InnerSelf Newsletter: April 16th, 2017

InnerSelf Newsletter: April 16th, 2017

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

In one of her articles this week, Sarah Varcas asks "Are You Ready to Be a Spiritual Warrior?" This seems to be the theme for the week. I say, it seems to be, because the theme is not a pre-selected one, but rather develops organically as the articles come together for the month. As part of the "spiritual warrior" theme, my article is entitled "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Like Jesus".

One of the articles focuses on the "Secret Code To Living A Worry-free Life"  while another (by regular contributor, Barbara Berger) states "I've Discovered The Fast Route To A Happy Life". These life changes are the result of living an aware life. Which brings us to another article on "Aware vs Unaware Thinking"  while Sarah Varcas, in her second article, focuses on "Betraying Ourselves No More".

When we're not living as a spiritual warrior, we may be telling people in authority in our life (doctors, nutritionists, friends...) "Please, Just Tell Me What To Eat". Or we may be living our life based on expectations of "Worst-Case Scenarios".

The good news is, of course, that we are all spiritual warriors whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are living a balanced life or not, and whether we even wish to be one or not. We are what we are, and we are all spiritual beings in physical bodies.

This week, we bring you a total of more than 50 new articles, including eight "Editors' Choice" articles. Please scroll down for the list of "Additional Articles".

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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When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Like Jesus

Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Like Jesus

I was reminded lately of a thought that came to me as a child. I don't know what age I was, but I do remember that I was sitting in church on a Sunday morning. I vividly remember thinking to myself, almost as a declaration of life purpose, "when I grow up I want to be like Jesus".

Read article here: When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Like Jesus

Are Your Stories Worst-Case Scenarios?

Written by Susan Campbell and John Grey.

Why Are Our Stories Worst-Case Scenarios?

When we believe whatever our story­-telling brain fabricates, we are pushing our own buttons! As we listen to this sort of mind chatter, our survival alarm quickly esca­lates to higher levels of activation. Then our upset reactions seem completely justified!

Read article here: Why Are Our Stories Worst-Case Scenarios?

Please, Just Tell Me What To Eat

Written by Marc David.

Please, Just Tell Me What To Eat

This is the greatest favor I can do for you as a nutritionist: A diet program that doesn’t tell you exactly which foods to eat and in what amounts. Empowering you to be in deeper relation­ship with food and with the genius in your body is the surest road to your most powerful metabolism.

Read article here: Please, Just Tell Me What To Eat

I've Discovered The Fast Route To A Happy Life

Written by Barbara Berger.

I've Discovered The Fast Route To A Happy Life

Are you suffering from what I call the ‘never good enough’ syndrome? Are you always wanting more than what is? And are you beating yourself up because you don’t have it? Are you convinced that what you have now is not as good as what your neighbors have or what your best friend has.

Read article here: I've Discovered The Fast Route To A Happy Life

Saturn Retrograde To The Rescue: Betraying Ourselves No More

Written by Sarah Varcas.

Saturn Retrograde Helper: Betraying Ourselves No More

In Sagittarius, Saturn requires a broader view of our lives, beyond our personal present. It helps us identify connections between apparently random experiences and reveals how past decisions, attitudes and behaviors have painted the picture that is our life today.

Read article here: Saturn Retrograde To The Rescue: Betraying Ourselves No More

Your Mind Holds The Secret Code To Living A Worry-free Life

Written by Carol Kershaw, EdD and Bill Wade, PhD.

Your Mind Holds The Secret Code To Living A Worry-free Life

The unconscious mind may be our most valuable asset. It is the ultimate solution generator and co-creator of million-dollar ideas, works of art and music, and spectacular architectural designs.

Read article here: Your Mind Holds The Secret Code To Living A Worry-free Life

The Thinking Obsession: Aware vs Unaware Thinking

Written by Itai Ivtzan.

The Thinking Obsession: Aware vs Unaware Thinking

Many of us are obsessed with certain things such as food, sex, gambling or work, or with certain people or emotions. When it comes to these obsessions we are out of control. But all of us have one obsession that we tend to ignore: we are obsessed with thinking.

Read article here: The Thinking Obsession: Aware vs Unaware Thinking

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus and Aries Asks: Are You Ready to Be a Spiritual Warrior?

Written by Sarah Varcas.

Intrepid Peace

Mercury is retrograde between 9th April and 3rd May 2017 (GMT). This Mercury speaks of the need to trust our instincts over and above the reason of ‘common sense’ logic. There exists great mystery within this process....

Read article here: Mercury Retrograde in Taurus and Aries Asks: Are You Ready to Be a Spiritual Warrior?

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. 


* 4 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

* A New Way To Erase Tattoos That Requires Less Aim

* Are The Rich More Selfish Than The Rest Of Us?

* Could Super Nurses Make Up For The Shortfall In Doctors?

* Does Caffeine Cause Dehydration?

* Good Times With Friends Really Can Fight Depression

* Greater Than Anticipated Permafrost Thaw Threatens Flood Of CO2 And Methane

* Green Chemistry Is Key To Reducing Waste And Improving Sustainablity

* How A Basic Income Could Help Build Community In An Age Of Individualism

* How A Common Antibiotic May Be Able To Treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

* How Ayn Rand's Elitism Lives On

* How Brake Dust Could End Up Harming Your Lungs

* How Forests Offer Cool Way To Slow The Pace Of Global Warming

* How Governments Are Trapped In A Vicious Cycle Of Housing Policies And Prices

* How One Person’s Small, Brave Compost Pile Changed New York City

* How The Climate Cycle Fuels Famine In East Africa

* How The Face Of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

* How Ethnic And Racial Harassment Damages Mental Health

* How Facial Recognition Works?

* How To Eat Chocolate This Easter Without Feeling Guilty

* How To Help Children Get Enough Exercise

* How To Keep Your Pets Cool Without Blowing Your Energy Bill

* How To Understand The Language Of Political Populism

* How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are Skating

* Is Temptation Such A Bad Thing?

* Killing Zombie Cells To Improve Health In Old Age

* Nasal Spray May Limit Brain Damage From Seizures

* New Discovery Suggests Viruses Are More Like Zombies

* New Research Clarifies How Sleep Deprivation Affects Memory

* Nuclear Giants Limp Towards Extinction From Cost Overruns

* Playing With Your Senses Can Change How Food Tastes

* Sanders Warns Against Dragging US Into Another Endless Quagmire

* Subsidies For Healthy Foods Are A Price Worth Paying To Tackle Obesity

* The Personality Trait That May Guide Your Medical Decisions

* The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

* The Upside Down Populism Occupying The White House

* This Common Virus May Set Off Celiac Disease

* This New Test For Waterways Finds A Disturbing List Of Pollutants

* Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of CT Scans In Childhood

* Welcome To E-Estonia, The Tiny Nation That's Leading Europe In Digital Innovation

* Why Do Teachers Quit?

* Why Easter Is Called Easter, And Other Little-known Facts About The Holiday

* Why Liberals And Conservatives Read Different Science Books

* Why Selfie Culture Isn't The Root Of All Evil

* Why Russia And The US Struggle To Understand Each Other's Behavior

* Why We Are Heading For The Warmest Climate In Half A Billion Years

* Why Who Wears The Pants In A Relationship Matters

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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