Yes That's right. InnerSelf is celebrating 30+ years. My goodness the years go fast when you're having fun.
The first ten years InnerSelf was a print magazine, first only in South Florida before going national. Then in 1996, InnerSelf went from print to digital on the internet and a much larger audience. We chose the butterfly for this celebration graphic in memory of the first online logo which incorporated a butterfly sitting atop the end of the word InnerSelf.
For thirty years, InnerSelf's purpose has been to enliven, enlighten, inspire, and inform, as our slogan says, with "New Attitudes - New Possibilities". It is our goal to help readers create those new possibilities in their life, with their family and in the world around all of us. InnerSelf was never about profits but about helping people change their lives. And yes, we do want to change the world... one person at a time.
Number of Lives Touched
Since going online, InnerSelf has had over 70 million visitors and 300 million page views. It has sent over 40 million newsletter and Daily Inspiration emails. And speaking of The Daily Inspiration, it has been editor Marie T. Russell's last task of the evening for the last 15 years to inspire InnerSelf's readers by preparing the Daily Inspiration. Subscribers find it in their inbox the next morning to start their day on a positive note. Marie's goal is to reach each reader personally each day, and judging from subscriber feedback, this is often the case.
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This week, our focus is "perspective" or how we see ourselves, the people around us, our surroundings, and our reality. As shown in the picture above, something that appears huge, to a ladybug, can be tiny for a two-legged human, or even a four-legged animal.
This week, as we continue our journey into what has been - so far - a tumultuous 2021, we focus on tuning in to ourselves, and learning to hear intuitive messages, so as to be living the life we desire... one step, one choice, one moment at a time.
As we welcome the new year, we say goodbye to the old... which can also mean - if we choose - letting go of things that don't work for us, including old attitudes and behaviors. Welcoming the new year is also traditionally a time of opening ourselves to new ways of being and to creating a new reality for ourselves.
The new year is quickly approaching. The arrival of the new year can be a time of reflection, or re-evaluation of where we are, and where we are going. Many of us see this as an opportunity for a fresh start, whether in actions, attitudes, or aspirations. This week, we bring you articles to help you in the transition into 2021.
In modern cultures, we tend to affix labels to things and people: good or bad, friend or foe, young or old, and multiple other "this or that". This week, we take a look at certain labels and behaviors and come to realize that everything is fluid. There is no set definition for any person...
This week feels like a new beginning... perhaps because Monday (the 14th) brings us a new moon and a total solar eclipse... or perhaps because we are approaching the December solstice and the New Year, or perhaps because many people are feeling relief with the arrival of a Covid vaccine, or perhaps, just because we really need a new beginning.
It's time to change our attitude and to jump into the future we desire and that we know is possible. We've been months, or actually decades, decrying the state of the world... a lot of woe me and hand-wringing has been going on. But, enough is enough! It's time for a new attitude and new intentions.
This week, we focus on seeing things differently... of looking from a different perspective, with an open mind and an open heart.
Sometimes we may feel like our life is out of our control. However, even with the ups and downs and the challenges, we still are in charge of the direction we take and how we handle ourselves. This week, we bring you articles to assist you in the process of making your life one that is supportive of your true self and of living a life filled with purpose.
This week, we reflect on the question: "where do we go from here?" Just as with any rite of passage, whether graduation, marriage, birth of a child, a pivotal election, or the loss (or finding) of a job, anytime a new adventure begins, or ends, we are faced with choices as to "where do we go from here?" In this new issue of InnerSelf, we bring you articles to assist you in finding your way in the newness and the oldness of what is going on around us.
This week, our articles encourage you to take time to "be"... Take a deep breath, and relax.. for whatever time you can. One minute is better than none...
Perhaps the theme of this week's newsletter can best be summarized by the first and the last of the featured articles about living from our spiritual heart and being of service and becoming a "better" version of ourselves.
The "slogan" or sub-title for the InnerSelf website is "New Attitudes---New Possibilities", and that is exactly the theme of this week's newsletter. The purpose of our articles and authors is to empower readers to move forward with a new attitude thus opening the way for new possibilities and new realities.
These days we are living in mini-bubbles... in our own homes, at work, and in public, and possibly in our own mind and with our own emotions. However, living in a bubble, or feeling like we are somehow cut off from others, does not mean that we stop living, growing, and moving forward. We can thrive in times of challenge.
