InnerSelf Newsletter: December 6th, 2015

InnerSelf Newsletter

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 6th, 2015

December 6th, 2015

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your Inner Self.

December is here! Some look forward to this month with unabashed pleasure and expectation. They love the thought of snow, of Christmas holidays, and celebrating the holidays and the end of the year with family and friends.

For many others this time is a blend of joy and stress, and perhaps some fearful expectations of spiraling down into depression, anger, and resentment. Many return to their childhood home, or visit with siblings, and thus revisit old habits, patterns, family dysfunctions, etc. And while we may head out with good intentions and hope that "things have changed", at times we find ourselves falling back in the rut of old patterns.

This week, our authors bring you insights, perspective, and suggestions to help you transit through December. Alan Cohen reflects on Why the Holidays Don’t Matter...  and Barbara Berger has wonderful suggestions as to What To Do When You Love Your Family But Dread Family Get-Togethers.

Now of course, it's not all about challenges when the holidays arrive. Yet, that's where we need support. When all is going wonderfully, then you've "got it covered". But when things get stressful, then perhaps Barry Vissell's insights (‘I’m Not Good Enough’ Meets ‘I Have to Take Care of Everyone’) will help you weave through the challenges of personal relationships. And as always, the astrological insights of Sarah Varcas (Within the Web of Awakening: December 2015) can help us understand what is going on behind the scenes.

However, regardless of everything that is happening around us, "the wonderful, the bad, and the ugly", we must keep our eyes on a higher vision and remember that, no matter the appearances, everyone desires to Move Forward Towards The One Universal Goal: Happiness. 

We also have numerous articles for you about your health, and about your personal - as well as global - well-being. Scroll down below for the links to all of our articles this week.  

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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"


Within the Web of Awakening: December 2015

Written by Sarah Varcas.

Within the Web of AwakeningDecember begins, fittingly perhaps, with reflection and blasts from the past, reminding us that we don’t leave our former selves behind as we change and grow, but instead better assimilate them into the fuller, more authentic and effective self that arises out of deep enquiry.

Read article here: Within the Web of Awakening: December 2015

‘I’m Not Good Enough’ Meets ‘I Have to Take Care of Everyone’

Written by Barry Vissell.

‘I’m not Good Enough’ Meets ‘I Have to Take Care of Everyone’”These two core issues (or negative messages from childhood) often meet and interact with one another, sometimes in disastrous ways. Usually the carriers of these issues are more or less unaware of them.

Read article here: ‘I’m Not Good Enough’ Meets ‘I Have to Take Care of Everyone’”

Why the Holidays Don’t Matter...

Written by Alan Cohen.

Why the Holidays Don't MatterI would like to suggest that the holidays don’t really matter and there is nothing you really need to do about them. Such a suggestion, of course, reads like heresy. The holidays, while fun and significant, drive lots of people crazy. There are pressures to...

Read article here: Why the Holidays Don’t Matter...

What To Do When You Love Your Family But Dread Family Get-Togethers

Written by Barbara Berger.

Meeting the FamilyMany people dread family get-togethers even if they really do love each other. We see this happening often – maybe you’ve even had this experience yourself and wonder why it’s so difficult. You really do love these people after all.

Read article here: What To Do When You Love Your Family But Dread Family Get-Togethers

Moving Forward Towards The One Universal Goal: Happiness

Written by Charlotte Anne Edwards.

Moving Forward Towards the One Universal Goal: HappinessThere is one universal goal that everyone on earth strives towards: happiness. But what is the best way of achieving it? For many of us, happiness comes from helping others. Some of the most inspirational stories of those who have found contentment are...

Read article here: Moving Forward Towards the One Universal Goal: Happiness

Astrological Journal for the Week

Pam YounghansWritten by Pam Younghans

This 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 hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights.


Why Food Production Must Change

Why Healthy Diets Need A Broad Approach

* Why Daydreaming Is Good For You

* How Setting Our Sights On Soil Could Help Save The Climate

* Can A Broccoli Sprout Pill Fight Cancer?

* Why Poo Transplants Are Nothing To Be Sniffed At

* Six Things Americans Should Know About Mass Shootings

* If Antidepressants Fall Short, Fight Inflammation?

* The Low-down On Trans Fats

* The Midlife Crisis Is Real, But It Doesn’t Linger

* Connecting Online Can Help Prevent Social Isolation In Older People

* Who’s Keeping Organic Food Industry Honest?

* Sugar Free Drinks And Candy Also Damage Teeth

* Why Birth Order Is A Myth For Determining Behavior

* A Bug Burger Restaurant: Really?

* The Movie Carol Is A Stunning 1950s Tale Of Two Women In Love

* How No Strings Attached Money Changes Teens

* How Credit Agencies Are Watching You Online To Limit Credit

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. Rather than wait until the newsletter, you can visit each section according to your interests throughout the week. Each section listed below is designed as its own "mini-website".

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

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

"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 are very relevant for our communal journey on Planet Earth.



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