Dear Readers: 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.
This Month’s Recommended Merlian News Articles:
Merryn’s Musings by Merryn Jose
Becoming a Pure Channel for Spiritual Growth
People ask me all the time how they can grow more spiritually. I have learned over the years that becoming a pure channel for spiritual growth comes down to a few simple steps — and then a lot of practice! First, you need to be organized and have some sort of daily routine that suits you. Structure is extremely important, especially when you first start on the path, because it gives you a firm foundation to build on.
Liminal Moments by Cheryl Shainmark
Helping Our Fellow Animals
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.
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.
Holistic Eye Care
How to Take Care of Your Eyes by 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.
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.
Website of the Month
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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Merryn Jose – Editor In Chief & Publisher
Cheryl Shainmark – Senior Editor