Life is a journey and, as most journeys, comes with its ups and downs. And just like day always follows night, so do our personal daily experiences go from dark to light, and back and forth. However, we are not subject to a timetable set by nature or by others...
Whatever we are going through, both individually and collectively, we must remember that we are not helpless victims. We can reclaim our power to carve our own path and to heal our lives, spiritually and emotionally, as well as physically. This week, we take a look at ways to traverse the challenges of these times.
One of the great strength of the human race is our ability to be flexible, to be creative, and to think outside the box. To be someone other than we were yesterday or the day before. We can change... our mind, our attitude, our health, and even ourselves.
The theme of the newsletter this week can be summed up as "you can do it" or more specifically "we can do it!". This is another way of saying "you/we have the power to make a change". The image of the arrows hitting the center mark reminds us that we too can aim for a goal and attain it, however "impossible" or grandiose it may seem.
This week we practice moving past old traumas, old and current hurts, old and no longer relevant attitudes, past erroneous beliefs, past fearful limitations, past... (Well, you get the point.) And it seems we often have to go over a hurdle to get there... there are sometimes challenges whether physical, mental, or emotional... and sometimes all three combined.
We see life through the lenses of our perception. Stephen R. Covey wrote: “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.” So this week, we take a look at some different ways of seeing life and events in our life.
The roads we are travelling these days are as old as the times, yet are new for us. The experiences we are having are as old as the times, yet they also are new for us. The same goes for the challenges we face. So this week we share various ways to traverse these times and come out on the...
Everyone probably can agree that we are living in strange times... new experiences, new attitudes, new challenges. But we can be encouraged in remembering that everything is always in flux, everything changes.
We are all here for a purpose... You may have grandiose ideas of what a life purpose "should" be... saving the world, the whales, the humans, the rainforests, etc. However, our life purpose is probably best expressed in what brings us joy... It could be...
This week we ask ourselves "Who Am I?" and what does it mean (for me) to be human? It is time to change our perspective of who we thought we were (small, limited, powerless victims) to embracing our full potential -- this is what life is about.
This week we focus on seeing things differently... Rather than seeing through the lens of our old beliefs and expectations, we can shed the "old persona" and take on the "new and updated" version of ourselves. The one that sees the potential for love and healing in all situations.
Even while the world is practicing separation with social distancing and masks, we are realizing more and more that there is no separation and that we are all closely connected. What one does affects the other. This week...
This week we focus on looking at things differently which involves changing our perspective about our own self, as well as about the world around us.
This week, we focus on new beginnings... having a new attitude to create new possibilities and new realities. The expression that came to mind as I started to write this was: "Out with the old and in with the new." Speaking of new, this month...
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not just for some, but for everyone." (Lyrics from the song: What The World Needs Now Is Love). The above song, written in 1965, still resonates and is still a needed message for all. It is our theme for the week.
This week the newsletter is a "minimal version" of itself. Next week, we expect to be back on schedule.
We, as individuals, as a society, and as a planet, are in a state of transition. With the many challenges taking place on the planet, we are transitioning from one way of life, one way of behavior, to a new way. Transition (change) can bring upheaval. This week we bring you various ways to navigate these times.
The "motto" of InnerSelf.com is "New Attitudes -- New Possibilities". And that is definitely what is at stake on a world-wide basis at this time. Attitudes have to change in order for new possitilities to emerge and for the world to change for the better.
While we all have particular times in our lives that are more challenging than others, we are currently, as a species, going through common challenges... albeit, each in our different ways. Fortunately, there are tools to help us work through these challenges with courage and clarity. This week we bring you articles to help in that process.
One of the themes that has come to the forefront in 2020 is the one of connection. We have come to realize, at least in physical terms due to the Coronavirus, that we are all connected. Our connection, however, goes much deeper than just the physical.
"One of the first steps in creating internal order is making a commitment to a new way of thinking. This week, we have help in this regard from..."
In this week's articles we bring you ways of seeing more than what is right in front of us... or what is visible to the eyes. There is much to be learned from the invisible, from the messages that come from
It is interesting that in this time of social isolation, we are actually rediscovering wholeness and community. We are reconnecting with our inner truth, our inner longings, and connecting perhaps more deeply with the people we love, albeit by phone or online connections. Perhaps there is truth in the saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
This week we reflect on perception... how we perceive things, how we perceive reality... and how we have our own perspective on reality, which can be influenced by people around us, and by old patterns and memories from within our own self.
