Treating Dementia With Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Yoga
Do you know someone who suffers from dementia? Witnessing a loved one slowly lose their memory and reasoning skills can be a very painful experience. Dementia is a persistent syndrome that tends to get worse over time—affecting memory, thinking, and behavior. It is distinct from Alzheimer’s in that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease, but general dementia can stem from a variety of unrelated brain illnesses.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:44:09 PM
Companies Quietly Remove GMOs From Their Products
There is a quiet movement afoot among food maufacturers: without fanfare or publicity they are quietly removing or replacing the GMO ingredients in their food. Why the big secret? Because no one knows yet who will win the ongoing GMO battle: big agri-business with their fight to deny GMO labeling and expand their use, or the educated consumer pushing back for labeling, informed choice or removal of modified ingredients.
Jul 23, 2014 - 11:01:38 AM
Stop the Violence Within by Will Donnelly
On www.spirituality.com, Will Donnelly shares his experience with negative self-talk: Never speak badly about yourself.
It’s a simple statement, one many of us would agree with in concept. But do you follow it’s advice? Probably not. Because our inner critic speaks to us in a voice so familiar we rarely notice it’s presence.
Recently, I had a friend say out loud with absolute conviction: “God, I’m such a (expletive) idiot....”
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:53:11 PM
Join the Dream Shift: A Free Tele-Event with Robert Moss
Wednesday, July 23rd, Robert will present a FREE teleseminar called: "The Power of Active Dreaming: How to Use Your Dreamtime for Healing & Transformation".
Many think of dreams as barely remembered, passive nocturnal entertainment. But around the world, shamans have pioneered a more powerful, valuable and fascinating way to approach dreaming: as a time for transformation, healing and getting guidance from higher levels of reality. In dreaming, our souls speak to us and we open portals to multidimensional reality.
Jul 22, 2014 - 10:54:13 AM
5 Ways to Let Love In by Kathryn Drury Wagner
“I’m no longer afraid of being hurt and heartbroken,” a friend recently told me. She’d been through a rough time: a nasty separation from her husband, a shaky reunion, and then a divorce. Now dating a wonderful new man, she says, “I am opening my heart again and it’s been an incredible feeling.”
Whether you have been through a difficult breakup, a dissolving marriage or even the death of a partner, you have endured the searing pain of lost love. If you’re ready—or want to be ready—to have a new experience of love and intimacy, here are some practices that can help guide you on that journey.
Jul 17, 2014 - 11:39:52 AM
Didgeridoo: The Beautiful Sound of Relaxation and Energy
Michele Rosenthal writes on www.spiritualityhealth.com "A didgeridoo concert reveals the instrument’s powers to reduce stress, blood pressure, and pain and promote an intense feeling of peace and well-being...
I’m sitting in yoga position in a darkened room lit mostly by candles surrounding a Buddha altar in the corner. On the mat to my right Julie says, 'My boyfriend would never attend something like this. He says it’s too woo-woo.' She sighs and tucks a lock of hair behind her ear. '
This' is the didgeridoo concert we’ve come to experience."
Jul 17, 2014 - 10:46:23 AM
How to Lead a Joyous Life by Susun Weed
In her latest newsletter, Wise Woman and Herbal Specialist Susun Weed writes, "I aspire to be a joyous human being. As with most aspirations: It is easier said than done. Easier imagined than put into practice. Easier to search for than to have. I want joy to roll like thunder across the hills and valleys of my life; I want surging winds of joy to carry me through loss and disappointment; I want joy to be an electrical rush that lights up my entire body when I succeed. What does it take to create a joyous existence? Is it possible to experience joy daily, not just in special circumstances?" www.susunweed.com
Jul 16, 2014 - 1:23:26 PM
10 Obvious Truths That Get Forgotten
“The truth does not cease to exist when it is ignored.”
You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you? The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped.
This, my friends, is my attempt at helping all of us, myself included, “get it” and “remember it” once and for all…
Jul 16, 2014 - 12:11:10 PM
Does God Listen to Prayers? by Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra writes on his website, www.chopra.com, "Without taking a poll, it's safe to say that people who believe in God also believe that he answers prayers. If he didn't, one would be left with an indifferent, distant deity who pays no attention to human affairs. This alternative is hard to reconcile with faith, and so believers are left with a God who seems to answer prayers selectively. It's as if there's an invisible telephone line to Heaven, and when you call, sometimes God picks up and sometimes he doesn't...."
Jul 16, 2014 - 10:52:11 AM
Is Spirituality "Hardwired" Into Our Brains?
Is spirituality “hardwired” into our brains?
A recent article in Psychology Today, shares some insights:
Spirituality means something different to everyone. For some, it's about participating in organized religion: going to church, synagogue, a mosque, etc. For others, it's more personal: Some people get in touch with their spiritual side through private prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even long walks.
Jul 15, 2014 - 12:14:27 PM
Talk to Your Plants: They Really Are Listening
How many of us talk to our plants? I know I do, pretty much as I would to a pet or a small child, only one that doesn't follow me around. Well, it turns out that they really are listening. People have said for years that speaking nicely to your house plants or garden veggies can produce lusher, healthier growth, but scientists never understood the mechanisms for plant "hearing" until recently. More importantly, scientists weren't clear on why a plant would need to "listen" at all.
Jul 15, 2014 - 11:04:34 AM
The Merlian News July Newsletter is Out!
The July Newsletter is out! Merlian News is now translated into over 50 languages. Just go to
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Jul 10, 2014 - 12:24:05 PM
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….
Jul 10, 2014 - 11:20:56 AM
A Summer of "Supermoons" Starts July 12th
The summer of 2014 will be bathed in moonlight as three perigee “supermoons” occur in consecutive months:
August 10, and
September 9. Scientists at Nasa have confirmed that this summer will see three of the closest moon viewings in some time. "Supermoons," a phrase coined just last year, appear bigger and brighter than ordinary moons due to the angle of the moon's orbit. The next three moons will fall during perigee, or the moon's closest point in its rotation around the earth, thus adding to the illusion that the moon is bigger.
Jul 10, 2014 - 10:42:26 AM
Wellbeing & Healing
Healing with Reiki in Hospitals
In today’s hospitals, we see a brilliant show of hands—from the dexterity of a finely trained surgeon to the strong and efficient handiwork of a nurse. Soon, more hospitals might be adding the balancing touch of a reiki practitioner to their ranks.
Pamela Miles, a reiki master with 27 years of experience, advises Western health care professionals on how they can use this Japanese practice of “laying-on hands” to help ease pain, relieve stress, and speed recovery.
Jul 8, 2014 - 1:49:52 PM
Taking a Hawk's Eye View
It's July again: sticky, humid, due to hit 94 today -- and it's my favorite time of the year. While others are wilting, I'm in my element, stretching like a big cat, true Leo that I am, and feeling my back unkink in the heat. July, the month of my birth, has traditionally been a wonderful time for me, a period of contemplation and re-alignment -- chock full of gifts from the universe.
This year I hike up to my new favorite place, a hawk watching spot in Mt. Kisco, NY. It's a beautiful, peaceful place to meditate and reflect on the changes in my life this last year, and to muse on what I would like for the coming year...
Jul 8, 2014 - 11:09:55 AM
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