InnerSelf Newsletter: December 11th, 2016

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 11th, 2016

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This week we look at holiday stress in particular. You may be going to visit family and feel like the single green leaf amidst all the red leaves as seen in the picture above. You may feel overwhelmed by the energies around you and have difficulty coping.

The tension may be especially high this year with the political mud-raking that's taken place and many people are stirred up and ready to fight. Our authors this week bring you various methods to keep your cool and protect yourself from emotional and mental stress, and also to keep you grounded in love so you won't jump in the ring with your fists out. The information in the articles also applies to all form of relationships, not just family -- work, home, neighbors, etc. can all be benefited by the tools offered in by our authors this week.

Scroll down for the titles and links of the Editor's Choice articles as well as the numerous additional articles that have been added to the website 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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Sweep and Clear the Aura for Better Health and Well-Being

Written by Barbara E. Savin.

Sweep and Clear the Aura

It’s time to clear the aura. Sweeping and clearing remove congested and diseased energy and cleanse, strengthen, and greatly facilitate the healing process. Many simple illnesses can be healed just by sweeping and clearing the aura.

Read article here: Sweep and Clear the Aura for Better Health and Well-Being

We Are All Together: The Living and the Dead

Written by Matthew McKay, PhD.

We Are All Together: The Living and the Dead

Death isn’t bad luck, because there is no difference between the living and the dead. The one in the coffin is doing the same thing as the one grieving in the pew: loving and learning.

Read article here:  We Are All Together: The Living and the Dead

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You -- or Your Partner

Written by SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy).

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You -- or Your Partner

You have a constant stream of thoughts running through your mind, and we use the term “inner critics” to describe the thoughts that criticize you or tell you that you should be ashamed or feel guilty if you do what you want to do.

Read article here:  The Critics in Your Head Are Not You -- or Your Partner

Opening Meditation: Being In The Space Between The Breaths

Written by Diana Lang.

Opening Meditation: Being In The Space Between The Breaths

Meditation: Find a comfortable position. A nice comfortable chair will work, or you can lean against the wall or sit cross-legged on the floor. Whatever will be most comfortable for you.

Read article here:  Opening Meditation: Being In The Space Between The Breaths

Holiday Jitters? Nine Ways to Handle Controllers, Critics, and Unsolicited Advice

Written by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.

Holiday Jitters? Nine Ways to Handle Controllers, Critics, and Unsolicited Advice

Around this time of year, we all hear friends and acquaintances voicing dread about their upcoming family visits. From the sister-in-law who can't stop offering advice about how to raise your children to a father who has something negative to say about almost anything.

Read article here: Holiday Jitters? Nine Ways to Handle Controllers, Critics, and Unsolicited Advice

Protecting Yourself From Negative Energies

Written by Carla van Raay.

Protecting Yourself From Negative Energies

Most people don’t know that they need to protect themselves from negative energies around them. Most people on this planet do not even think in terms of ‘energy’ at all, which is strange, because everything on this planet is a form of energy, and we use these different forms of energy all the time!

Read article here:  Protecting Yourself From Negative Energies

Mind Your Own Business and Enjoy The Holiday Season!

Written by Barbara Berger.

Mind Your Own Business and Enjoy The Holiday Season!

Minding other people’s business is a surefire way to make yourself unhappy. That’s why if you want to enjoy the coming holiday season and live a happy life, I highly recommend you take a close look at this mechanism and ask yourself whose business you are in?

Read article here: Mind Your Own Business and Enjoy The Holiday Season!

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. 


* 3 Ways Facebook Could Reduce Fake News

* 5 Reasons Why We Become Happier As We Get Older

* 8 Strategies for Confronting Hate That Don’t Involve a Safety Pin

* 5,000 Year-Old Corals Are Now Threatened

* Americans Are Closer To Gun Violence Than They Think

* Being Motivated To Exercise Gets You Started, But It's The Routine That Keeps You Going

* Bits Of Your Brain Go To Sleep While You’re Awake

* Brain Scans Dispel Theory About Stimuli And Autism

* Can You Sneeze Without Closing Your Eyes?

* Changes To Syria’s Land And Water Are Visible From Space

* For China, Climate Change Is A Business And Political Opportunity

* How 4 Cities Are Cracking Down On Diesel Vehicles To Improve Air Quality

* How Common Are Sexual Harassment And Rape In The United States?

* How Gut Bacteria Is Linked To Motor Skills In Parkinson’s

* How Magic Mushrooms Ease Cancer Patient Anxiety

* How Making Plans Can Actually Ruin Your Weekend

* How Mass Deportation Threatens America's Food And Wine

* How Neuroparenting Is Sapping The Joy Out Of Family Life

* How The Arctic Tipping Points Are Putting The Planet At Risk

* How This Kansas Farmer Fought A Government Program To Keep His Farm Sustainable

* How To Make Amazing Meringue And Perfect Cappuccino

* How To Protect Your Privacy During These Turbulent Times

* How You Don’t Always Have To Pay More For Healthy Food

* Is Feminism Killing Romance?

* No, This Isn’t The 1930s – But Yes, This Is Fascism You See

* Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?

* Sleep Deprivation Sends Workers To An Early Grave

* The Arizona Tribe That Knows How to Stop a Trump Wall

* The Benefits Of Aging With The Senior Cohousing Movement

* The Creepiest Creeping Tyranny

* The Future Of Journalism In Trump's America

* The Movie Moana Fulfills Disney's Journey From Timid Princess To Empowered Woman

* The Psychology Behind Christmas TV Advertising

* There Are Huge Out-of-pocket Costs For Medicare Patients With Cancer

* These Are The Characteristics Of People Most Likely To Cut Corners At Work

* This Woman Is Turning This Blighted City Block Into A Solar-Powered Ecovillage

* Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

* Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

* What An Energy Independent US Would Mean For The Rest Of The World

* What Changes When Pope Francis Grants All Priests The Authority To Forgive Abortions

* What Is Parental Alienation And Why It Matters

* Why A President Would Be Violating the Constitution If He Continues to Own His Businesses

* Why Do We Fall For Fake News?

* Why Efforts To Achieve Journalistic Balance Is Failing The Public

* Why Iron Is Such An Important Part Of Your Diet

* Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don't Need OTC Cough And Cold Remedies

* Why Lord Of The Flies Is The Perfect Christmas Gift For 2016

* Why Male Couples Should Think About HIV

* Why Masked Hypertension Is A Silent Killer

* Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

* Why Observers Draw Parallels Between Donald Trump And Mussolini

* Why Resistance Is The Shortest Way To Global Justice

* Why Running Could Keep You Awake At Night

* Why Sea Ice Decline Is The Impending Climate Disaster At The Ends Of The Earth?

* Why Schools Are The Ideal Place To Teach Children Self Control

* Why So Many People Regain Weight After Dieting

* Why The Growth Of Cyber Charter Schools Should Worry Us

* Why US Racism Runs Far Deeper Than Trump's White Supremacist Fans

We add articles to the website daily
. 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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