We've been told for a long time to "be the change we want to see in the world", and that "change begins with us", and that "what the world needs now is love". So this week, we look at various ways or methods that can assist us in putting these precepts in practice, and incorporate them into our lives and our world...
Just as the whole world is re-inventing itself with a new "live-in/living" experience, so we as individuals now have the opportunity to reflect and reinvent ourselves... or perhaps not so much re-invent as rediscover our true selves. We start this week's articles by asking "Who Is The Real You?".
This week we reflect on self-care, but with a much wider definition than usually attached to that term. Self-care is usually taken as things you do for yourself specifically...Yet since we are all connected, and are all one, self-care involves taking care of our own Self (with a capital "s") which includes the planet and its inhabitants as a whole.
This week we look at new ways to deal with our present, new ways to respond to the challenges and crises that are now presented to us. We look at both sides of the coin that we've been handed, whether we are dealing with the new reality with the coronavirus, or other challenges of daily life.
During challenging times, and probably mostly during challenging times, we need to remember that "this too shall pass" and that in every problem or crisis, there is something to be learned, another step to be taken on the ladder of life's learning. And perhaps the first lesson is ...
If there is one thing we are learning these days, it is that we are all in this together. Borders between continents and countries, divisions within countries whether by race, religion, political party, sexual preference, etc., all of these are non-existent barriers in the face of energy...
We all have goals in life, even any of us who might say we "go with the flow". Our goal could be simply to be healthy, or to be happy. Now those may seem like non-specific goals, but they encompass so many things that they actually are, of course, major goals. So this week, we bring you...
We all have a choice... a choice of how we live, how we think, how we act, how we feel. Sometimes that choice is an easy one, while at other times it seems like we are battling an inner demon to make the choice we know is for the best. One of these choices involves letting go of fear, and this week...
We live in very polarized and polarizing times. However, it will serve us to remember that day and night are both essential, feminine and masculine complement each other, as well as intuition and mind. When we view any two opposites as enemies, we lose out on a whole half of the energy that is needed for bringing our goals, visions, and dreams to fruition.
In his first inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) said that the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself”: And this is still true today when fear, in its many facets, may be trying to stop us from taking action. So tnis week we bring you articles dealing with fear, courage and awareness.
The term activism is usually applied to political causes, yet, the definition of activism is "the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result, usually a political or social one." So basically, activism is the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result. If we look at that with a broader perspective, starting a new diet would be a form of activism
This week there will be a lot of talk about love, since it's Valentine's Day. Yet the focus sometimes can be on love expressed through flowers and chocolate. But, as we all know, love is much more than what is depicted in Hallmark cards or movies.
We are now in the month of February... often referred to as the month of Love. Now of course, Love is not restricted to just one month or just one day, so we thought we'd focus on some variances of love... not necessarily just the romantic kind usually linked to Valentine's Day.
This week we bring you articles to assist you, in the words of author Marc Lesser, in "learning to love the “full catastrophe” of this crazy mixed-up world and the struggle of attempting to make sense of it all."
Who are we? Who are you? Who am I? These are referred as "existential" questions. What exactly is an existential question? Looking it up online, I find this definition: "a question concerning the essence of what it means to be alive". So this week, we do look at who we are, and also, what are we going to do about it!
There's turbulence in the weather, and perhaps also turbulence in our "inner weather"... We face challenges whether in the external world, or with personal relationships, or with our health... It seems the turbulence is to be found both on the inside and the outside. And of course...
As per our "resident astrologer", Pam Younghans' "Astrological Journal for the Week", we are heading into a powerful week, what she is calling Tornado Week. While this might sound frightening, let us remember that sunshine always follows a storm, and some storms come with rainbows. So while things may look bleak in the world, light is always present, even when hidden by clouds of discord and disharmony.
It's a new year! I must admit, I'm a bit like a kid at Christmas about New Year's. It's like I've just been given 365 brand new days, brand new pages of a blank book to do with as I choose.
This week we are living through the ending of a year, and the beginning of another. It's the death of 2019 and the birth of 2020. We humans often have a hesitancy to speak of death... It's the one thing we aren't comfortable speaking about.
We are all on a Journey... the journey of life. Along the way we encounter blessings and challenges. We encounter love and lack of love (sometimes portrayed as hatred). Our journeys are all different, yet they are all the same. Our goal is the same...
