InnerSelf Newsletter: August 21st, 2016

InnerSelf Newsletter: August 21st, 2016

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week we take a look at our stories. This includes the stories of our society, the stories we tell ourselves about our past, our ego's stories, the rationales that interpret our current experience, and the ones about the future...

We introduce the energy of letting go of our stories (the poor me, the victim, the misunderstood, the smarter than, or dumber than, etc.) with a quote by Sarah Varcas from "Living Life On Purpose with the Power of the Eclipse Season":

"Offering the opportunity to break free from old ties and reinvent ourselves... nothing is set in stone as long as we seek always to release that which binds us in the very moment it does so. Not a week, a month, or years down the line, but immediately – freeing past pain, old beliefs and habits, behaviours that sabotage us and conditions that keep us stuck. Sometimes we have to dig deep, working long and hard to let go, but throughout the coming eclipse season we have a precious opportunity to release, moment by moment, whatever holds us back."

First we need to identify our stories so that we can transform them and release them. We get assistance in that domain from Jayne Morris in "What's Your Story? How To Learn From Your Past". Another common story is the one of blame and guilt. Carla van Raay invites us to go deeper in "Let’s Talk about Guilt".

Our ongoing stories often have become automatic reactions to anticipated behaviors. "Freeing Yourself from Reactive Thoughts and Ego Concepts" brings us insights and common sense solutions. And of course, we need to change our attitude towards these myths we tell ourselves... When we find ourselves repeating the same old same old story (he said, she said, he didn't say, she didn't say, etc.) it's time to tell ourselves so what?  Read "Cultivating New Behaviors: You've Got A Problem? So What!" for great examples of when this tool can free you from the miasma of your "poor me" stories.

Yet the biggest underlying story our society tells us is the one about "not enough". That we aren't good enough, that others aren't good enough, and that there isn't enough to go 'round. This "Not Enough" story creates separation, adversity, and lack of cooperation and compassion. Laurie McCammon asks, "Can We Stop Living the Never Enough! Story?" Yes, we surely can!

It's time to create a new story. One in which we are enough, there is enough, and we say "enough" to all the madness and separation that surrounds us. In this week's astrological journal, Pam Younghans informs us that, currently, "the planets compel us to release ancient karmic patterns that have limited our perceptions and interfered with our spiritual growth." Sounds like we're getting outside assistance in letting go of the old patterns and stories, and making a new start (or a continuation on a different path).

And of course we have numerous additional articles (scroll below for the list) dealing with health, climate, children, marijuana, justice, and much much more. We also have informational articles about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (and their proposed policies) as this is all part of our world's current "story"... and for us to change the story we need to be familiar with the facts and the myths so we know what role is ours to play.

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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"

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Living Life On Purpose with the Power of the Eclipse Season

Written by Sarah Varcas.

Living Life On Purpose with the Full Moon in Aquarius

This isn’t an ‘easy’ Moon, but it is a liberating one for sure, with gifts galore for all who commit to seeing life through fresh eyes, not allowing the tyranny of a ‘tried and tested’ past to jeopardise a creative and fulfilling future. If, however, we...

Read article here: Living Life On Purpose with the Power of the Eclipse Season

What's Your Story? How To Learn From Your Past

Written by Jayne Morris.

What's Your Story? How To Learn From Your Past

Stories are like boxes we build around ourselves to give structure, identity, security and familiarity. We are attached to them even when they are traumatic and painful, because they feel so much part of us... However, stories also limit us...

Read article here: What's Your Story? How To Learn From Your Past

Let’s Talk about Guilt

Written by Carla van Raay.

Let’s Talk about Guilt

Guilt is a difficult burden to carry around with you. And guilt perpet­uates what you are guilty about; how does it do that?  Guilt is a very negative, destructive energy. It is different from remorse, the feeling we get when we know we have done something wrong and we’re dreadfully sorry. In the case of remorse...

Read article here: Let’s Talk about Guilt

Freeing Yourself from Reactive Thoughts and Ego Concepts

Written by Itai Ivtzan.

Freeing Yourself from Reactive Thoughts and Ego Concepts

How can you free yourself from being lost in your thoughts? To understand the answer we must examine the chain reaction of thought. Every thought that passes through your mind sets the background for the next one. Your attention keeps reacting to each thought in a way that makes way for the next. For example...

