May 1st, 2016
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Every year as we enter the month of May, I get a bit nostalgic. It is the month of my mother's birthday (if she were still alive, she'd be turning 98 on May 4th). It is also the month of my good friend Pierrette's (85th) birthday (I call her my adopted mother), and then more birthdays... Numerous old friends (you know who you are) as well as Joyce and Barry Vissell, long-time contributors to InnerSelf who are turning 70 this May (read Joyce's article below). Happy birthday to all May birthday celebrants out there.
Having been raised up North, May was the month of Spring and flowers. Gone was the snow, and the warm weather was greeted with enthusiasm. This week we greet May with joy as Sarah Love writes about: The Magic of Beltane (May Day) and The Transformation of the World.
We also look at our life's purpose as Joyce Vissell reminds us to Love, Serve, and Remember: Living With Purpose and Joy. And Bill Phillips shares about his life's calling in Spirits and Faith: Following Your Calling.
Regular InnerSelf contributor Sarah Varcas tells us:
"If life has been somewhat puzzling of late, throwing up questions and queries we’ve struggled to address satisfactorily, this passage of Mercury retrograde offers hope in the form of new information, opportunities thus far overlooked and some good old fashioned common sense to ground insights." (Mysterious Magic When Mercury Goes Retrograde)
This week, we also bring you our monthly Alan Cohen article, a new author (AJ Earley), and an excerpt from the book "Peace and Where to Find It" (How To Live Consciously Using Breath and Body Awareness).
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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.
Marie T. Russell
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EDITOR'S CHOICE ARTICLES
Written by Sarah Love McCoy.
If we as humans can feel more beauty in ourselves, in our homes, in our environment, how much that can change our very experience of life itself. If we see and experience more beauty in the world then we can't help but being touched and moved by it.
Read article here: The Magic of Beltane and The Transformation of the World
Written by Christopher Papadopoulos.
Thankfully, in order for us to benefit from breath and body awareness, a permanent shift in consciousness isn’t required. When we inhabit our body, even small improvements in present moment awareness can significantly reduce stress and suffering.
Read article here: How To Live Consciously Using Breath and Body Awareness
Written by Alan Cohen.
We all want to be enjoy the bliss of true relationship—and rightfully so. Love is our natural state. Our soul recognizes that the world we walk daily is definitely not the kingdom of heaven and we long to return to the domain of which we retain a faint but ecstatic memory.
Read article here: The Truth about Fairy Tales
Written by AJ Earley.
A good night’s sleep is a crucial aspect to overall health and well-being, yet so many Americans are lacking in that department. A 2013 Gallup poll found that 40% of American adults get less than the recommended amount of sleep.
Read article here: How To Sleep Better In The 21st Century
Written by Sarah Varcas.
If life has been somewhat puzzling of late, throwing up questions and queries we’ve struggled to address satisfactorily, this passage of Mercury retrograde offers hope in the form of new information, opportunities thus far overlooked and some good old fashioned common sense to ground insights.
Read article here: Mysterious Magic When Mercury Goes Retrograde
Written by Joyce Vissell.
I want to love, serve and remember until the very day that I die. I want to be able to look back at my life and feel that I tried in my mission. I will never be perfect in this, but I can strive to be the best I can be. In this way I will live with purpose and joy.
Read article here: Love, Serve, and Remember: Living With Purpose and Joy
Written by Bill Philipps.
I try not to mention anything about my work as a medium when I’m around my grandma, since she disapproves of it, but I felt such a strong presence from a spirit one day several years ago when she and I were at home that I couldn’t help asking her about him.
Read article here: Spirits and Faith: Following Your Calling
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.
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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