Some times of year are more stressful than others, and December can be stressful for many reasons. If you live up North, snow and ice storms can wreak havoc. And wherever you live, even in the Southern Hemisphere, you may have projects at work that have to be completed by the end of the year. And of course, the holiday season can be a cause of stress.
I believe that everyone wants to make a difference... So this week we take a look at simple and practical ways that you and I can make an impact in the world.
Stress is a part of life. We might think it has escalated in this "day-and-age", but perhaps each century, each decade, had its own peak stress experiences that were extremely stressful, relative to the circumstances of that time. However, yes, modern life can be stressful... so what do we do about it?
Most people think of Thanksgiving day as a time to give thanks for our blessings, for our abundance -- and that's mostly the focus. But there are other perspectives about giving thanks...
In order to create a better world, a better life, there are certain requirements that must be met. This week, we look at some of them. We start with...
An essential part of creating happiness and peace of mind is honesty -- honesty with ourselves and integrity with others. This means living up to the truth of our true Self, and being willing to share and communicate vulnerably with others. This week, we start off into the topic of honesty with...
While it is said that the only constant is change, it can also be said that inertia is a powerful deterrent to progress. Inertia can make us appear to be staying in place, but that is actually the opposite of change and progress. So this week, we reflect on moving forward...
This week we "celebrate" Halloween... a time where things appear as they are not. And this concept applies to much of our lives as well: Things are not always as they seem.
While we may at times, or perhaps often, feel powerless in effecting change in the world, we must remind ourselves that we are part of the whole. We are participants in the grand cosmic play that is taking place within us and around us.
Perhaps the most important question for each of us to answer is "Who Am I?" or as a collective of humanity, "Who Are We?". The debate has long raged... are humans essentially good or evil, of the light or of the darkness? And as with most questions, the importance of the answer is not in the past but in the present: Who are we being now?
Twenty-first century life can be, and is often, challenging. Yet, together we can offer each other assistance, support, and new perspectives. This week we seek to do all of the above and start with...
This week we look at trust... in ourselves, in others, and in a Higher Power. Sometimes our trust in others can be misplaced leading to challenges, but then the lack of trust in ourselves and/or in our inner guidance, also can lead to challenges.
One of our featured articles this week asks: "What Makes You A Mature Adult?" The author presents many variations on the theme. I would answer that question by saying that as mature adults we take responsibility for what we share/create, what we withhold/hide, and how we serve/contribute to the world around us.
One of the "existential questions" is Who Am I? Yet for some of us, that question when asked of ourselves may sound more like "Who do you think YOU are!"... Not so much a question as an exclamation of judgment and accusation and blame. So this week we look at some underlying blockages to having a fully-loving opinion and expression of self.
We start this overview of the featured articles of the week by quoting the closing sentence from Pam Younghan's weekly journal: 'These appear to be the essential keys to the improvements that we seek right now -- that we take one step at a time, purposefully, mindfully, and with faith.'
Tools are useful things... whether we are speaking of physical tools like hammers or computers to create physical things, keys to unlock doors and open to new adventures, or energetic tools to enhance our emotional, spiritual, and physical self. This week we present some tools...
Perhaps the goal of life is to become who we are... or, we could say "to rediscover who we are"... or perhaps more descriptively "to sweep away the accumulation of patterns, fears, repressed emotions, etc. etc which have covered up the shiny truth of our inner light". This week our articles focus on assisting you in the process of giving yourself permission to be true to your Self...
We are not powerless! No matter what anyone has told us or what the "powers that be" may try to get us to believe, we are powerful beyond measure, as Marianne Williamson wrote many years ago..
This week we bring you articles that help shed light on "you" and your affect on life, and the people whose lives you touch...
Things are not always as they appear to be, or how people expect them to be. Sometimes our expectations are incorrect, other times it's our perceptions that are misleading. And at other times, the Universe just delivers a surprise that we may call synchronicity or even miraculous.
We are all under the illusion of "mistaken identity". In other words, we are not who we think we are... mostly because, in most cases, we don't think very highly of ourselves. Some of us think "we're not good enough" or that "we never will amount to anything". We are mistaken! This is NOT who we are. These beliefs keep us from experiencing our true nature...