Read article here: Freeing Yourself from Reactive Thoughts and Ego Concepts

Cultivating New Behaviors: You've Got A Problem? So What!

Written by Karen Casey.

Cultivating New Behaviors: You've Got A Problem? So What!

Personal prob­lems are only as big and as real as we make them. In fact, they only exist if we allow our egos to create them and then we feed them through our incessant attention. Take a look at the following suggestions for changing how you look at the “imagined problems” in your life.

Read article here: Cultivating New Behaviors: You've Got A Problem? So What!

Can We Stop Living the Never Enough! Story?

Written by Laurie McCammon.

You Are Enough! We Are Enough!

We are currently living in what I call the Never Enough Story, a cultural myth characterized by ideas of separation, unworthiness, and scarcity. It is a culture that indoctrinates each and every one of us to the idea that we are separate, on our own, and there is never enough to go around. 

Read article here: Can We Stop Living the Never Enough! Story?

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. 


* Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens

* Anthrax Strikes Back In The Rapidly Thawing Arctic

* Calling Your Political Opponents Stupid Is Stupid

* Can Climate Corridors Help Species Adapt To Warming World?

* Can Environmentalists Learn To Tolerate Nuclear Power?

* Can Foreign Hackers Actually Disrupt The U.S. Election?

* Children Books Are Hard To Come By In Many Low Income Neighborhoods

* Congress Is Simply AWOL and Out of Control

* Did Our Big Brains Evolve For Sizing Each Other Up?

* Do Twins Live Longer Because They’re So Close?

* Fishing Is At The Heart Of The South China Sea Dispute

* From Punishment To Protest: A History Of Tattoos

* Fungi Could Wipe Out Bananas In 5 To 10 Years

* Green Beans Are The Eco-friendly Option For Feeding And Saving The World

* House Dust Reveals How Amish Kids Avoid Asthma

* How Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than Humans

* How Companies Learn What Children Secretly Want

* How Flexible Work Is Making Us Work Longer

* How Mindfulness Can Help Make Better Life Choices

* How Not To Be Afflicted by Unseen Forces

* How to Break the Power of Money

* How Your Body Clock Determines Whether You'll Get Ill

* How Your Doctors' Job Satisfaction Affects Your Care

* How Your Parent's Lifespan Affects Your Health

* If I Develop Alzheimer's, Will My Children Get It Too?

* Is Donald Trump America's Post Hangover Selfie?

* Is Natural Gas Just A Bridge to Climate Disaster

* Is Natural Selection The Answer To The Cancer Riddle?

* Is The Lesser Of Two Evils An Ethical Choice For Voters?

* Is The US Electoral System Really Rigged?

* Is This Mind-Body Link Why Yoga Calms Us?

* Is Too Much 'Good Cholesterol' Linked To Early Death?

* it's Easy To See Why Australians Have Lost Faith In Privatization

* Just A Slight Thirst Could Affect Your Brain

* Living Life On Purpose with the Full Moon in Aquarius

* Looks Like We Have Blown The 1.5-degree Global Warming Target

* Most Time On Social Media Is Just Watching People

* The Musical Legacy Of Reggae Pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

* Thinning Clouds In The Tropics Put Global Warming Ahead Of Schedule

* Type 2 Diabetes Increasingly Affects The Young And Slim

* What Are The Right Words In A Text That Can Calm A Crisis?

* What Coworkers Think When You Suck Up To The Boss

* What Do We Really Know About Entrepreneurship?

* What Social Science Says How A Female President Might Lead?

* What The Favorite TV Shows Of Trump Supporters Can Tell Us

* When You Mess Up, Get Up: The Power Of Failure

* Which Comes First, Income Inequality Or Political Polarization?

* Why Dragonflies Are The Sentinels For Freshwater Conservation

* Why Getting The Giggles Is So Contagious

* Why It Will Take Bernie’s “Our Revolution” For Clinton to Get Anything Done

* Why My Seven Years Counting Great White Sharks Are Troubling

* Why People Feel More Pain If They Carry A Grievance

* Why So Serious? The Untapped Value Of Positive Psychology

* Why The Paris Climate Conference Emissions Targets Are Already Outdated

* Why We Need a Single Payer Healthcare

* Why We Should Keep The Marijuana Farm Small And Local

* Why We Should Talk To Our Children About Race

* Why We Tend To Tackle Icky Tasks During Good Moods

* Why You Shouldn't Want To Always Be Happy

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. Rather than wait for 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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