Slow Down, Notice, and Bask in the Mundane

Slow Down, Notice, and Bask in the MundaneI’ve received many a bouquet of flowers in my life, but the one that stands out as the most romantic was a little bunch of wildflowers presented to me many years ago by my then-partner. He kissed me hello and shrugged, “I saw these growing on the side of the road. They were so pretty and colorful, made me think of you."

It Felt Like A Kiss -- Movies, Popular Music And Martin Scorsese

Bob Dylan: Scorsese is a fan. Paul Townsend/flickr, CC BY-NC

Music and movies are umbilically entwined in the films of Martin Scorsese. It’s almost impossible to think of his cinema without the propulsive accompaniment of a track by The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, a Neapolitan street singer or any number of other smaller and even obscure doo-wop, Latino, Brill Building and r “n” b wonders of the 1950s, 60s and early 70s.

Why Slang Shouldn't Be Banned And Should Be Celebrated

using slang 5 16Geezers and girls literally ain’t allowed to use slang words like “emosh” (emotional) anymore. The head teacher and staff of an academy in Essex, England appear to have taken great pleasure in banning the type of slang used in reality television series TOWIE, including many of the words in the above sentence, in a bid to improve the job prospects of their students.

Why Beyoncé Matters

Why Beyoncé MattersJust as the world was recovering from the shock of the untimely death of Prince, Beyoncé released Lemonade, her sixth studio album and her second “visual album”. Unlike its predecessor, which featured individual music videos for each track, a single one-hour film was aired on HBO to coincide with the release.

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In Survival

The Origin Of Laughter Is Rooted In SurvivalLaughter plays a crucial role in every culture across the world. But it’s not clear why laughter exists. While it is evidently an inherently social phenomenon – people are up to 30 times more likely to laugh in a group than when alone – laughter’s function as a form of communication remains mysterious.

Five Surprising Truths From The Indiana Jones Films

Five Surprising Truths From The Indiana Jones FilmsSo, there is to be a fifth Indiana Jones film. Sadly, the much-loved movies don’t represent the average day at work for most archaeologists, but there is more truth to Indy’s swashbuckling adventures than you may think. Crystal skulls

Is Star Wars An Escapist Fantasy or A Dream of The Future?

Is Star Wars An Escapist Fantasy Or A Dream Of The Future?In certain corners of the internet a modern myth celebrates the idea that Ben Rich, the former CEO of Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works” – the legendary and highly secretive wing of Lockheed Martin concerned with aircraft development – concluded a 1993 presentation at UCLA with the blockbuster line: “We now have the technology to take E.T. home.”

Sinatra's Films Shattered The Postwar Myth Of The White American Male

Sinatra's Films Shattered The Postwar Myth Of The White American MaleFrank Sinatra’s 100th birthday on December 12 is being celebrated with all the requisite fanfare: Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, CBS' Sinatra 100 All-Star Grammy Concert, exhibits at the Lincoln Center and Grammy Museum, a London Palladium show and a number of book publications.

Why Daydreaming Is Good For You

Why Daydreaming Is Good For YouMost people think of rest as the times when we stop work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength. But historians and anthropologists have discovered that what counts as rest has varied a lot over time and across cultures.

Rekindling Our Creative Fire Rewards Us with Power and Energy

Rekindling Our Creative Fire Rewards Us with Power and EnergyWithin ourselves we contain seeds of great creativity. We are usually afraid of our own powers so we like to distract ourselves with hundreds of little mundane things rather than look in the mirror and see our real selves. Modern society encourages us to get lost in the world of social media where others are praised for their creativity and we hide in their shadows...

Clearing Out the Clutter in Your Life Activities

Clearing Out the Clutter in Your Life ActivitiesHow many of us feel burdened with too many responsibilities and don’t slow down long enough to think even one clear thought? Our minds are cluttered with endless have-tos and to-dos that keep us running at breakneck speed. We are continually multi-tasking and bombarded by a devastating amount of information that doesn’t need to be there.

Fighting The Slump: A Strategic Approach To Developing Creativity

Fighting The Slump: A Strategic Approach To Developing CreativityPerhaps the most harmful myth is that creativity is the exclusive domain of the arts. Of course creativity is found in music, poetry, writing and painting – but the myth is harmful because it creates a perception that creativity cannot be found in science, engineering, sport or cooking. Another obstructive misconception is that creativity is simply unfettered thinking, divorced from practicality and reality.