This week we take a look at the empowerment process and the steps therein. To become empowered, we start with having awareness of a situation or need. Being aware of a need can lead us to a change in attitude which then inspires us to take action. Our first featured article...
This week we examine thoughts... And, in case you're thinking that we are saying that thoughts are "bad" and need to be eradicated, we're not. Perhaps it is best recapped by the closing sentence of this week's astrological journal: "The world needs our hearts, but it also needs our strength—and our light"...
Our first featured article this week asks the question: where do we go from here? Good question, and one we need to ask ourselves daily, if not every moment of every day. We've perhaps become too complacent with our lives... things have been running somewhat smoothly... not perfectly mind you, but "good enough" that we haven't been inspired to make big changes.
This week we take a look at the existential question: "Who Am I?" and open ourselves up to rediscovering our authentic self... We progress from the small "i" to the higher "I" and to the larger "we". Who we are has been buried underneath years of ...
This week we take a look at personal responsibility. For years, many of us (myself included) gave away our power to "others"... whether those "others" were employers, spouses, friends, teachers, politicians, neighbors (as in "keeping up with the Joneses"), things "out of our control", etc. However, the consequences...
This week we reflect on seeing things differently. Fear is pervasive in our world, and while there may be "good reasons" to be fearful, there are also excellent reasons to look at things differently and transform our fear into solutions.
This week we focus on stories... People love good stories as evidenced by the mega-billion-dollar movie industry world-wide. We all have stories we were told whether by tradition or people in our life, and of course, there are the stories we tell ourselves for many reasons. Our authors share some stories with you along with the lessons that came with those stories.
There's an old joke... someone asks "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The answer? "Practice, practice, practice." Well, the same answer can be given for many things... even attaining peace of mind, happiness, life balance, health, etc. Practice, practice, practice. And unfortunately, at times, we've been practicing things that do not get us to happiness and inner peace.
Once again I feel like starting the newsletter with the words "the times, they are a'changing"... and perhaps it is a mantra for these times, as well as an observation, and of course also a vision to create. Our featured authors this week are focusing on the big picture... the changes that are taking place as well as the changes we need to implement ourselves.
This week, our authors bring you various tools to work with stress, anxiety, and nightmares (whether the ones in our sleep or the ones in our daily life). The goal is to get past the impediments in our life, so we can live in the now, in harmony and divine simplicity.
This week we take a look at communication. And while we generally think of communication as taking place with other humans, we expand the scope of this week's articles to include connecting with ourselves, with animals, and with Nature.
This week, we look at what could be perhaps our best friend as well as our worst enemy: our mind (and its children, our thoughts). The mind, like most instruments, is as good as the use we put it to.
So, stop a minute and ask yourself that question: "What if I gave a party and nobody came?" . What feelings come up for you? While we may not ever have found ourselves in that particular situation, I think we can all identify with the feeling of insecurity... That feeling connects to so many things...
This week we take a look at change and at "our story" and ways to create a new story for ourselves personally, which then will reflect into creating a new story for the world. We start with an excerpt from a new book...
This week, we focus on the Light that we are, and on our own rebirth from the forces of negativity and fear. We bring you numerous articles from our regular and new authors, and feature some excerpts from new books that are just "hot off the press".
A Chinese proverb is reputed to say, "May you live in interesting times" and it is considered both a blessing and a curse. And of course, whether it is a blessing or a curse really depends on how we look at it, our reactions, and the choices we make. This week we bring you tools to help you navigate these tumultuous times and come out on the other side of the storm a stronger and more centered person.
While we know that it is important in life to deal with "what is", we also need to focus on "what is to be" or what we wish the future to be. This week we look at both.
Energy! It can seem like it's the elusive ingredient in our lives at times. We might find ourselves saying we need more energy! This week our authors help us look at energy... what it is, how to connect with it, and what it really all about...
This week we look at love... not the Valentine's Day kind of love, but love of self, love of others (human and not), and love of humanity, which all ties in with kindness, acceptance, etc.
Many of us work with "to do" lists. Often they include short-term items like remember to buy toothpaste, or other chores that need to be done that day or that week. However, we also have an "inner to do list" which consists of steps along our life's journey. This week we bring you articles that offer a combination of both.
This week we look at expectations. While expectations are about the future, we usually have formed them based on past events, or past teachings. Thus we may be stuck in recreating old realities because our thoughts and beliefs and expectations are based on old dogma and old theories. We start out by looking at the expectations we have of...