InnerSelf Newsletter: December 20th, 2015

InnerSelf Newsletter

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 20th, 2015

December 20th, 2015

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your Inner Self.

For most people, the time around Christmas involves family... and all the emotions that come along with that. This week we present various articles dealing with Ways to Prevent and Eliminate Holiday Stress whether it be regarding our busy schedules, or familial issues. 

Many of our "not good enough" issues may have roots in our upbringing. Andrea Mathews asks Does Our Worthiness Depend on Following or Not Following The Rules? while Sunita Pattani writes about Addressing False Beliefs and Healing Emotional Wounds. Noelle Sterne recommends that you Forgive Your Parents and Release Yourself from Prison.

Judy Reeves questions the reality and power of our stories in Family: Fact and Fiction, Myth and Mystery and Richard Bach reminds us of the power of love in Let Me Tell You a Little Story: Once, Before Anyone Thought of Time... These articles (and more) will help you have a more insightful and hopefully joyful holiday season as you let go of the past and focus more on the present moment. We also have numerous additional articles covering a range of topics from Barbie, Star Wars, Sinatra, and much much more. Scroll down for the links to all the new articles this week.

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

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

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Ways to Prevent and Eliminate Holiday Stress

Written by Mary Heath.

Ways to Prevent and Eliminate Holiday StressFirst, it’s absolutely vital that we acknowledge that we are not alone in this ‘madness’, that the holidays come around every year come what may. There is no escape but there are plenty of tried and tested techniques to assuage the stress, anxiety and exhaustion that comes along with it.

Read article here: Ways to Prevent and Eliminate Holiday Stress

Forgive Your Parents and Release Yourself from Prison

Written by Noelle Sterne, Ph.D.

Forgive Your Parents and Release Yourself from PrisonLove works when we envision anyone bathed in it and project it to them. It works even for those whom we rightfully expect should love us, we assume love us, and of whom we can list 5,328 reasons showing how they haven’t. Love is what forgiveness is about. These words apply, most of all, to our parents. Are you rebelling already, saying, “No way! Not in a million light-years!”?

Read article here: Forgive Your Parents and Release Yourself from Prison

Let Me Tell You a Little Story: Once, Before Anyone Thought of Time...

Written by Richard Bach.

Let Me Tell You a Little Story: Once, Before Anyone Thought of Time..."Let me tell you a little story," he said. "Once, before anyone thought of time, there was a single force in all the universe. Love. It was, and it is and it will always be, the only Real, the only principle of all life. It does not change..."

Read article here: Let Me Tell You a Little Story: Once, Before Anyone Thought of Time...

Does Our Worthiness Depend on Following or Not Following The Rules?

Written by Andrea Mathews.

Does Our Worthiness Depend On Following or Not Following The Rules?We have come to believe more in our morals than we believe in ourselves. Because we trust in morals, we don’t trust in our inner and divine essence to lead and guide us. We don’t even trust love to guide us, because, you know, love can be tainted with all kinds of loyalties that may or may not be right...

Read article here: Does Our Worthiness Depend on Following or Not Following The Rules?

Addressing False Beliefs and Healing Emotional Wounds

Written by Sunita Pattani.

Eradicating False Beliefs and Healing Emotional WoundsWhen we recognise who we are and that we’re connected at the very core, we open up the doors to changing our perspective on challenging circumstances. We start to view forgiveness with different eyes. To understand this further we need to learn more about how we function.

Read article here: Addressing False Beliefs and Healing Emotional Wounds

Family: Fact and Fiction, Myth and Mystery

Written by Judy Reeves.

Family: Fact and Fiction, Myth and MysteryFrom whomever or wherever we come, our present is, in good part, made up of the stories of our past. These stories can be thought of as the twigs and string and odd detritus that holds our families together, and in each of these stories, at least one of these “unpredictable personalities” wants to take wing and fly.

Read article here: Family: Fact and Fiction, Myth and Mystery

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.


* Mothers That Make Time For Themselves Reduce The Chance of Postnatal Depression

* Why So Many People Find Meaning In Star Wars

* Why Do People Choose Expensive Branded Drugs Over Cheap Generics?

* Hello Barbie, Hello Hackers: Accessing Personal Data Will Be Child's Play

* This Is What Will Happen To The Climate In The Next 100 Years

* What Is Dopamine And Is It To Blame For Our Addictions?

* Some Thoughts On The Female Orgasm For 2015

* How Do Scientists Know Climate Change Is Happening?

* Understanding Why Some Americans Are Anxious

* Why Emotional Intelligence Is Key To Tackling Climate Change

* How Do We Create Liveable Cities?

* Latinos Have A Health Secret, You Can Have It Too

* Why Young People With Life Threatening Conditions Also Need To Talk About Sex

* The Artist's Dilemma: What Constitutes Selling Out?

* What Does The UV Index Mean?

* Feeling SAD? Talk Therapy Gets Better Long-term Results Than Light Boxes

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

* Don't Blame And Shame Women For Unintended Pregnancies

* Let's Have A Open Discussion About The Causes Of Extremism And Terrorism

* Look To Our Religious Leaders For A Climate Change Plan B

* Can Intermittent Fasting Diets Help You Lose Weight?

* Save the Planet By Unleashing Our Dreams

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

* Prisoner Run Coop Slashes Recidivism Rate By Over 80% In Puerto Rico

* What Do We Owe People – And The Rest Of The Planet?

We add articles to the website regularly
. 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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