All About Soap and Making It Naturally

All About Soap and Making It Naturally

Go into any bath and body store and you are sure to find soaps in a huge variety of scents, fragrances, colors, types, sizes, shapes and price ranges. How are these soaps different from the nationally advertised brand name soaps? How are they different from each other? What really makes a soap a "good" soap?

Fear of Writing: Is There A Cure for Fear?

Fear of Writing: Is There A Cure for Fear?

Is writing supposed to be fun? Surely it's better to suffer. It will make our writing real, give it depth and integrity. Every writer has a personal tale about the hardships of writing. And we all know that writing is a lonely business. [Editor's Note: While this article is about the fear of writing, its insights and suggestions apply to other fears as well.]

Are Our Brains Wired to Binge on TV?

Are Our Brains Wired To Binge on TV?

Never before have we been such compulsive multitaskers, blogging and tweeting using multiple devices and smartphones anywhere and everywhere. It seems a little backwards, then, that one of the top post-workday hobbies for many is enjoying the complex storylines of TV series such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and House of Cards, which engross us for hours on end.

How Can You Relight Your Inner Passion?

How Can You Relight Your Inner Passion?The first question I ask people when they are feeling lost in life is, "What is your passion?" The truth is that passion is everything we love. Passion allows us to give ourselves over completely to our actions and emotions. Passion gives us a spring in our step and the ability to spring out of bed in the morning...

Electronics on the Brain: Multitasking & Information Overload

Electronics on the Brain: Multitasking & Information Overload

We have created a culture where technology is eating us up and eating the attention of our brains. If you’re feeling overloaded by emails, text messages, websites, social media, computer programs, and other electronic stimulation, it’s not because you have a lacking or aging brain.Your brain was designed to efficiently process one thing at a time...

Best of 2011 InnerSelf.com

The Best of InnerSelf 2011

As we look back on 2011, we are grateful for the blessings as well as the challenges. We thank all the authors, publicists and publishers we work with to bring you, our readers, inspiring and enlightening reading material.  Here are the ten most popular articles of 2011:

Giving the Gift of Life

Giving the Gift of Life, article by Marie T. Russell

At Christmas, we usually focus on giving to our loved ones, to those close to us -- family, friends, co-workers. We give to those we love or who love us, or in some cases to those that we feel we "have to" give to. Yet, in how many cases is our giving truly unconditional? When is our gift not a "give and take", an exchange, a sharing?

11.11.11: A Timely Global Event

11.11.11: A Timely Global Event

A massive AWAKENING is occurring. Millions of people all over the world are gathering together in peaceful but vehement protest... The timely event of 11.11.11 illuminates the conviction of this global tendency. When major global paradigms shift from a belief in separation to an inner knowing of...

In Search of Silence for Spiritual Revival

In Search of SilenceWhen we look into any spiritual path, we notice that silence is an imperative part of contact with the divine. However, our busy and technological life causes us to be overloaded by man-made noise, such as traffic, alarms, piped music and trivial, attention seeking conversations on mobile telephones. Even in the countryside, we...

Palmistry: Hands Hold the Answer

My visit with a palm reader helped me change a lifelong pattern of indecisiveness and a belief that I would have to choose between a career and family. Holding my left hand she explained that my inner, emotional side was communicating to me to slow down and enjoy life. My right hand was communicating a different...

If A Tree Fell In The Woods...

If A Tree Fell In The Woods...If a tree fell in the woods and someone was there to yell TIMBER, there is no doubt that the tree would make a noise, and when it hit the ground, someone would be there to hear it. But how about the classic question that asks, "If a tree fell in the woods and NOBODY was around to hear it, would it make a sound?"

History and Mystery of Tarot

Over time, the Tarot cards have had their ups and downs, falling from popular interest only to be once more resurrected by those in search of the deeper meanings behind their complex symbolism. As the saying goes, "Truth will always out." The Tarot has experienced a resurgence in the past two decades.

Handwriting Analysis

When people realize my specialty is handwriting analysis, the inevitable question is, "What can you tell me about myself?" The answer is everything! Everything your subconscious is silently saying can be seen quite clearly! Handwriting is as revealing as a three-dimensional portrait, a hologram of body, mind, and spirit.