Dr. Marinella Monk will speak to the Emerald Coast Meditation Society Oct. 19 about her new book “Heaven Rediscovered.” The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion. In “Heaven Rediscovered,” her first work of fiction, Dr. Monk examines the meaning of existence through the adventures of her characters. In this presentation, she will examine deeper reasons for our lives on Earth. For example, are our past, present and future lives are intertwined? How final is death? Do souls linger? Are we influenced by previous relations and encounters? In addition, Dr. Monk questions the reasons for hatred, violence, and suffering during our earthly experience, and whether there is anything else to be expected after our physical demise. Through this exploration, her conclusion is that despite turmoil and misfortune, there is lasting happiness, that we all can expect a world of beauty and endless harmony, and that love is eternal. Dr. Monk arrived in the Destin area 15 years ago and recently retired from her medical practice. She first became a physician in Paris, France, and specialized in Sports Medicine and Pain Management. Dr. Monk came to the United States in 1987, and was medical director of Houston Rehabilitation Institute for nine years prior to moving to Florida. Before studying medicine, Dr. Monk studied at the Conservatory of Music in Paris, France, where she acquired a formal musical education. Her love for music remains a constant life interest, to which she has added reading, traveling, and most recently, writing books. Her previous books “You Are Not Alone” and “Gentle Therapy” were inspirational in nature. “Heaven Rediscovered” is her first work of fiction. Dr. Monk will be at a book signing on Saturday October 21 from 4-6 pm at Barnes and Noble (34904 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin FL 32541). The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Tracey Tapp, firstname.lastname@example.org.