and the many original features, like Laugh of the Day, Your Turn, My Journal, and live webcasts of Mondays With Marloat 12:30 pm ET. And, please, be sure to comment on them so you can join the conversation…”

People Alice Herz-Sommer: “Music, Yes Music Saved My Life” “Alice Herz-Sommer is 106 years old. As well as being the second oldest person living in London, England – she is more significantly the world’s oldest survivor of Hitler’s holocaust…Yet despite all that has befallen her, Alice insists that she has never, ever hated the Nazis, and she never will…she has seen enough in her life to know all too well that hatred eats the soul of the hater, not the hated… Alice survived through music… Still today, she speaks with great pride and passion of playing more than 100 concerts inside the concentration camp and she likens that experience, both for the performers and their imprisoned audience as being close to the divine. Alice is unequivocal in stating that music preserved her sanity and her life — while bringing hope into the lives of countless others. To this day Alice never tires of saying; “Music saved my life and Music saves me still.” “

Books Glimpses of Eternity by Raymond Moody, MD with Paul Perry

“While Moody’s past books have explored aspects of the “near death experience”, Glimpses of Eternity explores a different phenomenon — that of the “shared death experience.” These are cases where a spouse, relative or caretaker, sometimes entire families, appear to accompany their dying loved one through their death and on to an afterlife, or different state of consciousness. The shared experience contains some of the same elements as a near death experience, but there are some differences as well… Glimpses of Eternity pushes everything we think we knew — about consciousness, spirituality and the metaphysical — even further.”

Books Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, & Martin Zucker

“Earthing introduces the planet’s powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This eye-opening book describes how the physical disconnect with the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the Earth, symptoms are rapidly relieved and even eliminated and recovery from surgery, injury, and athletic overexertion is accelerated. This never-before-told story-filled with fascinating research and real-life testimonials- chronicles a discovery with the potential to create a global health revolution.”

D.V.D’s “Wake Up” Directed by Jonas Elrod and Chloe Crespi

“Wake Up is the best kind of film — a quest story that is true. We follow one man’s journey, in this case Director Jonas Elrod, as he comes to terms with his new found ability to see spirits and other forms of energy, and his subsequent travels to find answers and the purpose behind these life changing phenomena. Jonas’ encounters with the medical community, various religious leaders and holistic practitioners are engaging, as he grapples with fears that he is crazy and reluctance to embrace his new visions.”

Meditation Can Meditation Change Your Brain? Contemplative Neuroscientists Believe It Can by CNN’s Dan Gilgoff

“Can people strengthen the brain circuits associated with happiness and positive behavior, just as we’re able to strengthen muscles with exercise? Richard Davidson, who for decades has practiced Buddhist-style meditation — a form of mental exercise, he says— insists that we can… Contemplative neuroscientists say that making a habit of meditation can strengthen brain circuits responsible for maintaining concentration and generating empathy.”

Media ShelterBox Heading to Indonesia After Tsunami “International disaster relief charity ShelterBox is heading to Indonesia after a deadly tsunami struck the county’s coast. The tsunami has already claimed close to 300 lives and it is feared scores of coastal villages could have been wiped off the map. ShelterBox delivers emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families across the globe who have been affected by natural or manmade disasters. The aid is delivered in a large, green ShelterBoxes which each contain a disaster relief tent, water purification and storage equipment, blankets, a stove, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.”

Conscious Eating More Support For Pistachios’ Heart Health Benefits

“Adding pistachio nuts to your daily diet could be an easy way to improve cholesterol levels, say researchers from Turkey, the world’s fourth biggest pistachio nut producer. Pistachio nuts are also a rich source of antioxidant vitamins A and E (gamma-tocopherol).”

Animal World Carole Wilbourn: Author & Cat Therapist, Hailed as “The Founding Mother of Cat Psychology”

“Also known as ‘the Kitty Freud’, Carole wrote a monthly column, Cats on the Couch, for “Cat Fancy” magazine for 16 years, and is currently a columnist for In Defense of Animals. She gives seminars at The Open Center and 92nd Street Y in Manhattan as well as The Learning Annex in Toronto. In addition, Carole is a staff consultant and sees clients at Westside Veterinary Center in New York City. Carole serves on the board of the Humane Society of New York. Carole is also available for appointments at Westside Veterinary Center in New York City.”

Spirituality The Art & Spirituality of Nicholas Roerich by Frank Perry “Nicholas Roerich (October 9, 1874 — December 13, 1947) is generally known for his paintings (of which there are around 7,000) but he was also a philosopher, archaeologist, educationalist, writer and cultural leader. He was involved in the building of the first Buddhist Temple in Russia in St Petersburg. He had also studied far eastern wisdom (primarilythrough the teachings of Swami Vivekananda) and the ancient wisdom teachingsthrough the Theosophical teachings brought to the world primarily through his Russianneighbor Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky.”


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