InnerSelf Newsletter: December 18th, 2016

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 18th, 2016

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This time of year can be both a blessing and a curse. While we may all wish to focus on sharing love, gratitude and giving unconditionally, we may get entangled in stress, not-enough-time, and family dramas. Yet there are ways to sail through the challenges of this season (and the rest of the time as well).

This week, we bring you various tools and perspectives to make your journey a more peaceful and harmonious one. Scroll down for the Editor's Choice articles as well as this week's additional articles.

It has also come to my attention that there is a boycott of Amazon underway. I would like to point out that there are many small businesses (including InnerSelf) who sell books on Amazon and depend on those sales for income, as well as commission on sales accessed via our website and link.

Perhaps, if you're choosing to boycott Amazon, you could differentiate between those products that are sold by 3rd-party vendors (like InnerSelf) and those that are sold by Amazon directly. If you scroll down to the bottom on any Amazon page, you will see a list of all the businesses they own (it's a long list), and that way can differentiate between those of us who depend on our sales on Amazon to earn a living, and the companies that are Amazon-owned. Thanks.

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

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

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With This Mercury Retrograde, It's Time to Reveal Our True Face

Written by Sarah Varcas.

With This Mercury Retrograde, It's Time to Reveal Our True Face

We may be disappointed if we want life to go gently with our feelings as the year closes, for there are more potent agendas at work, in service of truth-telling and revelation no matter the cost. This Mercury won’t let anything be swept beneath the carpet for a more convenient time.

Read article here:  With This Mercury Retrograde, It's Time to Reveal Our True Face

You and The People You Are Supposed To Like Or Love But Can’t Stand

Written by Georgina Cannon.

You and The People You Are Supposed To Like Or Love But Can’t Stand

This article is about the people you are supposed to like or love but can’t stand, such as extended family or friends of friends. Currently, most relationships are forged from the erroneous idea that we have to be the same to get along and that differences between us are to be avoided at all costs.

Read article here: You and The People You Are Supposed To Like Or Love But Can’t Stand

Avoiding Secondhand Stress and Expanding Our Humanity Through Empathy

Written by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, PhD.

Avoiding Secondhand Stress and Expanding Our Humanity Through Empathy

Empathy guides us in the accurate understanding of situations and relationships. When we live with empathy, we realize that it is a kind of virtual reality: we put ourselves in the other person’s shoes, absorbing her experience...

Read article here: Avoiding Secondhand Stress and Expanding Our Humanity Through Empathy

The Unseen Journey Back to the Wisdom of the Earth and the Elders

Written by Kent Nerburn.

The Unseen Journey Back to the Wisdom of the Earth

In the deepest place in your spirit, the place of wounds and hope, you know that the earth is speaking, and that the time has come to listen to all of her voices. You can only hope that for the sake of your children, and all the children of the world...

Read article here:  The Unseen Journey Back to the Wisdom of the Earth and the Elders

Self-Image: “I Can Do It” vs. “I’m No Good at This”

Written by Ya-Ling Liou, D.C.

Self-Image: “I Can Do It” vs. “I’m No Good at This”

If you’ve only ever seen yourself as unsure and perhaps your self-esteem is not strong, you may be more vulnerable to becoming overwhelmed by fear—stressed by the worry that your pain might devolve into a worst case scenario of unknown proportions.

Read article here:  Self-Image: “I Can Do It” vs. “I’m No Good at This”

How to Treat Others with Love and Understanding While Resolving A Problem

Written by Kira Asatryan.

Solving Problems Through Understanding, Rather Than Compromise

While feelings are a central component to caring, caring is not an entirely emotional experience. There’s also an intellectual component to caring, a mental stance that one must maintain to create lasting closeness. This stance is that your partner is fully human.

Read article here:  How to Treat Others with Love and Understanding While Resolving A Problem

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. 


The additional articles will be listed here individually during the course of the weekend.

* 7 Cheap Moisturizers Can Prevent Eczema In Babies

* 10 Policies We Need Now To Save Pollinators

* A Savvy News Consumer’s Guide To Not Get Faked Out

* Dawn Of This Trumpocene Era Spells Disaster For World's Primates

* Do Humans Really Need Dairy?

* Evangelicals Are More Skeptical Of Evolution Than Of Climate Change

* Five Ethical Xmas Presents Where No One Ends Up With A Goat

* Greenland Was Once Ice Free. Scientists Worry It Could Be Again Soon

* How Bacteria In Undercooked Chicken Can Cause Paralysis

* How Bucket Lists Help Those That Are Terminally Ill

* How Do You Know When Holiday Drinking Is Hurting Your Brain?

* How Learning A New Language Improves Tolerance

* How Online Comments Are Helping To Build Our Hateful Electorate

* How To Break Out Of Your Echo Chamber

* How To Hate Neoliberalism But Love Each Other

* How To Prevent Injury From Sport And Exercise

* How You Can Change Your Body Shape With Exercise

* Is It Safe For Pregnant Women To Go To The Dentist?

* Is Your Christmas Turkey Arriving Stuffed With Antibiotics?

* Keeping One Step Ahead Of Pollen Triggers For Thunderstorm Asthma

* Kids Born In The 1980s Only Have 50/50 Odds Of Out-earning Parents

* Methane From Old Oil And Gas Wells Can Leak For Decades

* Scientists Racing to Archive Climate Data Before Denier-in-Chief Trump Takes Office

* The Case for Disruptive Normality: Focusing on Community and Collaboration

* The High Cost Of Pursuing A Dream To Be A Veterinarian

* The Post-truth Era Of Trump Is Just What Nietzsche Predicted

* These 6 New Elements Are Redefining The Meaning Of Poverty

* Three Essential Steps You Can Take To Save Democracy

* This Type Of Psychotherapy Treats Irritable Bowels

* Three Essential Steps You Can Take To Save Democracy

* To Predict A Baby’s First Words, Look At What They See

* Underwater Kelp Forests Are Declining Around The World

* What 500-year-old Clams Can Tell Us About Climate Change

* What Makes It So Hard To Quit Drugs?

* When Reading With Your Children, Should It Be Books Or Tablets?

* Which Donald Trump Will Emerge As President?

* Why Bromosexual Friendships Are Getting More Attention

* Why Daily Aspirin May Be Worth The Risk Of Bleeding

* Why Doing Nothing About Depression In Pregnancy Is A Bad Idea

* Why Economies Grow When Early Childhood Development Is A Priority

* Why Financial Wizardry Won't Stave Off The Chinese Debt Crisis

* Why Most Animals Can't Handle City Living

* Why Overconfident CEOs Are Less Socially Responsible

* Why The Media Is Democracy’s Essential Reform

* Why Time Scarcity Is A Slippery Slope To Inactivity

* Why You Must Watch Your Words If You Value Social Change

* Will The US Really Scrap NASA's Crucial Climate Research?

* Your Serious Pursuit Of Happiness Is Key To Protecting The Planet

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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