Merlian News Newsletter – May 2016

This Month’s Recommended Merlian News Articles:

Merryn’s Musings
Cooking With Qi & Conquering Any Disease
Like so many of us, I’ve been watching my nutrition and eating healthfully for years, buying only organic and the very freshest ingredients possible. Also years ago, I cut out those foods that are damaging to our systems. I thought I was doing well until I heard about Qigong Master Jeff Primack and his food based healing system.

Liminal Moments by Cheryl Shainmark
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

I just finished reading “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It,” by Kamal Ravikant. I have to say that this slim volume completely jumpstarted a whole new spiritual practice for me. I don’t usually rave (in print, at least)… but this is one of the most accessible, transformative books I have ever read — and at 57 pages, you’d have to be in a coma not to get through it. Actually, if you are in a coma I will come and sit by your side and read it to you, because I want “Love Yourself” to be the earworm that gets stuck in your head. You’ll thank me later.

Conscious Eating
Meet Ron Finley, the “Gansta” Gardener

Why does Ron Finley, the “gangsta’ gardener,” say that drive-throughs are killing more people than drive-bys? It’s because inner city communities often have little or no access to healthy food. As a result, people who live in these “food deserts” have extremely high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and many other diet-fueled chronic ailments. But now, here is a bright beacon of hope…

Environmental Awareness
Moving Transplants Into the Summer Garden by Priscilla Warshowsky
Here in the Northeast, we have had a rocky spring with the temps swinging from beach weather to rainy, cool November type days. Finally it seems to have settled, the soil is warming, and we can think about getting those transplants into the garden and planting seeds for flowers and vegetables. Whether you have planted tomatoes, eggplants, or peppers from seeds indoors in March/April, or bought transplants from the local nursery, it will be almost time to move them into the garden or into large pots.

Free Astrology & Wellness Lecture Series with Lisa Karmen
On Monday, May 16th the Astrology and Wellness lecture will explore the concept that “thoughts are things” through the signs of Taurus and Gemini. Taurus represents the material world, our values and our physical bodies; Gemini represents the conscious mind, all forms of thought, communication and information. With Mercury, the planet of communication and the ruler of the sign Gemini, retrograde it is a great time for inner work…

Wellbeing & Healing
Delay or Reverse Aging with Qi Gong, Meditation, Yoga and More
There’s increased evidence showing that practices such as qi gong, meditation and yoga can not only prevent disease, but actually reverse it and delay aging as well. As scientists learn more about such topics as gene expression, what turns a gene on or off, and how to prevent telomeres, (the strands of protein in our cells that control aging) from unraveling, it becomes impossible to ignore just how much our good lifestyle choices can pay off.

Meditation Insight
Meditation at Omega, Jun 3-5

Join Matthew Daniell as he teaches “Insight Meditation for Beginners – Developing a Calm and Clear Mind,” at the Omega Institute, June 3-5, 2016. From the Omega website, we read: “A calm mind is essential to living life with more openness and clarity. With clarity comes insight, which frees us from our reactive patterns. Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana Meditation, teaches us in gentle, consistent ways to calm the mind by grounding our attention in the present moment.”

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini Has an Enlightened View of Healthcare
Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, is not your typical businessman anymore. After two near tragedies, one where his son almost died, and one where he himself broke his neck in a severe skiing accident, Mr. Bertolini has learned to look beyond the bottom line for his health. Now regarded as a pioneer in business leadership and employee well-being, Mark places a new emphasis on meditation, yoga, and other forms of holistic medicine.

Wellbeing & Healing
Shamanic Breathwork Series at the Open Center

Check out this ongoing series of breathwork classes at the New York Open Center. Running every Wednesday, now through the end of June, you can sign up for one or for several. Smadar Yaish leads the classes. She is facilitator of the Bear Medicine Spiritual Community’s Shamanic Healing Initiatory Process, is a psychotherapist, transformation coach, shamanic breathwork master practitioner, and shamanic


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Merryn Jose – Editor In Chief & Publisher

by Staff