InnerSelf Newsletter: April 12th, 2015

InnerSelf Newsletter

InnerSelf Newsletter: April 12th, 2015

April 12th, 2015

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your Inner Self.

This week we look at four assumptions we've been taking for granted, at the limitations we've often accepted without debate, and at the importance of belief in yourself, and commitment to yourself, in order to create change in your life.

So many times we tend to blame others for the way things are... either in our personal life, work life, or in the world. However, to walk The Path to Smart Change we need to examine our Reactions, Judgment and Discernment, Life and Limits. You may also need to discover the Four Assumptions That May Be Messing With Your Health (and your life).

In order to create a life that brings you joy and vitality, You Have To Be Willing to Believe in the possibility of it happening. And if you've been dragging yourself around meeting all your obligations, it may be time to focus on Recharging Your Commitment to Yourself.

Scroll below for the links to the featured articles of the week, plus some additional articles for your reading pleasure.       

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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


Four Assumptions That May Be Messing With Your Health

Written by Frank DeMarco.

Four Assumptions That May Be Messing With Your HealthWhich is more important to you, your world-view or your health? It may be that the world-view you have absorbed from the society around you is interfering with your control over your own health.

Read more: Four Assumptions Messing With Your Health...

The Path to Smart Change Requires Patience and Persistence

Written by Art Markman, PhD.

smart change saxophone 4 15I have been playing for around twelve years now, and I still take lessons. The best lessons I have are the ones in which I leave feeling like I don’t really know anything about playing at all. Dur­ing those lessons, my teacher has identified yet another weakness in my playing. I have to learn new skills to overcome those weak­nesses to get better.

Read more: The Path to Smart Change...

Social Tips from Benjamin Franklin and Other Maxim Masters

Written by Vicky Oliver.

Social Tips from Benjamin Franklin and Other Maxim MastersLong before the invention of Facebook and, our ancestors grappled with how to improve their social lives, forge beneficial connections, and strengthen their reputations. Their insights will help us enhance our social lives, extend our online social networks, and lead to greater opportunities for success.

Read more: Social Tips from Benjamin Franklin and...

Recharging Your Commitment to Yourself with Nondirected Meditation

Written by Stephanie Bender & Treacy Colbert.

Recharging Your Commitment to Yourself with Nondirected MeditationFinding and connecting with your spiritual core is both intensely personal to your beliefs, needs, and outlook as well as deeply necessary for strength and replenishment. Find time every day to stop, detach yourself momentarily from the hectic pace of ticking things off of to-do lists, and take part in a relaxing or meditative activity.

Read more: Recharging Your Commitment to Yourself...

Reactions, Judgment and Discernment, Life and Limits

Written by Patti Conklin.

Reactions, Judgment and Discernment, Life and LimitsEach of us is body, mind, and spirit, and of the three, it is our minds that can limit us. While the spirit is indeed most important, it’s our bodies that communicate messages from Source, because our bodies are solid, substantial forms that only relay truth. The more we listen to them, the better we accurately understand what’s happening in our lives.

Read more: Reactions, Judgment and Discernment, Life and Limits

You Have To Be Willing to Believe

Written by Marie T. Russell.

You Have To Be Willing to BelieveUnfortunately many of us believe in the “wrong outcome”, as evidenced by the bumper sticker, “shit happens”. We believe in the inevitability of problems and struggle, but not in the inevitability of success and happy outcomes.

Read more: You Have To Be Willing to Believe

Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans (updated Sunday afternoon)

Pam YounghansThis weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read more

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a 20/20 view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights.


* A Dark Night Is Good For Your Sleep and Your Health

* Will Winning The Lottery Bring You Long-Term Happiness?

* Can We Still Avoid The Major Climate Tipping Points?

ALSO, we keep adding articles to the website each week. Rather than list them all here, you can visit each section according to your interests. Each section listed below is designed as its own "mini-website".

Discover Inspiring Articles in Living in Harmony:

The "Living in Harmony" section includes articles on Health & Well-Being, Home & Garden, Pets, Leisure & Creativity, Finance & Careers, and Science and Technology.

Discover Insightful Articles in Personal Development:

The "Personal Development" area covers Attitude Adjustments (which includes Fear, Anger, Gratitude, Forgiveness), Intuition & Awareness, Relationships & Parenting, Spirituality & Mindfulness (included Meditation), and Happiness & Success.

Discover Informational Articles in Social & Political:

"Social & Political" covers topics that affect us personally yet deal with a more "societal" or "political" sphere. This area covers Environment & Climate, Democracy, Justice, Inequality, Economy, and more. These topics affect us on a personal and planetary level and are thus very relevant for our communal journey on Planet Earth.



To see videos added this week, go to the Video Home Page  or

Click here for Additional Videos in "Living in Harmony";

Additional Videos in "Personal Development";

Additional Videos in "Social & Political"


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Why Donald Trump Could Be History's Biggest Loser
by Robert Jennings,
Updated July 2, 20020 - This whole coronavirus pandemic is costing a fortune, maybe 2 or 3 or 4 fortunes, all of unknown size. Oh yeah, and, hundreds of thousands, maybe a million, of people will die…
Blue-Eyes vs Brown Eyes: How Racism is Taught
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
In this 1992 Oprah Show episode, award-winning anti-racism activist and educator Jane Elliott taught the audience a tough lesson about racism by demonstrating just how easy it is to learn prejudice.
A Change Is Gonna Come...
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
(May 30, 2020) As I watch the news on the events in Philadephia and other cities in the country, my heart aches for what is transpiring. I know that this is part of the greater change that is taking…
A Song Can Uplift the Heart and Soul
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
I have several ways that I use to clear the darkness from my mind when I find it has crept in. One is gardening, or spending time in nature. The other is silence. Another way is reading. And one that…
Mascot for the Pandemic and Theme Song for Social Distancing and Isolation
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
I came across a song recently and as I listened to the lyrics, I thought it would be a perfect song as a "theme song" for these times of social isolation. (Lyrics below the video.)